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Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation in Waghäusel


NameBadische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation
Founded20 March 1837
DecommissionedAfter completion of the 1995 campaign
FoundersSebastian Schuzenbach, Bankhaus von Haber in Karlsruhe
Type of companyAG
Zuckerfabrik Waghäusel founded under the name "Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation" [Baden company for sugar production]. The first elected managing directors were Baron Friedrich of Ellrichshausen, Franz Josef Mone, Friedrich August Walchner and Louis von Haber.
Sickness and support association founded, from which Südzucker's current company health insurance plan evolved.
After the collapse of the Haber bank, Baden's economy entered a period of significant turmoil. Overnight, the state's three largest industrial companies, Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation in Waghäusel, Maschinenfabrik Kessler [mechanical OEM] in Karlsruhe and Spinnerei und Weberei [textiles] Ettlingen became insolvent. Only thanks to state intervention were they able to survive. After heated debates in Baden's state parliament, it was decided to help the companies by providing guaranteed state loans. The event is recorded in the history books as the "Drei-Fabriken-Frage" [three factories issue].
21 June 1849
During the battle near Waghäusel, the factory becomes a showcase for the revolution. The Baden freedom fighters and the invading Prussian troops meet face-to-face at the factory. Initially the Baden freedom fighters are able to drive the Prussians from the sugar factory toward the Rhine River. But due to a tactical blunder, almost 15,000 freedom fighters left their positions in chaos and fled to Heidelberg, because they erroneously thought that the Prussian troops were about to encircle them. The initial victory was followed by the beginning of the final defeat of Baden's freedom fighters.
"Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation" is a founding member of the association for the beet sugar industry within the customs union.
Pension fund established.
Refinery fire.
1863/64 bis 1879
Company is the last in Germany to switch from the Schuzenbach dry process to the green process (maceration).
The factory has direct rail access after construction of the Mannheim-Graben rail line.
"Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation" acquires "Württembergische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation" [Württemberg company for sugar production], with factories in Züttlingen and Altshausen.
Grand Duke Friedrich II of Baden visits the sugar factory on October 24.
The company forms a special interest group with Zuckerfabrik Frankenthal, an alliance which is legally binding for fifty years.
The Stuttgart, Offstein and Heilbronn sugar factories join the group the same year.
Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation with factories in Waghäusel and Züttlingen is absorbed by the newly founded Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft, headquartered in Mannheim.
Despite bombardment, Waghäusel continues to operate during the entire war.
Processing capacity is expanded to 5,500 tonnes of beets per day.
The step was taken in conjunction with closure of the Stuttgart, Heilbronn and Züttlingen factories and construction of the factory in Offenau as part of the "1971 restructuring plan".
Energy consumption was reduced by 30 percent and daily processing capacity to 5,000 tonnes in a bid to prevent closure of the factory.
The Waghäusel plant is decommissioned after the end of the campaign.