Gateway FS Construction Service grain systems

Project Profile: 24,800 Bushel Grain Bin Just in Time

At FS Construction Services, we have experience with all kinds of different projects. From large, demanding, commercial projects to those requiring more routine maintenance work, we’ve pretty much seen it all. There are times when our team needs to be on site for weeks, building, installing, and training. Regardless of the duration or the type of project we are assisting customers with, we are all about planning our work… and working that plan.

This was the case recently on a brand-new grain bin project. We worked closely with our customer in the evaluation of their needs, recommendation of the right system to accomplish those needs and then planning and executing the installation. Working with proper lead time, our team was able to complete the project and have it up and running in time for harvest. The 7-ring Sukup grain bin has a storage capacity of 24,800 bushels, an 8” power sweep, an axial fan, and stairs around the outside of the bin for safety and convenience. Additionally, we installed a Gravity Grain Spreader, which not only provides uniform grain distribution, but also requires less maintenance overall, and Hawk Cut flooring, which is twice as strong as smooth-bin floors.

Our team, led by Nathan Koester, was quick to get to work on this large structure, making sure all the new equipment was installed and ready to go by the time our team rolled out. Our client was ready to go into harvest with everything they needed for a successful year. Thanks in large part to our long-lasting partnership with Sukup, our team is able to work quickly and efficiently with their equipment and buildings, allowing us to execute a well-planned construction project.

If you are in need of grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling and transfer equipment, please 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.

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Preseason Discount Now Available!

At FS Construction Services, we know that the holiday season is an important time of rest and relaxation for many. A time to hopefully unwind and focus on things that aren’t work related. We just wanted to let you know that when the time comes around for you to get back to thinking about all that needs to be done, our team we’ll be here to help.

One of the topics to keep top of mind are the multiple preseason discounts available from multiple manufacturers on superior Grain Storage and Handling systems. Our manufacturer partners are currently offering a number of discounts. So if you find yourself in the position where you’d like to get a jump on the next season, let us know. We can help you find the right offer that gets you what you need at the price you want. Additionally, securing your place on our construction calendar early guarantees you’ll have the work done when you need it, and won’t find yourself in a position where you have grain to store and no bin to store it in.

We know that life is unexpected and the market can be volatile, so whether you need additional storage for 2019, or you want to be able to store your harvest for as long as needed without it spoiling or rotting, please let us know. From helping determine the right equipment for the job to building a sturdy, dependable structure, our team of construction professionals are happy to work with you on any project.

If you are interested in taking advantage of our preseason pricing, feel free to contact Nathan Koester or Justen Kempfer, our FS Construction Services experts, at 866-551-3454. And be sure to check back with us often, we like to let our customers and clients know when there are new deals available.

If you are in need of grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling and transfer equipment, please 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.

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Veterans Day Thank You

Whether you have been busy working out in the fields as harvest comes to a close or simply busy with the day-to-day demands of life, in the office or at home, we here at FS Construction Services just wanted to take a quick moment to reflect and say thank you to the many brave men and women who serve our country.

It can be easy on these annual days of remembrance to simply let the time pass by without much thought to the reason we celebrate or remember it in the first place. So this Sunday, November 11th, we hope you’ll take a few moments to think about what it means that all across the country and the world, men and women are willing to give up much of their own personal freedom so that we can have ours. It’s a humbling thought, and one we should strive to bear in mind.

To our friends, neighbors, and clients who have served, and to the countless numbers of those we don’t know, we would like to say, “Thank you.” Your sacrifice has allowed us to do what we love and serve our community in our own small way. If you or someone you’re close to is a veteran, be sure to show your appreciation today.

As always, FS Construction Services is here for your building, garage door, grain system, seed system, roofing, and other handiwork needs. Our group of experts and specialists are always happy to answer your questions, give you advice, or help you in any way. Please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. 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.

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Safety Reminders for Harvest

It’s no secret that harvest time is a busy season for farmers. No matter how prepared you are, there bound to be some long days and long nights. At FS Construction Services, we understand the desire to get just one more thing done before calling it day, we also understand just how incredibly important farmers are. So, because it’s really in everyone’s best interest, we’ve put together a quick list of safety reminders to keep in mind if you’re going to be out there this harvest.

