Tube Specialties Co.
Dick Weyhrich, founder of Tube Specialties Co., (TSCO) remembers practicing lean manufacturing techniques before it became an industry buzzword. Weyhrich began his company in 1963 out of his Portland, Ore., garage, supplying brake and fuel lines to Hyster Co., a forklift manufacturer. Back then, Weyhrich would hand-bend the tubing. He used just-in-time practices to supply his customers with quality parts on an as-needed basis, allowing them to reduce inventory and save money. “I don’t think there was any name for it back then,” he said in a statement. “I was just getting my customers parts when they needed them.”