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Grow with Us: The People of Felling, Darwin Bast, Production Welder

Felling Trailers has been proudly manufacturing trailers for over 45 years! Join us as we take a look back and see how much our company, along with our employees, has 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 – 15.” Here you will meet the people of Felling; we will share a bit about the people who 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 Darwin Bast, Production Team Welder, Felling Trailers, Inc., Sauk Centre.

Darwin Bast, Production Team Welder

Darwin Bast Felling WelderName: Darwin Bast
8 Years
Title: Production Team Welder

Darwin joined the Felling Trailers team in March of 2013 as a welder in Bay 40, welding large commercial semi-trailers like Felling’s X-Force hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailers, step decks, and more. Before his time with Felling, Darwin had worked for 20 years as part of his father’s business, Brooten Industries. During his time there, Darwin learned the many aspects of the company and various roles. “I was a welder, forklift operator, and handled purchasing. We manufactured wood boilers and a variety of trailers under the name BROOT trailers,” said Darwin. Wanting to pursue other job opportunities, Darwin saw that Felling Trailers had openings for production welders. He thought it would be a good place to work and could use his manufacturing experience.

Helping Out Where Needed

As part of the weld production team, Darwin has had the opportunity to work in various build areas. Depending on trailer orders and product demand, a welder can be building a 10,000 lb pan (skid steer) trailer, a 60 ton hydraulic detach (low boy), operating the steel saws prepping materials for the next build or running materials for the Gantry Robot. “I just like to help out in whatever Bay (build area), or work center needs to help,” said Darwin. No matter the build area, the processes remain very similar within production.  This process starts with reviewing the trailer’s blueprints and drawings to ensure that the jig is set to the necessary specifications.  Once complete, the team members work together to make sure the sub-assemblies, components, and raw steel are brought to the frame level of the trailer.

“Felling is family-owned, and I have great, easy-going co-works. Working with the right type of people makes a big difference in a workday.”

– Darwin Bast, Production Team Welder at Felling Trailers

Weld Production Team in Bay 40 welding on a hydraulic detachable gooseneck trailerDarwin welding on a Felling Hydraulic DetachThrough his time here at Felling, Darwin has witnessed significant growth and change for the company. “The changes here at Felling have been great. The staff is always on the move, onward and upward as it is said. The new robot helps generate more trailers which is awesome, and the new paint facility will be a great addition to the quality that Felling stands for,” said Darwin. When asked why Darwin chose Felling to be where he worked, he said, “Felling is family-owned, and I have great, easy-going co-works. Working with the right type of people makes a big difference in a workday.” We are glad to have Darwin as part of our team. Thank you, Darwin!

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This is the Fourteenth feature in our “Grow with Us” series.  Read the other stories about Jim Robischion, Accounting Coordinator, Graham Stevenson, Senior Welder, 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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