On October 7, 2019 Orkla Latvija, together with employees of Laima production facility, representatives of Ādaži Municipal Council and construction company Merks, celebrated the topping out of the new Laima production facility in honor of the commencement of the last phase of construction.
Toms Didrihsons, Chairman of the Board of Orkla Latvija, emphasizes: “The project for the construction of the Laima production facility is an important proof of sustainable development for our company and the further growth of Laima. I was delighted to meet our partners and colleagues from the Laima production facility together to celebrate the start of the final phase of construction, to present the work accomplished, and to thank the construction company Merks team for their work so far. Very soon, in the second half of 2020, we will open a production facility on Laimas Street 6 and it will significantly happen in the year when we will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brand Laima. Real pride and joy for what has been accomplished so far and what lies ahead for us! ”
As previously reported, on April 24, 2019, the Orkla Latvija management team, together with representatives of the Orkla Group, the Ādaži Municipal Council and construction company Merks, started the construction of the new Laima production facility.
“We are really pleased to build a new production facility for a company that is so beloved in Latvia and has a long history. Feeling this responsibility, we have been able to organize work on site so that we are ahead of schedule now. As with each of our projects, we pay special attention to the energy efficiency of the building and offer the customer various solutions to make the people who work at the production facility feel comfortable,” says Oskars Ozoliņš, Chairman of the Board of construction company Merks.
In the next few years, Orkla Latvija will invest several million euros in the construction of the new Laima production facility in Ādaži and in the further development of the brand.
Following the announcement of the construction of a biscuit and waffle competence center, in 2018, it was decided to cover the joint development of both projects, using the potential of infrastructure synergies. This will ensure that the Laima production facility and the new biscuit and waffle production facility projects are designed to the same standards.
The Laima range currently consists of more than 200 different chocolate sweets, and it continues to evolve and develop. Until the start of the new production facility, production of Laima sweets will continue in Riga, specializing in the production of chocolate candies, chocolate and cereal bars, sorbets, marshmallows, waffle candies, waffle cakes, marmalade and also Laima’s exclusive handmade sweets.
Laima’s Latvian team continues to work on innovative formulas, and the new Laima production facility in Ādaži will have a state-of-the-art development laboratory that will allow us to develop and refine new products.
Construction company Merks is a general contractor for the construction of public, residential and industrial buildings, as well as engineering utilities. The company has been operating in Latvia since 1996, acquiring remarkable experience through construction of more than 120 objects of different complexities, the most recognizable of which are Arana Riga, Swedbank central office building, concert hall Great Amber. Construction company Merks is part of the Baltic construction market leader Merko Ehitus Group, whose shares have been listed on Nasdaq Tallinn stock exchange since 1997.