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.

Project Profile: 22’ x 55’ Harvestore Silo Upgrade

If you had the choice between purchasing entirely new equipment or making a few upgrades to your existing equipment to achieve the same result, which would you choose? It’s probably a no-brainer, right? This is our mentality at FS Construction Services as well. There are, of course, times when a complete replacement of old equipment is necessary, but if the same results can be had with some simple upgrades, you can bet that’s what we’ll suggest. Customers that have saved time and money are happy, and that makes us happy too.

This was exactly the situation with an existing 25’ x 55’ Harvestore Silo in need of some serious upgrades. We were able to perform a necessary remodel on the feed storage system and not only extend its lifespan, but also improve its productivity. Over the course of a few short days, FS Construction Services installed a brand-new Sukup bin floor offering twice as much strength as traditional bin flooring, a commercial-grade strength power sweep, and a new access door to the system.

By choosing to remodel to their Harvestor silo with Sukup equipment (floor, unload and door), our customer was able to save the time and money that would have gone into a completely new system while also getting the functionality and performance needed from the existing equipment.

If you’re not sure whether your equipment needs an upgrade or not, contact Josh Biffar or Nathan Koester. Our knowledgeable team is able to identify and pinpoint existing issues with existing systems and machinery and can suggest the most affordable and beneficial path forward.

At FS Construction Services, we can help with nearly any brand of equipment including GSI, Sukup, Brock, Hutchinson and all your Grain Drying and Aeration, Grain Storage plus Handling and Transfer needs.

Don’t let your equipment hold you back. If you’re interested in equipment upgrades, remodels, or have other maintenance needs, call Gateway FS Construction Services. You can depend on us to provide the best products and services at the best possible price. For more information contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

Discover the Strength, Functionality and Efficiency of a Steel Building

At FS Construction Services, we’re pretty comfortable saying we know a thing or two about buildings. Of course, we happily work with a variety of construction materials, knowing there is a right time and place for both Pole Barn (Post-Frame Building) and the Steel Building options. However, there are instances when the benefits of a steel building simply make it the right solution for the project.

Steel ‘equals’ strong, and while that’s unquestionably true, steel also ‘equals’ flexibility. Steel’s incredible strength allows it to provide uninterrupted heights and spans for a seemingly endless array of building sizes, types, and functions. This makes steel buildings particularly suited for agricultural and machine storage. Need 100’ of clear, open space so you can store your combine without worrying? Let the professionals at FS Construction Services design and plan the right solution for your specific needs. Need more manufacturing space, office space, or a commercial structure, our experts can help there too. However, what some people don’t realize, is just how many other possibilities steel construction allows. We partner with two of the premiere leaders in the field of custom clear span steel buildings: Sukup and Butler Manufacturing.

FS Construction Services has partnered with these two outstanding building manufacturers so we can be sure to meet whatever steel building needs you have. Both Butler and Sukup Manufacturing offer a wide variety of building types, options, accessories, and topnotch materials so you can be comfortable knowing your building, and whatever is stored inside of it, will stand up to the test of time and the test of the elements. If you’re interested in seeing just how many possibilities are available, you can follow these links to the Butler Building Gallery and the Sukup Building Gallery.

One more thought when considering your next building project. Let our building and construction expert, Tom Marcheski, and our team help develop the right solution for you. Whether steel building or pole barn construction we have the experience to design the optimal solution that provides the functionality and durability you need. Plus, we can walk you through the many options that will help make your structure truly unique to you. Just a few of these include: Exterior and Trim Color Options, Eave & Rake Extensions, Overhead Door Installation, Corrosion-resistant Exterior and Interior Wall Panel Options and more.

In the market for a steel building? Have some questions and want to talk to an expert? Let Gateway FS Construction Services know how we can help. Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us know! We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Free 1-Year Maintenance Check on Your New Garage Door

You may know the feeling well: you’re backing out of the driveway, trying not to be late, when you press the button to close the garage door and nothing happens. Or the door closes and bounces immediately back up. Or perhaps the door gets stuck somewhere in between, unsure if it wants to complete the job you’ve asked it to do. A temperamental or malfunctioning garage door can be a frustrating damper on an otherwise fine day.

