Barnes Dryland Wheat Operation 1935
Barnes Dryland Wheat Operation 1935

Who Are We?

We are a diverse team of talented individuals that are contributing to a legacy started in 1970. Known for our work in the dry land wheat industry Barnes Welding inc. is also a regional Leader in metal fabrication, providing high tech solutions coupled with old school trade secrets to all our clients.

Mission Statement

To be a friendly, resourceful team that is open to tackling new challenges proactively with our customers who appreciate the value of a long-term, honest, and reliable relationship.

Our Values are a breakdown of the words used in the mission statement:

Company Values

Part of our small town charm. We are committed to making you feel at home.
Over 50 years of business in a wide variety of industries. Constantly researching a better way.
SELFLESSLY and HUMBLY giving to the greater good of the team.
We realize that the success of our future depends on a mindset that is open to new ideas and processes.
We have a constant desire to better ourselves and to accomplish this we have to challenge ourselves outside our comfort zone.
We are the experts in the field and it is up to us to predict and solve problems to the best of our ability. The success of our customers is what is most important to us.
We value our people, our customers, and our suppliers.
To be not the least, and not the most expensive in the industry – simply to be the best value.
We understand that it is not what you know it is who you know. We always stick with our promises because we understand the time-saving efficiency in long-term relationships.
We plan to earn your TRUST. We only promise what we can deliver. We value integrity more than an overflowing schedule.

Company History

Located in our Farm and Shop Magazine page is an archive of the Barnes Welding Magazine that Dave and Weldon Published in the 1980’s and 1990’s This publication was vital to the current success of the company and helped create awareness throughout Washington Oregon and Idaho.

The History of Barnes Welding & machine ( February 1983; Barnes Farm & Orchard News)

Weldon Barnes grew up repairing farm equipment on the family farm near Waterville. Evan as a young man he had the belief that anything made by man should be fixable by man.

Weldon Barnes Harvest 2001
Weldon Barnes Harvest 2001

By 1971 Weldon’s neighbors knew of his knack at fixing things and soon his welding hobby grew into a welding and machine business.

David Barnes, Weldon’s son, was always interested in his father’s work. He hung around the shop and eagerly helped whenever he could. It became a family joke between the two of them that they weren’t smart enough to consider the possibility that something couldn’t be fixed.

After high school David went to Wenatchee Valley College and later graduated from Central Washington University. He majored in industrial education and spent all his spare time working with his father in the Barnes Welding & Machine shop.

After college graduation David joined Weldon and together they devoted themselves to the growth of Barnes Welding and Machine.

Pilots Weldon and Dave Barnes
Pilots Weldon and Dave Barnes

To expand their services the Barneses purchased a 36 inch by 12 foot metal lathe. This enabled them to machine bearing surfaces on semi axles, four-wheel drive tractor housings, combine axles and many other agricultural implements.

A year or so later the Barneses acquired a universal power shear which enabled them to cut and fill iron orders in half the time; it also sped up fabrication of the trailers, header modifications, orchard mowers and structural support members.

Weldon Barnes and HD16
Weldon Barnes and HD16

Later Barnes Welding and Machine purchased horizontal and vertical mills. These are used for making intricate and true surfaces on any stock material. These tools cut key ways on various combine and tractor shafts.

High yield wheat ranchers constantly fight drill breakdowns during seeding. One of their biggest problems is the splitting of packer wheels when moisture conditions are perfect for planting—time wasted on repair can ultimately lower yields.

As former wheat ranchers the Barneses are familiar with the problem. For that reason, when packer wheel rebuilds were invented Barnes Welding and Machine purchased a Lincoln 600 intershield wire welder so downtime during seeding could be eliminated.

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