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A local company won the competitive bidding. Managed by Hannu-Pekka Havisto, Nivalan Laatukaluste received the largest order in its history when the Oulainen house factory ordered furniture and fixtures for the Hanhikivi 1 construction site’s accommodation premises. Photo: Mikko Törmänen

Furniture for the people building the power plant

Furniture store Nivalan Laatukaluste received its larger order ever from Lehto Group: more than a thousand beds and as many desks, chairs, and wardrobes. The Lehto Group Oulainen house factory ordered the furniture for the accommodation premises of the Hanhikivi 1 construction site from the furniture seller located in Nivala. Laatukaluste will deliver the furniture for the residential rooms and shared lounges, as well as the kitchen fixtures.

According to entrepreneur Hannu-Pekka Havisto, this is the largest order in the 30-year history of Nivalan Laatukaluste.

- This deal has allowed us to hire an additional employee, which we had been considering for some time.

Nivalan Laatukaluste currently employs four people. Furniture, light fixtures, and fixtures are sold to customers directly from the store in Nivala. The company also designs and supplies a variety of furniture for public premises. The company has several manufacturer partners. 


Products on time at the production line

Nivalan Laatukaluste orders the furniture and fixtures for the accommodation premises from factories in Finland, Estonia, and Italy. Laatukaluste is responsible for ensuring that assembled products arrive on time at the production line in the Oulainen factory. Laatukaluste employees need to visit Oulainen weekly.

- Next, we will go there to unload beds and attach legs onto them.

Laatukaluste and the house factory planned the furnishing of the accommodation premises together.

The logistics required some thinking, because the goods are taken to Oulainen either directly from the manufacturer or via the Laatukaluste facility. For example, tables and TV stands are assembled in Nivala and taken to Oulainen with Laatukaluste’s own vehicles.

- Furniture for around two to three weeks at a time is stored at the house factory production line, because their storage facilities are not large enough to hold any more furniture.

Havisto says that the furniture order is an example of how a local small company can be involved in a large project. He encourages other companies to submit their offers.

- Your customer can also be a Finnish partner, like ours. We contacted Lehto when we saw the news of them winning the contract. They arranged a competitive bidding and chose a local company so that the people would be easy to reach.

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