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Wishing You a Great Fourth of July

After what may have been a couple strange years of Fourth of July celebrations, we here at FS Construction Services are happy to be celebrating in a year that feels more normal. So we wanted to take a moment to wish our family, friends, and clients a Happy Fourth of July. May it be full of laughter, hot dogs, fireworks, and a little bit of rest from the busyness of life.
 

Wishing You and Yours a Happy Fourth of July

 
We know that this time of year can bring a hundred worries, too much rain, not enough, too hot, too cool, and on and on. And yet, whatever worries we have today, we remain grateful for the worries and battles of those who came before us and made it possible for us to have backyards and parks and homes to celebrate in. We always appreciate the reminder to slow down for a moment and remember that none of what we have or experience is in a vacuum. Whether your own histories seem complex or simple, boring or exciting, we are grateful for the chance to think about ours here at FS Construction Services. The decades of relationships we’ve had, the services we’ve had the opportunity to provide, and the daily joy of getting to work in and around our community are all a part of a wonderful story we’re happy to be a part of.

We wish you the best this Fourth of July season and hope you have some time to relax and enjoy it all. Because of course, it won’t be long before we’re wondering where summer went and thinking about harvest all over again.

As always, if you are in need of a new buildinggrain storage equipment, seed systems, a garage door, a new roof, or some other kind of service, 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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Project Profile: 20,700 Bushels of Grain Storage

Here at FS Construction Services we know that every job is a little bit different, even if on the surface the product or the outcome are similar to jobs that have come before. It’s important to us to approach each new grain storage project with fresh eyes and a careful consideration for what will work best in this particular instance and not just what generally works best in instances like it.
 

Choose the Right Grain Storage Solution for You

 
When it comes to building grain storage, while the final structure may look exactly like other grain structures, each new build is its own unique experience. The slope of the ground, access to roads and power, surrounding structures and more, are all things that have to be taken into consideration for every project. If you have further questions on what things are worth considering when planning for grain storage, be sure to read this grain storage site planning article.

It was with all these things in mind that Nathan Koester and his team approached this latest grain storage project. They built a 36’ in diameter, 6-ring tall Sukup grain storage bin with a capacity of 20,700 bushels. Additionally, they installed a 10hp centrifugal fan to create ideal airflow as well as a 10” vertical unload. Finally, they added stairs around the outside of the bin for easy and safe roof access.

At a glance, this project looks like many others, and yet it was all completed to meet the specific needs of our client in conjunction with the reality of the site’s resources. If you are in need of upgrading your grain capacity, or if you are looking to add, update, or expand on your grain drying or grain handling capabilities, 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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Decisions, Decisions: Selecting a New Grain Bin

At FS Construction Services we know that there is a whole lot that goes into the process of constructing a new grain bin. It would certainly be simpler if all you had to do was choose between the big one and the smaller one. And while the number of available options may feel overwhelming at first, they can pay out dividends in the future if done right. So we’re going to talk a bit about some of the things you will want to consider before moving forward with a new bin purchase.

 

Three Things to Consider for New Grain Bin Purchase

 

Site Selection

Where you place your bin may be a quick or long decision based on a number of variables, but it’s certainly not a decision you want to make without considering the future. Choosing a site that can fit a single bin may seem like a great choice now, but if you experience significant growth years down the road and suddenly need additional storage, you’re now looking at a second site, with its own power supply and access.

Bin Capacity

Similar to site selection, choosing the right size bin needs some future consideration. It may be that 50,000 bushels is enough right now, but in five years maybe you need 70,000. If possible, you will want to leave yourself some room to grow and avoid the future headache and cost of having to play catchup.

Build and Features

Will you be storing your grain for a short time, for a long time? How much airflow do you need? How accessible do you need your roof access to be? These questions could go on and on, but the point is, when it comes to building a grain bin you have a whole lot of factors to consider.

 

Like any investment, the cost that is heavy at first may save you thousands down the road. Finding the right site, size, and everything else is a careful dance, but if done right, you can set yourself up for the present and the future. If you have any questions on getting started, 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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Project Profile: Grain Drying Solution

At FS Construction Services we talk a lot about the importance of grain storage systems. Having enough space, having a well-protected grain bin, having good airflow, etc. are all integral to effectively storing your grain long term or short term. Less often, do we talk about grain handling or grain drying, so today we want to take a little time to focus on the importance of these other types of grain systems, and we thought there is no better way than highlighting a project we have recently completed.

