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In 1836, two brothers name Adolphe and Eugène Schneider acquired the Creusot mines, forges and foundries, gaining an opportunity to participate in the great adventure of the Industrial Revolution.

Their main markets were steel, heavy industry, railroads and shipbuilding. 1840-1870 — Thirty shining years The Schneider brothers benefited from the spectacular rise of industry in the 19th century and grew their business by making smart technical choices and building a strong network of relations. In keeping with his mission as an “enlightened” executive, Eugène Schneider set up employee programs to create a community for the plant workers’ families.