Sunday, 8 April 2007



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The main producer of manhole covers in Scandinavia is Ulefos Jernvaerk. It is also one of Europe's oldest businesses and is still a family concern. It was set up by royal decree of King Fredrick III on 8 August, 1657, which allowed the Cappelen family to begin operations. The family was involved in many different businesses over the years, including shipping, producing stoves, and casting manhole covers. Manhole covers now account for 70% of the family’s business.Now known as Ulefos NV AS, it produces gully tops and industrial castings in both Finland (Niemisen Valimo) and Norway (Ulefos Jernværk). Website:

Another major foundry producing manhole covers is Furnes Hamjern Scandinavian Casting Companies AS of Stangevegen 111, 2321, Hamar, Norway. Website:

Kristiansand. A cover produced by Ulefos

Flekkefjord. A cover produced by Ulefos

Stavanger. A cover whose frame (ramme) is made by Furnes, and cover (lokk) by Ulefos. Note UJ mark (Ulefos Jernværk).

Haugesund. A cover produced by Furnes

Haugesund. two of the monuments of the town which feature on the manhole

Bergen. A cover produced by Ulefos

Trondheim. A cover produced by Ulefos

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