8-26-14, Ponsse chairman Juha Vidgrén to speak
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Ponsse chairman Juha Vidgrén to speak at Finlandia

On Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. Juha Vidgrén, Chairman of the Board at Ponsse Plc will speak at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock. This event is free and open to the public.

“Ponsse is an excellent example of a family-owned company from a rural area that started small, but has grown to become a global enterprise,” said Kevin Manninen, Dean of the International School of Business at Finlandia University, and President of the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Upper Michigan. “Hearing this company’s story should be an inspiration for us all.”

Established in Vieremä, Finland in 1970 by Einari Vidgrén, Ponsse now has 11 subsidiaries around the world, and does business in 40 countries. The family of Einari Vidgrén, initially a forest machine entrepreneur, is still involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. Ponsse is a family company, whose roots are deep in the Finnish countryside.

“Mr. Vidgrén is also interested in learning more about the Finnish immigrants that moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,” Manninen said. “Some his own relatives immigrated from Finland to Michigan.”

In addition to Ponsse, Mr. Vidgrén is Chairman of the Einari Vidgren Foundation, and is a board member of the University of Oulu, the Finnish Film Industry (Suomen Filmiteollisuus Oy), and other local and regional organizations.

The presentation is sponsored by Finlandia University, The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce of Upper Michigan, and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization – Finlandia University Chamber.