ALPHAZ COLOR-CODED FILING SYSTEM INTRODUCED
EBBA HOFFMAN INDUCTED INTO THE MINNESOTA HALL OF FAME
1977 Ebba Hoffman is the first woman to be inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.
1980 Smead earned widespread recognition as the leading provider of color-coded shelf filing systems.
The AlphaZ system assigned colors to the letters of the alphabet to speed up filing and the retrieval of folders.
1964: START OF VIETNAM WAR
1967 Third generation John Peter Hoffman joins
1971 Smead’s fifth plant
1963 MLK Jr. makes his
"I have a Dream speech"
opens in McGregor, Texas
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