February 5, 2008

Onninen builds service center of steel products in Hattula

Onninen will build a new service center of steel products in Merve industrial area in Hattula. All Onninen's steel products and associated services will be centralized in this modern warehouse. The building is estimated to be ready during summer 2009.

Building new service center of steel products was initiated by a noticeable increase in sales of steel products at Onninen. Earthwork will begin in February-March 2008 and construction work will begin during the spring. Roofing celebration is to be held at the end of 2008. According to the provisional schedule the building will be ready in summer 2009. Service center is estimated to be in full operation in September-October 2009.

In the first phase indoor storage area of 9 000 m2 and unheated storage area of 17 300 m2 are built in the plot, the area of which is 20 hectares.  According to plans operations in structural steels which are currently located in Kilo industrial area in Espoo will be the first ones to be moved to Hattula. After this, operations of special steels which are currently located in the distribution center Hyvinkää, will be moved to Hattula. 

- The share of steel products in sales at Onninen has been growing during the last decade. We forecast that the growth will continue. It was essential to find a place which is logistically favorable for building a new service center and for developing customer service for machine building industry, equipment manufacturers and structural steel builders, says Director Tom Grönmark. 

Warehouse of steel products in service center will include, for example, steel plates, tubular beams, bars, aluminum and steel profiles. The amount of titles in service center is about 3 000. Services at Onninen cover also services for processing steel such as cutting, facing ends, packing, sand blasting and coating. All these operations will be done in service center for steel products in Hattula.

According to estimates the warehouse will in the beginning employ about 25 persons for logistical operations. A part of them will be recruited from Hattula and its neighborhood. The amount of employees is estimated to increase in the future.

Further information: Tom Grönmark, Director, Onninen Oy,
tel. +358 204 85 5563,

Onninen provides comprehensive materials services to contractors, industry, public organisations and technical product retailers. We are a family-owned company and have operated in the industry since 1913. We have 3,300 employees in our Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Baltic operations. Estimated net sales for 2007 totalled EUR 1,7 billion.