Well I'm sure one of the reasons steelmaker Boehler-Uddeholm
has their headquarters where they do is the location, 30 seconds
from the on-ramp to a freeway. I'm about five miles from Vienna's
city center in a five-story office building complex divided into
sections-such as Boehler-Uddeholm being located in Building 2
CEO Claus Raidl's secretary says they never received my introductory
material but corrals Georg Reiser, Head of Corporate Human Resources,
to meet with me. Revenues last year were 2.1 billion revenues
with 9,200 employees. The Austrian government owns 25%.
Boehler-Uddeholm is the result of a merger 10 years ago between
companies with the resulting name. That's about when this glass
and steel building was built and, how long Boehler-Uddeholm has
leased space in it. The company occupies two floors with almost
60 employees working here. There's a cafeteria in the building
and it's shared with the other tenants. Smoking is allowed in
the workspace, there's no recreational facilities, no corporate
art collection and it's a 15-minute drive to Vienna Airport.
I can't see CEO Claus Raidl office or the boardroom because they're
both being used. The building stands on the site of a former
animal slaughterhouse facility. Being a specialty steelmaker,
Boehler-Uddeholm supplies steel to companies with special needs
such as Victorinox, the world famous maker of pocketknives.