BACKGROUND AND HISTORY OF THE COMPANY
Erkki Hettula was born in the Kaukonen village of KittilÃ¤. Erkki found his beloved Silja from JauhojÃ¤rvenkylÃ¤. Erkki and Silja were married in 1949, and they had four children.
Erkki worked in a few places before starting his own business with Silja in 1959. He got a license for driving a gravel truck in the province of Lapland. Silja phoned construction sites and conveyed work to Erkki. In the 1960s, the livelihood came from works for TVH, the National Board of Forestry and the municipality of KittilÃ¤. In 1965, the business was expanded with wheel loader and bulldozer works with another motorist from KittilÃ¤.
Erkki Samuel and Sauli Hettula, the eldest of Erkkiâ€™s and Siljaâ€™s children, were involved in the business from the start. In the early 1970s, the wheel loader works were spun off into its own general partnership, Sauli ja Samuel Hettula, and the gravel transportation was continued in the name of Erkki Hettula. Waste was first transported with a truck. In 1978, a transport license for a garbage truck was obtained, and one was purchased. S&S Hettula rented areas for delivering gravel, and the first gravel crushing station was acquired in 1977. As Erkki Hettula died in 1979, Hettula Ky was founded. The general partners of the company were Erkkiâ€™s wife Silja and Samuel and Sauli, the oldest of the boys. The younger sister, Kirsi, was a silent partner. The youngest of them all, Pertti, was a minor.
THE 1980S WAS A TIME OF CHANGE
In the 1980s, the business areas were gravel and crushed stone deliveries and wheel loader services. The company provided construction gravel for buildings. As the demand for ready-mixed concrete increased, the business area was broadened after Sauli took a course in milling. Aakenus Betoni Oy was founded for selling the ready-mixed concrete.Â Â The waste act entered into force and the demand for waste transportations started to grow as Levi grew bigger. The waste management of the real estates of the municipality and the clearing works of side roads were also part of the companyâ€™s work load.
Company arrangements continued in 1986 when Pertti bought his motherâ€™s share of Hettula Ky. The same year Hettula Ky was awarded the Entrepreneurial award of the municipality of KittilÃ¤. Aakenus Betoni Oy was sold in 1988, and the crushing station and gravel pits were sold at the same time as well. Hettula Oy was founded in 1989 by merging Hettula Ky and S&S Hettula. Brothers Samuel, Sauli and Pertti owned the company in equal shares.
IN THE 1990S THE OPERATIONS SHIFTED FROM EARTHMOVING TO WASTE MANAGEMENT
As tourism increased in the Levi region in the 1990s, the operations of Hettula Oy started expanding and shifting from earthmoving towards waste management. Since 1993, Hettula Oy has been responsible for the waste management of the whole municipality of KittilÃ¤, which includes waste collection and landfill management as well. Gravel transportations were ended in 1993, but wheel loader works were still performed. The waste management business was expanded with interchangeable container and goods transportation services. Septic equipment was acquired in 1995 for managing the emptying cesspools and unclogging sewers in KittilÃ¤.
THE BUSINESS AREA WAS DEVELOPED IN THE 2000S DUE TO DEMAND
As the tourism still grew, the business area of the company was broadened in 2002 by purchasing a tow truck. Company arrangements were performed in 2004, when Pertti bought Samuelâ€™s share. Samuel continued to work in the company until he retired. In 2005, Hettula Oy expanded its operations to passenger transport/taxi services as the first taxi was purchased. The taxi is stationed in KittilÃ¤, but it is a familiar sight in Levi as well.
A priority of the company has always been to train the staff with regard to quality and environment issues. As such, in 2006 the EASE-Q quality and environmental management system was introduced. The system has been developed especially for the quality and environmental management of machine and transport companies. The whole staff was trained for an economic and environmentally-friendly driving style. In 2007, the company won the transport company of the year in Lapland award, and the following year Hettula Oy won the Q-team transport company of the year award.
Due to changes in the waste act, management of the landfill of the municipality of KittilÃ¤ ended in October 2008. In January 2009 the companyâ€™s own waste recovery and recycling station alongside Rovaniementie was taken into use, which is maintained by Perttiâ€™s oldest son Erkki.
The current owner of the family business is Pertti Hettula, who works full-time in the company. Perttiâ€™s wife Vuokko and Katariina, the wife of Perttiâ€™s oldest son Erkki work at the office. Perttiâ€™s sons Erkki and Tuomas and Sauli Hettulaâ€™s son Santtu are also involved in the company. Therefore it is safe to say that it is a strong family business. Hettula Oy received the regional entrepreneur award of 2010 from Lapin YrittÃ¤jÃ¤t ry.
The operations were expanded into the municipality of Kolari, where the company takes care of the waste management of the municipality, which includes the collection of dry waste. In 2013, Hettula Oy signed an agreement with the municipality of Kolari regarding the transportation of wet waste as well. The company won the Strongest company in Lapland 2013 award, arranged by Suomen Asiakastieto Oy.
Today, the company is known as a multi-industry transport company that provides complete waste management services, interchangeable container services, piece goods transports, towing services, wheel loader and excavator services and taxi services. The company has invested in providing high-quality services. It is perceived as a strong family business, whose success is based on the flexibility and dependability of the services. At the moment, the company employs 14 persons and the turnover in 2015 was 2.98 million euros. The companyâ€™s growth is moderate; a 1,8% rise in comparison to 2013.
Hettula Oy is a family business from KittilÃ¤, owned by Pertti and Sauli Hettula. In the picture Pertti Hettula runs the third generation of the company. In the picture from the left: Perttiâ€™s sons Tuomas and Erkki, and Sauliâ€™s son Santtu Hettula.