The history of Metos in a nutshell
- In 1922, Oy Metalliteos was founded by Aare Leikola and his partners for the purpose of mass-producing metal products. The first mass-produced product was lion buttons for the Finnish Army.
- The company mastered a new material: stainless steel.
- Stainless steel table tops were the first Metos products to find their way into professional kitchens.
- At decade’s end, the company moved from rented premises on Fleminginkatu to Elimäenkatu Street.
- In 1931, Metos produced its first commercial cooking pot, which was delivered to the Paimio Sanatorium.
- In 1938, the company produced the world’s first factory-made electric sauna heater.
- In 1935 –1938, Metos invested in factory expansion. At decade’s end, a section of the factory was destroyed in a devastating fire.
- The first project to include all kitchen equipment was delivered to Alko Salmisaari kitchen, just before the Winter War broke out in 1939.
- Metos trademark was more widely utilised. It was officially registered only in 1960.
- In 1940, Metos made equipment for the Helsinki Summer Olympics. The games were cancelled due to war, but the equipment was put to good use nevertheless. The pots, for example, served the local food supply centre for more than 40 years.
- During the war, Metos provided the armed forces with, for example, ski bindings and tent stoves.
- In addition to ski bindings, Metos manufactured other consumer products such as steel money boxes.
- The first Metos Uutiset (Metos News) customer magazine was published in 1950. It is still published under the same name.
- Metos launched customer trainings in different parts of Finland.
- In 1952, it received a major equipment order for the Helsinki Summer Olympics.
- Exportation commenced in the mid-decade.
- In Finland, the opening of an equipment exhibition on Yrjönkatu Street marked an important milestone in 1956.
- At the end of the decade, Metos got a new owner. In 1959, its majority stake was bought by Instrumentarium and Metos became part of a listed company.
- In the 1960’s, Finland enjoyed a period of substantial growth. Metos Service was founded in 1962 and a regional sales network launched around the same time.
- In 1962, the Merivaara factory, part of the Instrumentarium Group, was built in Kerava. It first concentrated on manufacturing hospital furniture and later housed some of Metos’ operations.
- In 1965, history was made when Metos Micronic, the first microwave oven built in Finland, was launched.
- In 1967, Metos stopped manufacturing hospital equipment and focused on professional kitchen equipment and sauna heaters.
- In 1972, Metos’ production was moved to Kerava, Finland.
- In 1972, Metos expanded to Sweden by founding its first foreign subsidiary (Metos Storkök Ab) and buying the first foreign manufacturing unit, Accord AC Ab, which produced refrigeration apparatuses.
- In 1976, Metos administration, marketing and sales were transferred from Helsinki to Kerava.
- A separate Marine department was established.
- In the 1980’s, Metos established good trade relations with the Soviet Union. In 1980, the company secured a substantial order for the Moscow Summer Olympics.
- In 1982, exports surpassed domestic sales for the first time.
- In 1983, Metos stopped making sauna heaters and concentrated solely on professional kitchen equipment and related services.
- In the 1980’s, Metos expanded its operations to cruise ship kitchens and delivered large cruiser projects. Also Norwegian sales unit was launched in the 80’s.
- The recession of the early 1990’s also weighed heavily on Metos. Markets collapsed simultaneously in Finland and the primary exporting countries, and the company had no option but to downsize.
- Instrumentarium-owned Metos and Hackman’s institutional kitchen unit were merged in 1994, marking the birth of Hackman Metos Oy Ab. Hackman became the majority shareholder and acquired the whole share capital in 1998.
- At decade’s end, Metos entered a period of substantial growth and internationalisation. In 1998 alone, it made 8 acquisitions and launched own sales companies in baltic countries and Russia.
- In the 1990’s, Metos built its present service network in Finland, becoming the only company in the industry that can offer the support of its own service network throughout the country.
- In 2002, Metos expanded its operations in Italy by buying several manufacturing units.
- In 2002-2003, Metos expanded its operations in Belgium and the Netherlands buy acquiring companies focused on production and project deliveries.
- In 2002, Metos Center, Europe’s largest professional kitchen equipment exhibition and training centre, was opened in Kerava, Finland.
- In 2004, Metos found a new owner, when Italian Ali Group acquired the shares of Hackman Oyj.