Our History

Our reputation stands tall! Established in 1937 as a consumer products company, Scientific Research Company was retooled to become a metal fabricator during WWII, supporting the American war effort and the world at large. We may not have known it at the time, but these actions paved the way as SRC evolved into a nationally recognized precision fabrication contract manufacturer. We are proud of our heritage, as well as our reputation for producing high-quality, cost-effective products. Find out more about our history of metal fabrication in Portland, OR, by reading below.

Retooled and always progressive, our company has grown and diversified over time to serve customers in many industries. After more than 80 years, we are proud of our reputation as a highly respected metal fabricator throughout the nation and our contributions as a thriving member of the business community in Portland.

80 Years and Going Strong!

The Beginning

Our name, Scientific Research Company, was chosen to give our products a “high-tech” feel for the times.

Retooling for WWII

During World War II, the company’s facilities were converted to machine shops to aid the war effort and support the large-ship construction and repair activity centered in Portland.

After the war, SRC remained in the machining business as well as acting as a broker for surplus war period equipment. We even developed a line of golf range equipment.

The Ken Beebe Era

In 1977, Ken Beebe joined the company and established the precision fabrication business for which SRC is now known. Mr. Beebe had extensive contacts with Freightliner Corporation, and through his efforts, the company grew to become a major supplier to the trucking industry throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Modern SRC

Mike Hollowell joined SRC in 1995 and is the current president of the company.
Today, SRC remains active in the trucking industry, but has also diversified to serve customers in the heating, electronics, molding, and machinery industries. We do a large majority of our work supporting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and custom fabricators, but we also fulfill smaller, custom project requests as well. Supporting startups, entrepreneurs and innovation is deeply ingrained within our pedigree as a contributing member of the business community in Portland. Our reputation for producing high-quality, cost-effective products is exceeded by none. We look forward to serving you.

Contact us if you have questions about our metal fabrication services. We proudly serve clients throughout Portland, OR, and the entire Pacific Northwest.