Eija Sipilä, managing director of Raahen Muuraus, what is the significance of the Hanhikivi 1 project to your company?
I find it important that local companies get to participate in such a major construction project. The Hanhikivi 1 project is important for the development of our whole region, and participating in it is a great opportunity for us.
What do you do at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site?
We have been laying bricks for the anticorrosion shop of the reinforcement workshop since May. Our first contract at the construction site was the brickwork project for the reinforcement workshop building in March.
What is the core competence of your company?
Refractory brickwork is our special area of expertise. For construction brickwork, we primarily implement large structures, such as facades.
Where do you operate geographically?
Our main area of operations is the environment of Oulu and Raahe, at a radius of 200 kilometers. At the moment, our most distant project is located in Pori, but we have worked on contracts as far as in Romania and Portugal.
A change of generation took place at your company recently – please tell us more about this!
My father, Antti Kolehmainen, founded the company in 1993. I was already helping back then by stamping company logos on father’s overalls by hand. You can say that my father started the business from scratch. I started properly working at the company in 2008. When I became the managing director in December 2019, everything was more or less ready for me. We now have 35 highly skilled professionals working for us, and our level of expertise is very high.
What does running a family business feel like?
When running a company, you often need to think what really is being done and why. It is clear that entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. You learn something new every day, which is really great and inspiring. And my father is still involved in the company’s operations, even though more in the role of an advisor.
How do you see the future?
I believe and hope that we will be able to manage the consequences of the coronavirus crisis together. At the same time, we need to build confidence in the future, as well as growth.
What kind of challenges does the future hold for Raahen Muuraus?
There is a recruitment problem in the industry that is also affecting us. It is difficult to find good masons, but we will need more workforce if we want to grow. The professional skills of our masons is everything to us.
Masonry involves precision work from start to finish
The brickwork of the partition walls of the anticorrosion shop for the reinforcement workshop has progressed throughout the summer at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site. The work will be finished later this year.
According to Henri Linnala, who works as a mason, implementing block masonry for the anticorrosion shop is somewhat different from regular projects.
“The partition walls are nine meters high, and the building is also otherwise very large.”
Another special feature of the Hanhikivi 1 construction site is the need for documentation. In practice, this means that every implemented reinforcement needs to be photographed, for example.
“Particular care is exercised at this construction site,” Linnala says.
The work was started in May, and it is progressing very well. Typically, Raahen Muuraus has a team of five people working efficiently together.
“The construction site is quite busy, with so many other workers at the site at the same time.”
This is not the first time that Linnala is working at Hanhikivi: earlier in the spring, he participated in the brickwork for the reinforcement workshop building.
Linnala has a background in carpentry. He has been working in masonry for five years now. He moved recently to Pyhäjoki. According to Linnala, every contract has its special characteristics, even though the actual masonry work is usually very much the same.
“This project will surely be remembered for its sheer size.”
Raahen Muuraus Oy
- Established in 1993.
- 35 employees.
- Specialty: refractory brickwork.
- A change of generation was implemented in 2019.
Reinforcement workshop and anticorrosion shop
- The reinforcements used in concrete structures at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site will be manufactured at the reinforcement workshop.
- At the reinforcement workshop, reinforcement bars will be cut and bent in accordance with work plans. The reinforcement workshop will also produce various steel frames and anchor plates.
- All steel parts that will be exposed to corrosion will be treated at the anticorrosion shop located next to the reinforcement workshop.