While mining was still going on, a completely new industrial adventure began in Kopperå. In the period 1898 to 1900, Kopperå went under the name “Klondyke”. Workers from far and near came to Kopperå to build a carbide factory down by the river Tevla. The good supply of water, and thus power, was the reason for choosing the location. With minor interruptions, the carbide production continued here until 1915. After that, only ferrochrome production down in “Stupet” was called the place.
A new factory was built higher up on the “Kopperå plateau”, and carbide production continued here until the 1960s. However, the main production was silicon metal and ferrosilicon, and for the last 15 years, only microsilica. The smelter stopped production on June 1, 2006. The buildings have been demolished, but a large industrial site has been left behind.
Down by Nustadfossen, on the site after the smelting hut, a plant for the production of ferrochrome was built in 1913. Operations here were terminated in 1972.
Meråker is a mountain village with many lakes, large and small rivers, and small streams. This has been a necessary factor for the smelting industry. From the simple iron furnace by the stream in year 0 to the power-intensive silicon production in the 2000s. The smelting cabins at Gilså and Nustadfoss have demanded the same.
Meråker is a large power supplier, and today has the power plants Meråker, Tevla and Funna, as well as two smaller ones in Gudå. Older power plants such as Kopperå I and II, Turifoss, Gudå and Nustadfoss have been demolished. Kopperå I, however, still stands as a museum building.
For more information about the history go to Meraker Historlielag homepage.