1810 - PEUGEOT FRÈRES AINÉS
Originally millers, then tanners, the Peugeot Family became metallurgists, first foundry men and then steel workers. The two elder brothers set up a company in 1810, Peugeot Frère Ainés. The industrial revolution that followed transformed the Peugeot destiny.
The factories are based in the towns around Sochaux: Sous-Cratet, Terre Blanche, Beaulieu, Valentigney, Pont de Roide. These factories embodied the success & strength of the metalworking industry for decades. Peugeot expanded in several domains in the decades that followed.
New and innovative systems were set up to look after the workers in both their professional and personal life. Genuine social progresses were constituted: emergency funds for the staff, welfare aid for sickness, invalidity or death and allowance for old age. Peugeot turned the social order upside down, strengthening the idea that working in a factory was not necessarily harder than working in the fields.