TREMONTON – Munns Manufacturing, located 1140 N. 1000 W. in Tremonton, is a busy shop building steeples and cupolas for institutions all over the world.
The facility is one of only a few steeple and cupola makers in the United States. The Burnett brothers – Jason, Weston and Brody – run the welding and manufacturing shop, a dream of their father Darwin, who started the welding business in 1992.
“We are currently working on a steeple for the Church of the Resurrection in Maryland that is over 60 feet from the base to the point,” said Tristin, the office manager and lone sister in the company. “I love to see what they build and see where they go.”
She said her brothers have been to Chile and Fiji. Sometimes they have a live feed so those at home can watch the construction.
Right now, there are three different steeples in different stages of production and one cupola, or dome, she said.
Dar’s Welding and Munns Manufacturing share the Tremonton building. They are two separate businesses in one facility. The Burnett brothers, Jason, Weston and Brody, run both shops.
Weston said getting steeples jobs is a bid process, everything is done electronically.
“We find the jobs and bid on them online,” he said. “We also have people just contact us about jobs.”
The majority of the steeples are made of aluminum and come already painted and finished with a special Kynar paint that keeps the color from fading over time.
The aluminum comes to Munns Manufacturing in 4-x-10 sheets and they do all the cutting and shaping.
Between Dar’s and Munns, they have 27 employees, including office staff.
“We’ve built some cupolas for Utah State University when they remodeled Old Main,” Weston said. “We also did some work on the Cache County Fairgrounds.”
A big part of the business is building steeples for churches and temples. The cupolas generally go to state buildings like capitols and universities.
About 50 percent of their steeples go to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although their two current works in progress are for the Church of Resurrection in Maryland and a college in Virginia.
“We do most of our own transportation and a majority of the installation,” Weston said. “We use our own pickups and trailers whenever possible. We also have a walk in welding service.”
Dar’s Welding is a separate business than Munns Manufacturing, which works with contractors.
The Burnetts are from Riverside. Their father Darwin, or “Dar,” went to work for JJ White’s Welding in Garland and developed a passion for it. White’s was on its third generation of welders when Burnett went to work for them.
After being hired by White’s, Dar went to Utah Technical College to hone his skills with their welding curriculum. He became skilled at the craft, and bought White’s out in 1992.
Dar bowed out after 46 years in the industry, and turned it over two his three sons and daughter.
“I took some welding classes in high school, but really didn’t want to be a welder,” Weston said. “But I like what I do now.”