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GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship for Agriculture Students

It will come as no surprise to any of our friends, followers, or clients that we here at FS Construction Services put a high value on the importance of agriculture and that much of our day-to-day work puts us in close contact with farmers and other agricultural specialists. So we are very excited to announce that GROWMARK, the company that owns the FS trademark, is once again offering the GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship for students pursuing a degree (two or four-year) or trade-school certification in an agriculture-related field. This $1500 scholarship is open to students in the class of 2019.

Amy Bradford, GROWMARK’s Corporate Communications Manager, said of the program, “GROWMARK and the FS member cooperatives are strong supporters of youth leadership education and this is one more way we can contribute to the future of agriculture.”

And we couldn’t agree more. Especially with such rapid changes in technology as we’ve experienced in the past couple decades, it is as important as ever that we encourage those interested in agriculture to study and help contribute to the continued growth and flourishing of such an important field.

Those interested in applying must complete an online application which will ask for the following: academic information, community service, leadership activities, and essay questions related to agriculture and cooperatives. Completed applications will be judged by a panel of agribusiness professionals. High school seniors or students at any level of higher education are eligible to apply for the GROWMARK Foundation Scholarship. Applications can be completed at www.growmark.com/scholarship and are due by midnight on April 12, 2019. Recipients will be notified by July 1, 2019. For more information, please visit GROWMARK or contact Karen Jones at 309-557-6184.

As always, if you are in need of buildings, grain systems, seed systems, or other services, 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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2 Keys To A Paint Project That Stands The Test Of Time

Paint is a funny thing. When it’s done well, it’s one of the easiest things in the world to ignore. But when it’s done poorly, or when it’s in need of some serious updating, it makes even the nicest buildings look unsightly, old, and ugly. We know how tempting it can be to want to finish a paint job quickly, which can lead to improper prep work and ultimately, shortened paint longevity.

Our paint team at FS Construction Services understands exactly what a good paint job can do, which is why we take great pride in making sure every paint project we complete is handled with the greatest care and attention to detail. The first key to a print project that stands the test of time is ensuring prep work is done properly. Our prep work involves scraping existing paint, power washing, using a cleaner like TSP or chalk remover, and applying a primer. We’ve always believed that primer is the key, not only providing adhesion for the top coat, but providing overall protection for your building.

We know how easy a great paint job is to overlook. We also know just how much of a difference it can make when it’s done well, especially in ways that can’t be seen. This leads us to the second key factor to ensuring your paint project looks great for years to come, a team of experienced professionals with a dedication to detail and quality. Over the past year, our paint team has been hard at work on the 60+ projects. From sheds to grain bins to roofs to trim to entire homes and buildings, we have had great support and feedback from the communities we serve. We appreciate your trust and know none of this happens without you.

Brian “Boomer” Garleb and the team of paint professionals are thankful to all of you who have trusted your special projects to our team over the years. 2018 was a great year and are looking forward to the many opportunities and challenges 2019 will bring.

So, if you have outdoor structures that could use a touch up, whether they are residential, commercial, or agricultural, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists provide you with a free estimate and help you achieve the fresh new look your project deserves. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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5 Common Paint Problems and Their Quick Fixes

Summer is a great time to finally get around to all the paint projects that have been building up over the year. With this in mind, our paint expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb has come up with his top five problems that most paint projects will run into at some point and how to fix them.

