“We want to support our home locality in every way”

Tue 14 May 2019 03:06:00 PM EEST

Hannukainen Mining and Tapojärvi Oy signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Kolarin Kontio.
“The share of Hannukainen Mining and Tapojärvi is a significant part of the annual sponsorship”, says board member Tuomo Norman.
Kolarin Kontio currently has a total of 38 sponsors.

Team play is needed in working life

Supporting sports activities for children and youth has been an integral part of Tapojärvi Oy’s strategy, and therefore Hannukainen Mining Oy has supported the club’s juniors in previous years as well. The number of Kolarin Kontio juniors has grown from last year to more than 180 members. The total amount of support from Tapojärvi and Hannukainen Mining per junior player also increased.
“A good basic fitness level is really important in mining work. You should learn how to maintain it already as a child. That is why we support the activities of various sports clubs every year”, says Tapojärvi Oy’s Business Controller Tuomas Tapojärvi.
Tapojärvi Oy, which now joined the agreement, is the parent company of Hannukainen Mining Oy whose owners are originally from Kolari. Tuomas Tapojärvi is already a familiar face to many of the club’s board members, as he has also played for the club.
“It came as a surprise to me that Tapojärvi Oy has grown to be so extensive and influential over the years“, says Kolarin Kontio’s chairman Jarmo Pudas.
“It is great that we are supported by a healthy and financially sound company that is also coming to carry out a new domestic mining project.”

The well-being of Lapland is important

It is important for both Hannukainen Mining and Tapojärvi to take part in supporting the vitality of the localities where they operate. With the companies, Lapland is constantly gaining new jobs and tax revenues.
“Our company has operated in the industry for almost 65 years. Kolari has had mining operations since the 17th century. As mining operations evolve, emissions and other drawbacks have been reduced to a fraction of what they were, for example, thirty years ago”, Tuomas Tapojärvi mentions.
“Nowadays, the by-products of a mine can also be used and they no longer burden the environment like before”, Tapojärvi summarises.
Today, Tapojärvi is an international company with mining and plant operations in three countries. The company currently employs more than 450 people, and 60 people are employed by subcontractors.