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The Chapuis-Comoy factory

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1922
This date corresponds to the Chapuis-Comoy society establishment. But it is rooted in the end of the 19th century and its origin is indissociable from two branches of a unique family.
Henry Comoy (1870-1924) was a pipe maker established in Saint Claude prior emigrating to London where he started the "H. Comoy & Co Ltd".
He convinced his Chapuis cousins to form a partnership with him and start a factory in Saint Claude. That's how was born "Chapuis-Comoy & Cie".
1924
At this time Oppenheimer group(1) holds the capital of the society as for C.J. Verguet or La Bruyère, two others pipe firms in Saint Claude.
Cadastral map

Acquisition of an ebauchon drying shed at "rue des Etapes".
The factory in Saint Claude provides the London one with ebauchons

The drying shed : Inside
The wood of your old and very british Comoy probably seasoned in this place a while.

The drying shed : Outside
The shed was build about 1905 and is still in use (2013).

The ebauchon blocks dry on wooden laths which forms the flooring of the four storeys of the building.

1928
Création of the Chacom brand.

1932
Merger of La Bruyère and Chapuis-Comoy & Cie. The Chapuis-Comoy brand disappears.

1957
In view of the success encountered by the Chacom brand, La Bruyere takes back the "Chapuis-Comoy & Cie" society name.

Yves Grenard

1972
The society recovers its whole independence to London thanks to Yves Grenard, grand cousin of Pierre Comoy (Henry's grand son) and manager of Chapuis-Comoy & Cie.

1988
Creation of the S.A. Cuty-Fort(2) bringing together Chapuis-Comoy, Emile Vuillard, Jeantet-David and Jean Lacroix. They have the production in common, but the different brands are preserved for the pipe's distribution.

Antoine Grenard 2008
Antoine Grenard 2008

2012
Yves Grenard passed away on Feb 8, 2012. His son Antoine manages Chapuis-Comoy & Cie.

(1) An overview of the connexions between French and English pipe companies here.
(2) S.A. (Société Anonyme) : Limited Company (UK) or Incorporated Company (US)
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