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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whether or not you are ready for it, the season of happy holidays has quickly come upon us and soon we will be saying goodbye to 2023. Before you know it, thoughts of spring will invade these long nights and plans for planting, new construction, or updating old equipment will begin to sneak in. But before we get to that point, we hope that you are able to take some time at the end of this year and enjoy some time to yourself, time with friends and family, and find some rest in the steady churn of days.

 

Happy Holidays from FS Construction Services

 

From our family here at FS Construction Services, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a peaceful holiday season. We are so grateful for the clients, friends, and family we get to spend our year working alongside. It truly is a joy to be a part of this community and we appreciate each year we get to do this work we love.

We continue to be inspired by the hard work and dedication we see around us every day. From the farmers to the businesses to the families that we have the pleasure of meeting and supporting in their work throughout the year. We don’t take the opportunity to work with such wonderful people for granted and we appreciate your continued trust in our business and the work that we do.

We are looking forward to finding out what exciting things 2024 will bring!

 

As always, we are here for any of your buildinggrain systemseed systemroofinggarage door, and painting needs. If you have any questions at all, 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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Grain System Maintenance: Get a Head Start

Here at FS Construction Services, we are pretty big fans of getting a head start on purchasing, maintenance, and just about everything else for that matter. In the world of agriculture there are so many moving parts, and those parts are exposed to all sorts of weather extremes each year, the importance of regular maintenance is essential. However, getting started on grain system maintenance with a timeline that actually allows you to make adjustments or repairs before you actually need to use a piece of equipment will save you a lot of stress, headaches, and money.

 

Save Money and Stress: Early Grain System Maintenance

 

Additionally, if you are in need of a grain system repair, the sooner you request it, the less trouble you’re likely to have with shipping times or parts shortages.

So we know harvest is barely behind us, but we wanted to give you some tips to get a huge head start on the season this coming year.

  • Check control boards, safety sensors, electrical boxes, and gas controls
  • Inspect handling equipment, conveyors, buckets, and so on
  • Sweep and clean interiors
  • Treat exterior surfaces for mold, mildew, and pests
  • Inspect vents to make sure airflow isn’t blocked
  • Check for leaks, rust, or any other sign of damage, rot, or deterioration
  • Check door seals
  • Make sure supply lines and burners are clear of debris
  • Always be sure to turn off, disconnect, or block off mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, or pneumatic equipment
  • Wear protective equipment and fall protection when working in or around your grain bin

You might be able to perform many of these maintenance items yourself, but if you give yourself a head start you will have plenty of time to schedule a maintenance professional. If you are in need of any grain system repair or 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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Bleem Profile: Troubleshooting and Customer Support

As we have been taking the time here at FS Construction Services to highlight some of our outstanding team members, it has provided us with a great opportunity to take a look at the services we offer and understand better how positioned we are to respond to the needs, questions, and problems of our clients and customers.
 

Customer Support is the Core of What We Do

 
This has been especially apparent in discussing our Service and Sales Support specialist Nathan Bleem. Since Nathan walks with our clients through every step of the process, he is often at the receiving end of lots of questions, and therefore has to provide lots of answers.

Any major project is going to have its fair share of required troubleshooting, but the kind of support Nathan provides happens throughout the process and not just after something has been constructed. Often our clients present a logistical problem before the build and Nathan has to figure out the solution.

For instance, when a client wants to increase the height of their existing grain bin, the job isn’t just a matter of figuring out where to add rings to increase the height, but it’s also figuring out which manufacturer’s components will work with what is already in place. Figuring that out first prevents problems down the road.

Similarly, clients often present us with a variety of storage, handling, drying, construction, and pricing questions. Our job is to find the right solution to these before anything is built, which means making a decision based on acreage, expected yields, drying needs, and more.

While it’s a lot of conversation up front, it saves future headaches and gives our clients a better understanding of cost and timing. Thanks to Nathan’s incredible knowledge and understanding of the process, we are able to provide this service in partnership with our clients, making for a smoother, better process all around.

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, or if you are in need of grain systems, buildings, seed systems, or more, 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: A Day to Remember

Here we are at the homestretch of the year where each day seems like it’s speeding towards the next one and each holiday and gathering seems like it’s going to overlap with another holiday or gathering. It is often an exciting, tiring, and busy time of year. This busyness can also get in the way of the thing that most people are trying to do at this time, which is slow down, relax, and take stock of things.

FS Construction Services Remembers Veterans Day

While Veterans Day is nationally recognized, it can get lost in the shuffle of everything else going on this time of year. It’s why we here at FS Construction Services like to always make a point to draw attention to it and express our gratitude for the brave men and women who have served our country. Many of them are our family, our friends, and our clients.

