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GERDING ENTERPRISES CELEBRATES 60THz ANNIVERSARY
Gerding Enterprises, Inc. (GEI) Dittmer Missouri, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The firm was founded in 1960 by Charles and MaryAnn Gerding and offers machining, metal spinning, and welding.
“Dad found an old spinning lathe in a scrap yard and brought it home. With his ingenuity and the help of a Harley-Davidson transmission, he got it running (it is still used to this day) and that was how we got started,” stated Chuck Gerding, son of the founders. “In the basement of our home in St. Louis Dad would work through the night after working all day at his ‘day job’. He would spin parts and Mom and Family would move, clean, and package them. Their commitment to quality work at a fair price has been instilled in all of us.”
GEI, which is AS9100/ISO9001 certified, offers AWS-certified MIG & TIG welding of stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and steel. “We have a national reputation for our welding” stated Gerding. “We have some of the top technological welders on our crew.”
The company has ten pieces of CNC machining equipment with capacities including 42” for turning and 40” x 84” for milling. GEI also has 3 5 axis machines and a lathe with live tooling, along with 2 other CNC lathes.
A unique service offered at GEI is metal spinning. This involves taking flat pieces of sheet metal and forming them into a seamless circular or conical shape while spinning it on a special lathe (i.e. missile nose cones or metal lighting fixtures.
GEI’s metal spinning is so precise that its parts can be found on military and commercial jets as well as lighting and furniture. “Spinning gives us a whole different avenue to serve our customers,” commented Gerding. Parts up to 60” can be spun at GEI. We also do sheet metal and assembly, including riveting and bending. We take pride in being a one-stop shop.
GEI, located southwest of St. Louis, operates in a 20,000 sq.-ft. climate-controlled facility with a crew of 27. The firm serves customers across the country and a few overseas.
In 1971, Gerding Enterprises won the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Region VII Award. Charlies and MaryAnn were very proud of this accomplishment because it showed the rewards of honest, hard work.
“Our unique services and our quality have set us apart,” noted Gerding. “We have manufactured everything from parts on the Gemini, Mercury, Apollo, space shuttle and satellite programs to an 8,000-pound lottery machine for the government of Puerto Rico. We take on the jobs that others pass on. McDonnell Douglas/Boeing has been our mainstay for 60 years. Through the years we have worked on numerous projects; from the F4, F15, and C17, to working with a great group of people at the F18 Ground Support Group. They have allowed us to work on their cool and innovative projects. We are very proud of our aerospace heritage. We would like to take the time to thank every one of our customers for helping us make 60 years, without all of them we wouldn’t be here.
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I am proud to serve our nation’s workers who have given their time and energy to make America a better place. I currently practice law in Moscow, Idaho. I have many clients ranging from retired military/veterans to injured railroad workers. I have represented clients in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Railroad Retirement Board. I am a firm believer that if you get hurt while serving this country, then you are entitled to compensatory damages for your work-related injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes the United States Government does not like to pay its workers, military, and veterans. In my six months of practice, I have recovered more than 2 million dollars in pension retirement benefits for my clients throughout the US.
MOSCOW, Idaho (Tribune News Service) — When Michael S. Wells joined the U.S. Army immediately after graduating from Colville High School in Colville, Wash., in 2004, he didn’t know what he was getting into.
“I had an idea that I was going to go to war, but I had no idea that I would be in actual intense, fierce combat,” Wells said.
Instead, on April 20, 2008, Wells and his platoon found themselves in a deadly firefight in Sadr City, Iraq, in which Wells managed to kill enemy combatants and allow his platoon to continue its mission.
Wells will receive from U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo a long-awaited Bronze Star for, in the words of an Army official, the “quick decisions, courage and superb marksmanship (that) ensured mission accomplishment and protection of his comrades during fierce and intense fighting.”
The awards ceremony is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Plus University Inn in Moscow, Idaho, and will be held in conjunction with a campaign event for Crapo.
Wells, 36, served two tours in Iraq and was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart during his first 12-month tour.
During the second, 15-month tour, Wells was making three patrols a day in an M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
“When we deployed that day … our job as combat engineers was to clear the route for the U.S. Navy Seals team in Mission Operation Gold Wall,” Wells said.
“My job was to eliminate (improvised explosive devices) with my 25 mm guns,” he said.
As Wells approached a concrete wall, he spotted an IED mounted on the wall, capable of destroying his vehicle.
“I was able to neutralize the IED trigger man,” Wells said. “I killed him.”
A short time later, another enemy combatant was located at a nearby building with another explosive device that was made to penetrate military vehicles and armored tankers.
Wells said he killed that enemy combatant, too.
Those moves, he said, allowed his comrades to continue with their mission.
“Later that afternoon, my platoon was engaged in a three-hour firefight,” Wells said. “I was able to neutralize more than a dozen al-Qaeda fighters who maneuvered around the city blocks on rooftops.”
During this time, the enemy was engaged in small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades, and multiple explosive projectiles. As the enemy tried to inflict multiple casualties on the platoon, Wells laid down suppressive machine gun fire from his Bradley fighting vehicle that allowed the medics to treat wounded members of his platoon.
“With the finest traditions of military achievement,” the U.S. Army citation reads, “Wells … distinguished himself by his exceptional achievement and outstanding performance provided to the United States. … Wells’ actions on April 20, 2008, live up to the battalion philosophy of ‘Fight Like Hell’ and is in keeping with the finest traditions of military achievement … the Silver Lions Battalion and the United States Army.”
Although the situation was frightening, Wells said the emotional fallout didn’t hit him until much later.
“I’m not gonna lie — I was scared but I didn’t have time to be scared. The only thing I could think about was my comrades and to act to the best ability for myself and them.
“Afterward, I didn’t have time to grieve and the guilt of my fallen comrades didn’t come to me until I returned from Iraq.”
When he arrived home, he enrolled at the University of Idaho and eventually obtained a law school degree. After graduating in 2017, Wells went into private practice and is dedicating his professional career to helping other veterans.
Most of his clients, he said, are Vietnam-era veterans — some of whom saw the worst fighting of that war and were exposed to chemical weapons such as Agent Orange.
“These guys were treated badly by the U.S. government,” Wells said. “My job is to try to get them service-connected (for effects) they have suffered their whole lives and help other vets in the area.
“My goal is to help out as many guys as I can, even though it’s almost too late (for some of them). And that is sad,” Well said.
“One commonality between vets … it’s camaraderie. War is something that, when we come back from war changes all of us, whether we like it or not. (Veterans) are just a group that, we’ve been through the same experiences, and suffered the same thing, whether we like it or not. I think more veterans in the area need to know there are resources and I’m available to help them.”
Wells is married and has two young daughters.