Free Freight on all Butler Classic II Buildings through December 1

Here at FS Construction Services, it’s hard to believe that the end of 2017 is already approaching. And while it can seem surprising just how quickly the year went, it’s also not quite over yet.

Our partners at Butler Manufacturing want to give a jumpstart to your end-of-the-year building projects and are offering free freight on all of their Classic II Buildings from now until December 1st. With a commitment to shipping materials within 5 weeks, you still have time to take advantage of this deal and have your new building up and ready for use before the heart of winter takes hold.

The Butler Classic II Building System is a highly-customizable, versatile kind of building that offers huge, clear spans and a variety of widths, heights, and slopes. These buildings are great for agricultural, commercial, or even industrial use. The professionals at FS Construction Services are sure you will appreciate the many Classic II Building System features. To name a few, these structures include strong steel panels and a Butler-Cote finish that resists fading and chalking plus they are backed by an amazing 25-year warranty. All of these things together mean the Butler Classic II Building System is the ideal choice for a multipurpose, long-lasting, and low-maintenance structure.

When removing the freight expense from the cost of your construction project, it can equal a significant savings. So, if you have been considering a new building, now is really a great time to jump on the opportunity, especially if you are looking for a better way to store your equipment during the cold months.

Have further questions or want to get a quote, let the FS Construction Services construction specialists help. With over 40 years of experience as a construction, equipment and service leader in Southern Illinois, you will appreciate our informative, no pressure approach.

For all your Butler Classic II Building, steel building, wood building, grain system or seed treatment equipment needs, give the Gateway FS Construction Services team a call at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: Newly Outfitted Baldwin Seed Treatment Facility

At FS Construction Services, we get a chance to work on a wide range of different projects. We embrace the challenge each new client brings, whether it’s big or small or it takes us two days or two weeks to complete. But every now and then, we get a project that allows us to work with some of the most advanced and exciting equipment on the market. And lots of it too!

This past August, we fully outfitted the Baldwin Seed Treatment Facility with some top-of-the-line equipment. We constructed eight 3,000 unit bulk bins, a Tri-Flo Batch Hopper capable of treating 1,800 lbs. a minute, and an LPV-style seed treater from USC. Additionally, while FSCS Seed Treatment Specialist Justen Kempfer oversaw installation, he also provided on-site training of all the new equipment and was present for any questions our client had.

With the addition of this new equipment, the Baldwin Seed Treatment Facility is now the most advanced and up-to-date facility in the area, able to treat and load a 240-unit tender in 6-11 minutes (depending on seed size), half the time it took before. They now have everything they need to accurately treat seeds to the specifications of each farmer. In fact, thanks to the automation capabilities of the new equipment, the facility can save and store individual farmers’ “recipes,” ensuring their seeds are able to receive the exact same treatment year in and year out.

If you are looking for some new equipment for your one-of-a-kind operation, no matter the size, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. From grain drying to grain storage to grain handling and transfer, we have everything you need for successful seed treatment. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Simple Tips for a Productive and Safe Harvest

Believe it or not, harvest season is already here. For many of our clients and many in our community this means weeks of high stress, little sleep, and hard work. At FS Construction Services we know a thing or two about working with a tight deadline. So in honor of your hard work, and in the interest of keeping you safe and productive during this busy time, here are some harvest-time suggestions and safety tips for your grain bins, dryers, and other equipment.

