A Modest Beginning
Our story starts out in June of 1971 when Lee Vanden Heuvel purchased a local blacksmith’s shop on Depot Street in Little Chute, WI. Originally founded as Lee’s Welding, it wasn’t just a place of work, it was the place the family lived. During those early years they lived upstairs as all 3 boys were born.
Using the welding and metal bending learned in his father’s garage when he was 10 years old, Lee started out sharpening plowshares for local farmers – often times for $1 each. As the business grew into certified structural steel welding and mechanical contracting, it was time for the shop to expand as well.