Better of Idaho County’s Finest Enterprise Proprietor could also be no shock to the neighborhood or the numerous workers who work for him. Ryan Uhlenkott, of Cottonwood, gives numerous employment alternatives throughout the Camas Prairie.
Uhlenkott owns Superior Welding and Metal in Grangeville, Brute Metal (metal fabrication/warehouse) in Cottonwood, Level S “The Tire Man” shops in each Cottonwood and Grangeville, and The Behavior espresso store in Cottonwood.
Superior Welding and Metal
Superior Welding and Metal was based in 1998 behind a pickup truck with a welder mounted on it and a pop-up tent. Uhlenkott began the enterprise so he could possibly be his personal boss and have a constructive impression on the world, he stated.
AWS is now the most important fabrication store in Idaho and one of many largest within the largest within the Northwest,
Uhlenkott’s philosophy consists of the mantras at all times hustle; be proactive, not reactive; and with out adversity, there isn’t a progress.
The corporate constructed on its present 30-acre plot on U.S. Freeway 95 in Grangeville in 2008. Now, the enterprise employs 70-plus individuals. To assist with employment alternatives and utilizing the workers’ time most effectively, the corporate has invested in CNC tools and expertise that helps scale back among the man hours. To assist with neighborhood consciousness, a “Metal Days” open home has been carried out and provides a tour and explanations of the enterprise.
To assist educate and develop native staff, AWS has supplied 10-week welding lessons by way of Lewis-Clark State Faculty for free of charge to members. These candidates are interviewed and hand-chosen for this system, understanding a job will likely be obtainable on the finish. Contributors are additionally paid a wage whereas attending lessons.
“It’s form of a method to develop our personal, for free of charge to the particular person taking the lessons,” Uhlenkott stated.
The enterprise is about 50 % welding but additionally provides a wide range of different positions together with these within the workplace, drafting, estimating, enterprise managers, transport, CNC operations, portray and forklift driving.
Nearly all of AWS’s enterprise is in Washington and Oregon, however they’ve additionally had work all through Idaho and in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Montana, Utah, Texas and Guam, with faculties, hospitals, manufacturing crops and warehouses being among the many largest shoppers.
“We ship a median of about 15 million kilos of metal a 12 months,” Uhlenkott stated, including he appreciates his complete workforce for his or her dedication and laborious work.
In 2018, AWS was named because the “Small Enterprise of the Month” for February by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and was acknowledged within the Congressional Report of the Senate.
“Rising from a 6,000 square-foot store in 2003 to the present state-of-the-art 60,000 sq. foot store, Superior Welding and Metal is a superb instance of the decided entrepreneurial spirit discovered all throughout Idaho,” stated Chairman Risch. “Ryan Uhlenkott’s firm gives a superb product with distinctive dedication to their clients, and so they make a large impression within the native and nationwide fabricating trade. I want to be the primary to congratulate Ryan and his workforce on this well-deserved recognition.”
In 2017, AWS was acknowledged within the Trendy Metal Building version for his or her excellent work because the prime fabricator for the brand new scholar middle at Gonzaga College in Spokane, Wash.
Uhlenkott stated the corporate is dedicated to excellence of their craft and likewise to the sustainable use of their merchandise, as greater than 90 % of the metal they work with has been recycled, including to the overwhelmingly constructive impression they carry to native Idaho communities.
Superior Welding and Metal is positioned at 257 U.S. Freeway 95 N, Grangeville; name 208-983-7608.
Level S Tire & Auto Service “The Tire Man”
Uhlenkott bought Nuxoll Shell in Cottonwood and the enterprise grew to become The Tire Man in 2016. In 2020, Uhlenkott opened a second retailer in Grangeville.
“The rationale for the enlargement was to make our companies extra handy for patrons of the encircling space,” supervisor Dan Lustig stated. “Now we may be extra inclusive to communities like Elk Metropolis, Kooskia, Clearwater, Kamiah and White Chook.”
Lustig defined the enterprise is exclusive to the world due to the care house owners Ryan and Heather Uhlenkott give to their workers.
“Their essential aim is to assist develop the neighborhood and allow extra employment,” he stated. “They put effort into attempting to assist their workers, after which the workers naturally wish to assist clients as rapidly and actually as doable.”
In Grangeville, The Tire Man is offered at 614 Pine Avenue, 208-983-1925. The Cottonwood location is 501 Essential Avenue in Cottonwood, 208-962-3241.
In 2017, the Uhlenkotts opened The Behavior at 406 King Avenue in Cottonwood. A reworking of the house subsequent to Riener’s Grocery allowed for a spacious space for conferences, homework, stress-free, visiting and, after all, having fun with drinks. WiFi can also be obtainable on-site.
The Behavior provides all kinds of coffees, teas, Italian sodas and different drinks. As well as, a wide range of meals gadgets are additionally obtainable. Name 208-507-2745.