4/10/2011: Good news (so far, the projected flood crest has been lowered 6 inches:
4/8/2011: It’s flood season in Grand Forks and we’re on our way to what is currently projected to be the second highest recorded river levels for the Red River at Grand Forks.
Here’s a the current river status and projection:
You can track the flood at:
No flood is ever convenient, but this spring flood always coincides with our busier business season and usually presents extra challenges as we work to meet our customers’ needs. Things are a vastly improved from the early days when we were operating in our original facility on our founder’s property.
Roland and Lois Young (Dad & Mom) started Telpro Inc. over 38 years ago in our back yard in a 40′ x 70′ farm shop. That property would frequently be cut of for a couple weeks when the one township road that provides access to the area would be flooded over in the spring. (The water just topped that road today.) That’s problem enough when it’s your home that you have to boat back and forth to reach. It was a special problem ferrying employees (up to 50 at that time) across and back each day.
We’re sure glad to be in our present facility and thankful for our growing orders and new sales opportunities in new markets. (More on that in a little bit. We’ve got a new product line coming out in 2011 that we’re very excited about. We’ll be able to tell you more when the patents are filed. )
11/1/2010: This was a great project that we recently completed for one of the largest independent aviation ground handlers in the United States. They needed a custom loading dock platform for a facility that doesn’t have truck high loading dock. They needed to something to use in conjunction with a pair of elevating dock lifts that are currently in place. The 20′ x 6′ platform we supplied allows a minimum sized ground crew to handle the loading and unloading of trucks without needing to use forklifts and will greatly expedite their material flow:
Today is our President’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!
More on the growing number of requests for custom work that we’re receiving… we’re currently working on providing custom prototype engineering services on some equipment for a major university as part of a research project by their Department of Radiation Oncology. Cool Stuff.
It’s not new that the housing construction market has been in the tank for quite a while and it will probably be many years before we see the level of activity that there was 4 or 5 years ago.
What’s new for Telpro Inc and exciting to see is the increasing number of requests and opportunities we’re getting for custom designed solutions in the areas of material lifting and handling and specialized personnel access. We’ve been able to work with key players in industries like vertical personnel access (elevator construction), aerospace, wind energy, nuclear power plants and custom applications with the U.S. military just to name a few.
While we continue to produce and expand our proprietary product lines focusing on delivering the best American made equipment for the markets in which we compete, it’s rewarding and encouraging to see our roots in design engineering being put to increasing service in solving unique problems in new industries.
Roland has been wanting to build a miniature version of our Tele-Tower® Adjustable Work Platform for years. Here’s his 1/2 scale fully functional “tiny-tower.” (Great job, Dad!)