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First class lobby and front desk of The Paw in Mankato Minnesota

This executive touch entryway is just a preview of the kind of first class treatment your pets will receive at this pet resort and training center.

Outside view of The Paw biulding in Mankato Minnesota

The Paw resort and training academy is a 27,000 sq. ft. building easily located on Premier Drive adjacent to Menards in Mankato

Contemplate this description of a popular Mankato, Minnesota facility: Daycare, rehabilitation, grooming spa, spacious suites with in-floor heat, raised beds, exercise program, pool, reservations required, therapeutic laser class treatments, post operative care, hydrotherapy, kindergarten, parties and social activities.

Leads you to think that you might be visiting a five-star resort, doesn't it? Well in a manner of speaking, you are partially correct, although this resort is exclusively frequented by dogs and cats.

The Paw is an innovative pet care concept, where its 18-person staff strives to provide its furry guests a place filled with fun and enrichment and being cared for in a nurturing, controlled environment. While at the same time offering toys, games, relaxation, companionship, food and nap time - it's a dogs life in the best manner of speaking.

Heading up the operation is Tom Yenish, who not surprisingly comes from a background of hotel management, the people-kind, at Grand Stay Hotel in Ft. Meyers, Florida. His brainpower went into the construction of the 27,000 sq. ft facility built in 2007 and a unique 44 ft. 10.5" first of its kind Schweiss Doors gate that is used to separate a 46 ft. x 96 ft. room where dogs can come inside the building for exercise in hot or cold weather and where a lot of the training is done.

Schweiss gate at The Paw feature polycarbonate panels

The Schweiss 44 ft. lift gate allows the dogs and employees to see what's going on in the other half of the 46x96 ft. room. The Schweiss strap lift gate can open up the entire room.

In explaining the Schweiss gate, Yenish said "It's really a futuristic design." In a manner of speaking, it truly is because it is neither a hydraulic or bifold door as Schweiss Doors is famous for. Prior to having the electric operating lifting gate, two employees had a number of single piece partitions they would have to zigzag across the floor. It was time consuming and hard on the floor and if they dropped, an animal could be injured. Now a push of a button on the indoor gate lifts and lowers the door quietly in less than a minute. The employees really appreciate the gate.

"I first became acquainted with Schweiss Doors when I visited their display at the State Fair two years in a row. I had to talk them into doing this project. I had to make a picture in their mind of what we wanted. We thought about this project for quite some time. I got the Schweiss sales people at the state fair to jump on my wagon and then I talked to the design people, Brent and Jeremy, at Schweiss Doors. Until they got the vision of what we wanted, they then made it happen. They had never built a gate like this before, and maybe built it more heavy duty because safety was a huge factor," said Yenish.

As much as pet owners love their four-legged family friends, there often comes a time when it is not feasible or handy to take them with you everywhere you go, a family vacation is a good example. That's where the boarding services of The Paw come into a new level. Whether you choose a comfortable room or executive suite, your pet will enjoy its own vacation away from home. Instead of leaving your pet at home for a neighbor to check on once or twice a day, The Paw is a better option for pets who love to run and play all day and burn off extra energy.

Customer satisfaction is a key element

Irrigated outdoor play area at The Paw

Dogs have a great time playing with their newfound canine friends at the outdoor turf area. An inground irrigation system helps keep the ground cool during the hot summer days.

"The paying customer wants to know that if it gets hot outside their animal can come into a cool air conditioned room. We even put in an irrigation system to keep the (artificial) turf outside cooler so the dogs don't burn their paws. We'd be liable for a dog that got too much sun or overheated," noted Yenish.

The Paw has an extensive camera system throughout the entire facility. This enables employees to see what's going on at different locations. But for the dog or cat owner it's indispensable. Say an owner is on vacation anywhere in the world, they can pull out their computer or iPhone and actually view their pet at several different locations including their kennel to see they are getting a good nights sleep. It's very comforting for families very dear to their pets, not to mention that it reassures them the pet is getting the best of care and not being neglected. Yenish said the camera system makes it possible so they don't have to take The Paws word for anything, they can get their own birds-eye view.

The day Schweiss Doors visited in early spring the facility and its animal-friendly staff were taking care of about 30 dogs that all seemed to be having a great time. You might think that could provide for some stinky situations, if you get the gist. But on the contrary, the place is spotless and odorless in every room. Yenish said the most number of dogs and cats they've had at one time was 116, but The Paw is capable of housing 250 dogs and 24 cats. Their longest continuous stay for a dog under their care was four months. A doggone lucky dog!

Tom Yenish training several dogs at The Paw pet resort

The Paw has a capacity to take care of 240 dogs and 24 cats. Many dogs take part in a variety of classes and activities available different days of the week.

