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I wish to apologize for my recent silence.
Last week I’ve arrived from Kuala Lumpur via Frankfurt and Zurich, to Baden, my first stop during my long journey. Until today I was without internet connection, that why my silence.

I’ve take few photos in Baden, but I find that this one, not the most typical but historical, shall be of interest to TE viewers.

View from Baden’s Old Town to former Oederlin AG Factory dock in Obersiggenthal-Rieden and the Ennetbaden’s vineyards. Unfortunately the Limmat River is not visible in this photo.

Over 150 years of history, the Oederlin AG escorted to the present day. The company survived two world wars and changed continuously. What began at this location with viticulture and wine production, probably already in Roman times, became a popular work and cultural center.

In 1858 the former vineyard house was the first factory building of the young company. On the banks of the Limmat River a factory with transmission-driven machines had been established.

The use of water power from Limmat River allowed the factory rational and cost-effective mass production. Oederlin AG owned two water wheels on an axle out. Despite or because of this technology, the workforce quickly grew from 40 to 130 workers.

Between the nineties of the 19th century and the end of the First World War Oederlin AG became a large company employing more than 400 workers. The structural adaptations of those years gave the factory area to be still valid today appearance.

The success of the founded in 1891 adjacent Brown Boveri & Cie. brought Oederlin large orders. Between 1892 and 1906 larger factory foundry halls were built. Periodic fluctuations in the economy and the gaining strength class consciousness of the working class led in 1908 to a three-week strike which was broken off.

By the end of the sixties, a profitability slump loomed in the valves business. To save the company, the management outsourcing, joint ventures and sales initiated specific lines of production. It was 20 years lasting process during which the Oederlin Foundry AG and the AG Oederlin changed to a real estate company.

Since the end of the eighties, there is the concept of foreign leasing and asset maintenance. This allowed interested parties from various sectors such as handicrafts, services, culture, etc., to settle in the rooms of the Oederlin AG.

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