Press Release | Three Employees Purchase Finn Sisu from Founder Ahvo Taipale

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Press Release | Three Employees Purchase Finn Sisu from Founder Ahvo Taipale

Lauderdale, MN, August 14, 2023 - Three longtime employees have taken ownership of Finn Sisu, a renowned cross country ski and sauna business, from its owner and founder, Ahvo Taipale. This transition marks a new chapter for the company, as it continues to provide exceptional products and services to ski and sauna enthusiasts in the Twin Cities and beyond.


Ahvo Taipale, the visionary behind Finn Sisu, has built a thriving enterprise known for its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. After many successful years of operation, Taipale made the decision to pass the torch to three individuals who have been instrumental in the business's growth and success.


The new owners, Tom Novak, Nate Rhode, and Karen Weium, bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. With a combined tenure of over 50 years at Finn Sisu, they possess an intimate knowledge of both the ski and sauna industries, as well as an ongoing commitment to the loyal customers who have supported the business throughout the years.


Under the new leadership, Finn Sisu will continue to prioritize the core values that have made it a beloved name in the community. The team is committed to maintaining the exceptional customer service that clients have come to expect.


"We are thrilled to take the reins of this remarkable business and build upon the strong foundation laid by Ahvo," said Rhode. "Our team is deeply passionate about providing outdoor enthusiasts with the highest quality cross country skiing and sauna experiences. We are excited to carry on the legacy and further enhance the reputation of Finn Sisu."


As the new owners embark on this exciting journey, they express their gratitude to the community, loyal customers, and dedicated employees who have supported Finn Sisu throughout the years. They look forward to fostering existing relationships and forging new ones as they bring innovative ideas and fresh perspectives to the company.


For more information about Finn Sisu, its products, and services, please visit or contact Karen Weium at 651-645-2443 or [email protected].


About Finn Sisu:

Finn Sisu is a leading cross country ski and sauna business located in Lauderdale, MN. With a commitment to exceptional quality and customer satisfaction, the company has served outdoor enthusiasts for 45 years. Their extensive range of products, dedication to customer satisfaction, and knowledgeable staff set them apart as a trusted name in the industry.



Karen Weium
Finn Sisu
[email protected]