Novi Ligure – A decision that was in the air, but until the end it was hoped that it was not so. Instead, today, at the meeting convened at Confindustria Alessandria, what the Novesi, in addition to the unions and workers, never wanted to hear. O Pernigotti, historical confectionery company, one of the industrial level symbols of Novi Ligure, dates. Company exponents announced that. The mobilization of the city has begun, which does not lose a legacy of history and tradition.
Tomorrow I will be in charge of unions and workers in front of the factory gates and a meeting between the unions and the mayor of Novi, Rocchino Mliere has to face another crisis, after Ilva. But in this case the margins of maneuver do not really seem to exist. And the fate of a factory that now had 50 direct employees for the production and about 200 items of the commercial, seems now marked.
If the Souvenir factory avenue in Novi which gave work to generations of novels and chandelier for the same city, will close, should remain the mark, but it is likely that the production will be transferred abroad.
In the fears of the day before, the unions had emphasized that many productions had already been transferred to Turkey and that there were also falls in the ice cream industry, of which Pernigotti has always been proud of leadership. Workers' representatives were expecting a recovery plan after the losses of 13 million accumulated in the last five years. And, instead, the decision of the completely opposite sign. The cold bath in the closure of the Novi factory. In fact frozen.
Goodbye to more than 150 years of history
The history of the company began in 1860, when Stefano Pernigotti opened in the market square in Novi Ligure, a grocery store specialized in "drugs and colonial" and already recognized from the beginning for the production of a precious nougat. In 1868, after a growing awareness of the products of the store, Stefano decided to found a company along with his son Francesco twenty-five: on June 1, 1868 he was officially born, with a capital of 6 thousand lire, "Stefano Pernigotti & Figlio", a food company specialized in the production of sweets.
In 1919, Paolo Pernigotti replaces his father Francesco in charge of the company. But the date that perhaps marks the history of the company's confectionery is 1927, the year in which he began the industrial production of gianduiotto for the first time, the most noble and renowned Italian chocolate, officially born in Turin in 1865 and named after Gianduia, the famous carnival mask of Piedmont.
In 1935 Paolo Pernigotti buys the company Enea Sperlari. In 1936, Paolo began a new production, the one of preparations for ice cream, that still is one of the strengths of the company. In 1944, a bombing destroyed the factory that was rebuilt and transferred to the old military warehouses of Viale della Rimembranza, which are now closed.
Paolo Pernigotti, son of Stefano Pernigotti, took the place of Paolo in the sixties in 1971 he acquired Streglio, specializing in cocoa products. In the 1980s, a period of crisis occurred that led to the sale of Sperlari in 1981 to the Americans of the H.J. Henry Company.
In 1995, Stefano Pernigotti, left without heirs after the disappearance of two young children still in a car accident in Uruguay in July 1980, he decided to sell the historic brand Noveliana to the Averna family, known for its success in the alcoholic beverage sector. In 2000, he also sold the Streglio to a niece.
July 11, 2013 the company is sold by the Averna family to the Turkish group belonging to the Toksöz family, active in the confectionery, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.
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