Real Steel: Get the Right Building for the Right Price

We’ve written before about the benefits of steel buildings, but we often find that we can’t stress enough just how adaptable and durable steel buildings really are. Because steel is so strong, and element resistant, it has a nearly limitless number of options and structural possibilities. FS Construction Services has steel building options for agriculture, manufacturing, retail, medical, athletic, government, and more. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can count on our building and construction professionals to design an incredibly efficient solution to your needs.

Of course, we know that a few things have to happen to take you from imagining your building to walking inside of it, and that’s where we believe some of our best work is done. We know that our partners at Sukup and Butler Manufacturing engineer strong, customizable structures that have proven reliability and durability. What we’ve been striving towards over the years is how to make that space in between “what if” and end product as smooth as possible.

The team at FS Construction Services has been trained to listen to potential customers, not make up their minds for them. We believe that our customer’s job is to come up with their dream building, and our job is to make that building happen. Different buildings will have different functions and we don’t adhere to a one-building-fits-all approach. Steel is customizable and so are we.

Thanks to pre-punched purlins, girts, and eaves, our steel buildings are assured to fit properly and install quickly. Factory-welded clips make for fewer bolts and fewer construction materials, which means multiple options and controllable construction cost. And while steel buildings are able to provide clear spans up to 200’ for massive open areas, if money is a bigger issue than uninterrupted space, then we can build a multi-span structure to reduce cost. Our experts can design the building you want within a budget that works for you.

We could go on and on, really. And just so we’re clear, our love for steel doesn’t take away from our love of wood buildings. If you have a building in mind but aren’t sure whether you want wood or steel for the job then we’ll be happy to help. Have questions about your next building project? Let Gateway FS Construction Services answer your questions. Simply give us a call at 866-551-3454! We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

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Monitor Your Grain Drying Operation and Save Up To $500

We’ve all had it happen, you have multiple projects running simultaneously but can only be in one place at a time.  That used to be a problem but not anymore.  With SHIVVERS Link, you can now tend to other important needs on your farm while maintaining access to monitor your drying operation – from nearly anywhere.

SHIVVERS Link provides you the opportunity to stay connected with your grain dryer 24/7. All you need is Internet access and you can monitor dryer operation and even review historical information. Shivvers Link can be configured to send text message alerts when limits are reached, or errors arise. Benefits of the SHIVVERS Link system include:

  • Easily Installs in Existing CompuDry Command Center
  • Does Not Require a Land Line Internet Connection
  • Dryer Operational Data Viewable by Smart Phone, Tablet or Personal Computer
  • Historical Dryer Data is Accessible Anywhere You Have Internet Access*
  • Receive Alert Text Messages
  • First Year Data Service Included*
  • Control Dryer Remotely When Used with the SHIVVERS Premier Control Panel
  • Compatible with Android and Apple Smart Phones, Tablets and Personal Computers

Plus, place your order by July 14th and you can receive it equipped with the first year of data service at no cost as well as a certificate for a second year of data at no charge.  That is a savings of $250 per year – and $500 total.

If you are interested in adding remote monitoring capabilities to your operation, then contact the grain system experts at FS Construction Services to find out more.

Let the team of experts at Gateway FS Construction Services help you with all you grain system, wood and steel building, seed treatment and maintenance needs.  You can give us a call at 866-551-3454.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

*Requires acceptable level of cell data availability.

Project Profile: 42’ Sukup Bin Attached to Pre-existing Shivvers System

Choosing FS Construction Services to help you with a project not only provides you with access to our experts, resources, and years of experience, but also access to the many hand-picked partners we’ve selected over the years who are the absolute best at what they do. Because of the relationships we’ve established with industry leading manufacturers like Sukup, our product selection and working knowledge is not only broad, but adaptable.

Such was the case this past January when a customer decided to address the storage capacity of his operation. With one pre-existing Shivvers grain bin in place, he needed a solution that would expand his storage but continue to work with his old system. The solution came in the shape of a 42’ diameter, 6-ring Sukup grain bin featuring a 30,000 bushel capacity. Additionally, the system included an 8” unload with Power Sweep to make unloading easier.

Once the new Sukup bin was constructed, we tied it in to the existing Shivvers bin, effectively maximizing our client’s dry holding capability without compromising the preexisting equipment. To provide as much convenience as possible, FS Construction Services also built a set of stairs and an attached platform outside of the new structure that provides access to both bins.

