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In Pictures: See how he does it inside Western Manfacturing

Scroll through photos of the Grande Prairie, Alta., facility of the steel tank and oilfield equipment manufacturer run by a 26-year-old

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Inside Western Manufacturing Ltd.'s facility in Grande Prairie, Alta. The company is a steel tank and oilfield equipment manufacturer. Here, a welder grinds a seam on an oil tank in preparation for welding it.

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Western Manufacturing has a 55,000-square-foot combined fabrication, sandblasting and painting facility. Here, a worker operates a "manlift" to access the top of an oil tank.

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The company was founded in 2008 and is growing tremendously, with revenue expected to break $60-million for 2012. Here, a Western Manufacturing employee operates a structural roller, which forms long pieces of metal tubing into rings.

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Inside Western Manufacturing's plant, a rough-terrain crane is pictured; it’s used for lifting and loading oil tanks.

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Three workers at Western Manufacturing's sandblasting bay, where external preparation of oil tanks prior to painting takes place.

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Western Manufacturing's painting and coating bay.

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A worker walks between two oil tanks in the company’s completions bay, where the tanks are finished.

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Western Manufacturing founder, president and CEO Lonny Thiessen in the plant's fabrication bay. Just 26, he is in search of advice on how to put together an advisory board.

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