The foundation maintaining the life’s work of Einari Vidgrén recognised forestry professionals for the ninth time. At the event organised in Vieremä on Thursday, 22 May, awards amounted to EUR 105,000.
Industrial Counsellor Einari Vidgrén, the founder of Ponsse Plc, established the Einari Vidgrén Foundation in 2005 in order to increase appreciation for the work performed within the field of mechanised wood harvesting. The purpose of the Foundation is to heighten awareness of the entrepreneurship related to timber harvesting and to make the mechanised harvesting sector more interesting as a potential workplace, especially among young people.
As the main recognition, the Foundation gave the Einari Award to two distinguished forest machine contractors. The criteria of the award emphasise professionalism and a long-term approach in this highly challenging industry. The Einari Award of EUR 15,000 was received by Tauno Tolppa from Hämeenlinna and Tapani Lievonen from Rautavaara
Tauno Tolppa from Hämeenlinna has had a significant and unique career in the development of mechanised harvesting. Tolppa has improved the appreciation and development of forest machine work through his own exemplary work, which he began with harvesting as early as the 1950s. Decades of work made Tolppa one of the largest forest machine contractors in Finland. Following a change of generation, Metsäkonepalvelu Oy continues the strong progress even today, with Tauno's son Timo Tolppa managing the company. The company annually harvests 1.3 million cubic metres of wood in Finland and Sweden.
Tapani Lievonen from Rautavaara has worked as a forest machine contractor for more than 35 years. Tapani started his career in harvesting with a bucksaw and went on to mechanised harvesting. Tapani has lived off the forest all of his life. At times, he has employed several machine chains and been the employer of many employees. He has taught with his own example that hard work and integrity will take you far. As an entrepreneur, he is a real family entrepreneur; all these years, Tapani's spouse and four daughters have stood on his side.
The Foundation gave Einari Recognitions to research and development parties active in mechanised wood harvesting, developers of training in the sector and parties that promote awareness of the sector and increase its appreciation.
An Einari Recognition of EUR 5,000 was received by Metsäopetus.fi for its efforts to make the forest machine sector better known among young people and for the general work to market the sector.
An Einari Recognition of EUR 4,000 was received by the Maaseutuammattiin ry association. The goal of the association is to network North Savo region's forestry and agriculture enterprises, associations, schools and other actors to carry out joint efforts. This is done in order to provide elementary school children and teachers with better opportunities for getting to know forestry and agriculture professions through visits, for example.
An Einari Recognition of EUR 3,000 was received by the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto for developing a forest machine learning environment for children and teenagers.
An Einari Recognition of EUR 3,000 was received by Pentti Riipi and Kauko Jaukkuri for the development of the Lapland Energy School project. The project has offered opportunities for studies and jobs in the new and innovative bioenergy industry.
An Einari Recognition of EUR 3,000 was received by journalist Hannu Puikkonen for active reporting on the forest industry. In his stories, Puikkonen has given positive publicity for the utilisation of forests, mechanised harvesting and related driver issues.
Three Einari Recognitions of EUR 3,000 each were received by forest machine sector teachers for their merits in instructing young people and adults and motivating them to study forestry as well as for their cooperation with the forest machine operators in their regions. The rewards were received by Risto Liuska of South Savo Vocational College, Pasi Ahonen of Savo Vocational College, Toivala unit, and Pekka Säynäjoki of WinNova Länsirannikon Koulutus Oy Ltd.
An Einari Recognition of EUR 8,500 was received by the American Lee Miller of Miller Timber Services, Philomath, Oregon. The award was a recognition of Lee MIller's merits in promoting cut-to-length logging and distinguished cooperation with the University of Oregon.
Einari Driver Awards and Einari Student Scholarships
The Einari Vidgrén Foundation also gave Einari Driver Awards (EUR 1,000 each) to 28 distinguished forest machine drivers. Forest companies and sawmills nominated the forest machine drivers to be rewarded. The award criteria included the quality of work and good attitude as well as cooperation and communication with forest owners and other stakeholders.
The Einari Driver Awards were received by:
Markku Aho Ruha
Pekka Airaksinen Airaksela
Joakim Englund Oravainen
Martti Heinonen Pyhäsalmi
Mikko Helin Pääjärvi
Timo Hyvärinen Siilinjärvi
Antti Immonen Kuhmo
Alvi Joutsi Keuruu
Esa Keskinen Sastamala
Tapio Kukkonen Joensuu
Esa Laukkanen Palokki
Jari Linnanen Korpilahti
Seppo Mehtonen Pielavesi
Ari Miettinen Tuusniemi
Kari Myllyoja Jyväskylä
Tuomo Mähönen Korholanmäki
Mikko Määttä Posio
Kauko Niemelä Ranua
Ari Pitkänen Vastinki
Pasi Pärnäjärvi Jämsä
Raimo Ruotsalainen Nilsiä
Pasi Rutanen Pylkönmäki
Veli Ryhänen Kiuruvesi
Anatolij Kondratiev Aunus
Andrei Dmitriev Pitkäranta
Tommi Kauppinen Korpilahti
Jari Lehtonotko Konnevesi
Eero Huuskonen Keitelepohja
The Einari Vidgrén Foundation also granted student scholarships of EUR 500 to 23 students studying programmes related to the forest machine sector. The scholarships were decided on by the teaching staff of each college. In addition to success in studies, the criteria included the fact that the student works as a forest machine driver or serviceman after leaving school.
The Einari Student Scholarships were received by:
Oulu Vocational College, Taivalkoski unit Jyri Sipola, Veikko Ylikoski
Tampere Vocational College, Kuru Sami Aalto, Osmo Salonpää
WinNova Länsirannikon Koulutus Oy Ltd, Kullaa Niko Ruohomaa, Jesse Virtanen
South Savo Vocational College, Salosaari, Mikkeli Matti Kokkonen, Kalle Taivalantti
YA! Vocational Collage of Ostrobothnia, Vasa Robin Äppel, Robin Nygård
Lapland Vocational College, Rovaniemi Tommi Kvist, Heikki Härkönen
Jämsä College, Jämsä Sauli Katajisto, Jaakko Lamminmäki
Savo Vocational College, Toivala Eetu Koistinen, Arttu Jämsén
TTS, Productivity and Natural Resources, Rajamäki Mika Seppälä, Elina Haapaniemi
South Savo Vocational College, Pieksämäki Anssi Viinikainen, Markus Huovinen
North Karelia College, Valtimo Kasperi Pehkonen, Arto Väänänen
Häme Vocational Institute (Evo), Hämeenlinna Niko Lehtinen