Wehrman retires after 44 years at H.A. Dorsten

MINSTER — H.A. Dorsten, a commercial construction company serving organizations within a 100-mile radius from its Minster headquarters, announces the retirement of its Safety Director Ben Wehrman after 44 years of service.

Wehrman started working at H.A. Dorsten on a part-time basis during his college years and never left.

“I’ve had the world’s longest summer job,” Wehrman joked.

The company’s mission is to exceed client expectations through quality construction, transparent communication, and the safe and timely completion of projects.

After spending 24 years in the field, and the past 20 years in safety, Wehrman said he always enjoyed the hands-on nature of his work and getting to see the finished product.

Another reason Wehrman enjoyed his job was the family-owned environment H.A. Dorsten offered.

“Working for the Dorsten family has been a joy. I consider Sean, Ron, Sandy, and Marilyn friends. It’s not often you work for a business for over 40 years and you still consider the people who own it friends,” Wehrman said.

In his retirement, Wehrman plans to travel to visit his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson in Connecticut, as well as spend time with family closer to home. He is also looking forward to enjoying hunting and fishing again.

Sean Dorsten said that over the years Wehrman was always quick to help out wherever needed and was instrumental in guiding the company through its safety designations. “Ben was really a guy who could do it all,” he said. “He continues to help out with odds and ends at the company.”

Wehrman’s final full-time day at the company will be on Dec. 31, 2021, although he will continue to help out on a part-time basis as needed. Over the past year, Wehrman trained Assistant Safety Director Derek Elliott, who will move into the director position upon Ben’s retirement.

“I want to thank the Dorsten family for having me here all these years. I’m looking forward to retirement, but it’ll still be tough to walk out the door for the last time,” Wehrman said.

H.A. Dorsten wishes Wehrman the very best in his retirement.