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Harmet - a shortcut from an idea to a finished building

Even the smallest hut can sometimes be the beginning of something big. What started out as a mere market research exercise to identify the demand for construction site huts, has now evolved into the largest modular building manufacturing and assembly operation in the Baltics. This is how the success story of Harmet begins – from some businessmen meeting each other for the first time, finding common ground to develop a new product and persevering through the thick and thin to become one of the leading modular building companies in Scandinavia.

Toomas Kalev, Harmet’s chairman of the board remembers those early days vividly. “We were toying around with the idea of abandoning our metal container business due to increasing cost pressure from the east and were eager to identify market opportunities for manufacturing site huts when our paths crossed with Ivar Valdmaa and Toomas Linamäe from CRAMO, who seemed genuinely intrigued by our plans. We completed our first modular hut within 6-12 months from our initial meeting and were hungry for more, even though at first we had 1-2 people working on the project and our output was limited to 1 hut per month. Today we employ over 800 people and are selling modular buildings to Scandinavia, to the United Kingdom and even the United States,” Kalev gleams with pride. As a firm believer in a hands-on approach, he is no stranger to modular assembly himself. “I always tell our new recruits in the office to go down to the factory floor and get involved – this way you learn at least 5 times quicker than sitting behind the computer all day.”

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