Midsota began more than three decades ago as a small welding shop down the road in Albany. Founder Gerald Sand sold the company in 1998. Four years later, the new owners renamed it Midsota Manufacturing, reflecting its ambitions.
Last year, Midsota moved into a new building that the city of Avon helped it find. Since the move, the company has more than doubled its payroll. What’s particularly remarkable, and one of the chief reasons why the company is so highly valued in Avon, is how it has grown its employee base. “We do some things differently than a lot of other companies,” said Joel Bauer, who co-owns Midsota with Tim Burg. “We hire a lot of guys who have no welding experience whatsoever, and find that sometimes those can turn out to be the best.”
It’s shaping up to be another big year for the company. Bauer said that by the end of the current model year, which ended June 30, Midsota expects to have produced about 2,500 trailers—a 25 to 30 percent increase over the previous year. And that growth, of course, has meant many more jobs.
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