Moelv originated as a village with mills and sawmills and later became a stop when the railroad arrived in 1894. Moelven Industrier; a Scandinavian industrial group that produces building products for the construction industry is located here. Moelv also houses Norway's oldest distillery; Strand Brænderi, founded in 1843. Seven burial ruins from the Iron Age and one of several cultural monuments in Moelv, are located at the estate of the distillery.
In the village you can find a few shopping centers, pubs and restaurants. Post services is in the grocery store; Spar Mjøsbrua, Storgata 130.