Does Your Grain System Need Maintenance?

At FS Construction Services, you know that we install, design, plan and build grain systems to meet your every need.  Along with our partners GSI, Sukup, Shivvers, Brock, Hutchinson and Lowry, we offer the finest grain drying, handling and storage systems.  However, did you also know that we service all of the equipment and machinery we install?  The professionals at FS Construction Services are prepared year-round to do whatever it is you need to keep your grain systems operating smoothly.  Whether you need general maintenance in order to prepare for the upcoming harvest season or have an inoperative piece of equipment that needs repair, our team at FS Construction Services is here to serve you.

 

While we at FS Construction Services perform grain systems general maintenance and specific repairs throughout the year, during this harvest time of year it is important that we particularly stress the importance of service maintenance.  Although some may think of general maintenance as a potentially unnecessary expense, it is true that a pre-harvest service call to the professionals at FS Construction Services could save you major time, inconvenience and expense while ensuring that you keep your grain systems machinery operating 100% operational.

It is key for your operation to make sure that all equipment performs as needed when it should and periodic and especially pre-harvest maintenance is a critical for this to occur.  However, even sometimes the best maintained equipment breaks down.  And if it does, FS Construction Services is here to help. Our service technicians are professionals at preemptive service and maintenance and also assessing and addressing a current operational malfunction.

Contact us today at FS Construction Services to schedule a maintenance check-up for your grain drying, handling and storage systems.

Whatever your grain system maintenance or repair needs, you can count on our professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help you meet your specific maintenance or repair requirements.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

Act Now to Get Free Raynor Products!

Gateway FS Construction Services prides itself on offering our customers the highest possible quality construction materials, including garage doors and openers from our partner, Raynor Garage Doors.  Along with Raynor Garage Doors, we work with you to help you choose the ideal door and opener to meet your particular needs.  We understand how difficult it can be to choose the exact right garage door and opener, especially an overhead door system.  Whether you are looking for a garage door and opener for your home or business, we’ve got you covered.

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Raynor Garage Doors is a leader in both residential and commercial garage door systems and they are excited to announce their latest residential garage door promotion.  Beginning September 1, Raynor will provide any customer who purchases and installs certain garage door opener models with a FREE remote light control and a FREE rechargeable flashlight.  This offer is good for the following models through September 30:

  • Prodigy II (8500)
  • Admiral II with WiFi (8550W)
  • Ultra II with WiFi (8587W)
  • Aviator II (8355)

Our sales consultants at Gateway FS Construction Services stand ready to help you determine which of these great Raynor opener systems is right for you.  Please contact our team at Gateway Fs Construction Services today so you don’t miss out on this great offer.  And once you’ve decided which of these garage door systems meet your needs, as an authorized Raynor dealer, we will install your new garage door system for you.  Then we will continue to work with you and provide the best available garage door system maintenance and service to ensure your new system stays operational for years to come. 

Whatever your construction needs, you can count on our professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help you meet your specific construction needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience. 

3 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Painter

With fall just around the corner, many of us turn our attention to making visual improvements to our business, farm or home, including interior and exterior painting.  Knowing that many people are probably considering some sort of painting project, you may notice unfamiliar painters in your area looking for work.  Often they claim to have “excess” paint from another job in the area and are offering to use it up on your property along with deeply discounted labor.  The professional paint team at Gateway FS Construction Services call these painters “fly by night painters” and would like to caution our customers when considering hiring one of them.

 

There are many things to take into consideration before hiring a paint crew including these key points:

  1. Are they bonded and properly insured?  Many carry minimal to no insurance, meaning you would likely be liable if they are injured on your property.  This fact alone should be weighed seriously before entering into any type of contract.
  2. Will your property receive the proper preparation?  Most of the time “fly by night painters” simply spray paint directly on the surface to be painted with little or no surface preparation.  The paint will not last long under these conditions.
  3. Do they stand by their work and offer any type of warrantee?  By the time you notice that you have a problem with your paint job, these painters will be long gone.  In the long fun, you will end up spending more money having your property prepped properly and repainted correctly.

