Telling the Future

Who wouldn’t want to be able to tell the future?  At least in some instances, most of us wouldn’t mind having a peek at what lies ahead.  The team at Gateway FS Construction Services knows that many of our customers would at least like to have an idea of when the best days to work in the field are.  Fortunately, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed new models that improve the forecasting ability to determine which days will be good working field days and which will not.  This information will be especially useful to not only many of Gateway FS Construction Services’ farmer customers, but also crop insurers. 

Recent climate changes have impacted weather variability, making workable conditions harder to predict for crop systems.  Weather and soil workability predictions are important for the selection of harvest and planting dates, yield forecasts and risk determination.  Thanks to the University of Illinois researchers, farmer can now know, rather exactly, whether or not the soil is going to be workable on any particular day.  Based on more than 52 years of Illinois field workability and soil moisture data, one specific model eradicated prediction biases at the state level and substantially decreased them at the district level. 

 For example, previous models predicted favorable field working day conditions in April and May.  However, in recent years, April and May have been significantly wetter than average.  By integrating current climate predictions of warmer, wetter springs, researchers can make recommendations to farmers, risk managers and University of Illinois Extension offices that are even more relevant, timely and precise.

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

Do You Really Need a Drop Cloth?

Anyone who has ever done any painting, and most of us have, will be able to relate to the following situation.  You are all ready to paint and have all of your supplies ready to go:  paint, paint pan, roller covers, brushes, ladder, etc.  And then you remember it:  the drop cloth.  Do you really need it?  You are not alone in your oversight of the drop cloth; often times it is either forgotten or even ignored during paint preparations.  The paint specialists at Gateway FS Construction Services recommend always using a drop cloth. 

Like most painters, you are probably aggravated by the tedious work of laying out the drop cloth and constantly readjusting it as your painting progresses around the room.  Most painters think that if they work slow and steady enough, they will be able to paint carefully enough and not make a mess.  However, even the experienced paint professionals at Gateway FS Construction Services make mistakes when painting and dripping is usually high on the list.  The tiniest of paint drops can be flung from your paint roller across the room and be undetected until it is difficult to remove. 

Fortunately, drop cloths are easy to find at any hardware store and come in a variety of materials and sizes.  Materials include paper, plastic and canvas.  Sizes are typically 4’ x 15’ for hallways and 9’ x 12’ for larger areas such as rooms.  The type of paint you are using will determine the type of material you need for your drop cloth and the size of your project will determine the size of your drop cloth.  Professional painters usually use canvas cloths because they are reusable and can easily absorb a variety of paint products.  The painting team at Gateway FS Construction Services typically recommends plastic drop cloths for most home projects using latex paint.  They do a good job of protecting your floor and furniture and are completely disposable when you are done. 

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

Meridian Seed Tender Rewards Program

We at Gateway FS Construction Services are proud to offer you, our customers, the very best in agricultural handling and storage equipment such as augers, bins and seed tenders.  Our partner, Meridian Manufacturing, has been providing the highest quality and most innovative agricultural storage and handling products for more than 65 years, including a wide array of seed tenders.

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Gateway FS Construction Services, along with Meridian Manufacturing, are pleased to announce the Meridian Seed Tender Rewards Program for purchase made between February 1 – April 30, 2016.  The program offers a cash back option for purchase or a voucher for a future purchase. 

Seed tender models* that qualify for this offer are:

  • 110BST:  $300 cash back or $1,000 voucher**
  • 225RST:  $300 cash back or $1,000 voucher**
  • Titan SR2 – 2 box unit:  $300 cash back or $1,000 voucher**
  • Titan 2SE – 2 box unit:  $300 cash back or $1,000 voucher**
  • Titan 4SE – 4 box models:  $500 cash back or $1,000 voucher**
  • Titan SR2 – 4 box models:  $500 cash back or $1,000 voucher**
  • 240RT and 375RT models:  $500 cash back or $1,000 voucher**
  • 400SLD models:  $1,000 cash back or $1,500 voucher**

*Seed tenders must be purchased on a Meridian trailer.  **Voucher may be used towards a qualifying purchase of another Meridian product.

