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Made in Finland

OVER 50 YEARS ON THE ROOF

The story of Orima began in 1960, when the company was founded by Toivo Hankala from Orimattila. Its first products were baking trays. Toivo Hankala and his bicycle, loaded with materials or finished products, were a familiar sight in the Orimattila area: he rode out to get his supplies in the morning, manufactured the products during the day and sold them in the evening. Product development in Hankala’s workshop started in earnest when locals at the Lahti marketplace told the new entrepreneur that rain gutters might sell well.

history

Hankala took up the challenge and started to make gutters by hand. However, he soon decided to purchase his first gutter machines. The ‘Rima’ machines were bought at a trade fair in Germany, and their arrival marked the beginning of the mass production of rainwater systems in Finland.

The product range was then extended to include ladders and wood-burning sauna stoves. Indeed, at the beginning of the 1980s, Orima was already one of Finland’s largest makers of sauna stoves. The company produced stoves both under its own brand and for other companies for their own branding. Orima stoves featured unique innovative technology that ensured a particularly good sauna experience. However, production of sauna stoves was discontinued at the end of the 1980s. Since then the company has been  specializing in the production of roof-access products and rainwater systems, along with production of sheet-metal products on a subcontracting basis.

A strong retail and installation network has always been an important part of Orima. In the beginning, Hankala used a pedal bike to transport his products, but it was not long before there were dozens of trucks carrying Orima’s colours and logo all over Finland. The trucks would leave fully loaded on Monday morning and return to the factory for a new load on Friday.

Today, Orima’s key markets cover all of the snowy Northern Europe: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, and the Baltic States. Orima celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. The company’s modern production facilities are still on the same site in Orimattila as the original workshop.

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