Metos history milestones
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.
In 1931, Metos produced its first commercial cooking pot, which was delivered to the Paimio Sanatorium.
Metos trademark was more widely utilised. It was officially registered only in 1960.
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.
At decade’s end, Merivaara’s production was moved to Lahti, and Metos had the whole Kerava factory to itself.
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.
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.
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.