Note: This feature is in the Dec. TT&C 2018 issue.
Jeremy Sellner of New Ulm, Minn., first tinkered with trucks by fully customizing a model replica of his dad’s semitruck. Today, he’s a busy father himself, but he is truly making a name for himself by building custom models and parts for 1/64 scale semitrucks.
Jeremy has worked for Kraft Foods (part of The Kraft Heinz Company) in New Ulm for the past 15 years and he trims trees for Roots & Up Tree Service of Winthrop, Minn., which is a tree service company owned by his brother, Jason.
Jeremy grew up just a few miles north of New Ulm in Winthrop, but New Ulm is definitely where he calls home.
“I moved here right after high school to be closer to my job at Kraft Foods. My fiancée, April, and I have set down roots here and purchased our first home together. We already have a large family, with two daughters, Ramsey, who is 3 years old, and Georgia, who is 1 year old, and April’s son, Simon, who is 12.”
One might say that Jeremy was born with model trucks in his blood. “My dad, Bruce Sellner, is an owner/operator, so I grew up around the trucking industry, which means I grew up playing with toy trucks and dreaming of driving a truck myself,” he said.
As a little boy, Jeremy’s toys of choice were Tonka trucks. “I remember Jason and I received quite a few old Tonka tow trucks and dump trucks for our birthdays and at Christmas, and we did a pretty good job of destroying them over the years, especially playing demolition derby with them. I have one surviving blue-and-white Tonka tow truck that’s still in my display case as part of my collection. I love having this one piece of my childhood with which to remember the good ol’ days,” Jeremy reflected.