A day in the life of a warehouseperson

Kelly Borlaug

Kelly Borlaug, warehouseperson at Basin Electric’s Antelope Valley Station, looks up a stocked item on the computer.

Kelly Borlaug has a special talent.

A warehouseperson at Basin Electric’s Antelope Valley Station near Beulah, ND, he can pick up a quarter from the shop floor.

With a forklift.

That skill likely won’t make him rich or famous, though it exemplifies the pride Borlaug and his coworkers take in their jobs, all while having a little fun.

Borlaug started working for Basin Electric as a laborer at Antelope Valley Station almost 14 years ago. He’s grateful for his warehouse position – especially when peering out the door at less than ideal weather conditions.

“That’s the nice thing about the warehouse job: it’s nice in here,” he says.

As one of five warehouse staff, Borlaug tracks all material deliveries, storage and appropriate distribution at Antelope Valley Station.

The warehouses hold a wide variety of plant parts, including boiler tubes, sheet metal and bolts, nuts and washers of seemingly every shape and size. There are three cold-storage warehouses that hold surplus items as well as materials that aren’t needed often.

“Anything that’s big that we don’t have to keep moving all the time, we store here, just to get it out of the way,” Borlaug says. “The stuff you need more often is put in accessible spots. Some of this stuff has been here as long as I’ve been here, but you don’t want to throw it in case you need it for parts.”

Read more on a day in the life of a warehouseperson in the January-February 2014 issue of Basin Today.

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