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Husqvarna in Mielec
May 27, 2011   
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The Husqvarna corporation in Sweden, the world’s largest producer of gardening machines and tools, is expanding operations in Poland. In May, the company opened a new lawnmower factory in Mielec in southeastern Poland.

Built for 25 million euros, the new facility will first produce 80,000 mowers and lawn tractors a year, and later increase annual output to 180,000. “The facility in Mielec is one of the corporation’s most modern and will introduce to Poland products designed for the European market as a whole,” said Andreas Bette, the deputy CEO of the Husqvarna Group.

Husqvarna chose to build the factory in Mielec because it considers Poland one of the most promising markets in Europe. Last year in Poland, the corporation, which also owns the Gardena series of gardening tools and watering systems, sold zl.276 million worth of chain saws, mowers, lawn tractors, cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction industry. The Swedish company estimates that on average, Polish people spend the equivalent of $76 a year on garden and lawn maintenance.

Husqvarna, whose revenues last year totaled 32 billion Swedish kroner, is expecting the tool sector to grow steadily now that garden and lawn maintenance has become fashionable. It is estimated that around the world around $170 billion is spent on this every year, almost 11 percent of it on gardening equipment and machines.

Husqvarna, one of the oldest companies in Scandinavia which started three centuries ago as a manufacturer of muskets, has almost 15,000 employees around the world. The facility in Mielec will employ 240 people.
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