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Tonak Factory, September 6, 2019


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Tonak Factory, September 6, 2019

This was my second visit to the Tonak factory.  I toured the factory back in May of 2011.  Unfortunately this time we didn't tour the Fur processing (Cutting, Pickling, Blowing) section possibly due to time constraints.   I met Hans Hückel  who was born in  Nový Jičín / Neutitschein and after WWII ended up in Montreal in 1950 where he still resides.   Hans  told me he visited my website but didn't think he would ever meet me so that was a great surprise.  We are keeping in touch by email so hopefully I will get to meet him again.   I also met the majority owner of Tonak Mikael Ahlström of Sweden and  owner Michael Tělecký from the Czech Republic along with other Tonak board members.  Again I was surprised to learn that they have also visited my website.  After the visit I received I very nice email from Mr. Ahlström which was very kind of him.  I would like to thank everyone at Tonak for being such fantastic hosts.  I would also like give major thanks to Radek Polách Deputy Director Museum of the Nový Jičín who is the author of the Tonak 220 book and organized such a great event. One very interesting fact I learned is that Tonak are importing Wild Hare (for Velour)  from Argentina.  (The photos were taken by novojicinsky.denik.cz.)

Tonak factory employee entrance.

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Original Johann Hückel´s Söhne factory building dating back to 1868.

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Hückel Group arrival.

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Felt and Hat Production building.

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Felt and Hat Production building.

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Felt Production

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Felt Dying

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Capeline Forming

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