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The humble beginning

Gjesdal Mekaniske Verksted AS was established in 1988 in an old shovel factory at Lommeland in Gjesdal Municipality. In its infancy the founders Tor Ole Talgø and Jarle Stene accepted all sorts of jobs. These included everything from equipping cowsheds, changing roofs on houses to more direct mechanical work.

The first major investment was a lathe, a jigsaw and a compressor. A big investment for a small company in those days. In addition to working for the company Tor Ole worked as a contracted mechanic at companies such as Polaris and Rogaland Research.

Production-oriented work
and machine building

In 1990, the company moved to Norestranden by Gandsfjorden in Sandnes. Here the company developed further towards more production-oriented work as well as some machine construction. The company’s finances gradually made it possible to invest in its own production premises.

Our own production facilities

In 1997, the company moved into its own production premises in Midtgårdveien 12, by Gauselvågen and Gandsfjorden. The staff consisted of 2 apprentices and 5 employees at that time. Good times in the oil industry and focus on service, as well as fast deliveries, gave Gjesdal Mekaniske Verksted a good reputation in the region.


The company grew in step with the general level of activity in the oil industry and in 2005 the company expanded its workshop premises to double.

- Moved to state-of-the-art premises

2008 became a milestone in many areas for the company. The 20th anniversary was celebrated, the move to state-of-the-art production facilities (6000m2) at Forus was completed during the summer, and the company was certified according to the standard NS-EN ISO 9001:2008 by the certification body Teknologisk Institutt.

Name change

In 2009, the company changed its name from Gjesdal Mekaniske Verksted to GMV AS. The company has gone from versatile mechanical work and a relatively short horizon on work assignments to more production-oriented work. GMV offers total deliveries including installation and testing/documentation related to individual assignments for several months’ duration.

Health, safety and environment are fundamental to our further development and our strong focus on service, cost-effective systems, quality and delivery precision, makes us a preferred long-term partner in the future markets.

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