But that's not all The Paw offers. Having a well mannered dog can greatly enhance the human-to-animal bond. The Paw offers many classes and activities that owners can choose from to further enjoy the companionship. Classes range from puppy to advance obedience and are available different days of the week. Many of our pets get somewhat shaggy over the winter and summer. You can set up an appointment to have your dog or cat check into the grooming salon for a nail trim or full service scissor cut.

He compares The Paw to bringing your child to the first day of kindergarten. At first it takes a while for the animals to adjust and that usually depends upon how old or mature the animal is. "We can't get an answer from them if we ask, 'Are you crabby today, do you want to fight with another dog, do you want to play?' Most dogs would really rather play. A confident dog is a happy dog. Within the first day they usually adjust 100 percent. The difference between a dog park and us is we offer supervision," stressed Yenish.

Large ourdoot astroturf play area at The Paw

A very large water cooled Astro-turf area leads out of the main building where dogs can run and play

Rehabilitation is something that is not only germain to the two-legged species. The Paw has a therapeutic program utilizing a certified veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. If your canine just needs preventative injury exercise or weight loss, you may consider the underwater treadmill for safe and controlled exercise. Laser therapy offered by The Paw accelerates the animals natural healing process through photo-bio-modulation. It's effective in treating chronic and acute conditions and post-surgical pain and inflammation. Post operative care also falls into this category.

"The secret to this Schweiss product is ... it's a minute to put it up and a minute to put it down and you don't have to put it away. When we are not using it, it is in no ones way. It was fairly inexpensive. Price wise the Schweiss gate was fairly comparable to a pocket door." said Yenish.

Schweiss Doors installed all the framework, five patented liftstraps and a 2 h.p. top-mounted motor. Yenish applied a brown steel panel sheeting to the lower portion of the gate and clear unbreakable polycarbonate panels above that on the top half. He also painted the framework himself. The result was an approximate 1,500 lb. sturdy gate where the workers and even the larger dogs could peer above it to the other half of the room.

The Paw workers working with dogs

Dog training is easy with the room divided. Big dogs can be separated from small dogs and two different training sessions can be conducted at the same time.

"This is an industry that is evolving as we speak. Things had to happen. The mentality of a dog was off a farm where dogs slept outside and we might feed them a table scrap once in a while. Then the day came where city folks wanted a dog and it was in the house. Once that happened that's when our industry blossomed," explained Yenish.

The industry is well past the blossom stage. In 2011 Americans spent $3.79 billion on pet services such as boarding and grooming. Projections show the industry to grow to $4.1 billion in less than two years. In light of that, Yenish shared that they also have a very large pet supply store and distribution company just a short distance from The Paw called Pet Expo. If you can't find something there for your cat, dog, bird or fish, you'll have a hard time finding it elsewhere. They even do some animal breeding within the store. Animals are what Yenish is all about. And his business by no means isn't just 'going to the dogs!

The indoor gate serves multiple functions. By separating the room into two halves employees at The Paw can conduct different training programs on both sides at the same time. Large dogs can be separated from smaller dogs, or bad dogs from good dogs, etc.

Schweiss lift strap gate in open positon

The Schweiss lift gate in the up position. It lifts and towers in less than a minute, once open the dogs have run of the 46'x96' room

When asked if he had the opportunity to do anything different with the gate he responded, "No I probably wouldn't change anything. It exceeded my expectations. The headache of what we used to have is gone forever. There are no legs to trip over or dividers getting in the way. There's no wasted space, we really cherish that. The gate has increased flexibility and revenue. What really tickles me, is that with my idea they (Schweiss) made it happen." And that falls exactly into the Schweiss Designer Door motto of "If You Think It - We Build It!" In this case Mike Schweiss, owner of Schweiss Doors said he was honored to help design and manufacture the first liftstrap dog gate to add another happy and satisfied customer to his list.

"In our industry you can't be in it without separated environments. You have to be able to separate your clients. Everyday separations are going to be a little different. With a push a button the gate gives us separation. It doesn't get a whole lot easier in our world than to push a button. If a whole lot of other pet resorts followed our lead they would be far ahead of the game," said Yenish. For more information on The Paw and its long list of services visit: www.thepawmankato.com or call 507-382-3043.

Dogs playing in front of Schweiss lift strap gate

Schweiss Doors installed all the framework, straps and motor. Tom Yenish did the finish work on this Schweiss lift gate with steel panel siding on the bottom and clear polycarbonate panels above that.

Unique lift strap gate at The Paw in Mankato

Five patented Schweiss liftstraps and a 2 h.p. top-mounted motor easily lift the 1,500 lb. gate.

