A worker is confidently spreading putty in the joints between pieces of plasterboard and covering screwheads. The stairwell will be finished by summer, at which time it will be the entryway to a conference room on the second floor of Woller Oy’s new head office.
Robert Woller, the founder and owner of the company, is sitting in the yard of his home, listening to the steady sound of traffic on highway 8. The recently renovated highway is essential for many companies that are coming to Ollinmäki, and the Hanhikivi 1 construction site is not far away either. More than half of the 55 plots reserved for industrial use have already been taken. The land use plan also allows for the construction of a grocery store of a maximum of 5,000 square meters.
“It’s nice and quiet here – for the time being,” says Woller, smiling.
Attracted to the area by the Hanhikivi 1 construction site
Woller Oy is currently in the process of relocating from Southwest Finland. In addition to being a comprehensive metal industry contractor, the company represents Sommer, a manufacturer of doors and gates used in nuclear power plants.
The Hanhikivi 1 construction site was a major incentive for Woller to settle in Pyhäjoki, but it was not the only attractive feature of the region.
“There are lots of industrial companies in the area. As a manufacturer of steel and metal products, we can serve small and large customers alike.”
“The business center will be a meeting place for the companies in the area.”
The other companies in Ollinmäki also see plenty of opportunities provided by the Hanhikivi 1 project. Helena Illikainen, the economic development director of Pyhäjoki, says that many companies are interested in the Hanhikivi 1 construction site, because it offers work for a large number of contractors, and some companies are employed by business activities developing around the huge construction site.
Illikainen adds that the planning of an accommodation village for a little over a thousand people at Ollinmäki is ongoing. A new residential area, Matinsaari, is also nearby, and people will be using a road right next to Ollinmäki to get to the hundred detached houses to be built there.
“The community consisting of the businesses and residents in Ollinmäki will require plenty of services, and the municipal center is only a couple of kilometers away.”
The role of the municipality in Ollinmäki is similar as in the case of industrial areas in Viirre, Etelänkylä, Pohjankylä, and Parhalahti: land use planning, municipal engineering, and affordable pricing of the plots encourage companies to invest in the area.
Business center will bring together businesses and residents
The opportunities available in Ollinmäki have boosted the growth of JAKE Rakennus Bygg Oy from Pietarsaari. The family-owned company has reserved a plot to establish a service center for the local entrepreneurs. The business center will be built in two stages and will have a total surface area of almost 4,000 square meters.
Once complete, it will house a cafeteria, a gym, as well as offices and other commercial premises, the largest of which will be several hundred square meters. Fifty to sixty offices can be built.
“First and foremost, the business center will be a meeting place for the companies in the area where people can meet up for lunch or arrange a customer meeting,” explains Jonny Asplund, the sales manager of JAKE Rakennus.
According to Asplund, there have been preliminary negotiations on the premises with well-known large Finnish and foreign companies. A welding equipment servicing company, a store selling technical products, and a cafeteria have all submitted preliminary offers, for example. The goal is for the companies to stay in the area for a longer time.
“People in Pyhäjoki will need services in the future too. Once a decision on the nuclear power plant’s construction license has been made, we will be ready to start construction in a couple of months.”
Browse and reserve available plots of Ollinmäki business area at pyhajoki.fi.