Rauma-Repola acquired Oy Lokomo Ab in 1970. The factory of Oy Lokomo Ab was established in 1972 in Joensuu and the production started on the 12th of September, 1972. In the beginning, the factory was a subcontracting plant for Rauma-Repola’s other plants.

Rauma-Repola established a machine shop in Joensuu, Finland, in 1972. One of the region’s most important competitive advantages was – and still is – the availability of a skilled and motivated workforce. In addition to forest machines, the Joensuu factory has produced excavators, road graders and rollers, and screens and feeders for crushing equipment. The factory has also performed subcontracting for other Rauma-Repola factories.

Production line

The factory’s production capacity is eight machines per day, and the total production volume since 1972 exceeds 35,000 forest machines in the year 2022.

John Deere has plenty of know-how in the manufacturing of machines and equipment. This expertise is also used at the Joensuu factory when planning work methods. At the Joensuu factory, safety, precise work methods and tidiness are crucial for work efficiency and occupational safety.

Forest machine production started with forwarders in 1973. The annual output initially ranged from a few dozen to as many as one hundred units. Even today, the legendary Lokomo 909, 919 and 939 models of the 1970s and 1980s are remembered as the pinnacle of forest machine technology in their day.

The production of forest machines has been the exclusive focus at Joensuu since 1995. In the 1990s, the green forest machines became Timberjacks and remained as such until 2005 when the brand was changed to John Deere.

Deere has invested in Finland after the year 2000 approx. 370 M€, of which c. 270M€ in product development and retail and c. 100 M€ in the factory. 

John Deere forwarders and harvesters have been awarded the right to use the Key Flag symbol. The Key Flag symbol indicates that the product has been manufactured in Finland. We are proud of the high Finnish commitment and quality. 

Welder Jarkko Tuononen is checking the trajectories of the welding robot.


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