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Sugar factory Heilbronn

Overview

NameZuckerfabrik Heilbronn Aktien-Gesellschaft
Founded1853
Decommissioned1971
FoundersMainly merchants from Heilbronn
Type of companyAG (corporation)
Plant of Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft
23.12.1852
In an assembly, merchants in Heilbronn decide to found a sugar factory and take up a total of 48 shares at 5,000 guilder each. The sugar factory is thus the first industrial stock corporation of Heilbronn.
Objective of the factory's founding is among others to make Württemberg independent of North German sugar imports.
The City of Heilbronn grants the factory owners various perks:
- Setting up an access road
- Assignment of a part of the Neckar riverbank
- Release of beet hauls of pavement and bridge toll
1853
Founding of Zuckerfabrik Heilbronn and first General Assembly chaired by A. Goppelt. C. Schwanitz is appointed technical director.
1854
Founding of a workers health insurance.
1855
In January the plant starts operations.
First demarcation contract (= stipulation concerning the beet catchment area) in the southern German region between the company Reihlen & Söhne, Stuttgart, and Zuckerfabrik Heilbronn.
Zuckerfabrik Heilbronn around 1865.
1858
Negotiations for a merger with the "Württembergische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation" [Württemberg company for sugar production] in Züttlingen. The merger does not come about as the shareholders vote against it.
1861
Decision to purchase the "Aktiengesellschaft für Rübenzuckerfabrikation" [corporation for beet sugar production] in Böblingen after Zuckerfabrik Heilbronn has already become principal creditor the year before.
1867
The Süddeutsche Zuckerfabriken branch is founded with the members
- Altshausen
- Böblingen
- Frankenthal
- Friedensau
- Heilbronn
- Regensburg
- Stuttgart
- Waghäusel
- Züttlingen
1881
Acquisition of the patent for a desugarization process of molasses and construction of a desugarization plant.
Cube sugar production around 1930.
May 1913
Severe fire: complete destruction of the refinery, the deposit and the technical director’s apartment as well as partial destruction of the raw sugar factory. The plant is rebuilt in the same year.
1920
Joining of the special interest group of South German sugar factories.
1926
Founding member of Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft.
1971
Factory shutdown in the context of the structural programme Baden-Württemberg after the campaign 1970.