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Grow With Us: The People of Felling - Graham Stevenson, Senior Welder

Felling Trailers has been proudly manufacturing trailers for over 45 years trailers. Join us as we take a 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 – 13.” 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 others are starting their careers. To continue our series, we would like you to meet Graham Stevenson, Senior Welder Weld Production Team, Felling Trailers, Inc., Litchfield.

Graham Stevenson, Senior Welder Graham Stevenson Felling Senior Welder Litchfield

Name: Graham Stevenson
Status: 5 years
Title: Senior Welder

Graham joined the Felling Trailers team in January of 2015, working with the Weld Production team as a welder on the IT-I tilt trailer line. When Graham joined Felling, he brought with him 25-years of metal fabrication experience. Before his time with Felling, Graham had worked with various manufacturers as a welder /fabricator building a variety of products from grain conveyor systems to skid steer attachments to specialized trailers.

As part of the IT-I production weld team, Graham would review trailer blueprints and detailed drawings to ensure that the jig was set to the necessary build specifications. Then working with team members, he would fit-up trailer sub-assemblies and components in the jig then weld the trailer to frame level. In every build, the weld team follows the Quality Work Instruction (QWI) that makes sure that each weld is to the proper weld quality standard and performs any clean-up necessary.

Why Felling? – “It’s the family atmosphere. Felling offers a fair pay scale along with medical and dental insurance, it all helps.” – Graham Stevenson, Senior Welder

In late 2019 Graham transitioned from the IT-I Tilt line to Project Weld with aspirations of becoming lead welder. In Project Weld, team members weld smaller sub-assemblies, which help significantly expedite the complete trailer’s weld process. On a given day, team members may weld small components such as D-ring WLD’s all the way up to full -width ramps. Main parts include fenders, tool boxes, jacks, and I-series trailer bumpers, and much more.

Facility Modifications & Smooth Product Flow

In the five years that Graham has been with Fellling Trailers, the company has seen a large amount of growth in manufacturing capacity, new team members, facility improvements, and more. When Graham joined the team, the Litchfield location was still a relatively new facility for Felling, continually undergoing modifications to create a smooth product flow through the production areas. With the streamlined production flow in place, the facility can manage large production runs of units with ease. Once trailers are completed in the production weld area, they can transition to the blast and paint area then on to finishing without ever leaving the facility. When asked why Graham chose Felling to be where he worked, he said, “It’s the family atmosphere. Felling offers a fair pay scale along with medical and dental insurance, it all helps.” We are glad to have Graham as part of our team. Thank you, Graham!  

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 thirteenth feature in our “Grow with Us” series.  Read the other stories about Wade Skillings, Lead Machine Operator, Jacob Meyer, Inside Trailer Sales, Bob Vangstad, Painter, Chad Steinhofer, Lead Welder, Benji Hudalla, Final Inspector, Nathan Uphus, Sales, Jeremy Kuperus, Robot Operator & Senior Welder, Sheri Leonard, Human Resource & Safety Coordinator, Brian Lawver, Weld Supervisor, Greg Waletzko, Quality Assurance Manager at Felling Trailers, and Kristie Moritz, Scheduling Coordinator.

 

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