Iisalmi-based Purkumerkki is the perfect example of
how the Iisalmi region nurtures business.
Mikko Mähönen started his business in 2015. He had a
business idea but no capital.
“I did take a payday loan for the share capital,” Mikko
After a modest start, Mikko’s business grew quickly. In
its first financial year, Purkumerkki generated a turnover of more than 400,000 euros. The next year, the
company moved into a higher gear and doubled its turnover.
Mikko’s payday loan was soon repaid. “My original idea
was to carry out indoor demolition work.
But then we decided to make a bold move and invest
“Suddenly we realised we were able to compete with
the big national demolition firms,
and we haven’t changed course since.”
Purkumerkki currently operates nationwide, from as far
south as Helsinki to as far north as Rovaniemi. At the
moment, the company employs 20 full-time personnel,
and its turnover has tripled from the first year. Every
year, the company has grown.
“I am incredibly proud of my crew. We have been able
to deliver on projects with really tight schedules and
high environmental demands.”
Part of Purkumerkki’s strong as iron competence is the
ability to almost fully recycle all materials from the demolition site.
“There are no buildings that we would not be able to
demolish. Schools, industrial plants, hospitals, even playhouses. Whatever we are asked to tear down, we will.”