Fogs next to schweiss gate at The Paw

"Can I push the button and open the lift gate?" A built in man door allows for easy passage between each side of the room when the Schweiss lift gate is down.

cat resting in cat condo at The Paw

Cats are also a big part of The Paws business. There are 24-kennel accommodations and a large fish tank where they can while away the day.

Tom Yenish, owner of The Paw

Tom Yenish is the man behind the idea of The Paw and it's one of a kind Schweiss Strap Lift Gate.

under water treadmill for pet exercise

Once dogs enter the treadmill area the door is closed and the box fills up with water for safe and fun rehabilitation.

The Paw's indoor swimming pool

Dogs love their pool time at this large indoor pool. Most human hotels don't have it this good!

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The Carriage House on the lakeshore property of Sid Morris, Cornelius, NC is very likely the most unique in America! It doesn't house horses and horse buggies. It doesn't house antique autos. Instead it houses his R44 helicopter. And that chopper gets to the Carriage House by first landing on a helio pad on the end of his 200' dock. A small electrically driven dolly then gently lifts the chopper with operator then guiding the chopper to its proper stall inside this remarkable 4-star carriage house.
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Schweiss doors continue to show up in unusual places, around the world. Arizona businessman Phil Kislak said his basic reason for going with Schweiss was simply the strong reputation of Schweiss doors throughout the aviation industry.
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At 27 years of age, film maker/artist/author Travis Wood appears to be adding architectural design to his intriguing resume. Evidence of this new dimension is a most unique structure, a combination studio/guest house that he and his father are constructing on their vacation property on Martha's Vineyard, hugging the south shore of Massachusetts.
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Hugging the southwest corner of Long Island, New York, Brooklyn's earlier identity was mostly hitched to Coney Island beach and the Brooklyn Dodgers of baseball immortality. Today the city is enjoying a renaissance of rediscovery by artists, retailers, ambitious contractors and creative landscapers including the Andre Kikoski Architect firm which just wrapped up the complete renovation of two empty, abandoned warehouse buildings on 22-28 Wyckoff Ave.
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Consolidation is that aggressive word which has been enveloping agricultural business for several years now. In simple terms, it results in fewer but bigger. And that certainly is the recent history of the farm implement business, which used to pride itself on having eight, 10, even 12 or more dealerships per county. Today three or four farm equipment dealers per county is more the usual. But ownership of farm implement stores today often includes multiple locations throughout an entire state.
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Flying since he got the bug when working the fishing canaries in Alaska, Eric Hutchins, Grand Rapids, MN, has a rather diversified agenda these days. For example he runs a year-round Dairy Queen in this bustling tourist center town. He also does some part-time law enforcement work and occasionally flies fire detection with the MN DNR. When time permits, high on his agenda is getting together with his snowmobile buddies for a few miles through the beautiful lake and woodland country of Itasca County. And of course cranking up his Bellanca Scout for an aerial view of this lake-country landscape only adds to the pleasure of making life work for Hutchins.
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In September of 2009, we started the rehabilitation of Hanger 155 at Chippewa County International Airport in Kincheloe, MI. Our first step was to remove 60 years worth of lead paint from the existing steel substructure and miles of asbestos-containing material. When the building was safe to work in, our demolition subcontractor started on the roof system.
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It's big, 43,500 square feet. It has a special floral display unit out front courtesy of the employees and the general contractor. You walk into an 'eye catching' 100' x 160' 'Consumer Display' section complete with a 10' high shelf showcasing various John Deere 'consumer goods'. And greeting you at the retail counter is a colorful prairie scene with an old country barn, woodlots, fields of corn and wheat plus a depiction of the original 1-bottom plow that launched the John Deere machinery company. A show place of sorts? Yes, indeed.
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Well, it's all of the above for 62-year-old Daniel Shaw, a plumbing contractor at Geneva, Fla. Who has given new meaning to the term "hangar home." The structure is 50' wide x 60' deep x 30' tall, all metal/ However, a 45' x 15' Schweiss hydraulic door sporting a wrap-around porch with decorator railing, table and chairs, a "walk through" door with stylish window, and veranda "roof" gets your attention.
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Schweiss Hydraulic and Bi-fold Doors recently installed four new hydraulic doors at the Renville County Fairgrounds located in Bird Island, MN. The Renville County Board approached Schweiss looking for a way to open up the event building located at the county's fairgrounds. The event building is used to host live bands, beer gardens and public auctions by Henslin Auction Services. Hydraulic doors seemed like the perfect solution to open up the building and allow easy access to the building for large groups of people.