The sales consultants at Gateway FS Construction Services are ready to help you determine which one of the seed tender models above is best for you and provide details on how to participate in the Meridian Seed Tender Rewards Program.  Rebates requests must be submitted by May 31, 2016 and vouchers must be redeemed by June 30, 2016.

You can count on the professional team at Gateway Construction Services and our partner Meridian Manufacturing to deliver agricultural operations solutions that exceed your expectations, whatever your agricultural equipment needs.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

 

Building You the Best: Test Our Amazing Color Match Capabilities

 

For over 20 years, Gateway FS Construction Services has been providing our customers with the best solutions for their painting needs.  Whether you need a simple painting update or would like to make a major transformation with paint, the full-service painting department at Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  Managed by Brian Garleb, the Gateway FS Construction Services Paint Services team works side by side with you on all types of painting projects, interior or exterior, home or business, large or small.

In order to ensure they are bringing you the best possible painting experience and product, the Paint Services department at Gateway FS Construction Services offers you, our customers, the highest possible quality paint products along with the most optimal combination of product lines.  Our paint distributor partner, Valspar, is one of the most recognized paint brands in the world, offering more than 1,000 paint colors and variations from which to choose.  Coupled with our state-of-the-art color matching tools by X-Rite, the Gateway FS Construction Services paint team is sure to produce the exact color for which you are looking. 

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With more than 20 years of experience, no one understand the transformative value of finding the perfect color than the dedicated paint professionals at Gateway FS Construction Services.  The X-Rite color matching system provides an infinite color source, allowing you to actually make the exact paint color you want and not be tied to choices in a paint store.  Using a tethered spectrophotometer, your Gateway FS Construction Service paint specialists can scan any color from any source and generate the exact same color.  Once your ideal color has been developed, the X-Rite color harmony tool provides a guide to creatively choosing any accent colors that you may want.  Finally, with the X-Rite home visualizer tool, you can see exactly what your new paint job will look like before our Gateway FS Construction Services paint specialist even begin to paint!

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

Introducing the Raynor Opener with WiFi

 Gateway FS Construction Services offers you, our customers, the highest possible quality construction materials, including garage doors and openers.  Along with our partner, Raynor Garage Doors, we work with you to help you choose the ideal door and opener to meet your particular needs.  We understand the challenge of choosing the exact right garage door and opener, especially if you are looking for an overhead door system.  Whether you are looking for a garage door and opener for your home or business, we’ve got you covered.

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Raynor Garage Doors is a leader in both residential and commercial garage door systems and they are excited to announce the arrival and availability of their newest product, the garage door opener Admiral II with WiFi.  The Admiral II with WiFi has the same elements as the Admiral II but has WiFi capacity built into its circuit board. 

Some key advantages of the Admiral II with WiFi are as follows:

  • Free Apps for Apple and Android
  • Ability to verify your garage door is shut from work, vacation – matter where you are
  • Allows you to grant home access to family, plumbers, electricians, etc. from anywhere
  • Ability to connect to as many as 16 devices (10 through MyQ / 6 to garage door opener) 
  • Easy set-up process

Admiral II with WiFi is available now and our sales consultants at Gateway FS Construction Services stand ready to help you determine whether the Admiral II with WiFi or one of the other great Raynor openers is right for you.  Please contact our team at Gateway Fs Construction Services today.  And once you’ve chosen the right garage door system to meet your needs, we will continue to work with you and provide the best available garage door system maintenance and service to ensure your new system stays operational for years to come. 

Remember that, whatever your garage door or construction needs, you can count on the professional team at Gateway FS Construction Services and our partner Raynor Garage Doors to deliver a solution that best suits your needs and exceeds your expectations.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best construction experience.

Providing You the Best: Grain Drying Systems

Whether you need a replacement parts, maintenance or a completely new and modern grain drying solution for your opperation, Gateway FS Construction Services can help.  You can depend on Gateway FS Construction Services to help you keep your farm and business running efficiently.  Along with our partners Sukup, Shivvers, Brock, GSI and Grain Handler, we are sure to meet all of your grain drying needs. 

