Meet Our Team

Dennis Padget
President & CEO

Experience: 44 years of business experience

Education: B.S. Management, Simpson College, AAS Computer Programming, Kirkwood Community College

Randy Rigdon
Shop Manager

Experience: 43 years of business experience

Education: AAS Ag Power, AAS Farm Management, Hawkeye Community College

Brad Meyer
Engineering Manager

Experience: 21 years of engineering/business experience

Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, Licensed Professional Engineer

Brian Balvin
Mechanical Engineer

Experience: 9 years of engineering/business experience

Education: B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Iowa State University

Adam Padget
Mechanical Engineer

Experience: 6 years of engineering/business experience

Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University

Zachary Thoma
Director of Business Development

Experience: 18 years of business experience

Education: B.A. General Studies, University of Northern Iowa

Our Facility

Our facility is equipped to accommodate a nearly limitless array of project types.  We’ve set it up to be modular, meaning that we can adapt an area or cell to suit a particular project (test, build, etc.) for nearly any amount of time.  When that project is complete, we break down the area and reconfigure it for the next project.  Over the years we have accumulated an impressive menagerie of equipment and supplies that we keep on hand should they need to be called into service again.  With 44,000 square ft. of space, on-site machining & fabrication, and the personnel to make it all tick, there’s almost nothing we can’t do.  Here are some of the highlights about our facility.

  • 44,000 sq. feet of working space
  • Access controlled areas available
  • On-site machining
  • On-site welding and fabrication
  • Multiple testing bays 
  • Multiple mechanical bays
  • Overhead cranes
  • Heavy duty power supply
  • Large overhead doors
  • Drive-off dock

Our Equipment

We come prepared. This list isn’t everything, but you’ll get the idea. We also build equipment specified for any project, whether it’s for a test, prototype build, repair project, or anything else. Nothing is off limits.

  • Kawasaki CX110L 6-axis demo robot cell
  • Dewetron data acquisition
    • Accelerometer readings
    • Strain Gage
    • Pressure
    • Flow
    • Temperature
    • More available
  • Strain gaging equipment
  • 3D Printer
  • Portable CMM Faro arm
  • 600HP Dyno
  • Transmission test stands – heavy and light duty
  • Full modern software suite
    • Creo
    • Autodesk
    • Inventor
    • AutoCAD
  • High-powered computing
  • Large scale printer
  • Press break
  • CNC plasma cutter
  • Multiple rigging accessories
  • Mills, lathes, saws, etc.
  • Multiple welders
  • Mobile overhead gantry cranes

Our History

Padget Technologies, Inc., formerly Diedrichs & Associates, Inc., is a highly successful engineering problem solving company. Our services include consulting, design, engineering, testing, prototype builds, specialty design and build services, strain gauge testing, specialty parts, production parts, production machines, and assembly and weld fixtures of all shapes and sizes. We have solved engineering challenges for a very wide variety of companies from micro circuitry to specialty machines requiring three semis to haul. Our focus on the solution employs the best possible design to solve the challenge we have been presented.

We have a wide range of talent using engineering design software including, Pro-E Creo, Inventor, Solidworks, and  Autocad. Our engineering and management staff have an accumulated 350 years of engineering and business experience. This experience ensures you will receive the best possible solution to your engineering technical problem once you bring it to us. Our staff has decades of design and problem solving experience in real life large and small scale areas. Many have worked for one of the world’s largest agriculture equipment companies and they bring decades of experience with them to solve your engineering obstacles.

Founded in 1982, and now in our 35th year, with over 3.000 projects under our belt, we have designed and built countless one-of-a-kind manufacturing machines, taken new ideas from the drawing on a napkin all the way to working everyday use machines and solved thousands of engineering problems. From dithering testing requiring tens of millions of cycles to stereotactic fixtures used for brain surgery at Mayo clinic, we can solve your engineering technical problem.

Innovative engineering… Problem solved