This is what managing director Markku Vääräniemi of Maanrakennus Vääräniemi Oy from Taivalkoski has to say about the cornerstones of the company’s crushing operations. Paavo Vääräniemi established the company in 1951, and at the turn of the millennium, the company expanded its operations to crushing. Nowadays, it is the third generation running the company, which is well-known around the crushing sites of northern Finland.
“My father passed the company to me in 1984. He gave me an important piece of advice saying that working hard and honestly is the best we can offer to our homeland. I’ve tried to live up to it,” says Markku Vääräniemi.
Road foundation aggregates in the backwoods of Kuusamo
The gravel road in the backwoods of Kuusamo winds through the northern wilds until it reaches the Jokilampi-Riitavaara quarry. The site is dressed in the colors of autumn.
Neighbors do not cause any trouble here where Vääräniemi’s crushing team is producing 45,000 metric tons of aggregates to be used as road foundation material in the jointly-owned forests of Kuusamo. Thanks to the location, mills can turn from 6 am to 10 pm with an hourly capacity of 150–200 metric tons. The result of the day is 2,000–3,000 metric tons of aggregates.
The new Lokotrack® LT106™ jaw crusher, which was deployed in May, takes care of the primary stage of the double-stage plant, and the secondary stage is handled by LT1100™ gyratory crusher and screen plant, which is more than ten years old.
Third-generation crushing contractor Markus Vääräniemi administers the 0–500 mm feed to the jaw crusher. Janne Hulkkonen takes care of conveying ready aggregates smoothly.