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Stop by and pick up a raffle ticket to support your local fire department!!!

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Gregory Volunteer Fire Dept.

Be sure to buy one of our raffle tickets. We are giving away $5000!!!! 1st prize $2500, 2nd prize $1500, and 3rd prize is $1000. We are only selling 200 tickets... so be sure to get your soon! We will be drawing at our annual St. Patrick's day dance featuring Hot Rod & Chevy Kevy Show Band. Get your tickets from any fireman or pick them up at Krotters, Cenex, or Bartling Welding and Machine. You can also leave a comment on this post and we can come to you. If less than 150 tickets are sold 1st prize will be 25 percent of total ticket sales, 2nd 15 percent, and 3rd 10 percent. Please share!!

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It was 7 years ago today that we bought out Gregory Iron Works. It seems more like 7 weeks. It's crazy to think about all that has changed in 7 years. I never thought when I was in middle school saving my money to buy a welder from Runnings that it would turn into the career it has. From building parts for my old ford pickup in my dad's garage, to having a new shop with 4 full time employees, repairing huge pieces of farm equipment, fabricating entire buildings, manufacturing... parts for many different industries across the United States, and recently machined several part for a flight simulator for NASA. The blessing are more than can be counted and I am humbled to be where I am, and can't be thankful enough to all our customers over the past 7 years. And thank you to my employees Josey Larsen, Tim Marshall, Charlie Bullbear, and Scott Drew's. I can't forget to mention all my friends and family that have helped along the way and my beautiful wife and daughter for putting up with the early mornings and late nights I have put in over the years.

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I finally have all of our doors operating on the new building. For those of you who don't know, we ordered three doors from Icon Doors for our new building. They kept giving excuses last summer when the doors we ordered were not getting built. Finally I got ahold of them. They admitted they were broke and would not be able to finish the project. They couldn't even afford to ship me what they did get done. I ended up only getting the frames for the two 20ft by 20ft doors and nothing for the big 40ft by 20ft door except a set of blueprints. It took about 7000lbs of steel, hundreds of feet of hydraulic hose and tube, about 200 man hours, and having most of the hydraulic components custom made. Definitely a learning experience.

Today we burned the old shop. It's a miracle it never burned in the 30+ years it was a welding shop. The fire spread across the shop in seconds and the shop was on the ground in less than twenty minutes. A big thank you to all the men of the Gregory Fire Department who came to help, all the neighbors who trusted us to do this safely, the City of Gregory, the Gregory Police Department, and my beautiful wife Jacque Bartling for baking all of us delicious cinnamon rolls. It was a hot one!!!!

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Well, its been a process, but we are nearly complete. We finished building our last door and installed it. Now all they need is some windows and tin on them. As soon as that is done, we are going to make the move. The office will all be compete, the wiring is almost done, heating and plumbing will be finished, and soon we will have our grand opening!

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We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The wiring is almost done and I am hoping to finish the big door for the south side by the end of the week. There were a few hold ups with materials being on back order the last couple weeks but we are getting closer.

Here's a few more pictures of the progress.

5 years ago to day we purchased our current shop. It has been a good place to get started but we are ready to move on and with any luck we will be in our new shop before the end of September. There is still a massive amount of work to be done but there is progress everyday!

Happy 4th of July!

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A few more pics of the progress.

The new building is coming along. The storm last Friday night tried to blow it over but it didn't get the job done.

Divine Concrete completed our footings for our new shop today. It is great to see some progress after all the planing and effort from so many people. Pictures to come soon. We have a crazy busy summer coming with so many great things happening, best of all the future Mrs. Bartling ( Jacque Weier ) joining the crew to help with the book work. Welcome Jacque!