Mechanic Marko Vuori assembled frames for TANA landfill compactors and saw for himself at the Mustankorkea landfill in Jyväskylä how effectively they compacted the waste. These days, Marko maintains and services TANA landfill compactors and other machines throughout Finland.
“It gives you a good feeling when you fix a machine and get it working. Last spring, I brought back to life an old green TANA landfill compactor that had been exported to Norway in the 1990s. I myself drove it onto the shipping pallet. It’s unbelievable to think that the exact same machine returned to Finland to be fixed by me. These days, it’s still working in Ylivieska,” Marko Vuori says.
Marko joined Tana in the 1990s, originally as a flame cutter; he was invited to work by the supervisor at the time. His tasks included manufacturing frame components. At the time, TANA landfill compactors were manufactured in the workshops in Jyväskylä, Vaajakoski and the Väinölä shipyard.
“I did flame cutting for several years until a fire destroyed the workshop in Väinölä and production was transferred entirely to Vaajakoski,” Marko recalls.
From operating landfill compactors to servicing them
After working for Tana, Marko Vuori went to work for one of the company’s customers. He drove landfill compactors at the Mustankorkea landfill in Jyväskylä for many years and also serviced them. This made him appreciate how well Tana’s landfill compactors really work.
“The product is really unique and really compacts the waste well. My work at the Mustankorkea landfill was nice enough, but since I had been used to working with my hands and not sitting all day, I developed back problems.”
Today, Marko Vuori works as a service technician for Bimu and travels around Finland servicing wheeled and mining machinery. His job requires constant travelling all over Finland, and he usually works outdoors, rain or shine. According to Marko, this kind of mobile work suits him well.
Massimo Moretti worked for 21 years servicing TANA machines in Italy. The relationship began when Massimo’s entrepreneur friend asked him to take a look at a problem with a TANA machine. Massimo managed to solve the issue, leading to a maintenance service agreement with the company in question. Later, local representation and servicing of TANA machines transferred entirely to Massimo’s brother’s company (Service Pompe), also known as Tana Italia.
“I fell in love with TANA machines at first sight, since their performance is in a class of their own. Our customers too are extremely satisfied with Tana’s products for exactly the same reason,” Massimo says.
Through his collaboration with Tana and training trips to Finland, Massimo also fell in love with Finland and Finns, who he claims are easy to get to know.
“Klaus, Jarmo, Hannu, Mirja, Kari and many others have become good friends over the years. My best friend in Finland is Harri Uusi-Maahi, who acquainted me with the secrets of the Finnish sauna and ice swimming. The sauna became such an important place for me that I had to get one for my own home too – from Finland, naturally!”
Harri Uusi-Maahi also appreciates the friendship that he formed with Massimo at work.
“We have a really nice and warm friendship with Massimo. We both like old motorcycles and are passionate about mushroom picking. Whenever we find really nice mushrooms, we have to send each other photos,” Harri admits.
The contact between the two friends has been much more than just business. They have become friends with their entire families and still call each other regularly. They also plan to visit each other again as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.
“Even though Massimo is already retired, he is still keen to help servicing machines whenever needed. Massimo always comes to the rescue if there is a particularly tricky problem, as he knows Tana’s machines like the back of his hand! He is an important link in the transfer of know how to the new generation of Tana Italia.”
Working with spare parts is a kind of gym
Asko’s work also requires good physical condition, as he lifts parts that can weigh dozens of kilos each day and the largest deliveries can weigh thousands of kilos. For the most part Asko works by himself, but during peak times he is assisted by others.
Tana’s spare parts management is now subcontracted to Vähälä Logistics, which is now officially Asko’s employer, although the work has remained the same. Asko has especially fond memories of Tana’s employee holidays to Estonia and Peurunka. “I fondly recall everyone at Tana, and I would like to send my greetings especially to those with whom I have worked!”
Kindness and equal treatment
Tuire Hautakangas, hostess
“I looked after food services and cleanliness at the workplace from 2005 to 2016, when I retired with longing minds.
It all began when Tana was looking for a cook to provide food at the workplace. CEO Kari Kangas offered me the position, and so I began working as hostess.
I have warm memories of my time at Tana – they were the best years of my working life. I was always happy to go to work and plan my tasks the way I thought was best.
I often started my workday ahead of schedule, even if my official working hours were 6am to 12noon. I didn’t really look at the clock, I just did everything that had to be done at my own pace.
I maintained order as needed. I instructed others to keep everything neat and tidy. I got the message across by giving orders in a friendly way and seldom had to repeat myself. I felt that I was liked, and it showed: we always greeted each other, regardless of our positions.
Visiting customers, especially when they arrived from abroad, made my work all the more colourful. I would plan their meals in advance if I was told they had special requirements. I am not very good at languages, but the others would translate and in that way we would exchange pleasantries.
I have a lot of good memories from special events, such as our Christmas parties. They were always fun, even if I am not much of a party person. I remember once when a work colleague, who has sinced sadly passed away, wanted to make sure that I got home safely from the party and ordered me a taxi. He even told the driver to make sure that Tuire got home safely. I remember that warmly. I also fondly remember how the other girls at work used to apply makeup on me and make me look pretty, even though I never use makeup otherwise.
I have to say, I’ve never had such a nice employer as Tana and CEO Kari Kangas. His kindness and equal treatment make it very special. He always asked how you were doing and was friendly. If all bosses were that good, Finland would do really well!
I wish Tana all the best for the future. May you continue along the same path for the next 50 years!”