Living Heritage Company

Five companies were awarded the Living Heritage Company (EPV) label in Ponts-sous-Avranches on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Normandy welcomes five new living heritage companies

Five companies were awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label on Wednesday May 15, 2019 in Ponts-sous-Avranches (Manche) at the general meeting of the Normandy committee of foreign trade advisors.

Created in 2005, the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label is a brand designed to distinguish French companies with outstanding craftsmanship and industrial know-how, and to prevent the disappearance of exceptional economic and cultural talents. Since Wednesday May 15, 2019, Normandy has had five more companies awarded the label. There are 55 in all. Among them are two companies from Seine-Maritime, one from Orne and two from Manche, including the regional winner: Vans Théault.



EPV label renewed for Tricots Saint James


The EPV label award ceremony took place on the premises of Vans Théault, a manufacturer of light horse transport vehicles based in Ponts-sous-Avranches (Manche). The ceremony concluded the general meeting of the Normandy committee of foreign trade advisors, chaired by Luc Lesénécal, head of Tricots Saint James, whose five-year EPV label was renewed this year.


The winners


  • GSC Les Vans Théault. Founded in 1924 in Ponts-sous-Avranches (Manche), the company specializes in the bodywork, marketing and rental of horse trucks, an activity in which it boasts excellent know-how, particularly in the field of saddlery. The company employs 110 people.
  • Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. Jean-Pierre Yvon comes from a family of leather manufacturers who have been in Cherbourg from father to son since 1800. He created and registered the “Le Véritable Cherbourg” brand in 1986. Today, it has been taken over by his son Charles. The company employs 13 people and is starting to export.
  • Baguès in Tinchebray (Orne). Owned by Paris-based SAS Meurop, Baguès was founded in and employs seven people in its Normandy workshops. The company specializes in the manufacture of hand-crafted bronze and crystal lighting fixtures. These unique products are exported to the Middle East, USA and Russia.
  • Fariboles in Darnetal (Seine-Maritime). Founded by Pascal Rodier in 1993, the company specializes in the manufacture of figurines of Franco-Belgian comic strip heroes. The company has an average annual production capacity of 3,800 pieces. The largest figurines produced are between 0.9 and 1.30 m tall (Tintin and Snowy, Spirou, Gaston, Marsupilami). Fariboles employs 12 people.
  • Laoureux in Deville-les-Rouen (Seine-Maritime). Founded in 1923, Laoureux specializes in the manufacture of felts and felts for a wide variety of applications in the luxury goods and industrial sectors: leather goods (Hermès, Longchamp, Vuitton) and piano felts (Steinway & Sons), abrasive and cutting discs, felt pens (Bic), anti-vibration pads for the automotive and rail industries. It employs 33 people.

Source: May 15, 2019 at 6:03 pm By: Nicolas Thomas