Atelier Missegle pushes back the walls to support its development

The specialist in natural fibers, Atelier Missegle, intends to emerge from the health crisis with a vengeance. After mobilizing for the production of masks, the Burlat (Tarn) company has bought a new eco-responsible building of 1,500 square meters, in addition to the 1,700 square meters already in use. Areas dedicated to production, but also to living spaces for employees, guarantors of local know-how.

The team in front of the new extension of the workshop – Atelier Missegle

With 38 employees, the structure has since the start of the health crisis produced 230,000 masks, and collected 230,000 euros for research against Covid-19. The company also claims to have produced some 300,000 pairs of socks, 30,000 sweaters and 40,000 accessories (including blankets). A sustained activity that will be accompanied by a new building, which will increase the workshop area to 1,150 square meters, and reach 240 square meters of shipping area (88,720 packages shipped last year), without forgetting 80 square meters of photo studio.

Because the company operates 80% for its own brand Missegle, with its online sales site. But the structure inherits above all the values ​​of Myriam Joly, former breeder of Angora goats and producer of mohair wool. And who, in 2007, had taken over the sock manufacturer with which she worked. Ethics and the environment are at the heart of the organization, with production in small quantities to avoid wasting materials by over-stocking, knitting sweaters in one piece had to avoid falls, or even unraveling parts with defects. .

“In the short and medium term, we first want to consolidate what we have accomplished so far”, explains the manager, supported by her sons Olivier and Gaëtan. “We want to continue the training of people recently hired, to guarantee the sustainability of the transmission of our know-how. We also wish to continue to select the most interesting materials. Always natural fibers, animal or vegetable, but using the evolutions and the most recent environmental innovations. In the longer term, we hope that it will be possible for us to knit as much as possible natural fibers from French industries, which are continuing their development. And why not some nice surprises… “

The extension is divided between manufacturing space and living spaces – Atelier Missegle

In the meantime, Atelier Missegle already has a turnover of 5.2 million euros, and proudly bears the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label. Heritage particularly symbolized by the youth of its teams, two-thirds of which are under 40 years old. Teams whose skills are regularly updated through training cycles. While, to build team loyalty, part of the new premises is dedicated to their quality working environment, with a rest room, kitchen, gym, terrace, as well as a co-creation space open to all. An attractiveness of the workplace that could become key in a sector struggling to recruit.

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