An investment in swedish industry woolpower building a new factory in Östersund
“We are demonstrating that clothes don’t need to be manufactured in low-salary countries. Running a successful textile manufacturing company is possible here in Sweden. We are the only Swedish brand that knits and sews all our clothes in Sweden and Östersund, despite our size. We’ve done so since we first started in 1969 and we’re proud to keep our production here,” says Linus Flodin, CEO at Woolpower.
Swedish production focused on the highest quality is the very foundation of our business concept. Customers increasingly demand garments that are manufactured fairly and that last a long time. To meet the growing demand for our products we need to expand. We cannot extend our current premises which is why we’re making our largest ever investment and building a completely new factory in Östersund.
With the new factory we will be doubling our factory space and we estimate that we will also double the number of employees over time. This is a unique initiative in the textile industry, and we are proud to pave the way and show that clothes can be made in Sweden under fair working conditions.
Construction of the factory started in April, and we estimate that production will be underway in the new premises during 2022.
The goal for November – A weatherproof house
Winter comes every year we know that. In Östersund, it can go fast.
From bare ground to several decimetres of snow overnight. “A weatherproof house in November” has therefore been a mantra throughout the construction process for our new factory. At the beginning of September, the frame was completely up and we had started laying the ceiling in our new factory. The remaining roof was to be laid at the same time as the weather offered weeks of rain and strong winds.
The roof came into place and after that the construction went quickly. The first snow fell in mid-October. Luckily, it was a light snowfall. But with that came the cold and the temperature began to drop. During this time, with cold temperatures, the floor would be cast. It was a little nervous. How would the cold affect the casting of the concrete? Would there be more snow before the roof was laid? Everything went well. We did not quite reach the goal of a weatherproof house in November, but the entire factory has a ceiling, and the floor is cast.
August of 2021 – A building starting to take shape
Cementing of the foundation for the factory’s framework structure started in August. Once that work was complete, the framework could be erected – starting with what will be our warehouse that we will now be able to have under the same roof as our production.