October is Fire Prevention Month, so it's a great time to tell the story of an American manufacturer that produces high-quality, life-saving fire-fighting equipment. The company is Task Force Tips of Valparaiso, Ind.

Task Force Tips was founded by Clyde McMillan, a firefighter at Standard Oil who was seriously burned in a naptha fire in 1955.

One of the causes was a nozzle that failed to deliver enough water when the time came.

McMillan later sketched out - on a napkin! - a plan for a more sophisticated, adjustable nozzle, creating a family-owned company in 1970 that has expanded and prospered since. (See this company history.) Stewart G. McMillan, once a firefighter himself, today is company president and a member of the NAM board of directors.

To watch the 8-minute company profile, click on the embedded video below or go to our NAM YouTube video here.

To learn more about the National Association of Manufacturers, visit www.nam.org.