Large grain bins capable of storing thousands of bushels of crop and grain dryers that are able to quickly dry such huge amounts are a necessary part of agriculture. Unsurprisingly, proper safety and care taken in and around these incredibly helpful structures and equipment is a must for any successful harvest season. So here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Never enter a grain bin without doing the following first: De-energize (turn off) and disconnect, lockout and tag, or block off all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment that presents a danger, particularly grain-moving equipment” (OSHA). Grain is not a stable surface, and when it’s moving, pockets can develop that will cause grain to act like quicksand.
  • Never enter a grain bin without alerting others. Make sure the person inside the bin always has someone keeping tabs on them, as well as a safety harness or boatswains chair should they need assistance.
  • Grain dust is very flammable, so be sure to regularly clean surfaces, filters, and other areas where excessive dust may accumulate.
  • Be careful not to overfill bin with grain. Not only does this prevent ventilation, but it can put unnecessary stress on your structure.
  • Plan regular inspections. Make sure chains and bearings are properly lubricated, ladders are secure, safety shields are present, etc.
  • Getting the most out of your harvest requires evenly dried grain. Inefficient dryers increase grain waste with overdried and under-dried product. Be sure to view our grain drying page if you are looking to increase the efficiency of your drying, whether with an upgrade or a whole new system.

If you are interested in viewing more safety tips, you can do so here. Meanwhile, if you are looking for more grain bin and grain dryer suggestions and tips, our partner GSI has a helpful page here. Additionally, be sure to get as much rest as you can during this busy season. When you’re out in the field, be sure to pack protein and calorie-rich food to keep your energy up and combat the tiredness such a hectic time of year often brings.

We wish you a safe and successful harvest! As always, if you have any equipment questions throughout harvest let Gateway FS Construction Services know. With lots of grain system expertise, from grain drying to grain storage to grain handling and transfer, we have over 40 years of experience and are always happy to help. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: Storage Shed and Man Cave All-In-One

Some of our favorite projects at FS Construction Services involve the combination of practical application and customer imagination. It’s an exciting time when a customer has an idea for a custom building because we know it will test our creativity and ability to deliver a final product that matches and exceeds their unique vision.

Such was the case recently when a customer wanted to double up on the usefulness of his new pole barn. His concept was to build a machine/vehicle storage shed that was also comfortable enough to function as a good old fashioned ‘man cave’. With his input, plus guidance and recommendations from our team of professionals, the final plans were a perfect combination of form, function and fun. We designed and constructed a 36’ x 48’ x 16’ Walters structure with a 12’ porch that wraps around three sides of the building.

We worked with the customer to choose the right exterior, a color combination of dark grey wainscoting and light grey .28-gauge steel siding. Additionally, IECC-compliant Raynor overhead doors were installed. These rugged doors allow easy entrance for our customer’s camper, tractor, Bobcat, ATVs, and more, while also providing thermal insulation and preventing heat loss through the doors. The porch columns were constructed with a polypropylene material to eliminate structure deterioration and increase the building’s strength and longevity. Finally, lights and ceiling fans in the wrap-around porch completed our customer’s vision for comfort and hospitality.

When the FS Construction Services crew completed the project, our satisfied customer had a finished pole barn structure that included a 16’ x 24’ kitchenette and recreational space plus a loft and bathroom that completed the finished product he had imagined.

If there is a building project you have in mind, whether it is straightforward or requires some imagination, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. From wood to steel buildings, large or small, we do it all. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for or check out our featured projects. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS: Your Interior and Exterior Paint Project Experts

Our team of full-service interior & exterior paint service pros know there is nothing structural about paint. Paint cannot physically change the size or shape of a home or building. And yet, the right paint color in the right room, can really appear to do just that. FS Construction Services’ paint expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb, has put together some simple, yet effective paint tips to follow if you would like to transform your home, farm, or business.

  • For sunrooms and/or waiting rooms. Whether you’re looking to create a tranquil space at your home or office, using blues or greens in your sunroom or waiting area is a great way to bring outdoor colors into your interior space. This help to foster a relaxing, comfortable room to spend time in. If you’re looking to provide a more vibrant, energetic space, yellows and oranges can give rooms liveliness and excitement.
  • For uniquely-shaped rooms. Most rooms are square or rectangle, making for straight lines and a sense of balance. However, when this isn’t the case, darker shades on the ceiling and floor will create a squared appearance.
  • For hallways and smaller spaces. Lighter shades will make small spaces appear larger and more open.
  • For longer hallways. Conversely, darker shades with a contrasting end wall will visually shorten long hallways.
  • For shelves, built-ins, and storage areas. Colors that contrast with the surrounding walls will add dimension and bring focus to the painted area.
  • For exterior buildings, barns & roofs. Power washing the space first to remove dirt, rust, oils and loose paint before applying primer and finish coats will extend paint life.

