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THE STORY ABOUT THE HAMMERICH COMPANY

A/S L. Hammerich & Co. are doing really well at the end of the 1930’es. Sales rep. Peter Knoth is employed in 1939 as an apprentice and goes on to celebrate his 40-years anniversary.

In1941 sales reach the amount of 2.6 millioner kroner. In the company stock space is getting scarce, and there is a need for more square metres. Therefore, in 1939 an investmentin is made in another warehouse on a plot of 7,500 square metres on the corner of Vestre Ringgade and Daugbjergvej opposite Vesterbro Trælasthandel (timber merchant).

Activity in the 60's

At the time it is almost like moving into the country, because besides Aarhus Gas Works (seen in the background) there is hardly other business in the area. The company could have bought more ground with advantage at this time, as growth appears to continue. In 1974 the warehouse facilities are namely moved to a plot of 50,000 square metres in Skejby (north of the city).

When World War II breaks out, the growth is, however, brought to a sudden stand still. A/S L. Hammerich & Co. must suffer five years of constant lack of foreign goods and vast problems with the transportation of goods. In 1942 the later director Carl Erik Olesen is employed in the castings section in Grønnegade.

During the war, the Troldtekt boards get transported by horse carriage to the nearest railway station for further haulage. This is hard, however. The factory in Troldhede is going at a low pace due to the limited demand, and the workers are made redundant. The productionen of Troldtekt and Danatex commences again after an 18 months break.

Two Volvos often seen in town

The war, however, has a few more bizarre side effects. The company's cars are generally operated by gas generators during the war, but some of cars obtain a petrol licence and do not need the generator. Tyres, however, are very difficult to get. That, of course, also applies to the resistance movement, who is always in the need of vehicles. And as A/S L. Hammerich & Co. have connections to the resistance movement, the management is looking the other way, when a car is suddenly "stolen", which happens quite often. When the car later "by accident" was found parked near the office in Grønnegade, it might well have had the tyres changed. The original ones has been so bad, that the thief had had to steal tyres or complete wheels to get the job done. The insurrance company reacts with some scepticism towards the many thefts which are always duly reported by the Aarhus Company.