In memory of Jaakko Viitamäki
Jaakko Eero Viitamäki, born on February 3, 1949, became the responsible owner of our company at the end of 1979 when Ylistaron Terästakomo was established. His father Lauri Viitamäki had founded Terästakomo 25 years earlier in 1954.
At this time, the beginning of the energy crisis was around the corner and the sales of the firewood processors began to grow significantly. As a result of the growth, the production facilities became too small, and the company moved to a new production site built in its current location in 1984. In the first phase, the production facilities of 550 m2 and office space of 150 m2 were built. Today, the factory space has expanded to more than 6000 m2.
In addition to circular saw machines and screw log splitters, potato harvesters accounted for a significant part of the company's turnover during the 1980s. Later, the company specialized in the manufacturing of Palax firewood processors and related accessories. Over the past 60 years, 60,000 Palax firewood processors have been manufactured and sold to over 30 countries.
Jaakko was a man of action for whom the success of the company was important. Without sparing himself he helped unblock production bottlenecks by sawing, welding or painting parts on weekends for installers arriving on Monday. Jaakko was ingenious in product development and he constantly came up with new ideas. It can be said that Jaakko was a pioneer in the development of globally manufactured firewood processors of today that many other companies have subsequently followed.
For Ylistaron Terästakomo, Jaakko's work has been immeasurably valuable and we, the current employees of the company, will try honorably to continue this legacy. Jaakko sold the company to its current owner Terra Patris Oy in 2007, but even then he did not stop developing the products. During his many visits to the factory, he always had some new ideas and development needs for the current Palax product line. These ideas evolved from his dearest hobby of forestry and making firewood, which he diligently pursued in his retirement years. At this beloved hobby, Jaakko also passed away, on Epiphany Day, January 6, 2020.
On behalf of the staff at Ylistaron Terästakomo Oy