Graco Inc. Oral History Project: Interview with David A. Koch

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Titles Graco Inc. Oral History Project: Interview with David A. Koch
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: David A. Koch joined Graco Inc. in 1956, served as CEO from 1962-1996 and as chairman from 1985-2001. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Management succession, major changes in product lines; changes in the marketplace; lubrication systems; painting robots; systems business; customization; packaged systems; serving contractors versus serving retail customers; new product development; airless spray applications; pumps; product distributors; market capitalization; generating investment dollars; productivity improvements; workforce; changes in manufacturing practices; reducing suppliers and branch offices; facilities; twelve-hour workdays; European operations; fluid-handling; including suppliers in product development; employee input; Japanese operations; expanding in Asia; European Union; globalization trends; Graco's future; "old economy" versus "new economy"; government and business; corporate philanthropy; local business scene.
Quantity 4 hours sound cassette
60 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 240 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Koch, David A.
Interviewer: Fogerty, James E.
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Made in: Golden Valley, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Graco Inc.
Dates Creation: 07/12/2000 - 09/13/2000 (Interviews conducted 7/12/2000, 8/1/2000, and 9/13/2000.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 8.12 (Library Call Number)
AV2002.122.3 (Accession Number)
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Graco Inc. Oral History Project'


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