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Project Profile: A Little Help for a Multi-Generational Farm

At FS Construction Services we understand that for most people, the work we do is made meaningful by those we get to do that work with and those we get to do that work for. That’s why we are so thankful we get to work so closely with those in our community. It always makes finding the value in that work easy. It’s even better when we get to help a client in a similar way.

New Grain System helps ensure future of family farm

Last summer, we had the pleasure of securing a multi-generational farm with some new resources to guarantee their tradition and their way of living could move into the future and their physical equipment would be as strong as the knowledge that was getting passed from father to son.

Nathan Koester and his team constructed a 36’ diameter, 6-ring tall Sukup grain bin. This storage bin came with an 18,000-bushel capacity and is primed for effective drying. It included a 28” axial fan and heater and an 8” unloading power sweep.

The fan, heater, and stir combination always proves over time to be both an efficient way to dry and an economic investment. This also prevents grain from getting wet patches or mildew, further protecting that investment from not providing its return.

With this new structure built, we were able to take care of our clients’ drying and storage needs, ensuring they can continue working and learning together without other limitations getting in the way.

If you are looking to purchase your first piece of equipment or if you need to upgrade or upsize your existing structure or 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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Grain Storage and Handling Solutions

At FS Construction Services we know that being a farmer is no small job. The time commitment is significant, the work is hard, and despite everyone’s best efforts, the unpredictability of it all is impossible to account for. And while we will never be able to control the sun, the rain, the market, and a handful of other things, we can at least make sure that once the crop is harvested, it’s going to a warm, dry place where you can count on its usefulness when the time is right.

Partner with FS Construction Services for all of your Grain Systems needs

Over the years we have partnered with the best in the business, from Sukup Manufacturing, to GSI, to Brock Grain Systems, to Hutchinson so we can provide our clients with the best products at the best prices to meet their specific needs.

When it comes to grain storage, we’ve built them every which way in every size you can think of. From on-farm storage to huge, commercial storage units, our specialists know their way around this equipment and how to fit it to your specifications. From dreaming up the possibilities to presenting you with your brand-new structure, our team will be with you every step of the way.

We know that you need to be able to get your grain from the field to that storage, which is why we also specialize in bin wells, unloading tubes, conveyers, augers, hoppers, and more.

If you have been considering updating or upgrading your grain storage or handling equipment, don’t hesitate to reach out. Even if you have questions about something you might like to do in the future, we will be happy to talk with you and help you through the process.

Whatever your need, 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: New Seed Treater – All In a Day’s Work

The phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is meant to remind us that good things take time. And while patience is an obvious and important virtue, sometimes it’s just not needed. Such was the case when a client in northeast Arkansas needed some new seed treatment equipment to help them better serve their clients. With the objective of helping our client meet a very tough timeline, our team hit the road, and while they didn’t build a city, they did install a very nice seed treater that will drastically improve our client’s output.

Installation of New Seed Treater Under Strict Deadline

Justen Kempfer, our seed treatment specialist, and his team installed a brand-new USC LPV treater, with the most recent 4.0 automation, in conjunction with the Proprietary Prescriptive Treat Program. After learning our client’s needs, we designed the layout and provided the installation. Along with on-site installation, our team always provides any necessary training on new software to ensure our client can have immediate success consistently and accurately treating seeds. As automation technology increases and changes, so can the learning curve, which is why we always take the time to make sure our clients are familiar and comfortable with these new systems.

After a day’s worth of work, our team headed back to Illinois and our client was now ready to serve the northeastern delta region of Arkansas with the ability to expertly and dependably treat soybeans, rice, and cotton seeds.

When it comes to seed treatment, there are many systems, options, and choices to make. If you are looking to replace old equipment or upgrade existing 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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Pre-Season Discounts to Start the Year Off Right

While last year was as much proof as ever that you just never know what a new year might bring, there were still some things that were just as predictable as ever. Crops were still planted, rain still fell, plants grew and were still harvested. Buildings were still built, businesses were still opened, and people still needed to update, expand, or upgrade their grain and seed systems. At FS Construction Services, despite all the changes, we kept working and moving forward and helping our clients do the same.