There are, of course, many more ways to use paint to your advantage. With thousands of colors available from our partners at Valspar, and accurate color-matching tools, FS Construction Services has everything you need to transform your space. We’ve even provided a link to some paint FAQ’s.

If you’re just looking to freshen up a single room or get that new coat of paint on multiple rooms before fall and coming holidays, let the experts at Gateway FS Construction Services know. Check out our paint services brochure or give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: New USC Pumps for Seed Treatment Operation

Much of the time, the project profiles we share end up being about space: larger grain bins, greater-capacity animal feed systems, upgrading or adapting existing equipment to work with newly-installed equipment, etc. For this profile, we would like to highlight how, from the smallest detail to the biggest picture, FS Construction Services is there for our client every step of the way.

This past March, we installed seven new Loss in Weight and Pump Stands at a seed dealer’s location. Our customers treating program is very particular, utilizing multiple pumps which allows the end user to treat incredibly specific recipes per their customer’s request. This set up was designed to be run by an automated system with an electronic panel touchscreen which controls oz/cwt or oz/scu application rates.

However, the FS Construction Services team’s involvement doesn’t end at installation. After all of the new USC equipment had successfully been put into place, we wanted to make sure our client felt comfortable using the new equipment and control interface. In order to guarantee this, on startup day, we sent a member of our team to treat as much seed as the customer desired, so they could see firsthand how to operate the new equipment and feel at ease taking control of it.

At FS Construction Services, we understand that many of our clients have jobs that require great attention to detail and equipment capable of precision. We have the same approach when it comes to our customers, from helping them choose the right equipment to installing and teaching them how to use that equipment. Our goal is that each and every client we have will not only end up with the right tools, but the right understanding of those tools, so they can carry on with their jobs comfortably and effectively.

If you have any questions on how to maximize your operations grain system or seed treatment equipment, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Preventative Conveyor Maintenance

For most people, the least enjoyable part of any job is cleaning up the mess after it’s done. However, when it comes to machinery and equipment, maintenance and cleaning, we at FS Construction Services want to stress that it is one of the most important factors determining longevity and efficiency of your valuable equipment.

It is important to note that our expert team strongly recommends scheduling routine maintenance checks. Annually, we do so for all types of your key equipment including grain drying, aeration, storage, handling or transfer equipment. Yet, there are many self-maintenance items you can conduct on your own.

Because things are usually much easier to digest in list form, here’s a checklist straight from our partner USC on preventative conveyor maintenance for different types of conveyors.

Bin Gates/Under Bin Conveyor

  • Check bin gates for leftover seed buildup
  • Purge water/oil separator and the air compressor tank to remove moisture
  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Remove and clean tail section side covers
  • Inspect motor drive cover for debris and animal nests (birds, wasps, etc.)
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)
  • Inspect additional parts (sprockets, chain, v belt, etc.)

Bin Fill Conveyor

  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Align and tension drive belt and chain
  • Clean motor cover
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)
  • Inspect belt cleats and splice for excessive wear
  • If stored inside, cover the inlet hopper

Inlet/Outlet Conveyor

  • Inspect conveyor cords for damage, nicks, or exposed wires
  • Inspect belt cleats and splice for excessive wear
  • Clean/soak hopper brushes if there is chemical buildup
  • Clean conveyor tail section to prevent beans from rotting while not in use
  • Grease bearings (1 pump – do not over grease)

If you have any maintenance or operating questions regarding your machinery or you are looking to replace or purchase grain drying, grain storage, or grain handling equipment, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS Construction Services Expands Customer Service Experience

FS Construction Services is pleased to welcome new hire Nathan Bleem to our already knowledgeable and dedicated team. New hires are always an exciting time for us, not only because it means more hands to the plow here, but because it also means we have more resources and more expertise to give to you, our customers.

