The world today could use an efficiency expert like Harvey Mehlhouse. When the U.S. Treasury wanted to improve operations at the Philadelphia Mint in 1971, Mehlhouse was called in to help. At the time, he was president of Western Electric Company, which had a reputation for running a tight ship. Mehlhouse checked out the Mint’s operations, and the Treasury immediately adopted his recommendations for improving production planning, scheduling, quality control and materials handling.
In addition to being the 13th President of Western Electric Company, Mehlhouse was a director of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Sandia Corporation and Uniroyal, Inc. You would think with his impressive resume as an executive that Mehlhouse would have majored in business. But he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics at a liberal arts school, North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.