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Gateway FS Construction Services provides a wide variety of grain system services of the highest quality, including grain drying systems.  Today’s farmer knows that a grain drying system is absolutely integral to their farm’s production and is a significant, yet worthy investment.  We at Gateway FS Construction Services will work with you to determine which of our partners offers the best grain dryer for your particular needs and your particular budget. 

Gateway FS Construction Services has carefully selected our grain systems partners of Sukup, Shivvers, Brock, GSI and Grain Handler to provide our customers the grain drying systems of the highest quality and latest technology at the best price.  For example, Shivvers’ Counter-Flow Grain Drying System’s technology is complex, controlled by its CompuDry Command Center, ensuring the correct amount of heat is delivered to the grain.  Once it reaches the ideal temperature, the auger transfers the grain to the storage facility.

As another example, Gateway FS Construction Services also offers the Grain Handler, one of the most sophisticated Continuous Mix-Flow Dryers available.  Able to dry almost any grain 35 percent more efficiently on a single phase power system, Grain Handler has an enclosed top and galvanized construction, allowing grains to be mixed and dried equally.  The result is a higher quality grain with an increased test weight, all at a low energy cost.

Our other partners of Sukup, Brock and GSI all offer similarly technological advanced, high quality, cost effective systems.  For example, a Sukup Single Fan Axial Dryer is one of the most economical choices for full-heat drying, coupled with slow in-bin cooling.  Also, Brock’s Superb Energy Miser SQ Dryer is also an economical choice.  Available in drying capacities ranging from 250 to 1,900 bushels per hour, the SQ Dryer offers the latest in fuel efficiency.  Likewise, GSI offers similar in-bin and continuous flow dryers. 

Whatever your grain drying system needs, you can count on Gateway FS Construction Services and our partners Sukup, Shivvers, Brock, GSI and Grain Handler to provide you the system that you need most, when you need it.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let our specialists help you choose a grain drying system to meet your specific needs.  We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

Value of Fully Engineered Buildings

Gateway FS Construction Services is committed to building you the best possible structure.  Whether you are interested in building a new barn, personal storage shed, horse stable, or business office, the professional staff at Gateway FS Construction Services ensures the highest possible quality with our fully engineered buildings.  From planning through completion, we will work with you to ensure your expectations are exceeded with every aspect of your new construction, including everything from type of your foundation to wall color.  However, of the utmost important to Gateway FS Construction Services is you and your safety.  This is not always the case with other construction companies.  

The fact that safety is not always a construction company’s priority was never more evident than it was after last month’s deadly tornadoes in the northern part of Texas.  After a series of tornadoes struck North Texas the day after Christmas, a damage survey team evaluated the tornadoes’ damage as part of the National Weather Service’s storm assessment process.  The engineers and meteorologists that make up this described what they found in North Texas as “rampant irresponsibleness” in the construction of homes, schools and other buildings. 

Many of the damaged buildings had walls that were not properly attached to their foundations or roofs, allowing the walls to easily fall with wind speeds of only 85-90 mph, a small tornadic speed.  Standard construction codes require that buildings have walls that are much more solidly attached and be able to withstand winds considerably higher.  The resulting damage was “horrific” and could have resulted in many more lives lost.  We at Gateway FS Construction Services believe that constructing buildings correctly and safely upfront saves dollars and, more importantly, lives, in the case of a natural disaster. 

Remember that, whatever your construction needs, you can count on the professional construction team at Gateway FS Construction Services to deliver a fully engineered building solution that is both reliable and safe.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best and safest building experience.

Mildew versus Mold

Mold or mildew?  What exactly are the differences and what can or should be done about either of them?  Mildew is basically a milder, less harmful type of mold.  Although not harmful, mildew should be dealt with and can easily be eliminated with simple cleaning.  Mold, however, is a different story and can be very serious if not treated quickly and effectively. 

