The history of the Monik company dates back to 1989, when two young businessmen in Tallinn started producing steel structures for various segments of industry, using what remained of the giant soviet plant “Dvigatel”. The first years after the collapse of the USSR were difficult for business, but our young company managed to keep technical assets and the professional team needed for steelwork.
Challenging first years
Getting our foot in the door was not easy, and we had to take on any work. We agreed to make virtually any metal products, from doors to garden hedges and market halls.
At the beginning of the 1990s Monik won several tenders for such large companies as the glass factory in Järvakandi, the dairy factory in Rapla and the sawmill in Imavere. We developed together with the Estonian economy, participating in the construction of large-scale facilities in sea ports of Tallinn, Paldiski and Sillamäe. We also built metal structures for border check points on the Russian border (Luhamaa, Koidula) and the Latvian border (Ikla, Valga).
New stage of development
The arrival of the 21st century had a greatly symbolic meaning because Monik manufactured the metal structures for the ‘Millennium’ ring that was set up in the Freedom Square in Tallinn. After that Monik received contracts for the supply of steel structures for the most famous high-rise buildings in the capital of Estonia: the SEB bank, Swedbank and Radisson Blu Hotel. Monik’s products were used for the construction of several other remarkable buildings in the center of Tallinn: the business complex on Rävala Street and the Solaris shopping and leisure center. We also took part in the renovation of theatres in Tallinn, Pärnu and Jõhvi within public procurements.
Entering the world market
By 2005 the company had both feet firmly on the ground and was ready to meet new challenges and export its products to the global market. We started looking for partners in Scandinavia and Ukraine actively. New contracts boosted the growth of production output. Since then Monik’s portfolio has become more versatile due to various projects for the machine engineering, wood processing and mining industries in addition to construction structures.
Investments in the future
Despite the global recession, Monik has been growing and developing since 2010 to this day, making investments in the expansion of production. In 2011 a new workshop for machining metal structures was put into operation, which was supported by Enterprise Estonia (EAS). That allowed us to increase the accuracy of production and opened an opportunity to enter a new market: manufacturing metal structures for the marine oil and gas producing industry in accordance with the strict requirements of offshore standards.