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Until 2000, Jay Hammond’s bustling crop, custom-farming, and truck business was running out of operating space in an older open-front building and small office.
“It was inadequate to service the amount of equipment I needed to use in that operation, not to mention the record keeping and business services,” the Spring Run, Pennsylvanian says.
Working with his Morton Building dealer, Tim Johnston, Hammond set out on a major shop and office expansion.
The first step in that expansion was adding a 60-foot-long and 18-foot-wide structure to the side of the old shop. With 9-foot sidewalls, the peak of that structure matched the peak of the old building.
“That building then became our office (the end facing his farmstead’s entry yard) and a combination kitchen-break room-storage area,” Hammond says.
At that same time, a second structure was attached to the end of the office building. This new building was 60 feet wide (matching the length of the office/break room structure), 105 feet long, and completed with 18-foot sidewalls.
This additional structure became Hammond’s shop. It has multiple doors that create multiple work bays in the building. The 24-foot-wide overhead door (shown in the photograph) is positioned opposite a 14-foot-wide door (facing into a broad machinery stage area), allowing trucks to be driven through the building for regular maintenance.
“The old shop is used for parts and machinery storage,” he says, “and is easily accessible from the break room.”