In 1965 Pentti started to produce packaging materials for Ahlström’s Kauttua factories. Ahlström was trading with the Soviets, and paper for caramels seemed to be in endless demand with the Eastern neighbor. The rolls of caramel paper were protected with wooden hardboard panels, and the roll cases had to be supported with turned support sticks.
Hardboard panels and turned wood sticks might have been the first products, but the first pallets were manufactured already in the late 1960’s. First pallets were assembled by hand using hammers, as pressure nail guns were adopted only in the 1970’s. The caramel paper packaging methods changed and hardboard panels and turned sticks were abandoned by the end of the 1970’s. The pallet production grew in both volume and significance.
Ahlström Kauttua needed warehousing for the products from its factories. To complement the packaging production Pentti built warehouses to Honkilahti and started offering warehousing services. Ahlström products were transported between Kauttua and Honkilahti daily with Pentti’s truck. Warehousing services were later offered to also other customers.