Ets. Patissier factory history.
Albert Patissier, born in 1900, was the inventor of the derailleur in 1920 (cycling) and test pilot at Monet-Goyon in Macon. He started off in a modest shop as a repairing business for cycles and various brands of motorcycettes (small motorcycles 50cc to 175cc) of that time at Rue National Villefranche-sur-Saône (in front of the L’Eden). there are records of the first registration of his company with 7,800,000 francs at this address in 1919 (reg; 57B136). (See Motobecane MB1 typical motorcycettes below). The company was fully trading in 1923.
Patissier moved his business after 2 years to Rue Paul Bert 1925 and then Rue du Promenoir in 1926. It was here and at la newly acquired warehouse at Rue des Docks that he started on the prototypes of motoculteurs for his viticole clients in 1926. This facility was close to the railway station for ease of finished product movement.
The warehouse/hanger at Rue des Docks near to the railway station at Villefranche-sur-Saône.
In 1930 Mr Patissier bought a further property at Rue Françoise Giraud, to keep his labour force in the local area of his existing warehouse and premises. At this stage, Ets Patissier had a workforce of 69 local staff.
In 1939 Mr Patissier then purchased a facility at Rue de Thizy, so that the engines stored here could be mounted easily on the motoculteur chassis.
By 1956 Ets Patissier was employing 300+ people, in a factory of 32 000m2 (9000m2 covered), producing 200+ machines per month, approx. 18 000 machines produced since 1930. The factory was situated at Rue Pasteur, 69400 Villefranche-sur-Saône. Later named 196/202 Rue Robert Schuman, 69400 Villefranche-sur-Saône Tel. (74) 65.13.58. – Registre Commerce Villefranche 57 B 136.
Read more history to 1986 at Energic history from 1964 to 1986 here.
Mr A Patissier personally took guided tours around the large complex. Introducing press, agents, customers to the Energic culture. He took a huge amount of pride in his workforce, equipment, products and factory.
Energic Factory tour in the 1950s by Mr A Patissier.
Here are some photos of the factory working in the 1950s;
Energic drawing/design office.
Heavy drilling machinery, with up to 16 drills.
Stock held in the Energic factory awaiting call up to production.
Energic Tracteur assembly 511/512.
Energic Tracteur assembly 519 petrol/diesel.
Energic factory production line for the 411 motoculteur.
Energic tracteurs 525 assembly.
Energic factory finished vehicle hall.
Energic tracteurs awaiting collection at the station at Villefranche-sur-Saône.
Read more about the Energic motoculteur 409 here.
Read more about the Energic Motoculteur 410 here.
Read more about the Energic motoculteur 411 here.
Read more about Energic Tracteur 519 T.M.D.Indenor engine/moteur here.
Read more about Energic Engine suppliers Ruggerini here.
Read more about Energic Engine/Moteur supplier Peugeot here.
Read more about Energic Sachs Engines/Moteurs here.
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