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.