Coming Through Loud and Clear


When it comes to lean manufacturing, Cliff Digre, founder of Minneapolis Speaker Co. was far ahead of his time.

The late Cliff Digre was a handy guy who turned his wife's broken radio into a speaker business whose products today are heard by millions of people worldwide.

Digre, a gunner and radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, founded MISCO — short for Minneapolis Speaker Company — in 1949. Digre, who died at 89 last November, was a frugal innovator who lived modestly and and raised a family with wife Bernice not far from their Minneapolis shop. All four kids worked there part time as they grew up.


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