Poclain: a human and industrial adventure
Contrary to popular belief, there is no Poclain family. No Mr. and Mrs. Poclain ever lent their name to the Workshops. However, at the site chosen by Georges Bataille near the family farm, there was a pond that had once been used for retting flax fibers. In the Picard dialect, a pond is called a “poche”, pronounced poque. So this poque à lin (meaning “flax pond”) was contracted to become Poclin, then Poclain, giving the place its name. Georges Bataille adopted it in 1926 to found the Poclain company in Le Plessis-Belleville, France.