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A stateside manufacturing operation was opened in 1991 for higher-end, short-run, and one-off instruments, as well as development and prototyping.That year, a Chicago Tribune article confidently places Washburn "among the top three guitar manufacturers in the world," behind only Fender and Gibson.Not only did the Lyon & Healy company often change designs to follow the rapidly evolving consumer demand, but the company also repaired instruments, and offered engraving services, including decorating instruments that it retailed but did not actually manufacture.As well, they built instruments for other retailers and distributors under various house brands, and outsourced construction of some models.On December 15, 2002, Washburn International announced that it had completed acquisition of U. Music Corporation, Schlacher remained as CFO, appointing Gary Gryczan to COO; Gryczan had been Washburn's CFO from 1995 through 1998. Very few modern Washburn instruments have been built by the company itself.
The company achieved independence by 1880, and around 1888 the company launched fully into fretted and plucked instruments (guitars, mandolins, banjos, and zithers) Tracing the history of any particular instrument of this period presents many obstacles.Fretted Industries acquired other lines as well, such as Oscar Schmidt autoharps.Schlacher bought out Johnstone in 1987, and changed the company name to Washburn International.Under Rudy Schlacher, most Washburn models were ordered in runs of 200 units, rather than ongoing production; if sales went well, a further run might be ordered.This application of just-in-time manufacturing (or lean manufacturing) kept the company from needing to warehouse and liquidate overproduction, improving profitability.