Puerto Bories, about 4 km from downtown Puerto Natales, was a sheep meat and wool processing plant of the Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego. Pioneers arrived from Europe in the late nineteenth Century to the Last Hope Province, giving life to a thriving industry based on sheep farming. Such development resulted in the construction of the Bories Cold-Storage Plant in 1915 were processed, frozen and further exported as meat and wool to the European markets.This industrial plant was fully operating during nearly seven decades, generating employment and contributing to the population growth in the Patagonia, being largely responsible for the foundation of Puerto Natales in 1911.
This industry was autonomous thanks to its operational departments and “estancias”. At full capacity the plant worked an average of 150.000 and 250.000 sheep per year, employing 100 permanent staff during the entire year and reaching 400 workers during periods of higher production (January to April).
The Cold-Storage Plant was constructed in "Post Victorian Industrial" architectural style and features of number of British machinery examples which reflect the technology of the beginning of the Twentieth Century. The frigorifico complex presents is part of the industrial history of the Puerto Natales area. In 2010, the frigorifico was restored into a hotel.
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