900 people came close to sugar production
November is traditionally the month in which the sugar factory in Nakskov welcomes visitors who would like to see the factory in full production. The doors are now closed for further visits this year and the factory has entered the second half of the sugar beet campaign which is expected to finish mid-January.
- We have had almost 900 visitors this year, says factory director in Nakskov, Runi Egholm. We appreciate the great interest from associations, schools and local citizens. We are a company which in many ways leaves our mark on the town and its surroundings during the campaign. Though we as a factory probably make noise and entail heavy traffic, it is our experience that our visitors come with a positive attitude on the guided tours and put a lot of questions to the guides.
Tourist in your own town
As something new, Visit Lolland arranged visits to the sugar factory this year and the interest was so big that four groups of 30 people each were made. Director of Tourism, Henriette Lund Pedersen, says that she could easily have made four additional groups.
- I am pleased that both the sugar factory and the local citizens have supported our initiative, she says. My idea with these company visits is that we as citizens should get to know our local area better and be proud of it. We should all be ambassadors for Lolland and tell everyone that a lot of things are still going on here which again requires that we ourselves know about all the good things that are taking place. We need to know what is going on behind the fence. Therefore, I am really pleased that the sugar factory agreed to the idea immediately.
- I hope we can repeat the guided tours next year and that we will also be allowed to visit other workplaces in the region. It is important that we as citizens gain insights that will help us obtain an understanding of the town's companies, says Henriette Lund Pedersen.
I felt proud
The Director of Tourism participated in the first visit to the sugar factory and was impressed about the size of everything and that everything was so clean and tidy.
- Everything is so well managed and I felt really proud of having such a company in Nakskov. Yes, there is a certain aroma during the campaign period and yes, the production may produce some noise, but this is needed in order for our society to work as each workplace helps create trade in the shops. The companies are also a prerequisite for the basis of the population and thus, for our places of culture and educational institutions, says Henriette Lund Pedersen.
A guided tour of the factory in Nakskov takes just over two hours. The Nordic Sugar factory in Nykøbing also had around 900 visitors in November. At both factories, former employees showed the visitors around.