TrueNorth Steel is thrilled to announce that one of its long tenured and exceptional employees, Yevgeniy Patselov, a Welder 3 in TrueNorth Steel’s Bridge Division, has received an honorable mention on the Faces of Manufacturing list, presented by the Greater North Dakota Chamber (GNDC) and Impact Dakota. This prestigious recognition showcases the outstanding contributions of individuals in the manufacturing industry who are making a difference in their communities and beyond.

Jodie Mjoen, the President/CEO of Impact Dakota, expressed her gratitude to all manufacturing employees, recognizing the importance of their work and the products they create, “With over 27,000 manufacturing employees in North Dakota, these hard-working individuals play a crucial role in delivering essential goods not only to local communities but also to customers across the United States and around the world.”

The 2023 Faces of Manufacturing list features ten winners and two honorable mentions out of over 100 nominees from more than 30 companies. The list and surrounding campaign celebrate North Dakota’s diverse workforce in every level of manufacturing. The selected individuals represent the vibrancy and diversity of skillsets within North Dakota’s manufacturing economy.

TrueNorth Steel proudly recognizes the achievements of Yevgeniy Patselov and all the honorees on the Faces of Manufacturing list. The commitment to excellence and dedication to their craft are a testament to the bright future of manufacturing in North Dakota.

With over 44 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Patselov’s journey as a welder began at the young age of 16 in Azerbaijan. He honed his craft and expertise while working as a pipe welder in Tula, Russia, for approximately six years before immigrating to Fargo, ND, in 1996.

Today, as a long tenured and highly skilled Welder 3 in TrueNorth Steel’s West Fargo Bridge manufacturing site, Patselov is responsible for welding and fabricating modular vehicular and pedestrian bridges, along with wide flange and plate girder bridges. Yevgeniy’s versatility and expertise make him a true asset to TrueNorth Steel’s bridge division.

Another remarkable aspect of Patselov’s career is his commitment to mentoring and guiding new hires. His knowledge and experience have been invaluable in shaping the skills of aspiring welders joining the team. Patselov’s passion for his craft and his dedication to his colleagues have created a positive and inspiring work environment at TrueNorth Steel.

When asked what he would say to youth who may not be considering manufacturing as a potential career option, Patselov said, “If you want to create something magnificent out of nothing then manufacturing is where you want to be. You don’t need to be scared of the industry. There are a lot of people out there willing to teach and mentor you. You just got to love it to do it.”

Patselov’s dedication, positivity, and unmatched welding skills have inspired and shaped the next generation of welders within the company. TrueNorth Steel remains committed to fostering a diverse and skilled workforce that continues to drive innovation and excellence in the manufacturing industry.

Click here to view the full list of the 2023 Faces of Manufacturing.