After taking a tumble from a ladder and breaking several bones
during his time as a janitorial service owner, Steve Smith decided
to join his dad, Robert "Doc" Smith at Tec Labs. Steve's
entrepreneurial spirit catapulted Tec Labs and its flagship
product, Tecnu® into early success over 40 years ago.
With a great deal of research and the drive to succeed, Steve
discovered that the majority of worker's comp claims for local
utility companies were due to poison oak rash; he hit the ground
running, and Tec Labs was eventually awarded their first major
contract with Bell Telephone Company. As our foothold in the safety
and industrial markets was firmly planted, the Tecnu brand
eventually landed on the shelves of major retail stores including
Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Dollar General, and Target.
The secret to success: early on, Steve and Doc established the
importance of treating employees well by cultivating a family-like
culture; they knew that by caring for their team, Tec's
accomplishments would only multiply. This belief has roots in the
Smith's multi-generational farming background, through which their
family has always lived by the notion of, "take care of the horses"
first; meaning, put the employees first, and success will
Tec Labs is now a multi-year Oregon Top 100 Employer
(3rd place for medium businesses in 2018!) that offers
its nearly 50 employees a variety of benefits including health,
dental, & vision insurance coverage, 401K matching, generous
PTO, monthly bonuses, year-end profit sharing, and more! Steve and
his family have worked hard to create a workplace that fosters
innovation and creativity by providing employees with the tools to
not only meet the needs of their job, but to exceed in their
positions. The benefits are abundant, but it's the culture that
sustains our high employee retention rate.