This morning we took part in our first "Day of the Open Door" excursion. It was right around the corner from our apartment, at the base of operations for the regional baking chain, Sehne.
Some general information from the German Wikipedia article:
- Sehne was established in 1957 by Heinrich Sehne and his wife, Ruth.
- In 1976 their whole operation burnt down. Just five months later they were back at work.
- The first branches opened in 1982.
- Sehne celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.
- Heinrich Sehne passed away on 22 March this year, at the age of 80.
At the event this morning we had some Sehne breakfast, and then we walked around the factory to see what the workers were up to. The machinery and integrated processes are really interesting. At one point my husband and his colleague were marvelling at how a ball of dough is flipped onto a narrow conveyor belt with just the right amount of force so that it lands comfortably, without falling on the floor. You would think you could put a little barrier up just in case, but the machines are so perfect that it isn't even necessary. More conveyor belts, automatic cake slicers, giant beaters and the like, below.