Start Your New Year Projects with Pre-Season Discounts

Hopefully, you will have been able to take some time to slow down and rest a bit before jumping into this next year. These cold months are often a great time for reflection, planning, and preparing, and we just want to let you know that we’ll be here for you when you’re ready.

This time of year, many of our partners offer preseason discounts and offers for those who are looking to get a jump on the coming year. For those who know they’ll be in need of some upgraded or updated equipment in the coming months, now is the best possible time to take advantage of those offers.

If you’re still trying to figure out what changes you might need to make this year or you want to get a sense of the different preseason discounts that are available, don’t hesitate to reach out and talk to someone on our team.

For your building, grain system, seed system, roofing, garage door, and painting needs, our goal is to provide our customers and clients the best possible products at the best prices with the best service. 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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Finding Gratitude in a Turbulent Year

Despite perhaps one of the most difficult, hectic, and strange years many of us can remember, we have managed to make it here to the end of 2020. And while it would be easy to reflect on just how unusual and confusing this year has been, we wanted to take a moment to slow down and count the things that we have appreciated.

Finding Gratitude for Incredible People

We are beyond grateful for our many wonderful clients and customers who have continued to reach out to us for help and service, despite the uncertainty that each new day has brought. Simply put, there would be no FS Construction Services without the incredible people that we have had the opportunity to work with year after year.

We are thankful for the family and friends that we have had around us when it has mattered most. We have always loved getting to serve our community and that will never change, even in tough times.

And we appreciate, more than we can say, the enduring spirit of the hardworking people that we see every day. Despite the unpredictable series of complications and troubles we have known this year, seeds were still planted, crops were still harvested, buildings were still built, and one way or another, people found a way to keep going.

We hope that wherever this moment may find you, that you will also be able to take some time to reflect on the simple pleasures and the small blessings that have carried us all through.

Who knows what the next day will bring, let alone the next year, and we don’t take it for granted that tomorrow is guaranteed. But we have also seen hope and joy in the endurance and stamina of those around us. And that is absolutely something to celebrate. So, wherever you are this holiday season, we wish you happiness and peace and the strength to keep moving forward.

As always, we are here for any of your building, grain system, seed system, roofing, garage 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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Finding Courage in a Year Like No Other

There is no denying that this has been a year like no other. As the months have passed on, it has been hard for many not to feel worn down, tired, and even hopeless. And yet, no matter how bleak things may feel, or how dark the outlook may seem, we are not without hope. All around us are stories of men and women who refused to give up, who kept on fighting, and had courage even when no one else did.

Remember Those Who Served This Veteran’s Day

Some of these stories we may know and some of them we never will. This November 11, as we reflect on the sacrifice and bravery of the men and women who have served our country, we hope that you will also take courage in their courage. Even in the midst of uncertainty and doubt, time and time again, people have shown their ability to rise above and keep on going. Whether it was overseas or right here at home, our veterans have proven that it is possible to be resilient and to persevere, no matter the adversity. So if you are spending Veteran’s Day with family and friends, or if you are spending it alone, we hope that you can find some comfort and solace, even in a difficult time.

And to those of you who have served, we would like to say thank you, not just for your service, but for the example you have provided for the rest of us.

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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Why Choose FS Construction for Your Grain Storage

If you’re new to FS Construction Services, you may not know this about us, but grain storage is one of our specialties. Over the course of our 40-plus years, we have worked all over southern Illinois and the Midwest building grain and seed systems of all kinds of sizes for all kinds of clients. To ensure that we are always able to offer the best products at the best prices, we have partnered with many wonderful manufacturers, including: GSI, Sukup, Grain Handler, and Brock.

Get the Best Grain Storage for the Best Price

One of the main benefits of working with so many different partners is that, not only do we have a variety of product and cost options to choose from, we’re also able to extend a number of deals, discounts, and offers to our customers throughout the year.

Our experienced team works efficiently without cutting corners. We understand the time-sensitive reality that these structures carry, but we also know that your grain bin needs to last for many, many seasons and that your grain should be free of unnecessary pests and rot. We also know that most of the time you need more than just a big container to hold your crop. Often, there will be a need for fans, power sweeps, stirrers, and more. Part of our job is helping our clients determine the right equipment, the right bushel capacity, and the right layout for their grain system.

