Mike O’Reilly is a builder in ZBAG’s shop who specializes in rebuilt transmissions. When he first started working here three years ago, he built transfer cases, and then went on to rebuilding six-speed transmissions, beginning with the NV5600 for the Dodge three-quarter ton trucks. “Now they’ve got me producing rebuilt transmissions for the Ford F150 and the Ranger,” Mike said. “I do the Dodge G56, too.”
Mike came to ZBAG with some mechanical experience in his background. He worked on basic car maintenance as a kid. “I had wrenching experience, you could say,” he noted with a grin. He worked as a millwright, fabricating grain equipment and also worked in the flooring industry before he began producing rebuilt transmissions and transfer cases here at ZBAG.
Mike spends his free time on outdoor activities all year long. “I like walleye and crappie fishing,” he commented, “mainly in the winter.” He uses a portable ice shack for shelter. Mike usually makes the six-hour trip to fish on Lake of the Woods on the Canadian border three or four times each winter. He also fishes in the Faribault area.
Hunting is another pastime Mike enjoys, whether it’s pheasant, deer, or water fowl. He likes to have a good stock of venison sausage and jerky on hand. During the summer, Mike and his family spend time camping. “As long as I’m outside, I’m happy,” he said.
And at work, Mike’s dedication is noteworthy. He’s often one of the first builders to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night. He is particular about assembling each rebuilt transmission according to exact specifications, and his dedication is not unusual at ZBAG. The high standards and strong work ethic translate to the superior quality products that originate here.