Our roots originate from Koillismaa
The operations of the family-run business, Kuusamo Log Houses, root back to Northern Finland near the Arctic Circle. At their home village in North Kuusamo, at the shore of Lake Kitkajärvi, brothers Simo and Arto Orjasniemi began manufacturing villas and houses in the early 1990s. Arto designed and sold the range of buildings, and his older brother Simo was responsible for lathing the logs.
Entrepreneurs know what true work is all about. During the busiest season in the early summer, the company’s four employees work in four shifts – two employees worked for six hours at once, after which they had a six-hour break. Thereafter, six hours of work followed by another six hours to rest – around the clock!
The high-quality and competitive log buildings produced by the brothers sold well and as the demand continued to grow, Jouko and Antti Virranniemi who were the owner brothers of the local sawmill, Pölkky Oy, joined in at the end of 1997. Together the four brothers decided to combine their skills and Kuusamo Hirsitalot Oy was founded at the beginning of 1998. Arto took over the management of the company as the Managing Director, Simo was responsible for production and the Virranniemi brothers operated in the company’s Board of Directors.
Kuusamo Log Houses today – Quality of life at Kuusamo Log House
Just over twenty years later, the two-man company has grown in to a reliable and financially sound log building operator which employs about 50 people. With the help of Finnish persistence and determination, the company that has undergone strong growth has always been financially strong and solvent, the company has achieved a positive result during every year of operations. Kuusamo Log Houses (Kuusamo Hirsitalot Oy in Finnish) has a AAA credit rating.
Our operating ideology is to produce quality of life for people.
The company continues to operate as a family business, and the owners are actively involved in the company’s operations. Arto Orjasniemi operates as the managing director. The owners, Simo Orjasniemi, Jouko Virranniemi and, as a result of the succession, Petteri and Tuomas Virranniemi operate in administration. The Virranniemi family also brings the vote of the partial owner, Pölkky Oy, to the table.
At the moment, Kuusamo Log Houses annually supplies the domestic and export markets 400-500 log buildings, and the company’s turnover is approx. 20 million euros.
Kuusamo Log Houses has worked on its strategy in 2020 by clarifying the company’s business idea, objectives and values. Our mission is to produce quality of life for people.
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