1930s – DONUARD PREDICTS THE FUTURE
Contrary to other areas of business, the Great Depression did not reduce the sales volume of Karjalan Lumppu- ja Romuliike. The same thing happened that had occurred during the First World War: everything was in demand, and rags and scrap iron sold well.
In Finland, it was common practice in the 1930s to Finnicise your name. Donuard did just that in 1934, changing his family name to Kuusakoski.
In the 1930s, Donuard Kuusakoski’s business expanded significantly. The former rag and scrap salesman had become a notable businessman who wanted to grow beyond Vyborg and Eastern Finland.
Donuard met Oscar Moser from Helsinki, the owner of Oy Oscar W. Moser Ab, a wholesaler of non-ferrous metals, and a textile refining business, also in Helsinki.
In 1938, Donuard and his friend and associate from Vyborg, Edward Himanen, bought equal shares in Moser’s company, becoming majority shareholders. Donuard Kuusakoski moved to Helsinki to head the new company and appointed his oldest son, Victor Kuusakoski, the director of Karjalan Lumppu- ja Romuliike.
Before the decade was over and prior to war, Oscar Moser sold his remaining shares to Donuard Kuusakoski and Edward Himanen. Himanen took charge of the textiles business and Kuusakoski managed the metals.