May 8, 2023
I met Heikki Malinen at a conference in Point Clear, Alabama for his company, Outokumpu. His presentation showed a grasp of world events like none I'd seen before. He travels nearly non-stop, visiting the company's stainless steel plants across the world. The war in Ukraine has impacted his company's ability to get the affordable electricity he needs to power his plants in Europe. Workforce issues are a challenge to his facilities across Europe and the US. His challenges are familiar to listeners of What's Working, but the scale is much different. You'll find in Heikki, as is so often the case, a remarkable grasp of detail, a nice and friendly demeanor, and an infinite curioustiy.
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