Nathan will be focused on inside sales and customer services, and will also be providing additional support to the other FS Construction Reps with their projects. “Ensuring the best possible customer experience is at the center of what we do,” said Greg Birchler, Operations Manager at FS Construction Services, “and adding Nathan to our team will help deliver on that promise.” Nathan will be providing support in many areas including:

Whether you have purchasing questions, product questions, or you’re looking to build new or upgrade existing buildings or equipment, please feel free to contact the service professionals at FS Construction Services. We will be happy to assist you and can inform you of any current discount programs offered by our partners, including: USC, Sukup, Brock, GSI, Shivvers, and more.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Nathan to FS Construction Services. We are excited to have him on the team. As always, if you have any questions on buildings, grain systems, seed systems, doors, roofing, or more, let the team Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: 27’ Sukup Grain Bin with Accessories

Sometimes it’s more than just a big storage bin that gets the job done. At FS Construction Services, we know that each customer has a different set of circumstances and a different set of needs. Because of this, our grain system experts take the time to identify the right storage solution and ensure it is outfitted with the proper accessories. This attention to detail is the only way to make sure a project is as efficient and functional as possible.

When it comes to grain drying, storage capacity is unquestionably important. A bountiful harvest is no good if there is nowhere to dry and store the results of your hard work. Similarly, you can have all the space in the world for drying and storage, but if that space does not control moisture, you’ll end up with rotten grain. Choosing the right accessories for your grain bin can be as crucial as choosing the right grain bin itself.

Recently, we were able to help a customer not only find the right structure for their expanding operation, but also the right equipment to ensure that operation’s success. After meeting with the customer and determining their needs, we built a 27’ 6-ring Sukup grain bin with a capacity of over 11,000 bushels. However, knowing that they were harvesting in high-moisture conditions, we also installed a FASTIR stir machine, which will reduce moisture variation from top to bottom in the stirred grain, and will help provide more evenly dried grain throughout. Additionally, we mounted an LP heater, a fan to provide necessary airflow, and finally, to complete the structure, we installed an 8” horizontal unload with power sweep so our clients can make fast work of their bin clean out process.

The customer not only received all the space they needed, but the ability to effectively condition all the grain that goes into that new space. If you are looking for a new grain bin, drying equipment or grain handling and transfer solution, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

Sukup’s Pre-Season Summer Saving – Order by July 31

While it’s not yet time for harvest, it is the perfect time to make sure you are going into harvest season prepared. In order to make sure you have the equipment you need come autumn, Sukup Manufacturing is running a once-a-year kind of deal on their grain bins, and FS Construction Services is excited to extend the offer to our customers.

  • 10% discount on Sukup grain bin
  • 15% discount on Sukup grain bin package
  • PLUS, add grain handling and material handling products to your order and receive the same discount!

Through July 31, purchase a new grain bin and receive a 10% discount or purchase a new grain bin package receive a 15% discount. Taking advantage of these savings will be a great way to update old equipment or ensure you have enough storage space for harvests to come. Either way, you get the assurance of a successful year and quality Sukup products.

Although its only midsummer now, fall will be here before you know it, so act quickly to make sure you have everything you need when harvest comes. Have any questions about the offer, or want to discuss the best way to customize your Sukup bins to suit your needs? The professionals at FS Construction Services have the knowledge, skill and answers you need. We are always happy to help.

These Sukup Pre-Season Summer Savings Discounts are only available through July 31. So, contact the team at FS Construction Services and see just how much money 10% or 15% savings puts back in your pocket.

If you are looking for a new grain bin, drying equipment or grain handling and transfer solution, let the team at Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.