- Establishment: This company was founded in 1872.
- Evolution: This year, a small familiar business was born in Vic: Chocolates Arumí. The company made chocolate for local customers and gradually customized its products to explore the tastes and needs of its customers.
- Currently: A century later, a family-owned business bought Chocovic and turned it into a chocolate factory specializing in artisan pastry. In 2009, Chocovic joined the Barry Callebaut group, the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality cocoa products and chocolate products. Today Chocovic adds the benefits of belonging to a large group with the technical knowledge and experience of its long chocolate tradition.
- Type of business: As we can see in the evolution, this company started out as a totally family-owned company but ended up being bought by a larger company becoming a multinational.
- Number of workers: unknown
- Projection: It started out as a family-owned business and was bought by large company named Barry Callebaut.
- History: It was founded in 1976. In 2010, it built the flour mill, with a cost of 15 million, to control more closely the process of production of its products and to separate itself from external producers. It was the seventh industrial plant, this one with an incorporated research laboratory. In 2013 it invoiced 760 meur (+ 4%) with a staff of 1,550 people, and set up a recycling plant for the PET plastic clippings generated by the factories. In 2016, it had a turnover of € 876 million and invested $ 10 million to double its flour production capacity and to scale to 400 tons daily, with eleven factories and 1,750 workers. In 2017, it invests 25 million in a new plant to make fresh pizzas, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the creation of the product. The ranking of the great fortunes of Spain, prepared by the newspaper El Mundo this January 2020, Josep Tarradellas is in 141 place, with a net worth of 350 meur and an increase of 20 (+ 6.06%) seen the previous year. Today, Casa Tarradellas enjoys enviable financial and commercial health. It controls its entire production chain, from cereal to meat. It is making the leap to internationalization, it is not indebted and it has solid human teams. The brand has a well-preserved image, and the recent purchase of the Herta by the Nestlé group shows that Josep Terradellas is launching new projects.
- Type of factory: It is a family-owned business which the founder and president of it is Josep Tarradellas i Arcons, with his wife Anna Falgueras i Masramon who is the vice-president. His three children are also working in the company: Anna, Josep and Núria. The company is multinational.
- Number of workers: Nowadays, there are 2.200 workers.
- Projection: International.
- Establishment: Founded in 1086.
- Evolution: In 1955 they started selling the products they produced in stores.
- Currently: Nowadays, the children continue with the family tradition, keeping the traditional recipes, and at the same time innovating and developing new products. It currently has 23 stores throughout Catalonia.
- Type of company: Familiar, it started with their farm.
- Number of workers: 65
- Projection: Catalonia and some part of Spain.
- History: 1827 – 19 century
- Evolution: It was one of the first factories in the region. In 1827, Gaspar Molas requested a new concession to increase the production of cotton thistle. In 1837 the facilities were burned down by Carlist Tristany. The factory was then rehabilitated; it consists of two buildings and some houses with hydraulic driven machinery made with wooden wheels. Decades later, turbines were used. There is a date on the threshold of a door in 1780, possibly indicating the founding of the old flour and drapery mill. In 1996 it was bought by the Serra de Banyoles brothers for 46 million pesetas in a auction .
- Actuality: Nowadays this factory is closed because it was auctioned.
- Type of factory: Entity of population.
- Number of workers: There were 25 dwellings.
- Projection: At a catalan level.
- History: 2012
- Evolució: The aim of DFV® Group is to expand its presence with a global market vision, strengthening its relationship with its subsidiaries and distributors in order to offer the best services with the animal health and welfare sector .
- Actualitat: They sell chemicals products and things for animals.
- Type of factory: Familiar
- Number of workers: 105 workers.
- Projection: At the catalan/local level.
There is a huge industrial growth in Gurb from the 20th Century to the 21st Century.
The industries in Gurb are currently located outside the town (in industrial zones) near roads because they are much better connected.
These are the roads that are currently crossing Gurb:
C-25, C-17, N-152a and Eix- Vic- Olot
The most active sector in the town of Gurb is the agro-industrial sector with 34.4% of the industry of Gurb. In the second place we have the activity services with 20.7% and the industrial sector with 15.1%. The last sector is related to energy and mining activities, waste management or entertainment and recreation.
In the second half of the twentieth century we can see that Gurb at first didn’t grow in industry, but after building a train, road, industrial area… companies begin to evolve.
There were these roads:
- Camino vecinal de san Bartolomé del Grau/Vich
- Road from Ribes to Barcelona.
- Road from Vich to Olot
- Road from Gironella to Vich
Most of the factories were located near the national train route that was built in 1975, because it was the place where they had the more communication.
There were the following factories:
The first industrial zone was created in 1968 and was next to Pla de l’Esperança.
To sum up, we could say that in the second half of the twentieth centuryGurb at first didn’t grow much industrially wise, but then the train started: from Vic to Barcelona, and the roads: road to San Bartolomé del Grau / vich, Ribes-Barcelona road, Vich-Olot road, Gironella-Vich road. From 1968, companies begun to evolve and expand, thanks to advances in communication. As the increase was considerable with respect to older times, an industrial zone space was created, although the Pla de l’Esperança was still a little percentage of the total, it was only 1%.
Gurb in the 19th century was a small village. There were only three roads that crossed the village: the Vich-Olot road, Ribas Barcelona road that goes to Ripoll and the road to St. Bartomeu del Grau.
A coal mine was created in St. Joan de les Abadesses, but it was of poor quality. In 1875 they built a railway that its line was: Barcelona → Vic → Ripoll → Sant Joan de les Abadesses. It was mainly used to export the coal that was extracted from the Sant Joan de les Abadesses mine.
All this causes a great change in the society since it allowed the different cities to communicate with each other and they were able to transport coal and other things. Since Gurb is next to Vic, a lot of people from the railway come to Gurb.