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    Hi- My name is Gerry, I opened my shop, Wainwright Welding Service Inc. in 1974. Then, I took what ever came my way. Now I specialize in repairing parts for heavy equipment such as booms, sticks, grapple tongs and yokes, do portable align boring and honing, installation of thumbs and other new equipment modifications. I also short run manufacture some products that I developed (electric and hydraulic forklift hitches, hydraulic tub latch attachments for larger forklifts, and a machine for gluing cardboard boxes). I'm equipped to do the whole job in house. I have an Esab burn table, a CNC plasma table, heavy bending equipment, plate roll, two lathes, two radial drills, a vertical mill, a platen table, and a lot of welding equipment (mostly Miller). The only thing I'll farm out is machining work. I found out early on not to depend on other shops when there is a deadline involved. This has been a great life, and I've made a great living. But now I'm old (57), and my knees and shoulders are wore out. My wife wants me to retire, but since I built this from nothing, I'm proud of what I accomplished and can't bring myself to walk away. My advice to anybody wanting to do this kind of work is to always focus on quality. Your customer will remember the quality long after he forgets the price. If you're wondering how I have time to play on the computer, I fell from the back of a truck I was working on, and tore up my right shoulder. I'm on the shelf for 4months.

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    Welcome Gerry, Its a cool place. Some interesting topics sometimes. sorry about your injury.



    ps: By the way, where did you get my last name from??? Don't see it around much anymore
    Last edited by HMW; 12-17-2007 at 09:33 AM.
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    Talking Last Name

    I got it from my Dad. If you look it up in the dictionary, it means wagon maker. Building things was my destiny. Gerry

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    Hey, welcome to the forum. Don't throw in the towel if you are not ready to. If you do you will always regret it. I would suggest hiring someone to help you if you have not done this already. Also, start on a daily dose of glucosomine/chondroitin. That stuff works like a miracle and will really make your joints feel better. Hang Tough!

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    I've tried to find a young guy in this area that had some ambition/common sense that I could train to do things my way. I wanted to find someone young, before he picked up any bad habits. No luck. Older guys wanted to do things their way, and I got tired of explainging that my name was on the sign and my a$$ was on the line. Gerry

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    Your right, I also believe it meant "wheel wright" or wagon maker. guess what my great granpa was ??? a wagon maker. My dad still remembers him making wheels. We still have his anvil. Wagon makers were pretty cool. Used alot of the trades in building wagons. Iron work/black smith, as well as wood work. Funny, building things and repairing things has been my destiny also. Makes you wonder if there is something in a name

    Any relatives on the east coast??
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    If I'm not mistaken, my Grandad told me that our relatives came from somewhere in Pennsylvania. I'll bet your great grandad made a lot of trick stuff, and used a pencil and paper as his "computer". I'm starting to believe that calculators and computers are robbing people of the ability to think. After saying that, I must admit that Autocad mad me a lot smarter than I really am.

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