Ted Hines, backed by the support of his wife Gloria, left his job as an electrical engineer with a test equipment manufacturer to launch Pine Instrument Company. It was 1962 and he wanted to work in an organization that would honor his conservative, hardworking and ethical Scandinavian roots. He also wanted to be his own boss. Decades later, Pine continues to operate with the same core values instilled by Ted. Lead with compassion. Follow with respect. Interact with integrity. Labor with diligence. Invest with wisdom.
The Early Years
The first couple of years were a struggle and Ted took as much contract machining work as his team of three could handle to make ends meet. Then the tide began to change when Ted’s engineering and business strengths caught the attention of three different groups. First, his now legendary 750 & 850 Marshall Test Presses catch the asphalt industries attention and demand began to increase. Second, his performance as a supplier and knowledge of electronics were noticed by a machined parts customer which led to Pine’s entry into the world of contract electronics assembly. Third, his unique set of problem solving skills were called upon by some leading researchers in the chemistry department of his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, which launched Pine’s entry into the developing field of electrochemical research equipment.
1970, 1980, and 1990’s
As Pine entered the 1970’s with all three segments of the business profitable and accumulating loyal customers, Ted turned more of his attention towards Pine’s future needs. Over the next three decades, Ted worked at increasing Pine’s strength through the hiring of talented individuals in all areas. During this same period, he invested in the capital equipment necessary to meet current and future needs.
2000’s – Present
By the early 2000’s, Pine had succeeded beyond any expectations that Ted had ever had. He knew it was time to transition out of his leadership role. Ted’s son, Joe, returned to Pine and began to assume the responsibilities of his father.