Grow with Us: The People of Felling - Dillon Huntington

 As Felling celebrates 45 years of manufacturing trailers, we continue to look back and see how much our company, along with our employees have grown. Many of you may already know the story of how Felling Trailers started as a small fabrication shop in downtown Sauk Centre in 1974. Continuing to add to this story, we invite you to read our “Grow with Us Series – 4.” Here you will meet the people of Felling; we will share a bit about the people that have played a part in what our company is today and where we will be tomorrow. Some of the people you will meet have been with us for many years, some decades, and then others are just starting their careers with us. To continue our series, we would like you to meet Dillon Huntington, the Finishing/Assembly Team Supervisor for Felling Trailers, Inc., Sauk Centre.
 

Dillon Huntington
Finishing/Assembly Team Supervisor at Felling Trailers

Name: Dillon HuntingtonDillon Huntington - Finishing and Assembly Felling Trailers
Status: 8 years
Title: Finishing/Assembly Team Supervisor
 
Dillon joined the Felling Trailer’s Team in the summer of 2011 as a part-time swing shift Maintenance Technician. “I worked on forklifts, welders, and anything else maintenance related that needed to be done. I also assembled our hydraulic detach necks, as this was a maintenance job back then,” said Dillon. Before starting at Felling, Dillon worked as an auto mechanic for roughly 15-years along with working in the excavating field.  That mechanical experience served him and Felling well in his initial position with the company.

Exploring New Opportunities at Felling 

After a short time with the company Dillon was interested in exploring other opportunities and applied for a Quality Control position, as this was something that intrigued him.  “I wanted to try this out, I decided I wouldn’t mind trying something different and applied.” He started his new role as Quality Control around November of 2011. “I had no experience in QC besides common sense, I created my own checklists, and daily duties from scratch. Since this was a new position not only to me but to Felling too there were no existing guidelines in place,” said Dillon. Dillon held this position for roughly a year and in that time helped create the groundwork for Felling’s Quality Control program.
 

The Role of Continuous Improvement Coordinator

Still focused on advancing with Felling Trailers, Inc., Dillon had discussion with the management team and both agreed to follow the path of a Continuous Improvement Coordinator in the Fall of 2012. “This was an exciting job! I enjoyed being in this role because I was able to work with and get to know every department and every corner of the shop.” As the Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Dillon worked with everyone from the Scheduling Team to the Production Leads, reviewing manufacturing processes to pinpoint places for refinement to increase workflow and efficiencies.

“This was an exciting job! I enjoyed being in this role because I was able to work with and get to know every department and every corner of the shop.”
– Dillon Huntington, Finishing/Assembly Team Supervisor at Felling Trailers

Always Learning in the Finishing Department 

In 2014, Dillon was persuaded to join the Finishing/Assembly department as the Team Supervisor. “I’ve been in the challenging role now for over 5-years.” The Finishing department is where everything comes together; it’s more than decking, lights, and wiring. There is the complex side of Finishing where trailers receive the hydraulic and air systems needed for hydraulic and air equipped options. This applies to many Felling model lines and features, from hydraulic /air tilt beds trailers to hydraulic or air powered ramps, to hydraulic detachable gooseneck semi necks.  “We are constantly learning here in Finishing, with new products like valves, fittings, wiring and so on. Every improvement we can make to our processes is made with the end goal of a quality trailer, ” said Dillon.

Friends Recommended Felling as Good Place to Work 

Initially, Dillon chose Felling because he lived in the Sauk Centre area and had friends working at Felling who recommended it as a good place. “I remember when Felling was just a weld shop with a quarter of the crew we have now. In the 8 years I have been here, things have dramatically changed and improved. Almost every department has seen new equipment and many new faces along with improvements to make many of the jobs easier and more efficient. This has been exciting to see and be a part of,” said Dillon. We a glad to have Dillon as part of our team. Thank you, Dillon!

Are you interested in becoming part of the Felling Team? Learn more about a career at Felling Trailers and grow with us!

This is the fourth in our “Grow with Us” series.  Read the other stories about Sheri Leonard, Human Resource & Safety Coordinator, Brian Lawver, Weld Supervisor, and Greg Waletzko, Quality Assurance Manager at Felling Trailers.

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