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OUR HISTORY

Everyone has a story and in this year we are going to review our unique history as a
120 years old company. Piece by piece we all are going to learn a bit more about Merivaara.

 

1901 The story of Merivaara begins

Two young blacksmiths Juho Sjöstedt, later Merivaara and Richard Polsa establish Helsinki New Iron Bed Factory, Polsa & Sjöstedt in a stone shed in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, on 8 November 1901. The new company has four employees. Juho Sjöstedt is only 23 years old, Richard Polsa 33 years old. In the beginning, production is limited to iron beds and all kind of forge work.

 

1903 High-quality products bring new customers

Customers appreciate Polsa & Sjöstedt’s high-quality products and stone shed expands from a workshop to a factory and moves to new premises in Helsinki, Finland.

 

1906 Juho Sjöstedt changes his name to
Juho Merivaara, first public award received

The national awakening of Finns means that many change their originally Swedish last name into Finnish language. Juho Sjöstedt becomes Juho Merivaara and the company’s name is changed to Polsa & Merivaara.

The company wins the second prize in an industrial exhibition in Finland for its iron bed.

1908 Juho Merivaara becomes
the sole owner of the company 

Juho Merivaara buys Richard Polsa’s share of the company for 24 000 golden marks. 

Products are again awarded in an industrial exhibition in Finland. 

 

1909 Satisfied customers bring more business 

The company is growing fast and employs already about 60 people. Good quality and satisfied customers are the reasons for the growth. 

 

1910 The first operating table comes out from production 

Merivaara follows carefully the emerging industrial development in Finland and starts producing hospital furnitureThe first operating tables are manufactured. 

The sales network is expandedstores are established in Terijoki and St. Petersburgrepresentation in Tallinn. 

1911 Products are awarded again 

Products receive an award in an industrial exhibition in Finland. 

 

1913 First price in an exhibition in Tallinn 

Products receive the first prize in an exhibition in Tallinn. The company has already 78 employees and the value of the production is respectable 614.000 marks. 

 

1917 Own factory built 

The own factory building is completed in Helsinki the same year that Finland becomes independent. The company has now over 100 employees. 

 

1923 Merivaara becomes a limited liability company 

Corporation is formed and registered as J. Merivaara Oy. Majority of the shares is owned by Juho Merivaara. 

To be continued…

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