The story of what is now Extena starts with an entrepreneurial family from Norsjö, a young man called Kurt Fransson, and a company called Nortena Plast, sometime in the early 1970’s with polyethylene pipe production on a small scale. In 1990, the Finnish pipe producer KWH Pipe acquired Nortena Plast. The original founder Kurt Fransson stayed with KWH Pipe until 1992, when he started Extena in the other end of the small town of Norsjö. Extena found its current home when KWH Pipe moved to the south of Sweden, and expansion came with opto fibre ducting in the late 1990’s, supplying pipe for Sweden’s ambitious strategy to provide high speed internet access for all households by the year 2005. In 2003, the regional investment company Treac, based in the neighboring town of Skellefteå, bought Extena. Treac had a long-term approach to the acquisition, and in 2006 a strategy decision meant more focus on the water and sewage market, as well as investment in a brand new production line for polyethylene pipe up to 630 mm. Since then Extena has manifested itself as a reliable partner for infrastructure projects, with a clear dedication to quality and a real pride for the products produced in the Norsjö factory.