|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Thierry Deglon|
|Area1||44.49 km2 (17.18 sq mi)|
|• Density||280/km2 (740/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||63430 / 63300|
|Elevation||283–793 m (928–2,602 ft)
(avg. 439 m or 1,440 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Thiers is built upon a hillside along the Durolle river valley. The steep elevation splits the town into distinct high town and low town areas, with historic half-timbered houses notable in the old quarter of high town.
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. Further along the valley, the industrial heritage museum, l'Usine du May, opened in 2009. Modern factories include Forges Gorce who make blades for agricultural machinery from hedge trimmers to combine harvesters, part of McConnel Alamo group.
Twin towns – Sister cities
- Shropshire businessman expanding French operations, Shropshire Star, 2010-11-02
- "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26.
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