Filature Nouvelle Orléans

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN BELGIUM

In 1896 ‘Cotonnière Nouvelle Orléans’ was founded, the cotton mill had work for 9.000 employees. In 1957 the company merged with ‘De Waele & Röthlisberger’ to form a new company: ‘Filature Nouvelle Orléans’ or ‘FNO’.

The company continued growing until the glory days of the textile industry in Gent were over. In 1972, FNO was bought by UCO or ‘Union Cotonnièr’ and in 1990 it was closed down. The machinery was transmitted to other UCO-departments or resold. Some of the employees got jobs in other UCO-factories or were fired. After this merger, almost the entire Gent cotton industry was in the hands of one company.

1996

The buildings were then used by the company Barco for a few years until they moved out in 1996. The only thing that remains is a classified Manchester building and some ruined office buildings. In 1996 the Gent fire brigade built a new fire station on the site of FNO. For the classified building are no future plans yet. I visited ‘Filature Nouvelle Orléans’ in 2006 and 2015.

Built 1896
Abandoned 1996
Endangered
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
Filature Nouvelle Orléans
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