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Lee’s Welding Inc.

High standards of quality of customer service create success in portable rig welding

Headquartered in Murdock, Nebraska, Lee’s Welding Inc. has maintained a course of steady growth in both volume and workforce due to an outstanding reputation as a portable rig welding contractor. Founded by Lee and Jodie Husk in 2003, Lee’s Welding is the culmination of Lee being a third generation welder and possessing more than 20 years’ experience in the field.

Lee’s Welding began with one truck and one welding machine. Over the years, Lee and Jodie developed a team of highly qualified welders, fitters and safety supervisors. Initially focusing on irrigation systems, the company quickly developed a niche in utility piping and is now recognized as a leader in the industry.

Lee’s Welding Inc.

A step above the rest

The remarkably high standards of quality that Lee’s Welding insists upon, along with its attention to detail, has been a major factor in the company’s rise to the top. In addition to its expertise in utility piping, Lee’s Welding also provides a variety of services from design and fabrication to ongoing maintenance in fast turnaround plant shutdowns and emergency repairs.

“If it’s even remotely related to the industry, we do it,” says Jodie. “We can write and test all procedures in-house. Whether it’s something we’ve done 100 times or never before, we will design it, weld it and have our labs test it prior to implementation.”

The diversity of capabilities that Lee’s Welding possess make for an interesting career for all those involved with the company. “One day we’re doing a water line and the next day we’re underground,” says Jodie. “That’s what’s great about being a portable welding company. Everything is done on-site, which is better for us and the client.”

As portable rig welding contractor known for its capabilities of completing large-scale, challenging projects, Lee’s Welding is often the go-to company for municipalities and water treatment plants. Recent projects have included a seven-mile water line from Ashland, Nebraska, to Lincoln, and the Q Street water plant for the Metropolitan Utilities District (MUD) of Omaha. “MUD runs the water system for the city of Omaha,” says Jodie. “We did the tie-ins to the Q Street water plant, as well as the water lines in the field coming from Missouri to the plant.”

Building upon a solid reputation

Precision is everything in the work the Lee’s Welding performs. While the company may not be the lowest priced contractor, it has been proven time and time again that investing in a competent firm upfront avoids costly mistakes in regard to time, safety and financials. “There have been a lot of times where we lost a job to a lower bidder and the client eventually comes back to us because the company the warded the project to wasn’t capable of completing it,” shares Jodie. “We’re fine with that.”

With a workforce of 15 employees, Lee’s Welding has found that the use of part-time/temporary employees has been beneficial to the company. With fluctuation in the size of each project, the company will often bring additional help on board and let them go once the project is completed. “Many welders are used to that in this industry,” says Jodie. She also says that as an employer, this method helps her to retain the welders she wants to work with again in the future. “Many of the folks we work with continue to come back to us,” she adds. “It works out well because we don’t have to stay committed to the ones that can’t perform up to our standards and uphold our reputation.”

With high standards of quality, Lee’s Welding will continue to be a leader in the portable rig welding industry. By recognizing the importance of diversification, Lee’s Welding Inc. will remain a growing company by pursuing additional niche markets which few competitors exist and higher customer service and quality is demanded.

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Spring 2018



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