  1. Fish eyes: Fish eyes occur when paint has been applied over oil, dirt, silicone, or incompatible coatings. Luckily, fish eyes are an easy fix. First, you’ll need to remove the grease or oil stain with a cleaning solution. Usually bleach, paint thinner, or trisodium phosphate (TSP) will work. After the area has been cleaned, the area can be sanded down.
  2. Cratering/Pitting: Another common problem is cratering or pitting. This occurs when air pockets get trapped inside wet film. The solution, however, is easy enough, and just involves sanding or smoothing out the existing finish and applying another coat over the sanded area.
  3. Uneven gloss: Uneven gloss is when film thickness is not equal, when there’s moisture in the coating, or when a topcoat is applied over wet primer. Solving this problem simply means allowing more drying time.
  4. Fading paint: Moisture trapped behind paint is more likely to cause paint to fade. Purchasing paint already colored for factory, which has a powder tint rather than a liquid tint, is an easy way to fix this common problem.
  5. Paint wrinkling: This happens when too much paint is applied. To fix it, remove the bad paint and recoat the affected area.

So there you have it, five common problems and five simple solutions. If you ever have a paint project or other service projects you don’t feel up to tackling, 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.

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Project Profile: Nothing Beats the Strength of a Metal Roof

There’s a reason the phrase “roof over my head” is synonymous with the idea of a house or a home. It’s not rocket science to say that a house with no roof isn’t much of a house. Which is good, because we’re not rocket scientists at FS Construction Services. But we are experts in a variety of construction fields, including the installation of attractive, maintenance free metal roofing. We know your roof is fundamental to your home, business or agricultural building and we also know that the thought of getting a roof replaced can bring on a lot of anxiety. Thanks to our partners at Fabral, we are able to alleviate that stress.

Recently, one of our clients was in need of a new roof before the full force of winter settled in. Tom Marcheski, our Building and Construction expert, went to work with his team to ensure that our client had his brand-new roof professionally installed while meeting their budget and timing needs. Now we’ve talked about the benefits of metal roofs before, but it bears repeating. Tom and his team installed Fabral’s Horizon S Series roof onto our client’s house, which is made from 26-gauge high strength steel, has a UL 790 Class A fire resistance rating and UL 2218 Class 4 hail impact resistance.

Essentially what that means is that a Fabral metal roof is strong and will provide your home or structure with safety, security and dependability. Metal roofs are built to last up to 70 years, meaning installing one once guarantees you won’t have to think about it again for a long, long time. Now we know that’s a pretty big commitment, which is why we’re happy to say that Fabral offers a wide variety of roof colors, meaning you can choose the perfect color to suit you for years and years to come.

The long-lasting strength and durability of a metal roof isn’t just meant for residential houses either, but can be used in both commercial and agricultural applications as well. For questions regarding roofing installation or repair, contact the professionals at 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.

The FSCS Team – Our Experience is Your Advantage

Recently, we posted an article that showcased the equipment FS Construction Services has at its disposal. This equipment, obviously, is fundamental to the projects in the Ag, Suburban and Commercial applications we work on and allows us to tackle everything from the complete construction of a new pole barns and steel building to smaller ’handyman’ jobs.

And while we are indebted to this equipment and what it can do, the reality is that FS Construction Services wouldn’t be able to do anything at all if it wasn’t for the highly skilled team that we have on staff. Their individual and collective expertise is easily the greatest advantage that our company has, so we wanted to take a moment to highlight these professionals.

  • Operations Manager – Greg Birchler
  • Grain Systems – Nathan Koester
  • Building & Construction – Tom Marcheski
  • Inside Sales & Support – Nathan Bleem
  • Grain Systems & USC Seed Equipment Sales – Justen Kempfer
  • Paint Services – Brian “Boomer” Garleb
  • Praxair & General Inquiries – Alicia Easter
  • Service Manager – Jarret Herzog
  • Concrete Finishing – Brandon Oglesby

In total, our crew is made up of:

  • Carpenters
  • Service/fabrication & maintenance workers
  • Construction & service laborers
  • Parts & service manager
  • Inside sales/service representative
  • Administrative & customer support
  • Buildings/construction support
  • Grain systems/structures support
  • Grain systems/USC sales support

The extraordinary staff we have at FS Construction Services and the wide-ranging knowledge and capabilities they bring is what allows us to say that there really is no project too big or too small for us to tackle.

As always, if you have any questions, 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.