As we like to say, we get to do what we love because of the sacrifices of our veterans, and that is certainly a reason to pause, reflect, and be grateful for the freedoms we have been afforded. So I hope you will join us on November 11 as we offer our gratitude to those who have served, both near and far. We are thankful for your service and the sacrifice your service required.

As always, FS Construction Services is here for your buildinggarage doorgrain systemseed systemroofing, and other 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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Project Profile: Grain Bin Project in Winter

One of the realities of living in the Midwest is that you’re forever at the mercy of its temperamental seasons. Sure, there is the general pattern in which spring becomes summer becomes autumn becomes winter, but outside of those general guidelines, pretty much anything goes. And while we wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s also true that the work we do at FS Construction Services is often dependent upon some level of atmospheric cooperation, and this grain bin project certainly benefited from that.

 

Winter Cooperated for this Grain Bin Project

 

Now, it’s easy to think of this in only negative terms. Rain when it is supposed to be dry, cold when it is supposed to be warm, finally dry and warm but so windy anything not bolted down is in danger of becoming a kite. However, an occasional upside of this life is that sometimes you have a winter so comparatively temperate to previous years, that you can get a lot of work done. Such was the case earlier this year when we had a much easier time of building in January.

Our client was ready to start the year off with a preseason jump, and thanks to an obliging month, we were able to make that happen. Nathan Koester and his team quickly constructed a 36 ft. in diameter, 7-ring tall, Sukup grain bin with a capacity of 21,000 bushels. Additionally external stairs were added for safe and easy access, a horizonal power sweep was installed, and a centrifugal fan was added for quiet and efficient operation.

All in all, our client was ready to roll into spring with brand new grain storage and might not have even needed to brush the snow off of it. If you are in need of upgrading your grain storage, grain drying, or grain handling, 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.

Nathan Bleem FS Construction Services helping the customer gets what they want

Bleem Profile: Helping the Customer Get What They Want

Recently here at FS Construction Services, we have begun to highlight our team members to give you a better idea of the work that we do and how we specifically work with clients to meet their needs. Each one of our specialists really do become masters in their areas and the reason we have been able to work with so many different people on so many different projects over the years is because of our team’s expertise, creativity, and wealth of knowledge. In short, they are helping the customer get what they want.

 

Bleem Provides Top Notch Customer Service

 

But none of that experience would count for much if we weren’t able to work with our clients to find the right solution at the right time. Because Nathan Bleem manages the logistics for each of our projects, including the creation of CAD drawings, and ordering parts, he is one of the most crucial steps in actually delivering a product that meets our client’s needs.

When asked if customers always know what they want or if they ask FS Construction Services to provide a solution, Nathan said, “In many instances, we bring clients the solutions that they asked for and an option we truly feel will work best for them. We know what will work and what will not work, even if a project calls for marrying components from various manufacturers.”

We know that most of our customers come in with a vision, and our job is to get as close to that vision as we can, while still offering them solutions that won’t put them in a bind years down the road. One of the reasons we’re able to do that is because of Nathan. His care for our clients and his mind that’s predisposed to problem solving makes him an ideal partner in our line of work.

If you have a project in mind that you would like to discuss, or if you are in need of grain systems, buildings, seed systems, or more, 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 Bin Built in Preseason

Last winter was a bit of an unusual one. We imagine there were probably many disappointed children (and many relieved parents) when the promise of sledding simply couldn’t be fulfilled because there wasn’t much snow. However, we like to look at the positives here at FS Construction Services, and one of the upsides of our relatively snow-less winter was that it ended up being a great time for easier preseason building and allowed clients to get further ahead of the curve.

 

Preseason Building of Grain Bin Storage

 

This was the case for one of our clients last January who was in need of some additional grain storage. Thanks to some cooperative weather, we were able to quickly complete construction on a 6-ring tall, 30’ in diameter storage bin. This Sukup grain bin has a capacity of 14,000 bushels and also included two down augers, an incline unload head with power sweep, and finally an exterior staircase for safe and convenient access. When all was said and done, the new structure was built and our client was able to begin the year with the comfort of knowing plenty of storage would be available when needed.

While we can’t always guarantee smooth and calm weather, we can certainly proclaim the benefits of preseason building. Of course, we know that time and circumstance doesn’t always allow, but if you can plan ahead and schedule your grain storage, drying, or handling needs, you will set yourself up for less worry and trouble down the road when time and circumstance may not be so generous.

If you are in the market for new, additional, or updated grain systems, or any other type of building, 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.