Thanks to our longstanding partnerships with both Sukup and Shivvers, working with both manufacturers’ equipment was never a complication, and we were able to complete the project on time and on budget.

If you have been considering a new grain storage solution or thinking about a wood or steel building project now is the time to contact the team at Gateway FS Construction Services. From new projects to updating old projects, we are happy to provide the help and services you need. 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.

Key Grain System Areas That Benefit From Pre-Season Maintenance

With it being the end of May, all of us at FS Construction Services know that grain harvest is quickly approaching and it will seem like no time at all before summer is over and corn harvest season is upon us. This means that now is the perfect time to schedule a pre-season maintenance check on your GSI, Sukup, Grain Handler, Brock and Shivvers grain dryer systems.

Why pre-season maintenance?

A pre-season maintenance inspection is often able to catch basic wear and tear on your grain dryer and grain dryer equipment that otherwise might not rear its ugly head until right in the middle of harvest. By making sure all your equipment is in proper working order now, you can prevent time and money-draining problems down the road and increase the quality and longevity of your dryer.

What pre-season maintenance entails

When you schedule an inspection, a trained technician will come out to your dryer and check the following six key areas:

  1. Burners
  2. Fan housing and blades for dirt buildup
  3. Belts for wear
  4. Bearings
  5. Electrical controls and switches
  6. Gas pressure regulators and LP gas vaporizers

Your expert trained FS Construction Services technician will also help you determine a plan to cover regular maintenance and care so you can prevent future problems, breakdowns, and maximize efficiency.

Maintenance you can easily perform on your own

There are, of course, many small maintenance tasks that can be done around your equipment to keep it clean and running well.

  • Inspect roof panels, vents, and connections for dirt and debris
  • Make sure manholes, caps, and other opening attachments are sealing properly to prevent moisture buildup
  • Make sure your foundation has remained level and all anchor bolts are tight
  • Check electrical connections and wiring, make sure everything is secure
  • Remove old grain, rust, and perform other general cleaning

Putting the time and money into an inspection now can pay out dividends in the future. And you will be ready to start harvesting without missing a beat.

If you would like to schedule an inspection, or if you would like to browse our selection of stir dryers, counter mix-flow dryers, or counter-flow dryers, let Gateway FS Construction Services know. 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.

May: National Electrical Safety Month

Did you know that May is National Electrical Safety Month? At FS Construction Services, we have to treat every day as if it were Electrical Safety Day, because most of our pole barn, steel building, and grain systems projects require significant electrical knowledge and strict safety measures. What we’re saying is, our experienced staff think about electrical safety all the time. However, we understand that this isn’t the case for everyone, and so in honor of this month, we thought it would be worthwhile to share some electrical safety tips.

The following list is taken from the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website, and while it is specifically targeted towards agricultural safety, many of these tips are easily applied to construction as well.

  • Locate all overhead power lines.
  • Keep self and equipment 10 feet away from all overhead power lines.
  • Do not touch anything that is in contact with the power line.
  • Beware of fencing near power lines.
  • Carry ladders and other equipment horizontally.
  • Lower equipment apparatus before driving.
  • Never spray near power lines with irrigation systems.
  • Stay at least 35 feet away from fallen power lines.

While these may seem self-evident, the ESFI does note that, “Contact with overhead power lines is the leading cause of electrical fatalities for agricultural workers.” So stay smart and stay safe out there.

These next safety tips come from our friends at Shivvers Manufacturing. Though we’re nearing the end of spring, there still may be those looking to build new grain bins in preparation for harvest. When looking to add a new grain storage, drying or handling and transfer capabilities to your operation, here are some important clearance requirements to keep in mind.

Vertical clearance over the bin is the highest point of the bin plus 18 feet. Horizontal clearance on the bin’s loading side is actually the same as the vertical clearance, the highest point of the bin plus 18 feet. One note on vertical clearance, it must be maintained away from the bin for the whole length of the horizontal clearance, and then maintained outward at one foot down for every 1.5 feet further out. So basically, imagine a giant trapezoid around your grain bin. Additionally, it’s recommended that a grain bin with a 15’ diameter be placed at least 55 feet away from the nearest power line. This goes up to 80 feet minimum for a 25’ diameter bin and 143 feet minimum for a 50’ diameter bin.

There are, of course, many more suggestions, requirements, and recommendations for electrical safety, and to view more of them you can go to ESFI’s website.

At Gateway FS Construction Services, we take electrical safety seriously, and we know that a good job is also a safely done job. If you have any questions about buildings or equipment, give our expert team 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.

