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Angie Wieck, Published May 30 2013

Former Fargo co-workers buy, reopen company

FARGO – When one door closed, another opened for three former employees of Dakota Driveline, after the company went out of business last year.

Former co-workers Kevin Bibeau, Jason Bahls and Patrick Glaraton were able to purchase the company’s inventory and equipment, and in October, opened their own business, Midwest Welding & Drive, at 4021 Main Ave.

The company specializes in driveshaft and power takeoff fabrication and repair.

Bibeau said a lot of their initial business has come from automotive machine shops and construction companies.

They also expect to get a good deal of work from farmers now that the season is in full swing. A power takeoff is a device that transfers power from a tractor’s engine to an attached piece of equipment such as an auger.

He also hopes to get some business this summer from racing enthusiasts. They also work with aluminum driveshafts, which are common in race cars.

Bibeau, a second-year engineering student at North Dakota State University, is eager to try his hand at any number of welding and fabrication projects.

For a more complete list of products and services, log on to www.midwest

weldinganddrive.com.


Business profile

• Name: Midwest Welding & Drive

• Address: 4021 Main Ave., Unit G, Fargo

• Phone: (701) 356-3016

• Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501