What’s in a name. Sometimes not much. Often everything. Dymax was born amidst the values and beliefs of the Balderson family. It’s a name that has long stood for quality, integrity and service.
When John Balderson migrated from Ohio in 1876 to set up a blacksmith shop in Louisville, Kansas, he was already a second generation worker of iron and steel, as his father, Seth, had been a blacksmith in Amesville, Ohio for 20 years. Blacksmiths in the 1870s were a far cry from the steel workers of today – welders, machinists, press brake and roll operators – but their underlying reason for being was the same: to craft meaningful and life-improving products from raw metal.
John’s son, Neil, was also a blacksmith, learning from his Uncle Ed in the Boyd Blacksmith Shop in nearby Wamego. By 1907 Neil was married and working with his father in the Balderson Blacksmith Shop in Wamego. In 1922 Neil borrowed $500 to buy a used Model T truck and new-fangled welding machine. Within 3 months he had paid back the loan and was bringing the services of welding to farmers throughout the Kansas River valley.
In 1929 the local Kansas highway department shop asked Neil to repair some Baker snowplows. Neil applied some intuitive logic in the repair, and in the process re-designed the plows. That winter they worked better than ever.