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September 16, 2019

Veteran welding supervisor retires from Smith-Midland

By Dale Neal
Smith-Midland

“Delmer has left the building,” as the old catchphrase goes.

Delmer Blevins ruled Smith-Midland Corp.’s Welding Shop as the supervisor for many years, and he recently decided to switch gears. He decided to retire after 32 years with the company.

Mr. Blevins reigned over Smith-Midland’s bustling welding shop and oversaw a talented team of welders and fabricators. He and his team supported of all the company’s welding needs, including production items. In addition, he was instrumental handling all of the welding needs for the buildings and the intricate equipment repairs.

Mr. Blevins has built multiple forms from scratch, including a double purpose utility vault mold, the 1660/1680. Originally quoted at more than $125,000 to purchase just a single mold, Mr. Blevins was able to design, do materials requests and fabricate the double for less than $50,000.

“Delmar has great visualization skills; he can create solutions without the need for detailed drawings,” CEO Rodney Smith said. “He’s a problem-solver.”

Mr. Blevins, of Catlett, originally started with Smith-Midland as a fabricating welder and proved himself to be an invaluable asset and a constant source of valuable knowledge about welding, fabrication and design.

“Delmer has the leadership to see things that need to be done and sets things in motion for his team and others to improve or correct issues, a true asset,” company President Ashley Smith said.

In addition to work, Delmer was always quick with a story, a good word, or even a few licks on his guitar at company functions. Delmer will be missed by us all. We wish him well on this next chapter of his life.
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