Dan Poland Machines finds solutions to unique repair needs
Employees determine what is wrong with a piece of equipment and make the parts necessary to be operational again.
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JAMESTOWN — Repairing construction and farm equipment with specialty or out-of-inventory parts is the specialty at Dan Poland Machine in Jamestown.
“If you break it, we’ll make it,” said Brett Poland, owner of the company. “Some people can’t find the parts they need. Sometimes it’s just not available. We also repair and rebuild hydraulic cylinders and make hoses. All to fit the customer’s needs.”
The company employs 12 people with the ability to determine what is wrong with a piece of equipment and make the parts necessary to get it back operational.
“Our people have the skills and knowledge and dedication it takes to repair things that are non-functioning,” Poland said. “They have to have an eye to see what it takes to make something that doesn’t work to work again.”
Poland said he is currently looking for a couple more employees that fit that description.
“Our employees are an extraordinarily valuable part of the business,” he said. “We have self-motivated people who see what needs to be done and then get dirty and get it done.”
Dan Poland Machine also operates a “millwright” division that assembles and provides service to on-farm and commercial grain-handling equipment such as grain elevators, grain bin auger systems, and catwalks. This operation includes two cranes that work on a variety of projects in the region.
Our people have the skills and knowledge and dedication it takes to repair things that are non-functioning. They have to have an eye to see what it takes to make something that doesn’t work to work again.
Poland said the company’s Jamestown location puts it in the heart of its agricultural and construction business.
“We are right between Fargo and Bismarck and cover quite an area,” he said, “but we know our customers well.”
Dan Poland Machine was originally part of Enzminger Builders which was founded in 1985. The machine shop operation became a separate operation in 2000 with Dan and Vicki Poland as owners.
In 2021, Brett Poland bought the operation from his parents.
“We offer welding, CNC machine work, fabrication and repairs,” he said. “We do some manufacturing but repair is the main thing for us.”
They also offer retail sales of equipment including power-take-off equipment, hydraulic equipment and electrical generators through a showroom at the front of the shop.
“We probably have the biggest selection of PTO equipment in the tri-state area,” Poland said.
Poland said most equipment needing repairs is brought to the shop on the west edge of Jamestown adjacent to Interstate 94.
“We do make service calls once or twice a month,” he said. “Of course, all of the millwright work done on elevators or grain bin systems has to be done on-site.”
Dan Poland Machine can be reached at 252-9353 or www.danpolandmachine.com.