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Stihl USA, The First 25 Years
« on: December 10, 2011, 08:53:26 am »
This is a Stihl promotional video made in 1999.

A couple weeks ago they posted it on You Tube.

The video has a lot of the management and distributors associated with Stihl in it.

To listen carefully, it goes on to show the uncertain, difficult, and gradual task that was the road to success.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIQHvwQ1eTc&feature=g-all
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Re: Stihl USA, The First 25 Years
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 09:43:53 am »
It was an interesting film  . Having known in looking back it pretty much explained how Stihl took over the pro saw market from Homelite and McCulloch .

Had not the then leading two in the  market  not became complacent about  their products it  never would have happened .In essence those bad management  practices pretty much chocked the goose that layed the golden egg  .

Well fact is the then "big three " in the  US auto market plus Harley did the  exact same thing .History ,a very good teacher of what can happen but people tend to forget .Then history as it always does repeats itself  once again .

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Re: Stihl USA, The First 25 Years
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2011, 11:42:39 am »
It's good to see Fred Whyte did well, from being president of Stihl Canada to now president of Stihl USA.
I have fond memories of Fred being a first class "people person" gentlemen.  I remember upon first meeting Fred in 1989 under his employ. He shook my hand and said "Willard, you are a true chainsaw man".
That made me feel really good. :)
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