Our Story
 Our Story

Our Story

The early days of ingenuity

Our manufacturing story started in 1949, with eight members of the Jaycees in the small eastern Ohio community of Gnadenhutten who wanted to create manufacturing jobs.

The group started with screen printing advertising signs, which eventually led to displays. Our entrepreneurial spirit drove us to find good deals on manufacturing equipment and expand the business in new ways. Sewing painters’ caps, building BBQ grills, stamping automotive parts, making portable stadium seats, and fabricating boat ladders and anchors are just a few examples of the dozens of products we produced. Working with this broad range of materials and creative manufacturing techniques, Tusco’s ingenuity was born.

Lauber family sets a new focus

In 1979, the Lauber family purchased the company from the founders and soon focused on its core competency: building custom retail displays and store fixtures. At the same time, exploring new materials and processes to creatively solve client challenges was still ingrained into the company culture.

Tusco Display used equipment in unique ways. The addition of a CNC router and installation an oversized motor allowed us to machine aluminum in a way more commonly done only in wood. Our dozens of mechanical and design patents demonstrate Tusco’s culture of innovation.

This “find a better way” company DNA was championed by CEO Mike Lauber, who became the sole owner by the early 1990s. Mike served on the board of directors of POPAI from 1986 to 1996, chaired the annual Marketplace trade show in 1992, received the Industry Achievement Award in 1996, the President’s Award in 2004, and was elected to the POPAI Hall of Fame in 2008.

Along with his dedication to the industry, Mike is dedicated to his clients, his associates, his community and his family. He has played leading roles in economic development initiatives, educational and community organizations, always emphasizing the important of innovation and making a difference.

Tusco Display has also been instrumental in raising more than $800,000 for Project Lead The Way, an innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program in our local school system.

Serving you today

Tusco Display has expanded nearly 800% to serve more than 400 clients, and now occupies a physical plant that spans over 110,000 square feet. For 60+ years, Tusco Display has been finding ways to solve challenges, cleverly and economically, to make a difference for clients. Let us help build your brand story by contacting us today.