Posted by Marion Body Works on (June 12, 2020)

Don Wendt Retires After 50 Years at Marion Body Works

On June 3, 2020, Marion Body Works celebrated the extensive achievements of Don Wendt after 50 remarkable years with the company.

The longevity of Don's career is a testament to his dedication to Marion Body Works as well as the company's commitment to its employees. The entire team spent the day exchanging congratulatory remarks and well wishes for a happy retirement.  

"Don was my lead-man over thirty years ago working as a welder."  Don Schinke shared, Technical Specialist at Marion Body Works. "He taught me that there’s only one Marion way of doing things. You either did it right or you fixed it. He certainly did his part to train the current generation of workers. Congratulations on a well deserved retirement!"

Back in 1970, Don began his journey with Marion working on cattle racks and beverage bodies. Alongside Bud Simpson, Don played a key role in expanding the company's Defense customers and capabilities. Don spent his last 30 years at Marion as the Production Manager for Cab and Defense product lines.  The impact he has made and the wisdom he has passed on will forever be ingrained in the Marion legacy. Congratulations, Don and enjoy retirement!

(Pictured L to R: Darrell Figlinski, Mike Handrich, Don Wendt, Ken Geuskow, Jay Mork, Kyle Albert)


About Marion Body Works

Marion Body Works manufactures Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Commercial Truck Bodies, Aluminum Custom Cabs, Custom Engineered Vehicles, and Defense Products for customers across the country. Marion has been privately owned, family operated, and continuously operated in Marion since they were founded in 1905. Marion specializes in all aluminum products, with more experience in this area than any other U.S. manufacturer. The company’s capabilities include aluminum and steel fabrication, welding, plumbing, foam insulation, hydraulics, electrical and electronic controls, and painting.