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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".
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
Acquisition of an ebauchon drying shed at "rue des Etapes".
The factory in Saint Claude
provides the London one with ebauchons
Création of the Chacom brand.
Merger of La Bruyère and Chapuis-Comoy & Cie. The Chapuis-Comoy brand disappears.
In view of the success encountered by the Chacom brand, La Bruyere takes back the "Chapuis-Comoy & Cie" society name.
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.
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
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
(2) S.A. (Société Anonyme) : Limited Company (UK) or Incorporated Company (US)