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THE INDUSTRIAL PAST
VIERZON, a city of around 30.000 inhabitants, has a strong industrial past. Metal, glass and agriculture machinery dominate the past industrial activity. Until 1779, Vierzon lived from trade and crafts before stepping into the era of industrialization. In 1779, the Count of Artois (Charles X) created along the river Yèvre a forge with high furnaces.
The presence of heat resistant clay enabled the development of porcelain manufacturing starting in 1816. However, the specialty of Vierzon remained the agricultural machinery. Thanks to Célestin Gérard, was created La Société Française de Matériel Agricole et Industriel, which trigerred the arrival of many industrials. Many factories have flourished at that time like CASE.