La Boulonnerie Boël

Abandoned: 1994

Demolished: 2006

Visited: 2005

La Louvière, Hainaut, Belgium

The ‘Boulonnerie Boël’ factory was owned by Gustav Boël, one of the most popular industrialists of Belgium. The ‘boulonnerie’ designing customized bolts. The different parts of the factory were specialized in different actions. In one room there were ovens to make the forged bolts and nuts. Custom-made bolts were made here for a wide range of customers, ranging from the Belgian state to Malaysia. Other rooms were designed for making special screw threads.

2005

The dismantling of the factory in La Louvière was already in progress during our visit. Just like SAFEA, another Boël company, this site is highly polluted and will be demolished and cleaned. At the end of 2005 this beautiful factory was completly gone.

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