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Our Company



We are a customer focused, growth oriented manufacturing partner providing innovative, customer specific solutions to world class brands. We succeed by investing in our people, processes and technology while enhancing our profitability.



Be our customers’ first choice by doing “it” right and fast, while making “it” easier and better.


We conduct business responsibly and honestly.

We provide safe workplaces and require safe work practices.

We build respectful relationships and create an environment where talented people thrive.

We strive for excellence, act on opportunity and deliver on commitments.

We improve the communities where we work and live.


BTD is committed to continually improving all products and services to achieve our customer’s expectations

We do this by: Living our values, providing opportunities for employee involvement, motivation, and training, developing, documenting, and following processes.


In 1995, BTD became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation. This provided our company with the opportunity and resources to grow our business and better serve the needs of our customers. In addition, it helped expand our management expertise, strategic planning and allowed us to hire and train the best people in the business to make products for our customers.

We are proud to say we are an Otter Tail company!


BTD Leadership Team

Bob Bradford
Chief Operating Officer

Bob sees every day as a challenge and a new opportunity to do things better than the day before. From safety, quality, and delivery to productivity and talent – Over the course of Bob’s career he's seen that when people work together there are no limits to the improvements that can be made across all areas of the business.

Marty Kiebke
VP of Engineering, Materials, and Systems

Since 2000, Marty has had a passion for seeing BTD turn raw materials into high-quality steel parts for its world-class customer base. During his nearly 20 year tenure, Marty has been involved with every facet of the company; from Quality & IT to Materials & Systems. While he's seen technology come a long way over the years, he's excited to see how it will continue to improve productivity and enhance the company's capabilities.

Jared Lotzer
VP of Sales & Quality

Since 2001, Jared has been instrumental in developing the company's commitment to sales and quality. Perhaps the most important thing he's developed, however, is a passion for finding ways to better serve BTD's customer base. If there's a way to add value through capabilities and processes, he'll make it happen.

Paul Gintner

As president of BTD, Paul lives and breathes the company's core values. He thrives on seeing the team bring the BTD vision to life. Paul, one of BTD’s first employees, has grown along with the company; from 6 employees to 1300+. The passion for the business that he has grown over the last 30+ years is contagious.
"I work with a world-class team of problem solvers and innovators. I can't wait to see what's next for us."

Doug Small
VP of Finance

Doug knows that every day is an opportunity to perform better than the day before. Why?
"Because BTD customers and shareholders depend on us for high-quality products and attentive customer support."
Since 2016, Doug's been driven by that sentiment. BTD has a proven track record of growth and Doug is committed to delivering performance that fuels BTD’s trajectory.

Al Carlson
VP of HR, Talent Management & Leadership Development

After four years with Otter Tail Corporation, BTD's parent company, Al joined the BTD team. Al has brought his drive to help employees develop into passionate leaders to BTD. He believes everyone should have the opportunity and responsibility to be fully engaged in the business and he strives to create that type of environment every day.
"Working with our talented team is so rewarding. Our people are great!"


Our employees are the backbone of our business. 

With a combined 8,477 years of experience -- on average, that is 6.7 years per person!  We have an employee base that is deeply connected to our company and understands how to execute BTD's vision and deliver world-class metalwork for our customer base.


BTD is proud to be affiliated with the following organizations:

  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • Precision Metalforming Association
  • Manufacturers Alliance
  • Minnesota Safety Council
  • AWMI (Association of Women in Metal Industries)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers



  • 1979: Erling Rasmussen and Paul White Jr. establish Bismarck Tool and Die Co. (BTD) in Bismarck, ND as a job shop to design and manufacture dies, fixtures and special machines.
  • 1980: In need of additional space, the company moves to Detroit Lakes, MN to better serve established customers in west-central Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.
  • 1981: A wire EDM machine is purchased. The machine transforms the quality and lead times for tool construction.
  • 1984: 350% Sales Growth since 1981 and purchases it’s first punch press.
  • 1991: Bismark Took and Die Co. and MN-Kota Stamping, Inc merge to become BTD Manufacturing, Inc.
  • 1995: Otter Tail Corporation in Fergus Falls, MN purchases BTD Manufacturing
  • 2005: BTD acquires Performance Tool and Die in Lakeville Minnesota
  • 2007: BTD acquires Pro Engineering.
  • 2008: BTD aquires Miller Welding & Iron Works in Washington Illinois
  • 2009: BTD is inducted into the Polaris Hall of Fame
  • 2015: BTD acquires Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville Georgia


At BTD, we are committed to helping our employees learn and grow. If you possess the desire to learn the metal fabrication trade, we will guide and train you to work both safely and smartly. Join Our Team!

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