Specialized in the manufacture of ceramic sanitary ware under the Jacob Delafon brand, the American group Kohler announced in September 2020 its withdrawal from the Damparis site due to economic difficulties.
The only candidate for the takeover, the Meuse group Kramer, an expert in the production of medium and high-end sanitary fittings, today announced its decision to acquire Kohler’s assets in Damparis. By relying in particular on significant support from the State (€ 1.55 million), the Regional Council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Dole.
The Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who traveled to the Jura at the end of 2020 welcomed this resumption: “I salute the intense partnership work carried out by the Ministry of Industry with employee representatives. , the Kramer company and local elected officials. Our combined efforts now make it possible to save unique know-how and offer new professional perspectives to employees in this Jura region. “
And now ?
From an industrial point of view, maintaining the Damparis site will give a future to the last French factory producing sanitary ceramic parts.
The Kramer group is also committed to recruiting 70 to 75 people over a one-year fiscal period with the ambition of eventually reconnecting with the workforce of 150 people on the site when the announcement of the termination of the site. ‘exploitation. Recruitment is already underway.
Through the creation of a new subsidiary, the Jura French ceramic company, the Kramer group is also strengthening its positioning in the bathroom universe beyond the taps segment.