New welding business springs up in ‘Bago | News, Sports, Jobs

Tyler Nepp stands in front of his new business, TNepp Metals, located on Highway 109.

Tyler Nepp’s journey has brought him from Lake Wilson, where he was raised, to Winnebago, where he currently lives.

The two towns, otherwise separate communities, have been connected in the course of Nepp’s life through family and his career in welding.

Now, Nepp has been a Winnebago resident for nearly a decade. However, it was only recently that Nepp joined Winnebago’s community of local business owners as well.

In mid-May of this year, Nepp opened TNepp Metals on Highway 109, across the street from the Winnebago Car Wash and Spencer Owen Funeral Home.

Nepp purchased the Sixth Avenue SE building from its previous owner as-is; completely outfitted with welding machinery which otherwise would have cost him thousands of dollars.

TNepp Metals offers a variety of services, including welding, fabrication, sales and repair. The business also carries Matheson welding gas.

Nepp adds that he is exploring the craft of machining, too.

“I have some capability in machining,”he summarizes. He plans to further expand his know-how in the future.

Nepp studied welding at Ridgewater College in Willmar.

“I got into pipefitting right after college, and joined the union,”he says.

For eight or nine years, he primarily performed high-pressure pipe welding services. However, he eventually spotted an opportunity to take his career in a different direction.

That opportunity revealed itself through what began as a part-time job.

“I would do fabrication work on the side,”Nepp explains. He soon realized there was a general demand for such services in the area which he could fulfill through his own welding business.

“There’s a shop over in Wells,”Nepp says, “otherwise I didn’t know a lot of places in the area. There are not a lot out there for repair and custom welding.”

Nepp jumped right in as TNepp Metals’ sole owner and sole employee. That being said, he is grateful to have some help running the business from his wife, Makayla, who helps him with the bookwork.

The couple has plenty to do at home, as well, given their growing family. Nepp and Makayla already have three children, and are expecting their fourth any day.

They also keep busy by helping Makayla’s father care for her family’s farm, which is located in the area, and by tending to the pigs they raise on their property.

It was Makayla’s Winnebago roots which brought the Nepp family to Winnebago in 2013 in the first place.

Now, nearly a decade later, Nepp is setting his own roots in the community with the establishment of TNepp Metals, and he hopes his business will continue to grow over the years.

Nepp does indeed approach business ownership with a growth mindset and a flexible attitude, setting his sights on acquiring new skills and continuing to expand the services he offers.

He says that, along with widening his knowledge of machining, he would like to learn to perform cast iron welding on cast iron engines and engine heads as well.

“That’s something good to get into,”he reasons. “I’d like to do something not a lot of people offer.”

Nepp even applies his flexible attitude to his business’s hours. He technically operates TNepp Metals on a standard Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm schedule. However, he adds, “If there is a need, I can do different hours,”stating his willingness to accommodate a client later in the evening or on a Saturday if necessary.

Overall, Nepp seems excited to expand his business, serve his clientele, and dive deep into the world of welding.

Hey notebooks, “Every day’s a learning opportunity with repair work.”

TNepp Metals can be reached at 507-893-3202. Nepp can also be reached on his cell phone at 507-227-4894.


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