If you are interested in a new grain bin, or in updating an existing structure, be sure to reach out to us. While we are able to work quickly, the sooner you contact us the sooner we can find a time on the calendar to get you the equipment you need. Additionally, if you are interested in any other kind of 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.

 

 

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5 Tips for Staying Safe Around Power Lines this Harvest

While this year has certainly been a year unlike any other, the realities of the ebb and flow of time haven’t changed a bit. After spring came summer, after summer came fall, and harvest, as it always does, has arrived. While many of us have had to take a number of extra precautions in our everyday lives this year, the high level of caution needed during harvest has remained the same. And while there are many safety tips and practices to bear in mind, we here at FS Construction Services wanted to take a little time to talk specifically about staying safe around power lines.

Stay Safe this Fall Around Power Lines

There’s no way around it, as a farmer, at some point in time you’ll be working around electrical equipment. Often, you’ll be working around electrical equipment in large, tall machines. We have compiled some information from Safe Electricity to have on hand as a reminder this year.

  1. Know when you’ll be working areas near power lines. Have a plan to keep everyone safe.
  2. Use a spotter to help keep you at least 10 ft. away from power lines in all directions.
  3. Be careful when raising augers. Use a spotter if necessary. When not in use, lower equipment extensions as low as they can go.
  4. This may be obvious, but never attempt to move a power line, even if it’s in your way.
  5. If any equipment you are on comes in contact with a power line, don’t leave the equipment. Call professionals to come and safely de-energize the line. If the equipment is on fire, jump as far away from the line as you can, with both feet together, to keep a current from flowing through your body.

There is, of course, much more that could be said, but hopefully none of this information is new to you and is simply a reminder. We wish you a safe and successful harvest this year. If you have any questions about grain systems, 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: Rearranging a Farm

Most people have experienced the feeling of looking at a room, or a garage, or a cabinet, or a tool bench and realizing that things just aren’t where they should be. That if you were to rearrange everything a certain way or organize items a little differently, then your space would be a lot more enjoyable and a lot more efficient. And usually, this happens over and over again as the years go on.

Unfortunately, this process is a whole lot harder when it comes to farm equipment. However, here at FS Construction Services we like a good challenge, and so when a client reached out to us about a reorganization job involving grain bins, we were happy to help.

First, we built a brand new 42’ tall, 7-ring Sukup grain bin with a bushel capacity of 34,000. This storage container also included two 10hp centrifugal fans, stairs, and a 10” unload. Our client wanted this new bin in a different location than the previous bins, and so to get everything in one convenient place, we not only moved two 24’ grain bins but we also added rings to them. Additionally, we built a new set of stairs between the old bins and added new floors and an unload.

While no small task, this act of reorganization plus the addition of a new bin will set our client up for success not just in the present, but well into the future. The increased efficiency and ease of use should be a great help to our client for many years to come.

Whether you’re looking for a brand new grain storage system or you are looking to retrofit or update an old one, 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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Good Grain Means Good Care and Good Equipment

At FS Construction Services, we know that grain has to be taken care of. A small pocket of bad grain in storage can spread and have disastrous ramifications. When grain is stored before it’s completely cleaned and dried it can mold and rot, and damp grain is an open invitation for harmful insects.

When it comes to storing grain there are lots of things that can go wrong at any point in time during the process. Outdated or improperly working equipment can damage grain or fail to clean it or dry it properly, causing widespread loss and low-quality product.

There are a number of practical things that can be done to ensure your grain quality. Slow drying grain limits stress, running handling equipment at low speeds prevents unnecessary damage, and avoiding unnecessary steps means fewer overall opportunities for things to go wrong.

And while these things are crucial to keep in mind, it’s also true that the equipment used to handle that grain has to be up for the job. A good grain distributor will prevent fine material buildup. If material is allowed to collect on the grain mass, it creates moisture buildup and poor aeration. Keeping grain well stirred evens out the temperature and prevents pockets of heat and from building. A high-functioning grain dryer will keep unnecessary moisture from ruining whole batches.

At FS Construction Services, our many partner relationships guarantee that we’re able to help our clients find the right product for the right price. Our job isn’t to find the most expensive solution, but the solution that works best for you, whether that means something new, something updated, or something unique.

If you are in the market for grain storagegrain 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.