Nadelfabrik Singer

Abandoned: 2004

Reconverted: 2009

Visited: 2007

Würselen, Germany

In 1919 Karl Schiffer and Heinrich Reiss founded a needle factory in Wuerselen. They rented an existing factory building. The company had 40 employees. Because both businessmen had experience in producing needles, it soon became a well known wholesale. The good reputation led to the takeover by American company Singer in 1922. The company was continued under the name ‘Schiffer & Reiss’.

2004

During the Second World War, in November 1944 the ‘Nadelfabrik Singer’ buildings were partially destroyed. It took a year to get the factory up and running again. In the early 1970s the factory had 25% of the world sales in sewing needles. In 1984, 530 people were employed. But things changed radically in the late 1990s when the mother company Singer went bankrupt. In 1999 ‘Nadelhersteller Groz-Becker’ bought the factory and saved the jobs of the 320 women and men who worked there. But in 2004 it all went wrong. First 140 employees were fired, and some months later the gates of the factory closed. The production was moved to Portugal and the Czech Republic.

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