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Pyhäjokinen Janne Kallio on urakoinut Hanhikivi 1 -työmaalla hankkeen alusta alkaen.

Janne Kallio from Pyhäjoki has been a contractor at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site since the very beginning. Photo by Mikko Törmänen

A man from Pyhäjoki enjoys working at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site with his tractor

Janne Kallio works at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site. In the winter, he ploughs streets in Pyhäjoki to ensure that life in the best town of the world would be even more pleasant.

Your company JanVice does excavation work. How did you come to start a business?

“I was born at a farm, and I was attached to the bench of a tractor already as a little boy. When I was working for SSAB in Raahe, I had to remove the snow from our driveway myself in the winter. I started the ploughing with the machines from my parents’ farm, as they were not used in the wintertime. Other people in the neighborhood soon started to offer me work, and nowadays I keep the streets owned by the municipality of Pyhäjoki and some local properties in good condition in the winter. I work with a tractor because it is a versatile working machine to which you can attach a variety of attachments. You can do the job of many trucks with a tractor, but the same does not apply the other way around.”

"The Hanhikivi 1 project has caused the entire region to come to life."

Your company also has contracts at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site. What kind of work do you do there?

“It would be easier to list what we haven’t done! I started with small ploughing jobs before Hanhikiventie road had even been constructed at the Hanhikivi peninsula. Our job description has expanded since. Nowadays, my company is a subcontractor of Suomen Maastorakentajat Oy. When we are on call, we must get to the construction site quickly. The work is restrictive but also fun. We have a great work community, and we get to learn new skills, such as the operation of new machines.”

In your opinion, what kind of an impact has the Hanhikivi 1 project had on the neighboring areas?

“The Hanhikivi 1 project has had a major impact on Pyhäjoki. When you walked around in Pyhäjoki twenty years ago, you got the feeling that it was a village where not much was going on. Now something is happening everywhere: lots of construction and such. The project has caused the entire region to come to life.”

Entrepreneur Janne Kallio wants to support Finnish work whenever possible. "I would like to see more people adopt the same attitude,” he says.

How is the Hanhikivi 1 construction site reflected in the everyday life of local businesses?

“The construction site impact spreads to a wide area in the form of a variety of jobs, for example. Local small businesses, such as bakeries and crane, transport, and plumbing companies, also benefit from the construction site. Using local workforce is important, as the more you do it, the more money will stay in the region. I’m currently using my third Valtra tractor. In addition to its high quality, I chose Valtra because I want to support Finnish work whenever possible. I would like to see more people adopt the same attitude.”

What kind of a working environment is the Hanhikivi 1 construction site?

“It’s a construction site, and working there requires expertise, a good attitude, and an ability to follow all given instructions to a tee. Our guideline is doing each job exactly as instructed, even though it may feel funny sometimes. It is a question of a construction site where a high standard of quality and safety are required, where there is no room for cutting corners or being obstinate, and where each regulation has a purpose. Meanwhile, working at the construction site is still fun due to the good atmosphere. Once you have properly taken care of your job, you always have time for some banter.”

What do you think is the best feature of Pyhäjoki?

“Peace and quiet, without a doubt. I like that you have enough space to live here. If you want to jump naked into the snow from your sauna, nobody will be bothered by it. It’s also easy to move about here, and the larger cities, such as Kalajoki, Raahe, and Oulu, are easy to reach. Since the people are nice and relaxed, I have no intention of moving anywhere – but you should never say never!”