At FS Construction Services, we feel for you and that’s why we’re happy to offer an exciting new promotion to alleviate your garage door troubles. Now thru the end of March, purchase a new Raynor residential overhead door, one year from your purchase date, we will come out to perform a free preventative maintenance check. That is a $95-dollar value and one that will ensure your new Raynor Overhead Door continues to operate – worry free.

The preventative maintenance check from FS Construction Services is a great way to keep your Raynor garage door working properly and efficiently, time and time again. What we do cover during a preventative maintenance check:

  • Lube rollers and bearings
  • Inspect and lube hinges
  • Inspect tracks
  • Inspect weather seals
  • Inspect lift cables
  • Lubricate and adjust springs
  • Inspect door sections
  • Lube and adjust operator
  • And more.

While this service would normally cost $95-dollars, one of our expertly trained FS Construction Services technicians will perform the first maintenance check for free. Our goal is to ensure continued satisfaction with your Raynor garage door and annual maintenance and service helps to guarantee it will operate as beautifully as it is sure to look.

Our trusted partner, Raynor, has been consistently setting high standards in garage door quality and innovation since 1944. Plus, Raynor offers a wide assortment of options and styles. You can even design your own garage door with the Design-a-Door feature, guaranteeing you get the exact style to match your unique taste.

At Gateway FS Construction Services, we want to make sure that you have the most satisfying purchasing and product experience possible. To take advantage of this great offer, give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us know! We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: 12’ Diameter Brock Animal Feed System Installation

One of the reasons we work so hard to cultivate the very best partnerships in our industry is so that when a particularly unique or custom job crosses our path, we know that we have the best people and the best solutions to get the job done quickly and efficiently. In the case of this animal feed system, our partnership with Brock Grain Systems allowed us to work with our customer to design and construct the exact storage and handling system they needed.

Our customer had the rare problem of needing storage space for over twenty tons of rabbit pellets. On top of that, they also needed an easy to operate system that would be able to deliver those pellets for feeding. The FS Construction Services team rose to the challenge. After spending time with our customer to learn as much about the specifics of their goals for the perfect solution, we went to work evaluating the various available options. Within a few short days, our team of experts identified an excellent solution that met our customer’s specifications and budget.

The winning solution, a state-of-the-art Brock ALL-OUT Feed Bin System was concepted, designed, constructed and recently brought online. The system includes a twelve-foot diameter, sixty-degree hopper that holds ample feed for the customer’s needs. While the storage bin itself is located outside of the building, the feed auger, unique to this particular system, runs through the sidewall of the building for easy feeding, making both customer (and rabbits) very happy. “It was a simple solution but one that required us to think a little outside the box for this specific project,” commented Greg Birchler, Operations Manager, FS Construction Services.

At FS Construction Services, we pride ourselves on being able to meet every challenge head on and turn what may seem like a wild idea into a working reality. With over 40 years of experience as a construction, equipment and service leader in southern Illinois, we know our way around grain and storage systems, from animal feed to grain aeration, and everything in between. See more great featured projects at

For all your wood or steel building, roofing & siding, grain system, overhead door and other maintenance service needs, call Gateway FS Construction Services. You can depend on us to provide the best products and services at the best possible price. For more information contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

USC Seed Treatment Atomizer Adds Efficiency, Productivity and Savings

If you’ve ever stood in front of a messy room, a cluttered garage, or dirty equipment hoping that it would somehow just clean itself, then you’re in good company. Cleaning your tools and equipment, while necessary, can be a time-consuming and painstaking process. Thankfully, FS Construction Services new partnership with USC has provided a solution that adds efficiency and productivity to the seed treating process – the new Stainless Steel Easy Slide Out Atomizer.