FS Construction Services Nathan Bleem quoting and estimating

Bleem Profile: Quoting and Estimating

Over the past few months, we have taken some time to introduce you to Jarret Herzog, one of our team members here at FS Construction Services, and discuss how his experience and expertise is foundational to our business and a great benefit to our clients. We wanted to continue with the idea that the people really do make the place, so we are going to highlight another one of our wonderful employees: Nathan Bleem.

 

Quoting and Estimating Expert Nathan Bleem

 

Nathan joined us six years ago as our Service and Sales Support specialist, but he has been in related fields since his time in college, where he studied plant soil science. When it comes to the logistics for how a job is going to get done, Nathan is our guy.

He describes his job like building a giant Lego set. When we meet with a client to determine their needs, Nathan will turn those notes into a CAD drawing, then use that as a template for estimating a price for the job. When that proposal is approved, all materials for the build have to be planned, sourced, and organized. This means that Nathan is working with multiple vendors and dealing with multiple shipping windows at once to make sure everything can arrive to the job site on time and in order. The thought of spinning all those plates may send some into a panic, but thankfully for us and our clients, it’s Nathan’s ideal zone of operation. Pick any one of our projects over the years, and you’re bound to land on one that has many parts and pieces, both small and large, that need to be calculated, ordered, and accounted for.

One of the reasons we are always on the lookout for the best of the best is because we know how often customers come to us for suggestions. And those suggestions are no good if they don’t work or are needlessly expensive. In Nathan’s words, when speaking of working with clients on grain storage, “When we work with a customer, many times they know approximately what size bin they will need. Meaning, how many bushels it will have to hold. From there, we give size recommendations and options. We figure out ways to make projects work within their current set up. We know what will work and what will not work if a project calls for marrying components from various manufacturers.”

If you are interested in getting an estimate for an upcoming project, grain system project or otherwise, 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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Damaged Grain Bins: Repair or Replace?

We all know the unpleasant feeling of having to inspect damage to a building or vehicle and trying to determine if it rises to the level of needing to be replaced or if you’ll be able to make it work. The unfortunate reality for those in the agricultural world is that this is just a fact of life for owning a grain bin. Grain bins are tall, intentionally light as possible, and often constructed in areas of the country where the landscape is flatter and the winds are higher. So the question becomes, when do you repair a grain bin and when do you replace one?

Tips to Determine Repair or Replace Damaged Grain Bins

After a heavy windstorm, check the exterior of your grain bin. You will want to make sure the walls are not bent or bowed, but straight up and down and that the eave is parallel to the ground. Also, be sure to make sure the bin is sitting squarely on its foundation and not pushed to either side.

Next, you will want to check the sealant around the bin’s foundation. If it’s damaged, it’s possible the anchors or wall sheets have failed. You can use this time to also look for broken, missing, or corroded anchor plates and bolts.

If the bin doesn’t appear to have any external damage and is sitting properly on its foundation, you can move into the bin to look around the interior. Make sure the door is still squared up, check the interior walls for damage, and from the inside you can also see if any of the roof sheets have been warped. Also make sure that all the wind rings and stiffeners are in place.

In many cases, you will be able to determine what can be repaired and what needs to be replaced. However, if you are ever uncertain, have questions, or are in need of new or updated grain storage, grain handling, or grain drying, 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.

FS Construction Services grain dryer pre-harvest check up

Grain Dryer Pre-Harvest Checkup

It’s probably accurate to say that there aren’t many times of the year where harvest isn’t a thought in the mind of a farmer. But as we move throughout this summer, that thought of harvest is going to grow much bigger in a short amount of time. So here at FS Construction Services we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the grain dryer pre-harvest checkup you will want to run on your grain dryers to make sure everything is operational and ready for the coming harvest.

 

FSCS Suggests a Grain Dryer Pre-Harvest Checkup

 

This first one is obvious and yet too critical to ignore. Be sure to practice all appropriate safety measures when servicing or inspecting any electrical or mechanical components.

Next, you will want to perform a thorough cleaning. Check all augers, downspouts, and dryer columns for debris and signs of animals taking up residence. Clean your control box and sweep up the floors and clear out any standing debris.

As you’re moving around your dryer, you can check for wear and tear. Inspect your belts to make sure they are not worn down and still hold proper tension. Make sure your hoses and connections are all secure and not leaking and check the burner for obstructions, nests, or anything that would prevent it from operating the way it needs to.

We know the days are busy, but if you can get to this early enough, you will also have time for a test run. Firing everything up before you need to actually start filling it with grain is an invaluable step and can save you a lot of stress down the road.

If you have questions about preseason checks for grain dyers, or if you are in need of any new or updated grain system 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.