Oy WMA Invest Ab will merge the trading services business of its companies, JTJ-Sales Oy and Oy Mesmec Ab. The new company will trade as Foodmec Oy starting from 4th of January 2021.
“We want to offer our customers our extensive know-how to help them develop their food industry processes. We will be focusing more resources on our customer work. Both JTJ-Sales and Mesmec have customer relationships that span over many years, and their customers will reap the benefits from their joint supply and experience,” says Foodmec Oy’s new CEO Anders Asplund. He will also continue as the Senior Vice President of Oy Mesmec Ab, which was established in 1989 and will continue its operations, focusing on its core know-how.
“Merging Mesmec’s trading services and JTJ-Sales’ business operations is fully in compliance with Oy WMA Invest Ab’s asset acquisition strategy compiled in 2018. Foodmec will cooperate very closely with its affiliate Mesmec, making good use, for example, of its strong design know-how and project services,” Asplund explains.
Making the most of its comprehensive process expertise, Foodmec will supply machinery and equipment, for example, for the meat processing, processed food, slaughterhouse and fish processing industries, as well as for bakeries and vegetable processing companies. The companies being merged into Foodmec Oy are well-known technology manufacturers whose machinery and equipment Foodmec will supply to customers according to their specific needs. The range of products on offer will cover the needs of the entire food manufacturing industry’s production processes.
Efficiency, quality assurance and safety require more and more advanced technology. “For example, the requirements for identifying foreign bodies are constantly growing. We want to provide our customers with a broader range of international process automation systems,” says Foodmec’s COO, Jan Isaksson.
Foodmec will continue to operate in Kokkola and Helsinki for the time being. Its staff members will continue to work for Foodmec under their existing employment contracts without losing the employee benefits they have acquired so far. “Our skilled staff have years of experience in this sector and a great deal of valuable know-how, and sharing that know-how will bring our customers added value,” Asplund says.
“As former managers of JTJ-Sales, we will continue to support this new company during the merger stages,” Jukka Alanen and Juha Riekkinen, former members of JTJ-Sales’ management team, explain. “We saw immediately the business advantages the merging of the two companies’ operations would bring.”
Both Alanen and Riekkinen are going to retire in the spring of 2021.
“We have ensured business continuity by recruiting more employees. We have had excellent success in our recruitment efforts, and three new employees will begin working for Foodmec on the 4th of January 2021. They are all professionals with in-depth knowledge of the sector and will be a great addition to our company! We can’t wait to begin our new journey and face new challenges together with our team,” Isaksson says.
For more information contact:
Anders Asplund, Foodmec Oy, CEO, tel. +358 50 505 0587
Jan Isaksson, Foodmec Oy, COO, tel. +358 40 129 2339
Jukka Alanen, Senior Advisor, tel. +358 400 717 221
Juha Riekkinen, Senior Advisor, tel. +358 40 505 7656