The atomizer is at the heart of every USC seed coater, and as such, it is necessary to keep that high technical component clean and free of buildup. A clean atomizer applies liquids consistently and evenly to your seed, making it essential to any effective seed-treatment operation. Traditionally, this has been much easier said than done. However, USC’s innovative Stainless Steel Easy Slide Out Atomizer changes that. Plus, when you upgrade before March 31, you can take advantage of 10% saving!

The Easy Slide Out Atomizer is a much more convenient, efficient alternative to the older, difficult-to-clean atomizers. This means no more unbolting your atomizer chamber and removing the cumbersome and heavy components. With the USC Easy Slide Out Atomizer, an easily accessible quick release handle is lifted, allowing the atomizer chamber to simply slide out for cleaning, inspection, or even just a quick view of what’s happening inside the treatment chamber. When you’re finished cleaning, the chamber slides back into place so it, and you, can get right back to work. With such an easy cleaning process, you won’t be tempted to “get around to it later”. Let FSCS-USC representative Justen Kempfer add efficiency, productivity and savings to your seed treating operation today.

The Easy Slide Atomizer’s stainless steel build is designed to last, so your seed can receive accurate treatment year in and year out. Available in 13” and 16” sizes, the Easy Slide Atomizer comes standard on all USC coaters. If you would like to upgrade your old atomizer with a USC Easy Slide Out Atomizer, let FS Construction Services know today and you can begin saving yourself time, money, and labor.

For all of your seed system and seed treatment needs, you can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services to provide you with the best equipment and the best service. If you are looking to ease your cleaning and maintenance process, 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.


Avoid DIY Nightmares With Our Home Repair & Maintenance Experts

Some home repair and maintenance projects seem easy to do at first. You may feel confident that you have the skill and knowledge to quickly handle it, and it will be cheaper to do it yourself. However, all too often, many simple projects encounter unforeseen difficulties can make even the easiest task more complicated (and expensive) than you ever thought it would be.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for a repair or maintenance project to go wrong. Many projects require special knowledge, tools or even an extra set of hands to ensure they are done properly. That is where we come in. Did you know that FS Construction Services, has a team of experts that can help with nearly all your repair and maintenance needs? Plumbing, painting, electrical and garage door repairs are just some of the projects we help customers with on a regular basis. (We even helped one elderly lady who just needed a lightbulb changed – and we were happy to help her.) Have a project that may be more than you feel comfortable undertaking? We have the solution. Contact Jarret Herzog at FS Construction Services. We are your direct connection for all repair or maintenance projects around your home, farm or business.

The FS Construction Services professionals can help with all your needs and it is easier than you may think. We have trained and experienced craftsmen who will take pride in working on your project. For simple maintenance needs to more complicated repairs and remodeling projects, our polite and friendly team is here to help – from initial call through project completion.

Here is what a few happy customers said about their FS Construction Services experience:

“Thanks for coming out and helping repair and install my window screens. It is nice to have a wonderful people I can count on to help, no matter what I need.” -Faye H.

“We really appreciate the work you did repairing and cleaning our homes gutters. You saved this older man a trip up the ladder that my wife was not looking forward too.” -Al W.

Need help with a repair or maintenance project around your home, farm or business? Let our experts help get the job done right, the first time. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we seek to provide you with the highest quality repair and maintenance service at the best possible price. For more information contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

Project Profile: 48’, 15-Ring Sukup Grain Storage System

Partnering with the industry leaders in grain storage and handling systems companies like Sukup, Shivvers and TSGC is at the heart of what we do for our agriculture customers. We know that our reputation is riding on each and every project we design and build. And more importantly, we strive to honor the trust placed in us by our customers by delivering the highest possible quality structure at the best possible price. Such is the case with this recently completed grain handling and storage system.

Our customer was faced with a good problem. High yield and well producing crops that required the sourcing and construction of additional storage. This is where the FS Construction Services team shines. We worked with our customer to identify their specific needs and then design a custom solution to address current and future storage needs. From the engineered foundation to its peak, this 48’, 15-ring Sukup grain bin is over seventy feet tall and capable of holding nearly 90,000-bushels. A structure this size was the ideal solution.

