Protecting consumers since 1977
Tec Laboratories, Inc. is an OTC pharmaceutical manufacturer
that specializes in innovative topical applications. Since 1977, we
have been protecting consumers and industrial workers with products
that protect, relieve, prevent and repel so that you can enjoy life
A history of poison ivy, oak and nuclear
Tec Labs' flagship product is Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin
Cleanser. Tecnu was originally developed in 1960, during the cold
war years, by chemical engineer Dr. Robert Smith as an effective,
waterless cleanser capable of removing radioactive dust from skin
His wife accidentally discovered that Tecnu would cleanse poison
plant oils after exposure to poison oak in their own backyard. She
didn't want their children to keep suffering from the plants so she
went out back and pulled them out with her bare hands, even though
she knew she was highly allergic to poison oak and ivy. She decided
to clean up with Tecnu afterwards and it worked for her.
Years later, Dr. Smith's son, Steven Smith, researched and found
out that poison oak was the number one workers comp claim for local
utility workers in the summer. He began selling Tecnu as a solution
to decrease workers comp claims. Since then, Tecnu has become
standard-issue in first aid kits of outdoor professionals,
gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts across the country.
Innovation and perpetual improvement
The focus of Tec Labs research and development team is to create
products that solve problems not only effectively but in a unique
and better way. We have developed head lice treatments that kill
lice and nits without the use of toxic chemicals. We stop your itch
with homeopathic anti-itch ingredients that promote healing and
offer long lasting relief.
How we do it
Our success is built on the philosophy that by hiring cheerful,
smart, hard-working people, and giving them the tools and training
to do the job right, there isn't any problem the Tec Team can't
solve. We do this in a culture that fosters innovation, trust,
respect, joy, and a spirit of enthusiasm.
We believe that our values and culture create an environment to
- We take care of our customer's needs first.
- We empower our people to do the right thing.
- We create a flexible working environment where our employees
can balance work and play.
- We strive for perpetual improvement and innovation.
Rewards and recognition
Cultivating our culture and hard work has paid off over the
years, and we are proud to share our recognition with you:
- For three years in a row we ranked first in The
Scientist magazine Best Places to Work.
- Received Oregon Business Magazine's Hall of Fame Award for
making the Oregon Top 100 Small Business list for 12 years.
- We received the "Excellence in Family Business" award from the
Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University in
- Selected as one of the "15 Fittest Companies in America" by
Men's Fitness magazine in 2008