The Gateway FS Construction Services team has over 20 years of experience and provides product lines that are designed specifically for specific project needs. We feature Valspar paints, one if the highest quality rated paints available, to ensure a finish that will look good for years.  Finally, you will always receive a free estimate that clearly outlines each detail of your project.

With certified paint consultants on our professional painting team, Gateway FS Construction Services is local, insured and has decades of experience.  If you need a paint job done right, we at Gateway FS Construction Services are the people to call.

Whatever your painting needs, you can count on our painting crew at Gateway FS Construction Services.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let our specialists work with you to meet your specific needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Think a custom storage building is out of reach? Think again.

Could you use a brand new building for your farm, home or business? At Gateway FS Construction Services, we offer a wide array of services. Included in these services is the construction of sturdy, dependable and versatile commercial, suburban and agricultural buildings. A wood-framed building can be hugely beneficial to your company or family for storage of vehicles, equipment or expanding to meet equine, diary or livestock needs.  

Custom designed and built by Gateway FS Construction Services, this impressive multi-functional vehicle and storage building is 42’x56’ and was constructed on a concrete slab.   The beautiful custom design included an 8’x10’ recessed porch plus, additional features including 12” overhangs on the gables and 24” overhangs on the eaves. This innovative storage building not fit but exceed the needs of our client and provided them with the additional storage they needed. The project was finished off with fully functional and esthetically pleasing overhead doors including windows to allow for natural light.

Building a post-frame building gives you maximum flexibility. While designing the layout of your soon-to-be wood-framed building, you will find you have the freedom to design as you envision it. If you can dream it, we will work with you to engineer it and build it! In addition to this, another benefit from building a wood-frame building is the ease of insulation. The larger the building, the more difficult it becomes to control the climate inside. Therefore, choosing wood is ideal to help regulate the toughest climate control situations. A final benefit of building a post-frame building is the amount of money left in your pocket. Yes, that is correct. Wood post-frame buildings not only provide the flexibility you need but do so while providing exceptional value for your investment.

This is just one of a variety of buildings we will be featuring that spotlight the versatility, capabilities and craftsmanship of our building specialists. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we are here to build you what you want – on time and on budget. As one of Southern Illinois premiere builders, Gateway FS Construction Services seeks to provide you with the latest construction technology at the best possible price. For more information regarding your building construction needs, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

Is Your Grain Bin Calling You? Then Call Us Today!

How often do you worry about the amount of moisture in your grain bin?  Or wonder about the level of grain in your bin?  Gateway FS Construction Services has the solution for you!  XProxy may be exactly what you need.  A cloud based platform, xProxy allows machines, such as grain bins, to alert your smart phone about almost anything.  Moisture levels in your grain bin too high?  Grain levels too low?  XProxy can let you know and avoid a potentially catastrophic event!

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XProxy comes equipped with a preconfigured cellular modem so it can instantly enable hardware to send certain messages to several recipients via text, email, voice or push notifications.  Entirely self-powered, xProxy can be easily wired to any relay, switch or signaling device with a set of dry contacts, including pressure switches, float switches, temperature switches, limit switches, or pump station alarms.  And because each xProxy device has its own dedicated connection to a Verizon network, it is connected and ready to work for you immediately, with no monthly fees.

Setting up xProxy is a simple four step process: (1) Connect xProxy to any dry contact that you want to monitor, (2) Use the xProxy app on your smart phone to register your device, (3) Draft a message to be sent when xProxy senses a change, and (4) Make a list of numbers that should be sent your message in case of a variation in status.  You are now ready to avoid a critical and costly incident!  Don’t delay – call Nathan Koester at 618-528-2395 or Darren Knobloch at 618-792-8406 to discuss how to take advantage of this great opportunity today!

Gateway Construction Services’ top priority is delivering agricultural operations solutions that exceed your expectations, whatever your needs.  If you don’t have xProxy and your grain bin isn’t calling you, then call us right now!  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Pre-Harvest Sale! Check Out the Hutchinson Auger Special

Gateway FS Construction Services is proud to offer our customers the very best in agricultural handling equipment such as augers, conveyors and hoppers.  Hutchinson/Mayrath, a divison of Global Industries, and a partner of Gateway Construction Services, has been providing the highest quality grain handling products for almost 60 years, including a robust selection of augers. 

