Update December 2006:
Unfortunately this factory was demolished in 2005.
I received an interesting e-mail from Johannes Hildebrandt,
a grandson of the former director of the plant, Dr. Willy van Delden:
As you already conjectured, this plant has been THE employer
in Ahaus for many years, and it was my grandfather, who managed the reconstruction
of the almost totally destroyed plant after the second world war and thus
"reanimated" the town Ahaus. He became honorary citizen of Ahaus
in 1958, and you can still see the house where he and his family lived
(it´s Kreuzstraße 2) or walk through the Van-Delden-Straße
towards the former textile plant (that´s the way my grandfather
used to take every day).
My personal memories of the plant are mainly resulting from my childhood,
when my grandfather showed me round, and I remember the noise of the looms
and the characteristic smell of jute everywhere. It was interesting (and
also sad) for me to see what happened to this part of the history of Ahaus.
As I heard the textile plant has been completely demolished in the meantime.