Over 60 years of family enterprise
It all began with the need to find a small motor for a piece of gardening machinery. A suitable motor was not available in Finland so Oiva Pietarinen bought the part from abroad. Realising that there would be wider demand for similar motors, he set up Masino in 1958 and began to import motors to Finland.
Oiva Pietarinen was born in Pielavesi in North Savo. His parents were school teachers, who placed a high value on education. Oiva was only 11 when he moved away from home to attend grammar school in Kuopio. After Kuopio, he continued his studies in Helsinki, graduating as a machinery engineer from Helsinki University of Technology. Since early childhood, Oiva had been passionate about mechanical devices, and setting up a technology company was a natural step for him.