Posted by William Mullane | May 23, 2017
In the year 2002, a broken motorcycle clutch gave Al Youngwerth an idea. New products always start with an idea. The difference between most people and a person like Al, though, is that he did
something about his idea for a better clutch. Fifteen years later, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) honored Al and the company he founded, Rekluse, as “Heroes of American Manufacturing. Watch MEP’s “Heroes of U.S. Manufacturing” video to learn how Al’s idea turned into a product that changed the motorcycle industry and launched an Idaho company. The video explores how Al sought design help with TechHelp’s Steve Hatten who directed the New Product Development Lab (NPD) at Boise State. Learn how Boise State mechanical engineering student, Sean Brown, who worked at the NPD Lab helped Al develop his idea and eventually became the President and CEO of Rekluse.
Over the next couple of months, TechHelp will take a closer look at many of the chapters in the Rekluse success story:
- Chapter I – The Idea
- Chapter II – Design & Prototyping
- Chapter III – Manufacturing in the USA
- Chapter IV – People, Plant, Production & Robots
- Chapter V – New Markets & Growth
- Chapter VI – New Product & Production Ideas
The Heroes of American Manufacturing video series created by NIST MEP attempts to capture the hearts and minds of the public and celebrate the small and medium-sized manufacturers succeeding in the US with the help of their local MEP centers. The videos shine a spotlight on what’s happening in plants across the country and feature leaders and workers who are making things that improve life. the jobs and contributions these manufacturers provide their communities and the nation’s economy, and the relationship between center and client—helping to tell the story of what makes MEP unique as a private-public partnership.