Longtime Lovell businessman Bill Miller, has been named parade marshal for the Mustang Days parade. Miller will appear in the parade riding in a 1962 maroon Corvette convertible owned by Bruce Wacker.
Miller and his wife Linda have been major contributors to many organizations and needy causes in Lovell and neighboring communities. Their successful family business, Miller’s Fabrication, has not only been an inspiration to others in the business community but has also provided employment and skilled training to many over the years.
“We always like to be the quiet ones of the bunch, to do whatever you have to do to help,” said Miller. “The community has given a lot to us and so we like to give back to the community, but we don’t like to be really vocal about it.”
Though Miller is “pretty much” retired, the business, which is run by his sons, continues to thrive and employs about 17 people from the Lovell area and surrounding communities. The business, which was founded in 1978, grew in leaps and bounds via the management of his family. Miller attributes the success of the company to hard work and word-of-mouth.
“The engineers we work with classify contractors as either good or bad contractors,” explained Miller. “They have always classified us as good contractors because we always go above and beyond the call of duty. We do that because there really isn’t the time to do things twice and if you can’t do things right the first time, when are you going to have time to do them right?
“That word gets around quick about the quality of the work, through engineers and stuff. They talk and when you bid a job, they ask for references, of course.”
Miller and family pride themselves in those good references.
“We don’t know how to say can’t, we don’t know how to say we can’t fix that, or that we can’t do that,” he said. “So, anything that comes through the gates, we’ll attempt to fix.”
Miller said he especially likes to support local organizations like the FFA, 4-H and other groups that teach young people skills they can use in the real world.
“These programs are very local, but it goes way beyond that,” said Miller. “I think too many vocational programs have gone away in our school system. Not everyone is going to be a button-pusher, so we need to have programs that provide skills to those who are not. I’m not a button-pusher myself, I’m a hands-on guy and I’ve been very successful at it.”
Miller grew up in Cowley and still lives in Cowley. He started his business with one welding truck and it has grown to be one of the most highly respected businesses in the area. Though modest about his accomplishments, his love and support for the community is also known throughout Big Horn County.
“We’ve been all over the world and people just don’t know how lucky we are to live here,” said Miller. “It’s always good to come home to the Big Horn Mountains and the Pryor Mountains. When I see those mountains I know I’m home.”
By Patti Carpenter