Once the right solution was identified, then came the process of outfitting this project with the necessities that would make it as functional as it was practical. Next, the FS Construction Services team identified the right options for outfitting this structure with the perfect finishing touches. These included a brand-new Shivvers transfer auger and state-of-the-art temperature sensing cables from TSGC – the leader in temperature monitoring equipment.

Finally, a high capacity side truck loadout spout completed the project. With so many options to choose from, our team identified an option which is capable of filling a semi-truck in two minutes! Ultimately, the customer has the final decision on each project and the accessories that complete it; however, we realize that providing them expert guidance and insight makes their decisions that much easier.

Have a construction project in mind? Let our experts help choose the best possible grain system to meet your specific needs. At Gateway FS Construction Services, we seek to provide you with the latest construction technology at the best possible price. For more information contact us at 866-551-3454. We look forward to providing you with the best customer service experience.

Three Early Season Program Discounts Still Available

As we enter a new year, it is still not too late to take advantage of three early-season discount programs that offer you great savings from some of the best-known brands in the grain system storage and handling business. The team at FS Construction Services has partnered with Brock Sukup and GSI to offer tiered programs that can save you big dollars. Place your order soon to take advantage of these great saving and buy before expected steel price increases.

Brock, Sukup and GSI are three of the most respected names in the business. Couple those with the excellent workmanship, project management and attention to detail from FS Construction Services team of experts and you have a winning combination dedicated to delivering you the best possible project. These high percentage discount programs include:

  • Brock – Savings of up to 13% apply to high quality Bin Shell products through February 20, up to 11% saving through March of 2017! Early Season package discounts also apply to specific materials and equipment.
  • Sukup – Bin discounts as high as 13% plus early shipment and package discounts are available through January 31. Ensure your maximum savings and call our team today!
  • GSI – Tiered discounts offer a savings of up to 17% on bin packages and 11% on additional products through February 2017! Plus, you can maximize your savings by taking advantage of multiple bundle options.

With steel prices expected to move significantly higher, now is the time to beat the increases and get the best possible pricing. If you have been thinking about making additions to your current storage and handling capabilities, contact Josh Biffar or Nathan Koester, your grain systems experts at FS Construction Services. Let our team help show you just how much you can save by taking advantage of these limited time discounts. Plus, when you build with FS, you are building with a respected leader with over 40 years in the business providing the highest quality construction service and expertise in southern Illinois. This is the perfect combination of great products, great workmanship and great savings.

You can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services to provide you the very best in grain drying, monitoring and storage systems.  To take advantage of these fantastic offers, give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let our specialists help you choose the best grain systems to meet your specific needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Preseason Seed Treatment Equipment Preventative Maintenance Special

This December and January are key months for planning for a successful 2017 planting season and strong harvest. The experts at FS Construction Services remind you that now is an excellent time to take advantage of special maintenance offers. Use downtime within your daily business activities to set the table for a successful new year for you and the farmers who depend on your company.

Growers invest in premium seeds to ensure top performance. As a seed dealer, you invest in premium USC Seed Treating Equipment to insure the highest possible performance potential for your customers and each individual seed. Delivering quality, performance and results starts with equipment that is well maintained and ready for the long days ahead.

Right now, you can take advantage of our most comprehensive USC Seed Treating equipment preventative maintenance program available. Protect your investment by making sure your seed treating and handling equipment is in top condition for the spring season. Our five-point preventative maintenance program for includes:

  1. Inspect and Service: Treaters, Conveyors, Pump Stands
  2. Inspect and Clean: Atomizer, Seed Chamber
  3. Inspect and Assess: Treater Inlet, Outlet Conveyors
  4. Adjust: Belt Tensioning and Tracking
  5. Plus, performance upgrade recommendations.

Now through January 31 our basic inspection package is only $495 plus, you can save up to 15% on parts and service upgrades.

As an authorized USC Dealer, you can count on the professionals at FS Construction Services to help keep your USC Seed Treating equipment in operating like new for years to come.  Give the team at Gateway FS Construction Services a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help you meet your specific needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.