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Wrong Erick Laine?

Mr. Erick J. Laine


Alcas Corporation

Direct Phone: (716) ***-****       

Email: e***@***.com

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Alcas Corporation

Background Information

Employment History

Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund


Chairman Emeritus
CUTCO Cutlery Corporation

Board Of Commissioner
Cuba Lake Area Young Sailors

Board Member
Direct Selling Education Foundation

Alfred University

Member, Advisory Board

Commissioner of Cuba Lake District, Trustee
St. Bonaventure University


BS degree

civil engineering


bachelor's of science degree

civil engineering

University of Wisconsin

received honorary degrees

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Erick Laine, CEO of Alcas, Inc. manufacturers and markets some of the highest quality kitchen knives in the world under the brand name "Cutco. One division once manufactured the K-bar knife, the official knife of the U.S. Marine Corps. Its sales have reached over $200 million a year. But when Laine took over as CEO in 1982, sales were only $5 million. That's a 4000 percent increase in a field that older, established brands from Europe dominated. When Erick became CEO of Alcas, his manufacturing arm was in disarray. In a nine year period prior to his becoming boss, there wasn't a single contract that was settled without a strike and there were no less than 270 outstanding grievances on the books!

Now Erick is tough. He was born in Finland, and in addition to integrity, his parents taught him something that doesn't translate easily into English. The word in Finnish is "Sisu. "Sisu" means a sort of stubborn persistence wrapped up with sheer guts. He knows what he is doing, and he is no pushover. But he truly cares about his people and he insists on treating them fairly. So Laine met with his union in a spirit of openness and listened. And when the union was right, he acknowledged it. And when he thought they were full of bologna, he told them that, too. Over time, a strange thing happened.
Erick always accepted the money on behalf of management, but then he always used the money to purchase something that would benefit the workers like, TV for the cafeteria or a large clock that could be seen by everyone in the production area . . . that type of thing.[7]
Now why do you think the workers and their union did this? Obviously they could have just collected the money and gone out and bought something themselves. Erick Laine didn't tell me this, but I believe this informal ceremony during which Laine was presented with this money was a symbol of the trust between Alcas' union and management, between the company leaders and their workers.

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Erick J. Laine - Chairman Emeritus, Alcas Corp.

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Erick J. Laine, Chairman, Alcas Corporation

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Erick J. Laine - Chairman, Alcas Corporation

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