Tennsco, LLC is Proud to Celebrate 60 Years of Manufacturing Excellence

Dickson, TN ─ Tennsco LLC, an industry leader in manufacturing steel storage solutions, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Lester Speyer had established and grown a successful manufacturing operation in Chicago after serving as a pilot during 2nd World War. In a desire to expand, he searched for a manufacturing opportunity that he could easily fly to in his private plane from his home outside Chicago. He was fortunate to discover the small shuttered KF Kline plant located in Dickson, TN back in 1962. Tennsco, short for Tennessee-Steel-Company, had its humble beginnings with 10 employees on East Broad Street.

For a decade, Tennsco struggled to find its footing and his advisors recommended shutting down operations and cutting his losses. Fortunately, he had confidence in himself, and his team and the company persevered. Fast forward sixty years and Tennsco is now a leading U.S. manufacturer of steel storage products selling products across America, Canada, and Mexico.

Tennsco initially manufactured a limited line of shelving, cabinets, and lockers. Over the years, the company expanded its product offerings to include a wide range of shelving, rack, cabinets, bookcases, lockers, shop equipment, library bookstacks and an extensive offering of filing solutions. The company’s broad product line provides storage solutions for a variety of markets including material handling, office, athletic, medical, automotive, electronics, and information technology.

The operation has grown from the single facility to nine manufacturing plants and distribution facilities spanning over 1.8 million sf. Tennsco now has 715 team members and is the largest employer in the county.

Lester Speyer’s son Stuart came on board in 1980 to help oversee operations and grow the business. He focused his efforts on product design and process improvement through automation, streamlining manufacturing methods and plant expansions. He attributes much of the company’s success on not only having a broad offering of industrial grade products that business needs, but the ability to produce these competitively with any manufacturing competitor worldwide. This comes from having a team of innovative and tenacious employees.

Tennsco prides itself in being a good corporate citizen. In addition to supporting numerous charitable causes, the company built and donated a community center for Dickson County that includes softball fields and tennis courts. Additionally, Tennsco donated the land and was the primary financial donor for a brand-new animal shelter for the local Humane Society and animal control.

“We are proud of our heritage, not only for all that we have accomplished as a leader in storage solutions but also because we have always manufactured in Tennessee, in the heart of America,” said Rachel Bradley, Chief Operating Officer and third generation family member. We look forward to continuing to deliver quality steel storage products that are built to last. We believe the best way to build a quality product is to be in control of the entire process – from raw materials right on through to customer delivery.

A Word About Tennsco ®

Tennsco LLC is an industry leader in manufacturing steel storage solutions for a wide variety of industries and applications throughout North America. As a third-generation family-owned business, we have a special heritage and take great pride in manufacturing reliable, durable products at our nine manufacturing and distribution facilities in Dickson, TN. Our philosophy, Storage Made Easy, is our commitment to provide a wide variety of quality storage products that are built to last and supported with exemplary service.


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