While mildew is white or gray in color with a powdery texture, mold dark in color and may be fuzzy or slimy in texture.  It is much more distinct than mold and easier to notice with color ranging from green to black.  Mold, if not handled correctly, can be very dangerous and lead to serious health issues for you and your family. 

If you are not sure if you have mold in your home, there are test kits available for purchase, but your best tester may be your nose and eyes.  Mold typically has a strong musty smell and will appear to be growing.  Mold may go undetected for years until you begin a home improvement project and tear open an area or rip down a wall.  If you determine that you do indeed have mold in your house, please stop your work and contact a professional to eliminate the mold.  The health of you and your family is too important to let mold into your home.

Mold treatment professionals specialize in eradicating mold.  They will utilize dedicated mold killers, disinfectant, fungicides, and/or other anti-mold products to ensure that the area is properly cleaned and the mold is eliminated.  Once the mold is gone, you can safely continue and complete your project.

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

The Perfect Christmas Tree

Are you ready? This coming weekend, the second weekend before Christmas, is typically the biggest week for Christmas tree sales.  We know many customers of Gateway FS Construction Services’ customers will be out and about looking for that perfect Christmas tree.  We have some tips to help.

 

First of all, before heading out, look around your house and decide where you want to place your Christmas tree this year.  Measure the available width and height of the space available.  Be sure to choose a place away from fireplaces, heater, and other similar heat sources.  A dry Christmas tree is a fire hazard, something that nobody wants in their home.  Finally, take time to consider how many sides of the tree will be visible.  For example, will the tree be in a corner, against a wall, or in front of a window? 

Armed with the information above, you are now ready to go to the tree lot or tree farm and purchase your Christmas tree.  An important first tip is go during the day to get the best view of your potential tree.  Ask the personnel about the different types of trees they have on hand and, if you are at a retail lot, when the trees were cut.  Different varieties of trees will have differing branch stiffness, openness, fragrances, etc.  You may make a different decision based on some of this information.  It is also important to know when the trees were cut because, at retail lots, some Christmas trees are cut weeks before they arrive to be sold, thus cutting down on their time to remain fresh.  Purchasing your Christmas tree from a tree farm eliminates any freshness concerns.

Once you have purchased your tree, have it at home and are ready to place it in its assigned spot for the season, make a one inch cut at the base and place the tree in a sturdy Christmas tree stand.  Ensure the tree has enough water in its stand to at least cover its base in order to keep it as fresh as possible for as long as possible.  Now you are ready to decorate your tree and enjoy the season!

Whatever your building needs this holiday season, you can count on Gateway FS Construction Services to deliver.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best building experience.

Butler Steel Building Promotion

Colder winter months don’t slow down Butler, Gateway FS Construction Services’ steel building supplier.  To encourage continued building, Butler is celebrating winter with its Midwest Winter Classic promotion.  This special promotional program offers “quick delivery on less complicated” building projects, specifically their Classic II and Classic II plus 2 buildings. 

 

Classic II buildings feature multiple framing options, single-Z endwall framing and several standard features, including:

  • Overhangs up to 5 feet
  • Canopies up to 12 feet
  • Lean-to structures at eave up to 70 inches wide
  • Roof and wall liner panel packages
  • Ribbed panel or standing seam roof

The Classic II plus 2 buildings offer all of the above, with the addition of any two of the following:

  • Large, higher power hydraulic door
  • Special deflection criteria
  • Partition walls
  • Design for future extensions
  • Special loadings

Details of the Midwest Winter Classic promotion are below:

  • 7% discount on all Classic II and Classic II plus 2 orders with shipping within standard Classic deliveries.  Orders must be placed by December 31, 2015.
  • 3 ½% discount on all Classic II and Classic II plus 2 orders with shipping within standard Classic deliveries.  Orders must be placed between January 1, 2016 and February 14, 2016.

Classic II buildings will be shipped in 5 weeks and Classic II plus 2 will be shipped in 6-7 weeks.

Whatever your building needs, you can count on Gateway FS Construction Services and our steel building supplier Butler to deliver.  Give us a call at 866-551-3454 and let us help.  We look forward to providing you the best building experience.