Kammgarnspinnerei Meerane

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN GERMANY


‘Kammgarnspinnerei Meerane’ is a former worsted spinning mill. It was built in 1882 and production continued until 1990. The site was demolished in 2020.

In 1882 the company ‘Heinrich Schneider & Sohn’ built this spinning mill along the railway line to Leipzig. Kammgarn, or in English, worsted wool is a fabric that is typically used in the making of tailored garments such as suits. Worsted spinning refers to using a worsted technique, which produces a smooth yarn in which the fibers lie parallel.

In 1945 the company was expropriated and converted into ‘VEB worsted spinning mill Meerane’. Eventually, the factory consists of a total of 18 buildings with a maximum height of 17 meters in the 1980s. The site also has a 45 meter high, massive brick industrial chimney.

In 1990 production at the site was discontinued. I visited the ‘Kammgarnspinnerei Meerane’ in 2019. The factory and its annexes was demolished in 2020. You can see more lost places in the wool industry here.

Built 1882
Abandoned 1990
Demolished 2020
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