Lamppa Manufacturing of Tower is positioned for expansion

A Lamppa sauna stove. Photo courtesy of IRRR.

A Lamppa sauna stove. Photo courtesy of IRRR.

TOWER – Lamppa Manufacturing is a fourth generation producer of wood burning sauna stoves and cord-wood burning warm air furnaces. It is poised for significant growth, having received “2020 mandate” certification from the Environmental Protection Agency for its wood burning furnaces which have long been recognized both for their quality and environmental stewardship. Lamppa is the only furnace maker in the nation to have the certification for new emission standards scheduled to be implemented into federal law in the year 2020.

To accommodate its expanding operations, Lamppa will soon relocate into a new 9,000 square foot commercial building currently under construction in the city of Tower.

“Lamppa Manufacturing is embarking on a period of massive change,” said Garrett Lamppa, fourth generation wood-burning stove and furnace producer. “The new building is a significant step towards that change and growing the company to its full potential.”

Half of the building will be leased to Lamppa, and the remaining half of the new building is commercial space that Tower can lease to a new or expanding second business. Lamppa has been operating out of its current site in Tower since 1977, and the site could no longer accommodate the growing business.

“Lamppa is an excellent homegrown business on the Iron Range that supplies its products across the nation,” said Matt Sjoberg, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation executive director of development. “Economic development projects need entrepreneurs and innovators such as the Lamppa family to continue growing our communities and economy.”

According to Daryl Lamppa, third generation wood-burning stove and furnace producer, the company’s success is a result of his father’s (Herb) brains and his own (Daryl) sisu. Sisu is a Finnish term meaning grit, tenacity and succeeding against the odds. Saunas were originally introduced to the Iron Range by Finnish- Americans that immigrated to the region to work in the iron ore mines. Daryl’s grandfather, Richard Lamppa, began building saunas in the early 1900s, and as a child Daryl watched his grandfather and father test the stoves.

“We have not yet seen any other wood furnace in the market with the 2020 emission results,” said Daryl. “We have invested a lot of time and money to ensure our furnaces meet and exceed the new clean air standards, and we are thrilled to expand and remain in the same town in which Lamppa was founded over 100 years ago.”

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation supported this project with a development Infrastructure grant to the City of Tower and a business loan to Tower Economic Development Authority. For details, email Matt Sjoberg at matt.sjoberg@state.mn.us or call him at 218-735-3037.

Source: The Ranger (Sept. 6, 2018), a publication of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

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