"LE PAYS d'OUCHE"
Ideally located between rivers and forests, with a soil rich in iron ore, L 'Aigle, France is the pin and needle historical capital of France. In 1747, 6,000 people were working in 450 pin manufactures in that area. These everyday objects are sold even in America thanks to the excellent productivity of our region's factories. The renowned economist Adam Smith even used the example of a local pin manufacture to develop his division of labor theory!
The French industry suffers from the German and English competition, which is more modern and more profitable. France is forced to import raw materials and the Franco-British Free Trade Treaty weakens the pin and needle industry. In 1866, the BOHIN saga began with needles: Benjamin BOHIN acquired the current manufacture in Saint-Sulpice-sur-Risle, France, where machines and workers were already training and experimenting this demanding production.
OUR FOUNDER: BENJAMIN BOHIN
The bohin saga from yesterday..
In january 1997, the sales director Didier Vrac, purchases the company, to develop confection and recreation tools and office and school supplies. He opened the visit of production workshops to the general public in march 2014, and to carry out this project, hired Audrey Regnier as director of cultural space. In december 2017, Audrey and Fabien Regnier, her husband and former bank director, bought the company, the museum and the buildings.