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Driven to Succeed: How Frank Hasenfratz Grew Linamar from Guelph to Global

Category: Book
By (author): McQueen, Rod
By (author): Papp, Susan M.
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Automobile Industry
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Dundurn
Published: October 2012
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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$ 32.99
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From The Publisher*

The story of what one daring entrepreneur with dreams and determination can achieve.

Frank Hasenfratz grew up in Hungary learning to dodge bullets and avoid land mines during the Second World War. When the 1956 revolution erupted, he and his army unit joined the insurgents. After the revolution was crushed, he fled to Guelph, Ontario, where he gambled everything on a one-man operation making oil pumps for Ford. The company he founded, Linamar, today has 15,000 employees in eight countries and is the second-largest maker of auto parts in Canada. To create this global empire, Hasenfratz stayed ahead of competitors through hard work, visionary leadership, a cost-conscious regimen, and a skilled workforce.

In 1990, Hasenfratz designated his daughter, Linda, to succeed him as chief executive officer but first put her through a prolonged apprenticeship that took her from the plant floor to head office. Driven to Succeed is the story of what one daring entrepreneur with dreams and determination can achieve.

From The Publisher*

Hungarian-born Frank Hasenfratz fled his native land in 1956 after the revolution to free his nation from Soviet domination failed. He eventually settled in Guelph, Ontario, where he founded Linamar, now the second-largest maker of auto parts in Canada. This is Frank's story as well as that of the company he created.

Biographical Note

Rod McQueen has written more than a dozen books, including Who Killed Confederation Life?, winner of the National Business Book Award, and The Eatons, winner of the Canadian Authors Association prize for history. He lives in Toronto.

Biographical Note

Susan M. Papp is a television producer and director and the author of Outcasts. While working at the CBC, she was awarded the Michener Award for outstanding investigative reporting. She teaches at the Munk School of Global Affairs and lives in Toronto.