Seed Treatment Specialists: Equipment, Troubleshooting, Repair, and More

A seed is a remarkable thing. Though small and numerous, any farmer can tell you how much potential and importance each individual seed holds. This is why so much effort and ingenuity has been poured into seed treatment technology over the years. Increasingly, seed treaters are being designed to provide the most even coatings and dressings while minimizing waste and loss.

In order to provide the best seed treatment equipment, FS Construction Services has partnered with USC Seed Treating Solutions. Our large product range and dedication to cutting-edge technologies, has made FS Construction Services an ideal partner, and allows us to provide you with the top-of-the-line seed systems and seed treating products.

From large bulk systems that require on-site installation specialization to tabletop lab seed treaters and every possible size and configuration in between, FS Construction Services is sure to have the right equipment for you. Whether you know exactly what you want or have some questions, we are always happy to help.

Our seed treatment specialist, Justen Kempfer, knows not everyone is in the market for something brand new. Sometimes, all you need is a new part and a little know how. Let our qualified team inspect pre-existing equipment to determine what needs replacing, fixing, or tuning, and we will estimate the cost of supplies and service. Additionally, we will also upgrade parts of older seed treating equipment with newer, more advanced options that provide great speed and efficiency.

One of the realities of advancing technology and multi-part equipment is the occasional need for service and repairs. FS Construction Services is ready to help you troubleshoot your equipment or even your equipment’s software, to make sure you are getting the most out of your seed treater.

With the right equipment, you can trust that your seeds are receiving the proper treatment time and time again. If you are interested in increasing the production and efficiency of your seed operation, let 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.

Six Simple Steps To Building Your Dream Pole Barn

At FS Construction Services, we understand that there can be a pretty big gap between “I think I would like to build a pole barn,” and, “Look at this new pole barn I have.” Our job is to make the distance between those two statements less daunting and a lot more exciting.

The decision to build a new pole barn or wood building is a big one, and for most people, it involves a lot of details that don’t necessarily scream “fun” (we’re looking at you, building permits). This is why we at FS Construction Services rely on a simple six step process to move you from conception to completed construction. Our goal is to make the whole process as simple and headache-free as possible.

Six Simple Steps to Your New Pole Barn

  1. First, we listen! The experts at FS Construction Services will discuss building options to fit your needs and budget. We’ll help you decide on the right design, accessories and features whether the building is commercial, agricultural or suburban.
  2. Next, we will develop a Scope of Work. This includes the development plan, elevations (renderings from the sides, front, and back that show the building from the foundation to the roof), and conceptual drawings of your custom-built pole barn.
  3. You will then receive a thorough and detailed contract from our building and construction professionals. The building contract clearly lists all the elements of your project: foundation, structure, doors, windows, paint, etc.
  4. We like to think of ourselves as the friend who has your back. So rather than leave the excitement of paperwork to you alone, we can even help prepare the documents required to apply for building permits and inspections.
  5. With every ‘i’ dotted and ‘t’ crossed, the fun part can really begin. Our experts will provide you a construction schedule and begin construction of your new Walters Building.
  6. Construction concludes, and your dream building is now a reality.

At FS Construction Services our goal is to make sure that when your building is complete, you not only have the peace-of-mind to enjoy it, but that the finished product matches your vision.

Got a building project that has been on your mind? Contact the professionals at Gateway FS Construction Services now. You can depend on us to provide the best products and services at the best possible price. For more information on your next wood building, pole barn or even steel building, contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

Have an Exterior or Interior Paint Job? You Came to the Right Place.

Sometimes, all you really need to transform your home or building is a fresh coat of paint. From stained siding to chips and scratches to dull (or too vibrant, for that matter) color choices, there are lots of things that can drag down the general appearance and satisfaction you feel when looking at your home, barn, or business. If you think it might be time to update the exterior or interior paint on your structure, FS Construction Services is the right place to go.

Because FS Construction Services is a distributor of Valspar paint, we have over 1,000 colors and variations to offer. When paired with our X-Rite Color Matching tools, you can be sure that the color you want is the color you’re going to get. We complete this process by using our tethered spectrophotometer, which, although it sounds like something out of a science-fiction novel, actually allows us to scan any color, from any source, and generate an exact color match.

Our team of paint professionals can easily update the interior of your home, office or structure. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint that is expertly applied can do for your project. From single room projects to full building interiors, FS Construction Services provide the best in professionalism and craftsmanship.

