Together with the planned closure of the Freiberg mines at the beginning of the 20th century, funding from the State of Saxony led to new industrial companies settling in the area. The Elite Automobile Plant founded in Brand-Erbisdorf in 1913 is a typical example of a post-mining industry. Vehicles, bicycles, vehicle parts and vehicle manufacturing machinery were produced here. At times there were over 600 employees. After 1990, many small- and medium-sized businesses gathered together to form Elite-Gewerbepark GmbH in this testimony to industrial architecture.

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