years ago in Perlen, canton of Lucerne, Johan Honauer began to
manufacture files. At that time, producing files meant pure manual
work, for only at the beginning of the 20th century,
file-cutting machines were available on the market. Today it is
unimaginable to produce industrial tools without electricity.
Business was very local bound as clients could only be reached
on foot, horse or bicycle. As a consequence, there were a considerable
amount of file factories and file-cutter was an ambitious and
distinguished job. Johan Honauerís business grew steadily as the
industry developed and it was extended continuously.
the second generation, the owner by then was Niklaus Honauer,
the business moved to the neighbor municipality of Root, where
it is still located. Changes took place during the years and the
Honauer file- and tool-factory, with over 60 employees, became
an important employer for the region of Lucerne in the middle
third generation, under Emil Honauer, mastered several crisis
between the 1970ís, 80ís and the beginning of the 90ís. Since
manual work became too expensive and the more precise and faster
machines took over, the demand for files diminished dramatically.
management of Urs Honauer, had to look for new markets and adapt
their production to modern times. By now, the main object lies
on producing special files and tools for different industrial
areas. Even the old-fashioned art of hand-cutting was not forgotten
and is applied for small series and unusual file forms.
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