Not only that, but our exterior paint team is equipped with a 70 ft. boom truck, a self-contained high-pressure power washer, and an airless paint sprayer, meaning if you’ve got a house, pole barn, shed, grain bin, roof or commercial structure that needs painting, we can tackle the job.

For exterior projects, the FS Construction Services paint services team begin with power washing to remove dirt, grime, old paint, and rust, and are then followed with a high-quality primer and high-quality top coat finish. Brian “Boomer” Garleb and our team of experts will match the right kind of primer and paint to your building’s surface to guarantee a long life of rust-free, brilliant color. Whether you need a zinc primer for a metal roof, a fibered aluminum paint for a mobile home, or any other type of variation, our crew will be ready to bring out the best in your structure.

We offer free estimates for interested parties, so please feel free to contact FS Construction Services with your paint questions. With years of experience and expertise, we’re happy to meet your every paint need.

You can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services to provide the best solutions for all your Paint, Pole Barn / Wood Building, Steel Building, Grain System, Garage Door, Roofing, Siding and Seed System products and services. For more information contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

 

Project Profile: 48’ Sukup Grain System Solution

At FS Construction Services we believe that no two projects are exactly the same, and each individual customer deserves a targeted, specific solution to best meet their needs. Of course, sometimes the best solution is just to go big.

This was the case last summer when a long time FS Construction Services customer needed a new storage structure that could store over 55,000 bushels of grain. Working together with one of our Grain Systems experts, Nathan Koester, it was decided that the ideal solution would come in the shape of a high-strength, galvanized steel Sukup grain bin. This impressive grain bin featured a diameter of 48’ with an eave height of 33’ and a 48’ peak.

The 48’ Sukup structure also came fully loaded with an 8’ Sukup Power Sweep, a 10hp centrifugal fan, and the other additional features that are included when you purchase a grain bin package. Also, standard to Sukup grain bins are the 18” virtually indestructible poly vents that are designed to release unneeded moisture while preventing dirt and other debris from entering the bin.

All together, in less than a month’s time, our client had a brand new, totally equipped, storage solution that was ready to be placed into action at harvest. And thanks to Sukup’s sturdy, corrugated steel construction, it will be a solution that will last our client for many years to come.

At FS Construction Services, we know that what works for one person, may not work for the next. That’s why we’ve sought out the best partners in the business including Sukup, GSI and Brock. This ensures we can provide the right building and the right equipment for any job that customers bring to us. From smaller 18’ grain bins to commercial storage capacities of over 1.25 million bushels, FS Construction Services is there to find the best option for you.

If you’re on the lookout for the next essential piece of grain storage, drying, or handling and transfer equipment for your operation, call FS Construction Services.

You can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services to provide the best solutions for all your Pole Barn / Wood Building, Steel Building, Grain System, Garage Door, Roofing, Siding and Seed System products and services. For more information contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

National Ag Day! Thank A Farmer!

Did you know that March is National Ag Month and March 21st is National Ag Day?

It can be easy to take our abundance of high quality, nutritious food for granted however, there is a group of hard-working and dedicated Americans who provide food for not only us but the entire world. The American Farmer! 

So, this month and particularly today, we say “Thank You” to these incredible individuals for bounty they provide. #ThankAFarmer #AgWeek #FFA

Here are some fun Ag Facts. Did you know…

  • Soybeans- The average American consumes nearly half a cup of soybeans in some form each day.
  • Specialty Crops- In a lifetime, the average American will consume enough veggies to fill 16 pickup trucks.
  • Specialty Crops-In a lifetime the average American will consume 2 football fields of wheat.
  • Specialty Crops- Illinois is the largest producer of horseradish
  • Pumpkins- Pumpkins range in size from less than one pound to more than 1,000 lbs.
  • Poultry- A hen with a white earlobe will produce white-shelled eggs.
  • Pork- Illinois currently ranks 4th in the US for the number of pigs raised.
  • Dairy- Dairy cows have four stomachs
  • Dairy- All female dairy cows must have a calf in order to produce milk.
  • Dairy- On average, each cow produces enough milk to fill 125 glasses, that’s about 8 gallons per day.
  • Corn- One ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows
  • Beef- The average American eats 61 pounds of beef each year
  • Careers- Agriculture is the largest industry, employing 23 million people in 250 career areas

Again, we say “Thank You Farmers” from your friends at Gateway FS Construction Services! We are grateful for all you do.