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Thiers is a town and commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in the Auvergne region in central France. It is twinned with the towns of Bridgnorth, England and Schrobenhausen, Germany.

The town is built upon a hillside along the Durolle river valley. The steep elevation splits the town into distinct areas – the high town and the low town. The high town is notable for its old quarter, which contains a number of historic half-timbered houses.

Thiers is famous for its knives, blades and cutlery industry. The town has a museum in the old quarter, portraying the history of knife-making; there are also a large number of shops selling cutlery based in this area. Further along the valley of the Durolle where many of the original factories were located, the industrial heritage museum, l'Usine du May was opened in 2009. Modern factories include Forges Gorce who make blades for agricultural machinery from hedge trimmers to combine harvesters and are part of McConnel Alamo group.

(Source: Wikipedea)

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