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.

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.