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Shop building helps farmer kill two birds with one stone

Agriculture.com Staff Updated: 07/09/2010 @ 9:40am

Tom Guetterman had a problem. He needed a building to store grain during harvest and house his tractors and other equipment for the rest of the year.

He sought to kill these two birds with one stone when he sought a new style of shop building for his farm.


The Bucyrus, Kansas, farmer sought his storage solution in a new style of metal building. The 10,000-square-foot building provides around 100,000 bushels of grain storage when the need arises. When the grain's been shipped off the farm, it houses his machinery and equipment.

But, in order to house and handle grain at one time and machinery at another, it required a few adaptations from a standard steel shop building. To accommodate each of Guetterman's storage needs, the building includes a chain conveyor for unloading grain in its concrete floor, as well as two 30-foot doors on each end to easily accommodate large equipment. A few elements of his shop building's construction, Guetterman says, were behind his investment in the new building.

"We needed a versatile building, one that allowed us the flexibility to store as much grain as we wanted yet still maneuver large machinery in and out of the structure," he says in a report from Liberty Building Systems and Strickland Construction out of Olathe, Kansas, the companies that collaborated on the building project. "One of the reasons we decided on a metal building was the wide beams and absence of rafters -- it's an overall better fit for what we needed."

Guetterman adds farmers in his area are split between metal building and other structures, although he says he sees more metal buildings all the time.

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