With harvest just around the corner, Gateway FS Construction Services is pleased to announce a fantastic pre-harvest Hutchinson/Mayrath auger sale, including both mid drive and swing away augers.  Hutchinson/Mayrath mid drive augers, with a minimum of moving parts, reduces downtime and maintenance, thus providing efficiency and dependability for an affordable price.  In addition, the Hutchinson/Mayrath swing away auger, including a hydraulic lift and your selection of drives, is the leading auger in the auger industry.  Now is the time to take advantage of this limited time pricing:

Mid Drive       Regular              SALE PRICE             Swing Away               Regular              SALE PRICE

8 x 32              $3,995               $3,595                        8 x 52                          $7,695               $6,995

8 x 52              $5,795               $5,295                        8 x 62                          $8,295               $7,495

8 x 62              $6,495               $5,895                        10 x 62                       $9,795               $8,995

10 x 32           $4,595               $4,195                        10 x 72                       $10,495             $9,495

The professional sales team at Gateway FS Construction Services is ready to work with you to help you determine which of the augers best fit your specific needs.  Sale prices are good through July 31, so hurry and act now!  Don’t delay – call Nathan Koester at 618-528-2395 or Darren Knobloch at 618-792-8406 to discuss how to take advantage of this great opportunity today!

Gateway Construction Services and our partner Hutchinson/Mayrath work together to deliver agricultural operations solutions that exceed your expectations, whatever your grain handling needs.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Are Your Grain Storage Bins A Safety Hazard?

Are your farm’s storage bins outdated and falling apart? How long are you willing to gamble on the durability of those bins? If you do not have storage bins, is your grain really protected from the various predators whom desire to consume it or the weather that may threaten it? The smart solution to these questions is to either consider replacing your storage bins as soon as possible or contemplate purchasing new storage bins for your grain to safely rest in before distribution.

 

Including grain storage systems, Gateway FS Construction Services provides a wide variety of grain system services of the highest quality. The average farmer knows that an effective grain handling system that boosts production is essential and is a significant, yet worthy investment. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we will work with you to determine which of our partners, including Sukup, Brock and GSI to name a few, offer the best grain storage deal for both your budget and needs.  

As a grain storage equipment supplier, Gateway FS Construction Services seeks to provide you with the latest grain storage technology through our providers at the best possible price. Throughout our time working with farmers, businesses, and equipment providers, we have learned one thing: each individual need is unique. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we understand the importance of sourcing the right solution for your need and also that it is in everyone’s best interest to ask questions and explore needs to ensure an optimal solution is identified. With this in mind, we are always here to openly consult with you regarding your farm or business needs. Our goal is to provide you with the equipment both necessary and effective that will make your farm or business thrive.

For a no obligation consultation and further information regarding storage bins or any questions regarding what Gateway FS Construction Services can do for you and your business or farm, give us a call at 866-551-3454.  We look forward to providing you the best possible customer experience.

The Most Durable and Reliable Grain Handling Equipment

The handling of grain is an integral step of the harvesting process. From bin wells to portable augers and hoppers, each piece of equipment is vital in grain handling. The brands we supply are exceptional providers, including Sukup, Shivvers, Hutchinson, Lowry, Brock and GSI. In particular, we work with these providers because they offer the most durable and reliable handling equipment. It is our mission to get the proper tools you need on your farm or in your business. 

Gateway FS Construction Services provides a wide variety of grain system services of the highest quality. The average agriculturalist knows that a farm essential is an effective grain handling system to boost production and is a significant, yet worthy investment. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we will work with you to determine which of our partners offers the best grain handling system for your particular needs and your particular budget. 

As a agricultural equipment supplier, Gateway FS Construction Services seeks to provide you with the latest grain handling technology through our providers at the best possible price. Throughout our time working with farmer’s, businesses, and equipment providers, we have learned one thing: the most expensive is not always the best for you. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we understand the importance of saving money and also that it is never in our interest to provide you with an irrelevant product. With this in mind, we are here to openly consult with you regarding your farm or business needs. Our goal is to provide you with the equipment both necessary and effective that will make your farm or business thrive.

