History of Vanaja car factory years 1943-1971

  • 3-4.3.1943
      The Finnish defense minister Rudolf Walden organizes a meeting under the subject that the Finnish army is in urgent need of. vehicles. A commitee is assigned to investigate the Finnish car industry's - which in reality means Sisu's - reaction to the new company that makes cars.
  • 20.3.1943
      A meeting is called where Kone Oy's Heikki H. Herlin gets an assignment where he is to make a proposition to bind a production-agreement with Sisu. A sketch is drawn that shows the articles of incorporation and a decision is made to found a new company that produces cars. The name of the new company is agreed to be Yhteissisu Oy.
  • 23.3.1943
      Ministry of trade and industry accepts the proposition and the articles of incorporation.
  • 13.4.1943
      The founding meeting of Yhteissisu Oy is called. It is decided that a company Yhteissisu Oy is founded and it's home is Helsinki,Finland. SAT's president Tor Nessling became the first president of the new company. The first step was to open the head office in Helsinki and to start looking for a suitable place to build the factory. A place called Vanaja is chosen.
  • 7-8.6.1943
      Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab gives Yhteissisu Oy the right as the only factory to produce Sisu S-21 trucks for five years.
  • 8.6.1943
      The defense ministry makes an order of 2 000 trucks to Yhteissisu Oy. 300 cars were to be delivered in 1944, at least 700 in 1945 and the rest during 1946. The same day an additional order is made of 5 000 trucks and busses without any time limit.
  • 8.6.1943 – 31.7.1945
      During this time period Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab produces a few Sisu S-21 cars in the name of Yhteissisu Oy.
  • 10.1.1944
      Land is bought from Erik and Margit Grenman and a few other farmers. The land is to be used for the building of the factory. After a few more deals the area when the building is begun is 31,1 hectare.
  • 31.1.1944
      Administration of railways accepts the plan for the rail in the factory area. The first trains were on track as early as November although the track is officially taken in use in January 1945.
  • 28.2.1944
      Yhteissisu Oy decides to let A.W. Liljeberg Oy run the construction of the factory.
  • 30.3.1944
      Yhteissisu Oy and A.W. Liljeberg Oy signs the agreement. The building of the factory starts in the beginning of April.
  • 6.6.1944
      A general blueprint of town plan zone of the factory area requested from Alvar Aalto & Co. The plan is approved in February 1945.
  • 1.11.1944
      Topping out party of the original factory building.
  • June 1945
      The water, power and heat centers are built.
  • July 1945 Parts of the original factory building is taken into use.
  • 31.7.1945
      The first Yhteissisu Oy truck from Vanaja factory is completed. It is called Sisu S-22.
  • 1.8.1945The first completed
      truck is driven out from the factory building through the eastern door.
  • 1.11.1945
      Yhteissisu Oy is granted permission to test drive heavy weigh (over 8 tons) cars on the roads near the factory.
  • 8.11.1945
      The first production series truck were to be completed but it was postponed until the following year.
  • 18-22.5.1946
      Yhteissisu Oy takes part in an exhibition of Finnish industry in Helsinki and there shows the Sisu S-22 and Sisu S-22 K trucks for the private customers.
  • 18.12.1946
      The ministry of trade and industry resigns the agreement between Yhteissisu Oy and the state because the delivery of the cars has delayed over all the time limits.
  • 1.2.1947
      Tor Nessling resigns from the post as president.
  • 1.9.1947
      Master of Science in Technology Eero Kytölä is called to be the next president of Yhteissisu Oy.
  • 1.1.1948 The part of Vanaja where Yhteissisu exists, is combined with the city of Hämeenlinna.
  • 18.4.1948
      Eero Kytölä gives the management a rapport of parts that is bought from Germany and France and other allied countries storage.
  • 28.4.1948
      Yhteissisu Oy makes a decision to change the company name to Vanajan Autotehdas Oy.
  • 8.6.1948
      The right to use the name Sisu expires. Ten cars are allowed to deliver with the name Sisu. 294 Sisu cars were through the years produced in Vanaja factory.

Source:
Yhteissisusta Vanajan ja Sisun kautta Patriaan/ISBN 952-91-5613-8/Blomberg Olli/Kust. Patria Vehicles Oy/Hämeenlinna 2003