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The Alte Malzfabrik in Mülheim an der Ruhr is a former factory for the industrial production of malt products, especially malted coffee.
In 1896, the original plans for the Mülheim malt factory "Kufferath and Schels" were created at Hingbergstraße 103 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, directly on the Mülheim-Essen railway line. The factories close to the city in Mülheim are today almost all destroyed or demolished. Only the "Alte Malzfabrik" still exists and gives an authentic impression of the former situation in Mülheim, which was characterized by numerous factories in the immediate city center location.
A short time after the planning in 1898, the factory was realized and the production of malted coffee or cereal roasted. Owners and operators of the "Mülheimer Malzfabrik" were Kufferath and Schels. Since 1908, the Dresdner Bank AG, Berlin owner. From 1908 to 1911 the factory was sold to the merchant Herm. Kufferath, then rented from 1.3.1913 to the brothers Tucht, Hagen / Westphalia. With a notary contract of January 28, 1918, the open trading company "Bergische malt coffee - factory and cereal roasting Kotthaus & Bruchhaus" acquired the factory building of the Dresdner Bank AG for a purchase price of 170,000 RM and took on March 1, 1918 on the operation.
Until well into the time of the Second World War, the production ran. Only by a bomb hit in the night to 23. June 1943 the main building was largely destroyed and the enterprise interrupted. The construction company Hochtief largely restored the building, albeit two storeys lower, according to the plans of the Cologne architect Ernst Gondrom after the Second World War, and production for the supply of the post-war population could be resumed. For several years, goods were manufactured and distributed under the company name Kotthaus and Bruchhaus. Finally, the production ceased. The buildings were used further, u. a. as a granary until in 1991, the commercial use was finally abandoned. After that, the factory was empty.
September 5, 2017
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