Owner of Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop
Doug started Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop in 1978. A craftsman and horseman with a background in wheelwrighting, blacksmithing and wainwrighting, Doug has also done extensive research and documentation on historic vehicles for museums and private collectors.
Vice President / Bookkeeper
Holly has a degree in business/merchandising and got her start with the business when she married Doug. Like most small businesses, Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop is family owned and operated. Holly's background goes beyond bookkeeping; she is also involved in human resources, advertising, and customer relations. Along with a wealth of family activities that include Holly and Doug's daughters, son-in-laws and granddaughter, Olivia, she enjoys gardening and crafts.
Jerome has been a fixture here at Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop for over 20 years.
If you visit the shop, you'll find Jerome building a wagon or stagecoach body or working on quotes and proposals for clients. As shop foreman, Jerome plays an intrical part in coordinating the construction of each custom wagon or stagecoach–from the hand-crafted wood components down to the last piece of hand-forged hardware.
One of Jerome's favorite pastimes is hunting, which he shares with his daughter, Ellie.
Marketing/Shipping and Inventory
Ardis Nelson joined our company in September 2011 to work with aspects of our website and marketing. She also coordinates inventory and shipping for our retail products. Ardis is involved in customer service and special projects such as trade shows and shop tours. Ardis and her husband, David, have two sons.
Sales and Project Management
Leah Murray graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Animal Science and worked in a veterinary clinic before joining the team here at Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop. Leah, who is Doug and Holly's daughter, has been involved in working at the shop for years as she joined the team every summer through her college career. Leah works closely with customers and clients to review their projects as they move through the process of building or restoration.
Leah and her husband, Mike, have an active one-year-old daughter who is a frequent visitor to the shop.
Our wheelwright, Tim Hoffman, came to us with professional woodcrafting experience over 15 years ago, and he soon learned all the ins and outs of building wheels. Tim's expertise in the wheelwright trade means he can build or repair all types of wood spoke wheels including: wagon, coach, buggy, logging, cannon and even antique car and truck wheels. He also builds many of our custom cannon carriages and wagon running gears. Woodcrafting extends to Tim's free time as well. Weekends you might find Tim doing some building projects around the house or building something for his kids, Morgan and Mason.
Andrew Fridley has worked for Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop since the spring of 2010. Andrew has experience in many areas of coach construction right down to the final upholstery. Andrew, who received his degree in the electrical field, also helps us out with many of our maintenance projects around our complex.
During his hours away from the shop, Andrew works with his brother on the family ranch or spend a weekend helping a friend at chuckwagon cookouts.
Vehicle Restoration/Repair and Shop Maintenance
Dean Thompsen has been with our team for almost 5 years. Dean works with the restoration and outfitting of antique vehicles for customers and clients. Before any of our used wagons are shipped to the customer for hitching and driving, he closely inspects all the mechanical aspects of the wagon to insure that the wheels are tight and the running gear is sound. Dean also maintains our in-stock vehicle inventory and does maintenance work around the shop.
Dean recently purchased a century home and has been working on fixing it up in his spare time.
Quinton started working for Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop part time while in high school and now works full time for us while at the same time serving his country in the Army National Guard. Quinton, who learned about the wagon industry from the ground up, started out by detailing and repairing wagons prior to shipment to the customer and later trained as a blacksmith creating the custom hand-forged hardware for our wagons and coaches. During his time away from work, Quinton enjoys hunting, farming and any type of activity in the great outdoors.
Paint, Prep and Shipping Coordinator
Andy Ettswold first came to work for us part time while he attended a local technical school. After graduating, Andy worked in the service industry for several years before joining our team. He returned to our company to train as a paint and prep specialist and now heads up our paint department as well as our shipping and receiving. Andy and his wife, Melissa, stay busy volunteering for community activities that involve their two sons, Parker and Wyatt.
Monte came to Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop with a background in construction. After working in all aspects of the housing construction industry, he was ready to try out his skills in another area, historic horse-drawn vehicle construction. Monte also enjoys working on the restoration of classic cars and trucks. He and his wife, Tessa, have one teenage son, Devin, who shares Monte's interest in auto mechanics.
Restoration and Preservation
After over twenty years of building cabinets as well as working in management at a cabinet shop, Maurice decided it was time to put his skills to work using a different format-wagon restoration. Maurice and his wife, Julie, have two sons and two grandchildren. During his leisure time, Maurice enjoys helping out friends and family with home improvement projects, as well as weekend campouts with his grandkids.
Hand Striping and Decorating/Independent Contractor
Freelance artist, Wayne Troyer, has been striping and decorating our horse drawn vehicles for the past 15 years. A multi-faceted artist, he hand paints our striping, lettering, murals and gold leaf work. Owner of Troyer Arts Studio, Wayne works out of Millersburg, OH.
Wagon Maker/Independent Contractor
Jim Patrick has been a wainwright for over 20 years and specializes in building and restoring buckboards and express wagons. Jim’s artistic talents cover all aspects of the trade from woodworking to blacksmithing. If you own one of our Dakota Cowboy Chuck Wagons you can bet Jim has left his mark with the crafting of the custom chuckbox. You can find Jim on weekends doing what he loves, driving his team on his personal chuckwagon at historical events and chuckwagon gatherings along with his wife, Susan.
Jim is a member of ABANA and a director of the American Chuck Wagon Association.
If you plan to be in our area or would like to find out more about the work we do here at Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop, feel free to stop in and take a tour of the shop. We offer guided tours during our hours of operation, which are 8:00 to 4:30 Monday thru Friday. (Fee does apply.) We look forward to seeing you.