For a company to celebrate 90 years of successful business in a local community, it’s considered a great milestone. That achievement requires strong leadership, quality product, and a substantial amount of hard work by its employees. Millerbernd Manufacturing, located in Winsted, was recently able to reach that milestone. But what’s even more worthy of note is when they can say that their team loyalty is so strong that they have an employee who has contributed to their success for more than half of those 90 years. As of August 2023, Donnie Laxen will reward himself for 50 years at Millerbernd by setting his hard hat aside and starting his retirement.
For Donnie, 50 years doesn’t define a job; it’s a long-established career that began with an unexpected opportunity in 1973. Back then, he was primarily working in road construction but also helped his dad, Leo Laxen, bale hay and fix equipment on Paul Millerbernd’s farm. On that fateful day, the baler broke down. As Donnie was fixing it, Dave Millerbernd, approached him and redirected his path from a job in construction to an offer for a career in steel pole production.