A true family business
The company was set up in the 1950s by Evert Larsson. At the end of the 1960s, Evert’s sons Bo, Roland and Tomas joined the business. Since 2011, the company has been run by the third generation with cousins Peter, Mattias, Andreas, Alexander and Pauline and Alexander’s wife Sofie at the helm. Since its inception, the company has always specialised in the manufacturing of metal parts, particularly in small and medium runs. We attach great importance to keeping to stipulated delivery times and to ensuring stringent quality control prior to delivery. Our machinery consists of a pool of CNC-controlled machines. The Star SR-32JN is the latest addition to our machinery – a Swiss-type automatic lathe with a 3-meter bar feeder. Arentorps Legoindustri employs 16 people. We constantly strive to meet the demands of the market. The company is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.
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History and operations
In his youth, the founder of the company, Evert Larsson, worked for Bröderna Larssons in Arentorp. He lived in a house owned by Sven Svensson, where Conny Evertsson now lives with her family (later Hasselplan). Evert began his lathing work in an outbuilding. In 1953, he bought Kittlaremossen 4:1 from Karl Movitz. The company is still headquartered here. The property comprised a house, a barn and various outbuildings. It also came with seven acres of land, which now accommodates the new football pitch. Evert set up a small workshop in one of the outbuildings where he lathed and repaired various products and ran a farm with a few dairy cows, chickens and pigs.
In the mid 1950s, Evert met an engineer called Herman Krefting who had begun producing trailer couplings for lorries. This led to the workshop acquiring a small extension. A rather larger extension was added in 1967. In the same year, Evert’s wife Tora died aged only 52. When the property was divided up, their sons Bo, Roland and Tomas joined the company. Evert Larsson’s Mekaniska Verkstad”
The company continued to grow with larger and larger orders from Släpvagnskopplingar in Vänersborg. The company also manufactured other products such as hydraulic cylinders for AB Hüllert in Nossebro. It also helped to build wire drawing machines for Dahréntråd in Jonslund. In 1980, the company acquired its latest extension which gave its present-day appearance. After the work was completed the aim was to increase business by expanding the customer base. This happened by chance when Kjellströms Mekaniska in Kvänum asked the company to take over its machining work.
In 1992, the company suffered a heavy blow. The severe recession caused VBG-Produkter to withdraw all manufacturing. Evert Larsson & Söner Mekaniska Verkstad was forced into bankruptcy. This was done primarily to rid the company of its debts and shed its obligations towards the staff.
Since the company was a partnership, it had to carry forward other liabilities when the company reformed straightaway under the name Arentorps Legoindustri HB. The company operated as a partnership until 2007 when it became an AB (share company). Even then, the company was beginning to plan for the next generation to take over, and this took place in 2011. Today, the company has thirty different repeat customers from many different industries around Europe.
Arentorps Legoindustri AB has 16 employees who work shifts. The machines operate from Monday to Thursday from 5 am to 10:45 pm and on Fridays from 5 am to 4 pm. The company has an annual turnover of about SEK 20 million. 2011 was the company’s best ever year in terms of turnover and profit.