New Sukup Axial Fan Dryer for Efficient Grain Drying

Our client had an established four-bin setup, but was in need of a new, efficient dryer. To make this possible, we installed a T16 Sukup Axial Fan Dryer. This 14’ 7” H x 25’ L x 7’ 11” W dryer has the ability to hold up to 440 bushels and has a grain column holding capacity of 380 bushels. The T16 grain dryer has a top-line drying capacity of 725 bushels per hour. Additionally, we installed a double run conveyor to adequately fill the new dryer as well as a second bin to act as a wet bin.

When all was said and done, our client is now able to quickly and effectively dry, move, and store their grain for however long they need to. With properly dried grain they won’t need to worry about mildew, rot, or spoilage, and rest comfortably knowing it will be there for them when they need it.

If you are in the market for a new grain system, whether that’s grain storage, grain drying or grain handling 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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Project Profile: Doubling Grain Bin Storage is an Easy Fit

Over the years here at FS Construction Services we have pretty much worked with every variety of client in every variety of situation. We have worked with blank slates and empty slabs and we have worked with old equipment to make it new again. Each job is different and each job site has its own set of obstacles. And while we love a good challenge, we also enjoy the occasional job that comes along that is simply as straightforward as it sounds. Last year we had the opportunity to work with a client on a wonderfully simple, though no less meaningful project, grain bin storage.
 

Installing Grain Bin Doubles Storage

 
The world of agriculture is large and hard to plan to for. Sometimes you think you’ll be able to push something off to the next season and then all of a sudden you need it right away. Sometimes the growth you were expecting doesn’t happen and you have to push your plans back. Sometimes we have to jump through significant hoops and other times, things nicely fall into place. In this case, we were able to come alongside our client’s existing storage bin and install a brand-new 36’ diameter, 7-ring tall Sukup bin with a bushel capacity of 23,950. We installed stairs between the two bins, providing safe access to both in addition to two fans to provide enough air flow for successful drying as well.

Doubling someone’s storage capabilities isn’t always such an easy task, however, our job is to figure out how to make your needs work. If you are in need of grain storage updates, or you are looking for new grain drying or grain handling 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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Three Reasons On-Site Grain Storage Might Be for You

At FS Construction Services, we understand that even with all the planning in the world and despite everyone’s best intentions, so often there are things that are simply outside of our control. Having worked with so many people in the agricultural industry over the years, we have seen this play out time and time again. And while we know there is never any solution that is without a caveat or a concern, we always like to encourage options that bring just a little bit more control into our clients’ hands. So we wanted to take a little time to talk about the benefits of on-site grain storage.

On-Site Grain Storage Provides More Control

Financial

Obviously, whichever way you decide, there are costs involved. Installing grain storage and drying equipment can be expensive. Initially, it will be more expensive than transporting your grain to a mill or elevator. But as with most things, given a little time, the long-term outcome can beat out the short-term gain.

Storing your grain on site gives you flexibility and options regarding when you want to sell it and how you want to sell it. Waiting to sell your grain until after the harvest rush can save you money on freight costs and increase the profit you make from the sale itself. Additionally, it gives you the option to market the grain where and how you want. Changes in the market, unpredictable weather, unforeseen demand can all throw off the price of grain. Holding on to it yourself gives you the option to sell when the time is right.

Animal Feed

Perhaps not the most obvious benefit, but on-site grain can be used as animal feed when needed. Rather than buying bulk feed with a short shelf life, on-site grain can be made fresh each week, providing for your livestock and eliminating waste.

Efficiency

Waiting in line at the elevator or mill can eat into your day. On-site storage gives you the ability to work the hours you want or need to and immediately begin the drying process to avoid spoilage or rot. Ideally, the increased flexibility will give you the option to work around bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances since you won’t be at the mercy of someone else’s hours.

 

While we know it might not be for everyone, we think the increased control and flexibility of on-site grain storage are certainly worth consideration. If you are in need of a new grain system or additional grain storage, 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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Project Profile: Expanding a Site with a 42’ Grain Bin

At FS Construction Services we know both from personal experience and from so many of the clients we work with that it takes a lot of foresight and planning to effectively grow an operation. Fast growth is great, unless you don’t have the resources to handle the sudden increase. And building new equipment is a great idea, unless you don’t have the intake to justify the expansion. Like pretty much everything else in life, there’s a balance to be found. Recently, we got to work with come clients who had a smart plan for their growth and we were happy to set them up with the grain bin equipment they needed to get it done.
 

