The American group Köhler has announced that it is going to sell and close Jacob Delafon's historic ceramic sanitary ware factory at Damparis (Jura) and to close its factory in Reims (Marne) specialising in taps and showers. About twenty years ago, 800 people worked on the Reims site, but now there are only 29. In 1999, a major redundancy plan resulted in the loss of more than a third of the workforce. A staff representative explains that the Kohler group will keep the Jacob Delafon brand. It is already produced far away from the Jura, in Morocco and China. The Damparis premises are old and located 200 metres from a Solvay factory classified as a Seveso 2 risk and unlikely to attract buyers.
A previous restructuring was recorded on the ERM Database, with 185 job cuts in 2010, at Brive (Corrèze, and other locations).