For further information regarding grain handling bins or any questions about what Gateway FS Construction Services can do for you and your farm or business, give us a call at 866-551-3454.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Essential Steps in Selecting a Quality Post-Frame Builder: Part 3

We at Gateway FS Construction Services understand that selecting a quality post-frame contractor may seem to be an overwhelming task, and we are here to help.  We are pleased to provide you, this last article of three articles, in a series that provides guidelines to make your decision easier to utilize Gateway FS Construction Services for your post-frame building needs.   

Last month’s topics included a discussion of the importance of a contractor having membership in the National Frame Builders Association (NFBA) and all applicable state and local current licenses. This month we will cover insurance, bidding and contracts.

Much like verifying a contractor’s NFBA membership and licensure status, it is critical that a contractor have insurance and building permits.  Ask the contractor for a copy of their insurance certificate and contact the insurance company to confirm coverage such as workman’s compensation, property damage and personal liability.  No construction project should begin without verification of this insurance coverage. 

Having a construction project open for bid provides options for selecting the contractor that saves the most money.  However, keep in mind that having a bidding process cannot guarantee that the lowest bidding contractor is the best contractor that will provide the highest quality of work.  If you do bid a job, it is imperative that the potential bidders are bidding on the same scope and quality of work.  This offers the best confidence that the bids are fair, providing you the best information to make your decision. 

When you have found a quality contractor dedicated to constructing highly-engineered post-frame buildings and are ready to begin the job, do not start any work until a detailed contract has been prepared, reviewed and signed.  Involving an attorney is highly recommended and although costly, could save you more money down the line.  At a minimum a contract should have the following:  total price of work, payment schedule, starting and completion dates, detailed list of specifications and materials and lastly, provision for changes or additions to job scope.

Gateway FS Construction Services has been constructing highly-engineered, quality, post-frame buildings in Southern Illinois for more than 50 years.  Our work can be seen all across the countryside.  We are fully insured, are happy to bid on any project and do not start work without having a detailed contract.  Gateway FS Construction Services, along with our partner, Walters Buildings, will meet or exceed all of your expectations with regards to constructing post-frame buildings. 

Whatever your post-frame building construction needs, the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 today and talk to one of our experienced post-frame building construction service representatives.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience. 

Painting Pro Tips

Whether you are on the professional paint team for Gateway FS Construction Services or a do-it-yourself person, keeping your brushes and rollers clean and in prime condition should be a priority for all painters.  Below are some quick and easy steps to ensure that your paint brushes and rollers are always ready for your next project.

 

First of all, regardless of whether you are just taking a break for the day or you are completely finished with your painting project, Gateway FS Construction Services recommends that you should always begin the cleaning process with, at a minimum, three thorough rinses of your brush or roller.  Be sure to use the appropriate rinse agent:  mineral spirits for an oil based paint or warm water for latex paint.  Press the brush bristles in your rinse agent to be sure to release any paint remaining in the middle of the bristles.  Squeeze as much paint as you can out of the brush and repeat until clean. 

Next, in order to get as much water or mineral spirits out of your brush as possible, briskly shake or spin your brush repeatedly.  Do not hit the brush on the top of a can, countertop or sink so as to avoid denting the bristle frame and deforming your brush.  A deformed brush will negatively and noticeably impact your next painting finish.  Also do not use combs or wire brushes to remove dried paint because this action will pull out bristles and/or put dried paint flecks into your next finished product. Finally, the expert painters at Gateway Construction Services suggest drying your brushes with shop or paper towels and store horizontally on a flat surface.  Storing brushes while standing up will make the bristles dry crooked and the brush will be unusable. 

Gateway FS Construction Services knows that quality painting equipment can be expensive but is worth the cost in terms of your painting results.  You will want to keep your painting equipment in excellent condition to ensure years of productive use.

Whatever your painting needs, you can count on the professional paint team at Gateway FS Construction Services to help.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best painting experience.