Impressive Noormarkku Works
The Noormarkku Works area is one of the largest and most impressive ironwork areas in Finland.
Since 1870, it has been in the ownership of Ahlström and, during this time, it has risen to its current splendour.
Early history of the Works
In the 15th century, a manor called Herrgård was located in Noormarkku. During centuries, it had a number of different owners. In 1795, the Herrgård estate was transferred to general adjutant Carl Constantin de Carnall who, in 1806, obtain a privilege from the King of Sweden to build works. Noormarkku works was the last works built in Finland under the Swedish rule.
To the ownership of Ahlström
In 1863, the ownership of the Works was transferred to Karl Johan Lönegren, a Pori-based merchant, who repaired, for example, the poorly functioning Makkarakoski sawmill. After Lönegren faced financial difficulties, Noormarkku Works foreclosed in 1870 when the Works and its land and forest areas were bought by Antti Ahlström, a businessman from Merikarvia. When transferred to its new owner, the area was in poor condition because its previous owners did not possess the financial resources to maintain and repair the area.
After the Works was transferred to Ahlström, the sawmill burned in 1875 and the workshop burned twice in 1883 and 1893, after which the sawmill and workshop needed to be rebuilt. After the latest workshop fire, the workshop was decided to be made of stone.
An attractive area
During more than 60 years and three generations, the Ahlström family built three significant residential buildings in the Works area, i.e. Isotalo, Havulinna and Villa Mairea, and a number of other notable buildings, such as the head office, Club, employee residences and villas for managerial employees. Together, these buildings form a highly impressive and attractive area. Noormarkku Works remains in the ownership of the Ahlström family.