  1. Get Rest. We know there are going to be sometimes when a full night’s sleep just isn’t going to happen. So make sure you take the necessary steps to keep yourself as rested an energized as possible. Drink lots of water, and, if you’re going to be away from home for long stretches at a time, bring snacks. If you can’t give your body the sleep it needs, be sure to give it the food and nutrition it needs to carry you through.
  2. Take Breaks. Give yourself a fifteen-minute break from time to time. Again, we know much of harvest season is one giant time crunch, but as best as you can, plan ahead and carve out a little time for yourself here and there, especially if you’re going to spend long hours alone.
  3. Keep in Touch. Speaking of being alone, make sure someone knows where you plan to be throughout the day and keep them updated or ask them to check in on you.
  4. First Aid Kid. No one likes to think about it, but accidents do happen. Keep a first-aid kid in as many vehicles as you can, just in case. The Mayo Clinic also recommends having a tourniquet on hand as well, just in case an injury does happen and you are alone or far from help.
  5. Preventative Maintenance. Check the state of your equipment regularly. Clean, well-maintained equipment is far more predictable and safe than the opposite. For more information, take a look at our recent preventative maintenance blogs.

As obvious as these are, we all know how easy it can be to want to cut corners or push ourselves a little too hard in high-stress times. Please take care of yourselves this harvest, and we wish you a successful season. As always, if you have grain storage and handling or seed treatment needs or questions, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. 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.

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Preventative Maintenance #3: General Grain System Maintenance

Here we are, at the third and final installment of our FS Construction Service’s preventative maintenance articles. That also means that summer is long gone, and we are now all the way in on harvest season. While we have previously discussed grain drying, storage bin, and bucket elevator maintenance, we are going to finish by going over some general preventative maintenance points.

First off, at FS Construction Services our goal is always to help our customers. When it to comes grain systems, there are lots of things that can go wrong or prevent your system from working the way it should. We always suggest, in the event of improperly working or broken equipment, that you give us a call first. There are certain problems and instances where we are able to guide our customers over the phone to help them fix the issue themselves, which saves them both time and money. While we are happy to replace parts and/or equipment, we are happiest with satisfied customers.

We have professionals on staff who deal with both mechanical and electrical issues when it comes to grain systems maintenance and support. Regardless of your issue, our goal is to keep any down time to a minimum. For instance, here are a few scenarios we’ve recently encountered.

  1. We conduct maintenance on a number of stirring machines made as far back as the 1960s which are still in use, but, unsurprisingly, they’re a little different from the modern machines. However, we are able to both fix and/or retrofit these old machines to get them working like new.
  2. Another issue we deal with is covering or overfilling the stirrer with grain. It’s tempting, we know, to try and get as much done in one go as possible, but it can cause some major headaches down the road.

So whether you’ve run into one of the issues above, or have had an entirely different set of problems with your grain system, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. 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.

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Project Profile: Delivering a High Quality Solution for Grain Storage

At FS Construction Services, we get the chance to work on all kinds of projects. We believe that no job is unimportant, no matter the size. But we’ve got to say, sometimes it’s just really fun to be able to go all in and provide a client with the whole works. This was the case earlier this year when we got to build an entire grain system, complete with drying, handling, and storage equipment.

Nathan Koester and his team of Grain Systems professionals had the opportunity to make one farmer very happy when they built a 30’ diameter Sukup 6-ring grain bin, a 16’ long grain dryer, and 6” and 8” double runs. The grain bin, which has an eave height of 22’ and a capacity of 14,700 bushels, also features stairs wrapping around the bin and a catwalk for convenient and safe passage to the drying system. Speaking of which, the T16 continuous-flow dryer can dry an impressive number of bushels per hour, and comes equipped with the QuadraTouch Pro control system, which is easy to use and negates the need for constant monitoring. Finally, we installed an 8” double run which can fill the dryer at 4,000bph and a 6” double run which can unload the dryer at 2,000bph.

While a project like this has a lot of big, moving pieces, proper planning and working closely with the customer made it a success. Our ability to provide the necessary concrete and electrical work expedited the process, and our client was able to begin drying wheat immediately after we finished construction.

Whether you’re in need of an entirely new grain or seed system, schedule routine maintenance or you find yourself just needing some upgrades here and there, please feel free to 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.

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Preventative Maintenance #2: Six Key Bucket Elevator Problem Areas

Welcome to the second round of FS Construction Service’s preventative maintenance articles. Our team of experts cannot stress enough how, a little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your systems effective and operational, and our goal is to give you the information you need to keep your equipment performing as expected. What follows is a description of the service you receive when an FS Grain Systems professional comes out to take your system through our multi point preventative maintenance process.

When it comes to grain systems, you need every piece and part working and moving effectively. The sheer volume of material any grain system must move or hold is staggering, and there’s simply no way to recreate those operations without properly working equipment. There are few ways this is more apparent than with bucket elevators. Making sure your bucket elevators are well maintained in the offseason is a great way to prevent future headaches and costly holdups.

