Steve Goldammer never rebuilt a manual transmission or transfer case, but he plays an important part in serving ZBAG’s customers. Steve and Al share the 75-mile circuit around Zumbrota, making deliveries to ZBAG customers.
Steve came to ZBAG by an adventurous route that involved three challenging jobs, which all helped to equip him to navigate Minnesota’s freeways with ease and style.
“I started out my career as a smoke jumper,” Steve explained. Most of his smoke jumping took place in Alaska, and required rigorous physical training, learning to parachute and learning to fight fires. It was exciting. “I learned to love to fly,” Steve said, “so I went to the Navy to learn to become a pilot.” He piloted a P3 Orion with a 14-member crew that flew all over the world hunting Russian submarines. Steve’s Navy career started during the Vietnam era, and he served 23 and a half years.
While still enlisted in the Navy, Steve had a hankering for another career: he wanted to be a minister. So he transferred to Navy Reserves and attended seminary in Iowa, then pastored Lutheran congregations in Minnesota for 22 years. “I was in the active reserves,” Steve commented. “I would get called to go places—Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Spain, South America.”
“It came time to retire, and I can’t not work,” Steve said. He started at ZBAG as a fill-in driver and did long delivery trips when Al was injured. Later, they established their 75-mile day route. Steve and Al still share the responsibilities of that route.
If you need a unit or parts for a unit, whether a rebuilt transmission or other drivetrain component, there’s a good chance Steve will deliver it to you if you live within 75 miles of Zumbrota.