TnL Welding moves locations


By Charlotte Caldwell - [email protected]



TnL Welding CEO Todd Whitt, right, and Vice President Kristen Whitt-Slane pose in front of the sign for the business’ new 20,000-square-foot facility.

TnL Welding CEO Todd Whitt, right, and Vice President Kristen Whitt-Slane pose in front of the sign for the business’ new 20,000-square-foot facility.


SIDNEY – TnL Welding LLC – a shop specializing in manual and robotic welding, fabrication, and production welding – has moved locations to 825 S. Vandemark Road allowing the business to expand after 17 years in a previous location and over 20 years in business.

TnL Welding CEO Todd Whitt started his own business in 2000 after getting a taste of working with robotics in a class at Rhodes State College – formerly Lima Technical College – and experiencing some uncomfortable work environments during this time.

A company where he worked as a production welder was struggling to make its new welding robots work correctly, and when he offered to help with his robotics knowledge from class, other welders started getting mad. When he eventually asked to change his title from welder to robot technician, “he was reminded that he was only a production welder with a temporary side gig of working on robots,” according to an article in The Fabricator. He left that job to be a robot technician for a large aluminum fabricator, and these experiences showed him that he could make his own robotic welding shop for those companies that struggle with automated welding or can’t afford it.

“This company would not be here today if Todd had not jumped to start the business while working a full-time job back in the day, and working at his business by night while us kids were home,” said Whitt’s daughter and vice president of the company, Kristen Whitt-Slane. “I do know Todd took a huge risk when attempting to start up, with young children, and mind you he took this leap right after 9/11 when no one knew what was going to happen after.”

Now, with two generations of Whitts running the company, decades of dedication, and a lot of promise ahead, they were recently forced to make quick decisions to determine the fate of the business.

Their former landlords, Gardner Denver/Ingersoll Rand, gave the business 90 days to move after they decided they wanted the space back for storage. With the help of customers, family and friends, the Whitts moved the whole business in about three weeks. The move was finalized on Dec. 4.

Whitt-Slane said the new shop is not completely set up yet, and they will have a grand re-opening to the public in 2023.

“We went from about 8,000 square feet floor space to taking on almost 20,000 square feet open space in a matter of days. Manufacturing space in Sidney was limited when we got our short notice, and it was the push we have been waiting for to keep growing like we have always talked about!”

“I am married with two children. Being a mother, wife, and VP of a business is a lot for one person to take on, but it’s my life and I love everything I do! I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel over a 90-day notice.”

Whitt-Slane has been working for the company for 13 years after attending a technical college for automotive diesel mechanics and graphic design and advertising. After several training classes pertaining to equipment and becoming a certified welding inspector (CWI) and welding practice with teachings from her dad, she now runs the office and the floor welding in tandem with her dad and advertising.

The shop will likely need the extra room as they already work with local names such as A&B Machine, Airstream, Detailed Machining and Shaffer Metal with more to come as customers and vendors became interested after the business moved.

“We both believe this will be a great thing for the company to grow in many ways. We have already begun to take on new customers. Our emails, phones and the website are flooding with new and existing customers and vendors,” Whitt-Slane said. “This move has put us on the map, we are no longer ‘Sidney’s best kept secret!’ Things are already rapidly moving fast; I am very excited for what is to come of this!”

For more information about TnL Welding LLC, visit their website or Facebook page.

TnL Welding CEO Todd Whitt, right, and Vice President Kristen Whitt-Slane pose in front of the sign for the business’ new 20,000-square-foot facility.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2023/01/web1_TNL-FB.jpgTnL Welding CEO Todd Whitt, right, and Vice President Kristen Whitt-Slane pose in front of the sign for the business’ new 20,000-square-foot facility.

By Charlotte Caldwell

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.