Planning for Growth with a New Grain Bin

 
While it’s always fun to break new ground, working on an existing site always allows for exciting retrofitting and repurposing opportunities. Which was exactly the case this time. We built a brand-new 9-ring tall, 42’ in diameter Sukup grain bin with a bushel capacity of 41,800. We added a T20 Sukup dryer, which can handle a significant amount of grain at a time. Additionally, we installed a 5” air system with a selector valve.

To add to the project, our clients were transforming an existing bin into a wet tank, and we installed an auger and an optional bypass kit for them. Together, with a little bit of old and a lot of new, our clients were setting themselves up for a vastly expanded and more efficient operation.

If you are in need of upgrading or updating your existing grain systems, whether you need grain drying, grain handling, or grain storage 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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Project Profile: A 36’ Grain Bin Gives Some Certainty

Something that is always true for our friends and clients in the world of agriculture is that for them to succeed at their jobs, a number of things outside of their control must also happen. Not enough rain, too much rain, late frost, early frost, hail, invasive pests, etc., can all come without a moment’s notice and dramatically impact a growing season. And that’s just the natural side of things. On top of that there’s equipment that can break down, an aging grain bin can cause mold and rot, and on and on.
 

Replaced Aging Grain Bin Before Harvest

 
At FS Construction Services, we know that this can be stressful. Which is why our goal is always to provide a little guarantee into a world full of uncertainties. This was the case last September when a client needed a place to store their soon-to-be incoming grain. Thanks to our expert team, we were able to construct a 36’ diameter, 7-ring tall Sukup grain storage bin with a 24,000 bushel capacity. Additionally, we installed a horizontal power sweep unload, an axial fan, a spreader, and an exterior ladder with a safety cage. All of this was constructed within the month, ensuring our client would be able to move into harvest with one less what-if hovering over them.

We know that in this line of work all you can do is be as prepared as possible and then deal with whatever comes when it comes. Our job is to limit as many of those variables as possible by providing quality equipment and knowledgeable installation. If you are looking to update or upgrade your grain storage, grain handling, or grain drying equipment, or if you want to see what kind of equipment we would suggest for your situation, 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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2022 Preseason Discounts

It’s that time of year again! What feels like two straight months of back-to-back holiday festivities and gatherings are now in the rearview mirror along with the year 2021. And while we certainly hope you got some meaningful time and relaxation in over the past month, there’s no way around the reality that a new year is here with new demands and expectations. So we wanted to provide our annual reminder about preseason discounts and that when you’re ready to start thinking about what your needs are for this year, so are we.
 

Preseason Discounts Available Now

 
One of the benefits of getting the jump on this is that you can take advantage of the variety of preseason discounts offered by our manufacturing partners. If you know you will be in need of new or updated grain storage or other grain systems, now is the time to move. Reach out to us now and we can help you find the right equipment and the right deal. Additionally, as our calendar can fill up quickly throughout the year, you can also take this opportunity to secure your spot on our schedule. That way, you know you’ll have the right equipment at the right time.

If you have any questions about what deals are available or want to talk through the updates you have in mind, don’t hesitate to let us know. You can always contact Nathan Koester, our FS Construction Services grain systems expert, 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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Project Profile: 66,000 Bushel Grain Bin Capacity Just in Time

At FS Construction Services, there are few better feelings than knowing that we’ve been able to provide some help in a time of need. Unfortunately for so many of our clients and friends in the agricultural world, their jobs can’t just be put on hold when something breaks down or wears out. They have a small window and if they miss it, there’s no going back. Because those demands of life never take a break, such as increasing your grain bin capacity, we work as hard as we can to keep up with them.
 

Increased Grain Bin Capacity Right Before Harvest

 
Last September, we had the opportunity to step in and help a client get set up with everything they needed to meet the coming harvest head on. Nathan Koester and his team built two brand-new 7-ring 42’ Sukup grain storage bins. Each bin had a capacity of 33,000 bushels, giving our client a huge boost in storage capacity just in time to use it. Additionally, our team installed a shared staircase between the two bins for access convenience and safety, as well as a power sweep and a centrifugal fan to keep the grain from developing moisture and mildew. Finally, we set both bins on an extra tall foundation to provide better access to the horizontal unload.

With the job complete, our client was able to move forward with the harvest without having to worry about having the space or equipment they would need to meet the demands of the yield.

If you are looking to update or upgrade your grain storage, grain handling, or grain drying equipment, or if you want to see what kind of equipment we would suggest for your situation, 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.