When you work as a team you can accomplish any task.
“Anything that comes through our bay, we can get it done,” said James Beard, who has worked at Ledwell since 2004.
James has worked on a variety of equipment since beginning his career at Ledwell. He has built everything from dump trucks to bulk haul feed bodies.
“It just comes naturally over the years,” he said.
James said there are times when something unusual or new comes through the shop, creating an opportunity to expand his knowledge.
“One of the most challenging projects I’ve had was a snowplow and dump truck combo,” he said. “There were lots of valves in tight places. We had to use special tools to tighten them all.”
James and his wife of 15 years enjoy traveling to festivals and camping with their 16-year-old son. He is an avid runner who often enters local 5K runs. In fact, you might even see him running around the facility during his lunch break.
James said family and church are where he finds peace.
“Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said.