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Soller's Industrial Past Comes to Life.

Strolling around the lovely town of Soller or its picturesque valley, you'd probably never know that the area was once a hive of industry.

Strolling around the lovely town of Soller or its picturesque valley, you'd probably never know that the area was once a hive of industry. These days hardly anything remains of the once thriving
industry but a local businessman has plans to change this!

Franz Kraus,
who owns the Fet a Sóller company which produces and sells local products like olive oil, wine, marmalade, salt and ice cream, is going to convert an old cotton factory into an industrial museum.

Working together with the heirs of the former owner, the Fabrica Nova will be open in around 2 years and after having €2 million spent on it will create around 50 permanent jobs.

At present the building is in a state of disrepair, having been abandonned in 1971 with all its machinery,from the looms which wove the cotton to the dyeing area, intact!

The factory, which made material for clothes and bedding was constructed many, many years ago and really came into its own during the Spanish Civil war when factories in competition with it around
Barcelona were put out of action by Franco's bombers. At that time 60 people toiled round the clock to meet demand for material.

Like many European factories, cheap imports from abroad signalled its demise , and it ceased production over 40 years ago.

When renovated, the lovely old building will also be a base for Fet a Sóller (it means made in Soller) to display and
sell their excellent products – which make perfect souvenirs of any visit to Mallorca.