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Schweiss Doors, the rural Minnesota Company that introduced the patented Lift-Strap opening/closing mechanism and today is the acknowledged No. 1 builder of hydraulic and bifold doors for agriculture and the aviation industry, is flexing its muscle once again. The powerful hydraulic doors are the newest product from Schweiss. The farm and construction industry is likely to welcome this new Schweiss package.
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We're no longer just selling iron. Today we're selling precision farming products and that requires special training of both our personnel and our farm customers," says Paal Haug, general manager of Haug Implement with stores at Willmar and Litchfield
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Three 12' x 20' Schweiss hydraulic designer doors are on their way to China. Transported via container vessel, this shipment is the first sale to China for this rural Minnesota manufacturing firm, but it's not likely to be the last.
Mike Schweiss relates, "It was about 7:30 in the evening. I was outside washing my car. My cell phone rings. The guy asks, "Are you Mike Schweiss with this Schweiss Doors operation?"
The call was from Shanghai, China. The guy making the call was Robin Ho, born in Malaysia but for several years now Quality Control Director for Beijing Curtain Wall Co., LTD. a huge Chinese business development firm that is part of the Yangtze River Delta Group, Shanghai.
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The creativity of customers continues to be a driving force for many manufacturers. Take for example North Star Imaging, Inc., a Rogers, Minnesota manufacturer of industrial x-ray systems which are enclosed by a radiation shielding cabinet and access door and used by manufacturing firms in the aerospace, military, automotive, medical device, electronics, even the genetic seed industry and many more.
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Never try to beat a man at his own game was the advice of Jim Hinton, father of Randy Hinton, General Manager of the 'Red Power' Case/IH Team of northern Iowa. That was back in 1971 when Randy and his Dad were just trying to get a toehold in the farm equipment business with their 'start up' store in Bancroft, IA. Today that Red-Power Team has expanded to five more Case/IH stores in Corwith, Manson, Humboldt, New Hampton, and Mason City, a 370-mile round-trip journey. Randy Hinton now takes a slightly different twist to his Dad's advice. His business mantra today: If you're going to survive in today's world, you'd better be ready to expand.
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How do you make the loading dock area for your store secure, yet still easily accessible and stylish? This Target store in North Carolina found the answer with two 39' x 17' bifold gates for their loading area. Give us your idea and we will get you the door.
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What looked like a near impossible situation without some totally new engineering design instead turned out to be a remarkable solution to an extreme challenge. The challenge? How to fit a "roof door" over a 20' by 30' sandblasting chamber used by SMS Millcraft, Oil City, PA. This firm specializes in refurbishing component parts for various Pennsylvania steel mills.
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Now a sprightly 70-years-old, Wally Vorwerk, rural Gibbon, said he became a 'tractor nut' when he was six years old and his Dad let him drive their 9N Ford tractor. Today Vorwerk has 14 Ford tractors plus at least a dozen other rigs of various colors, sizes, and nameplates, all beautifully restored and sporting fresh paint.
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It is rare that an Air Tractor dealership changes hands. It cant be done without an approval from Air Tractor, Inc. This requirement became all too apparent to Bill Taylor of Farm Air in Fairfield Illinois. Bill was starting to think about retiring from the business he formed in 1976. Shortly after forming Farm Air, Bill saw a need for Air Tractors in the Midwest, and approached Air Tractor about becoming a dealer. Over thirty successful years later, Bill decided it was time to sell Farm Air with its Air Tractor dealership intact.
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WOW !!!! I like the new photo of the day! That is so cool how that customer has his livingroom mirrored like that! Even the painting on the wall... They had two paintings done, one to mirror the other! very cool! At first I thought it might be photoshopped since the right side is a 100 percent identical mirror image to the left... But then I thought... Why would an upstanding business alter photos, but now I truly understand Schweiss does think out of the box for and with their customers to keep their product on the cutting edge in the door world. Let me say this, your product is "hotter" than anyone could imagine, hands down Schweiss is The Door Leader so I know it's real! Anyway... Very cool! Can't wait to see the next one! Tommy
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This custom set of Schweiss Bi-Fold Doors was the perfect solution to provide a unique dining experience for this restaurant's patio bar customers.
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Marv Rubingh of Ellsworth, Michigan converted his 23-ft. tall, 62-ft. diameter Slurrystore into a shop. Built in 1979, it was still structurally sound. Rubingh started thinking about converting it even before he stopped using it for manure storage.
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Photo of the hangar door built in 1900 to house the Wright Brother's various gliders and aircraft at Kitty Hawk. What was started over 100 years ago has been taken to the next level by Schweiss Hydraulic Doors. The "one piece door" was the Wright Brother's choice, make the Schweiss Door your choice!
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