Retired astronaut visits Waukesha manufacturing company

WAUKESHA, Wis. —A retired astronaut visited a longtime Waukesha manufacturing company Wednesday and called the workers his heroes.

Retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas and representatives from NASA took a tour of Weldall Manufacturing Inc. to get an up-close look at the structures built there.

Weldall built special test equipment for NASA’s exploration of deep space, including how to get humans to Mars.

“There’s been a lot of questions from them, ‘Can you do this? Can you do that? What do you suggest Weldall?’ And to have that kind of input and confidence in us and earn that trust, it is a very big deal for us,” said Dave Bahl Jr. of Weldall Manufacturing Inc.

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