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Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS

The head office of Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS (herinafter LNS) is located in Vesterålen in North Norway, approximately 300 km north of the Polar Circle. LNS was established in 1961 and the group consists of a total of 15 companies.

The last years LNS also has been engaged all over Norway, Spitsbergen, the Antartic and Greenland. LNS has recently finished projects in Russia and on Iceland. In 2008 was LNS also established in Chile (LNS Chile), and in 2009 LNS awarded a contract in Hong Kong. In other words, the projects stretch from the North Pole to the South Pole.

Our speciality is to find solutions to difficult projects at places were the logistic is a challenge. Our largest customers are the Public Roads Administration, counties, municipalities, the Norwegian Army, power- and mining companies. In 2008 our turnover was approximately NOK 1.8 billion (USD 294 million) and number of employees about 600. Approximately 70 percent of the turnover is from underground work.

LNS main products and production site are

  • Tunnels, caverns
  • Mining contracts
  • Road Projects
  • Rock support, grouting
  • Earth moving
  • Ready-mixed concrete plant
  • Production of building modules and - elements in wood (accommodation facilities, office camp, cabin, houses, schools, kindergarten)

LNS has extensive and modern machinery equipment and is in front regarding development and utilisation of new technology. Our employees and managers possess broad competence and experience. The company’s managers are given a lot of freedom and we cultivate an organisation with short decision lines. Key personnel are co-owners of the company. The company practises a bonus arrangement where 10 percent of the company’s profits are distributed among the employees. Great enthusiasm is a part of our company culture.