Secrets of saving Whyalla

The revival of the Whyalla steelworks by Geoff Plummer's OneSteel is the result of a series of small steps, and its story contains lessons for any plant under threat.

How do you save a doomed manufacturing plant? First you have to make sure that you get carbon tax relief and reasonable help from state and federal governments. But for the most part no Government action can save a doomed plant on its own.

OneSteel managing director Geoff Plummer was the CEO of a doomed plant – the Whyalla steelworks – and it looks like the plant has been saved. In his KGB interview Plummer lets out some of the secrets of this remarkable effort.


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