Reeder business expanding

It’s expansion time for Dalton Mellmer and his business, Northern Auto and Diesel.

Northern Auto & Diesel is expanding. The new addition will be to the east of the current structure. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Northern Auto & Diesel is expanding. The new addition will be to the east of the current structure. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

It’s expansion time for Dalton Mellmer and his business, Northern Auto and Diesel.

The Reeder-based mechanic is currently constructing a new addition to the east side of his already existing building, and Mellmer said it’s the right time to grow.

“I’m just adding on,” Mellmer said. “I needed something bigger.”

Mellmer completed his education at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton in January 2015 and began to rebuild a business his father previously ran for 30 years. And after more than a year and a half heading operations, he said that he hopes to get more efficient at his processes.

The new addition will be a 42-foot by 112-foot structure with two access points. One 16-foot door will open to the south, with another 24-foot wide and 18-foot tall on another side with an approach. It will have 21-foot sidewalls. With the dimensions and access points, he said it should be easier to get trucks in and out of the garage.

Mellmer will also have a truck lift inside the new addition, which along with the entrance and exits should allow him to improve the efficiencies of his processes by cutting down on turnaround time. Especially when it comes to moving vehicles around.

The new addition will also be better for temperature control. Mellmer said that it will be fully insulated with floor heat.

“It’ll be a lot more, heavily insulated than the old one, which is what I was looking for,” Mellmer said.

Mellmer is hoping to not only expand on his current services, but add some, though he didn’t have specifics.

Currently, Mellmer has one full-time employee and a part-time high school student. And from time to time his father, Mike, comes in and assists.

Mellmer mentioned the community as a big boost in his business this past year, and their dedication to area businesses.

“I can’t be thankful enough for that, for the community around me,” he said. “It’s always nice to have people support the local business.”







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