Whether this is a task you want to take on yourself, or you want an idea of what our Grain Systems experts will be looking for when they inspect your grain system, the following list of preventative bucket elevator maintenance may sound simple, but the benefits are far reaching. In general, the most important things to check for are:

  1. Belt tension, alignment and tracking
  2. Loose or missing buckets
  3. Worn or improperly working distributor
  4. Loose or sagging trussing on downspouts
  5. Stable placement and footing
  6. And, unpleasantly, animals stuck inside the machinery (we previously had a farmer report raccoon damage, so you never know).

Has it been a few years since your system has been checked? Scheduling a safety review would be a smart call. Our team is ready to come to your site and work through our checklist of bucket elevator maintenance to ensure your season has fewer hiccups (and raccoons). This season spend less time fixing problems and more time getting work done.

If your goal is to have a worry-free harvest reach out to the service professionals at Gateway FS Construction Services and ask about our preventative maintenance services. Or you can always 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.

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Preventative Maintenance #1: Grain Systems

Grain storage, handling, and aeration are on the list of things that are easier said than done. While on the surface, having a big container to store grain sounds simple, the sheer number of small details that go into doing it well is impressive. Ruined seed or even grain bin accidents are often the result of one of these small details not being attended to along the way. At FS Construction Services, we understand how stressful it can be to try and keep every little part of your grain system in check, which is why we are releasing a series of preventative maintenance articles covering both seed and grain systems.

Like we said in our seed systems article, a little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your systems effective and operational, and our goal is to give you the information you need to keep your equipment in the best shape. What follows is a description of the service you receive when an FS professional comes out to take your system through the preventative maintenance process for all our grain systems partners, including Sukup, GSI and Hutchinson.

The major component of our grain system maintenance comes through the means of a visual inspection. Our FS professional will examine the entire grain bin site and look for things like: rodent damage, a clear burner gun or exit area, rust or corrosion, loose bolts, old grain that needs to be cleaned out, and more. Additionally, we will run circuit tests, test all fans and heaters, and check augers for wear or clogging.

“Our goal is to help each and every one of our clients have as worry-free of a growing season and harvest as possible,” says Jarret Herzog, Service Manager. “Often we find that the number one issue is a broken fan or heater, which can severely impact the quality of the crop, so we make it a priority to get to these customers as soon as possible after the problem is discovered.”

As the summer months move quickly on, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services if you are interested in our preventative maintenance services. Or you can always 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.

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Project Profile: 10,200 Bushels in Five Days

Five days is not a very long time, but when our team needs to get a job done, five days is all they need. Early last February, with winter still a long way from ending, FS Construction Services worked hard to finish a client’s project in a tight time window without cutting any corners.

From February 5th to February 9th, Nathan Koester and his team set to work on building a brand-new grain-storage bin. The grain bin was no slouch either, coming in at 24’ in diameter, 7 rings tall, and also featuring a horizontal power sweep, an axial fan, and wrap-around stairs. When it was all said and done, the total bushel capacity was 10,200 bushels.

It’s during moments like this that our long-lasting partnership with Sukup proves so valuable. Our team has become so accustomed to working with their grain systems that it’s possible for us to build one from the ground up, complete with all the bells and whistles, in such a short amount of time. This allows us to work with all kinds of clients with all kinds of requirements and needs. We know that sometimes time isn’t on our clients’ side, and we’re happy to have such a great team and such great partners that we can rise to whatever challenge presents itself.

Grain bins and other agricultural equipment and systems come in all shapes and sizes. If you have questions about the right building or equipment for you, please feel free to 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.

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Project Profile: A Fully-Integrated Tri-Flow Scale

At FS Construction Services, we have the benefit of working with a number of great partners who manufacture trustworthy, state-of-the-art equipment and material. But a successfully-completed job means much more to us than simply providing the raw material. We want to give each of clients the tools necessary to use that material to its greatest potential, ensuring they always get their money’s worth.

Over a couple of weeks this year, our Seed Treating Solutions Specialist Justen Kempfer installed a brand-new USC Tri-Flo Continuous Scale for a client. Thanks to its continuous flow mechanism, this new system significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to treat seed from bulk bins because it doesn’t have to wait for an entire weight of seed to enter the batch hopper.

However, because we wanted to make sure that our client was comfortable with the brand-new equipment, we provided extensive training and support after installation. Justen and FSCS Technician Kenny Huebner even designed a system that integrated three different automation packages from two different manufacturers to ensure our client would always have a fast, accurate treating system.

With the constant changing and updating of technology, it’s important to us that we give our clients the tools necessary to get the most from their equipment. From the beginning of an idea to the end of its implementation, we want our customers to not only have the best possible experience, but to be fully equipped to succeed in their endeavors.

If you are in the market for seed treating equipment, or you have questions about how to use, upgrade, or interface with your equipment, you can 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.