Storms Welding & Mfg., a leading manufacturer of dairy equipment, traces its roots back to the well-established Louis Blacksmith Shop in Cologne, MN. In November of 1982, Charlie Storms purchased the company from his Uncle, Henry Louis. Initially Charlie, the only employee, ran the business in a 500 square foot building. The main business was welding repair for farm equipment and building Bobcat attachments as well as truck beds.
Russ Storms, Charlie’s nephew, began with Storms Welding in 1986 taking care of the clean-up in the shop. Russ continued with Storms Welding & Manufacturing working as a full time employee in 1988 and becoming a partner in 1991.
The first items manufactured by Storms Welding were hog movers and bail throw racks. Charlie expanded the company’s product line in 1993 to include dairy barn equipment such as crowd gates, free stalls, gates and parlors. Our manufacturing capabilities continued to grow, bringing on board trailers, truck beds, truck hoists, box liners, and skid steer attachments; all the while continuing to manufacture Bobcat attachments.
From these modest beginning’s Storm’s Welding & Mfg. has grown to 16 employees and expanded into a 9600 square foot facility. Our Manufacturing Manager, Todd Schneiderman, and Repair Manager, John Hoen, combine to offer 36 years of experience to our customers. Russ contributes 26 years of experience himself, and Charlie heads up the Sales department with over 30.
With new ownership in 2013, Storms Welding is looking forward to continued growth in the dairy industry, industrial manufacturing, agricultural repair, and private label production for other manufacturers. We will continue to add state of the art metal working tools and equipment, and continue to employ highly skilled welders and fabricators.