Meet an integral part of Zumbrota Bearing and Gear’s shop team: Dave Feidt, Sr. specializes in building transfer cases. He joined the crew over a year ago, after his son, ZBAG employee Dave Feidt, Jr. told him it was a good place to work.
Dave brought a wide range of work experience with him. Many years ago, he earned his two-year diploma in marine and small engine repair. While he took the classes, he worked full time at a snowmobile shop. He then spent time at a marine business that specialized in boats and snowmobiles. Later he worked at a plastic factory where he did assembly work, and a bus company where he did refurbishing as well as mechanical and body repairs. Other job stints included a pop can manufacturing company, a turkey producer, a milling company, and Dave also worked as a punch press operator for a furniture manufacturer.
When Dave was hired to work in ZBAG’s shop, Taylor Marsh got him started by training him to build 246 transfer cases. He has since moved on to building several other types of transfer cases.
Being a Minnesota guy, Dave enjoys spending time during the winter months riding his snowmobiles on local trails. He adds that he also ends up spending time working on them. During the warmer months, he uses a four-wheeler, a Polaris 2X4 350. “It’s a workhorse,” he said. “I pull a trailer and haul wood with it.”
Dave has discovered a creative pastime he enjoys. He welds lawn ornaments out of scrap metal. He’s put together creations such as flowers, birds and peacocks. So far family members have become the owners of the ornaments, but Dave has been told he should go into the lawn ornament business.