KERAVA, HOME OF EUROPRESS


SMALL TOWN, BIG EMPLOYER

What is the big little town of Kerava made of? Stories about it feature proud and satisfied residents, numerous industrial companies, a railway line, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll and even cricket. Kerava is surrounded by nature on all sides. Situated alongside the municipalities of Järvenpää, Sipoo, Tuusula and Vantaa, Kerava is a town of 38,000 inhabitants around half an hour from Helsinki.

The construction of the railway in the 19th century brought to the formerly rural community the industry for which Kerava is still known to this day. Starting in the 1800s, brick, carpentry, cement, tile and firework factories were established in Kerava. Today, in addition to Europress, the largest employers in Kerava include the 200-year-old Sinebrychoff brewery and numerous food companies.

KNOWN FOR ITS OLD STONE BRIDGE
The 65-kilometer-long Kerava River (Keravanjoki) flows through the town and is crossed by an old stone bridge that is beloved by locals. The bridge is in the immediate vicinity of Kerava Manor, which dates back to 1640 and today houses a circular economy community.

Kerava is also home to the only international -standard cricket field in Finland, and from the 1970s onwards it has also been the home of many Finnish rockabilly bands.

The old stone bridge is just four kilometers from the Europress headquarters..

A PAIR OF COMPASSESAND A MAP

According to Matti Turunen, the search for new headquarters for Europress began in 2007 – with the help of a pair of compasses and a map. Europress opened its factory and head office in Kerava in 2009 after its former premises in Vantaa grew too small for the company’s expanding production. Since most employees at the time lived in neighboring cities, Järvenpää, Vantaa and Kerava and municipality Tuusula, a pair of compasses was used to draw circles on a map in order to find a suitable location for the company’s new home that would still be within easy reach of its employees.

Kerava came out on top thanks to its unbeatable location alongside the Lahti motorway. The large plot was perfectly suited to the needs of Europress and also provided room for future expansions. The proximity to the airport and easy access to Ring Road III (Kehä III) for our service vehicles travelling to customer destinations are a significant advantage.

“The City of Kerava warmly welcomed Europress. In fact, it has been so good in Kerava that I even moved here with my family in 2011,” adds Matti Turunen.