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Erick J. Laine

Chief Executive Officer

Alcas , Inc.

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Email: e***@***.com

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Alcas , Inc.

Background Information

Employment History

Director

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce


Affiliations

CUTCO Cutlery Corporation

Chairman Emeritus


Direct Selling Education Foundation

Board Member


Alfred University

Trustee


St. Bonaventure University

Commissioner of Cuba Lake District, Trustee


WBFO

Member, Advisory Board


Education

BS degree

civil engineering

University


received honorary degrees


Web References(75 Total References)


CUTCO: Corporate Profile

Erick Laine, Chairman of the Board, Alcas Corp.


Vol. 8, No. 9: Lead By not Giving Orders - THE INSTITUTE OF LEADER ARTS

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.


TESTIMONIALS - THE INSTITUTE OF LEADER ARTS

Erick Laine, CEO, ALCAS Corporation


Vol. 4, No. 6: You Must Do This if You Want to Succeed - THE INSTITUTE OF LEADER ARTS

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 makes the K-bar knife, the official knife of the U.S. Marine Corps since World War II. Its sales today are over $100 million worldwide. But when Laine took over as CEO in 1982, sales were only $5 million. That's a 2000 percent increase in a field that older, established brands from Europe once 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! 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. But then, a strange thing happened. Erick always accepts the money on behalf of management, but then he always uses the money to purchase something that will benefit the workers like TV for the cafeteria or a clock . . . that type of thing. 10 Now why do you think the workers and their union do this? Obviously they could just collect the money and go out and buy something themselves. Erick Laine didn't tell me this, but I believe this informal ceremony during which Laine is presented with this money is a symbol of the trust between Alcas' union and management, between the company leaders and their workers. It is rare and unprecedented. It happens only because Erick Laine really cares.


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Erick J. Laine - Chairman Emeritus, Alcas Corp.


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