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Huisman is happy with New Schweiss Bi Fold Liftstrap Doors

Tim Huisman, wireless remote in hand, opens the big 50' x 18' bifold liftstrap door on his new cold storage machine shed at Huisman' Farms southeast of Atwater.


“ I have two boys and we're building this farm for our next generation. Just like my dad built it with me in mind, everything I've been building is with them in mind. That's why we like to find a product that we know will last, and Schweiss seems to have a good, long-lasting product that hangs in there with storms. As long as the building holds up we know the doors will hang in there and that we won't have problems with maintenance. ”


- Tim Huisman
Huisman Farms, Atwater


When you farm big with big equipment you need big machine sheds with big doors. Schweiss Doors filled that bill over the years by manufacturing three large bifold liftstrap doors for Huisman Farms of Atwater, Minnesota.

Jim and Tim Huisman who now work their 3,000-plus acre corn and soybean farm had Tim's father, Jim, first contacting Schweiss Doors nearly 20 years ago to order his first Schweiss 36' x17' bifold liftstrap door. He began farming in 1968. As their operation grew with the addition of new buildings and larger farm equipment so did the subsequent need for larger bifold doors - a 45' x 18' and just last year a 50' x 18' on their new 100' x 225' cold storage machine shed.

As you approach their farmsite southeast of Atwater the first thing you notice is a series of wind turbines chopping up the air. Driving onto the place are strategically placed large machine sheds and a 12-sun tracker row of solar panels that supply electricity for the farm. It's then that you realize that Jim and Tim are modern-day progressive farmers in the best sense of the word and if there is any doubt, a quick glance at their sparkling clean modern machinery and semi's shedded neatly in a row puts all uncertainty to rest.

The pride in their operation and love of the “Long Green Line” is reflected inside their new machine shed and on the 50' bifold door where the main frame roofing purlins, rafters and internal door trusses are painted green and yellow. As an added touch, the Huisman's had Schweiss customize their door with black straps, black auto latch and shield covers and black motors.

“My big thing in selecting bifold doors over hydraulic doors is I've seen how snow and ice can build up in front of a hydraulic door. I like to clean up right to the front of the doors. Our doors have all been working well, the only thing we don't have on the old door is remotes and autolatches, that's something we've looked at doing. It does have the straps, which we love,” said Tim. “We've known about Schweiss doors our whole life,” added Jim.


“ Our doors have all been working well, the only thing we don't have on the old door is remotes and autolatches, that's something we've looked at doing. It does have the straps, which we love. What we like most about the doors is the ease of operation, good installation and the width. I do like the autolatches because they are always latched; that way nobody can forget to latch the door. ”


- Tim Huisman
Huisman Farms, Atwater


Tim said they visited the Schweiss Doors factory and were given a tour of the operation by Mike Schweiss. They didn't look into any other manufacturers for bifold doors, adding that he's talked to other people around that aren't as happy with their other brand doors.

“What we like most about the doors is the ease of operation, good installation, the width and we love the straps. I do like the autolatches because they are always latched; that way nobody can forget to latch the door,” said Tim. “Schweiss also did black straps and custom black paint on all the shields on the big door. That was a nice option because we don't like a lot of red around this farm.”

Huisman farms have from the start been built with the next generation in line.

“I have two boys and we're building this farm for our next generation. Just like my dad built it with me in mind, everything I've been building is with them in mind. That's why we like to find a product that we know will last, and Schweiss seems to have a good, long-lasting product that hangs in there with storms. As long as the building holds up we know the doors will hang in there and that we won't have problems with maintenance,” noted Tim.

Big Equipment Shed door is wide and tall enough for his largest tractors, and

The tall 18' door is wide enough to drive in even the largest of his farm equipment in and out.

The Huisman's Schweiss Door is painted green with black auto latch, shield covers and straps.

The main frame roofing purlins, rafters and internal door trusses are painted green and yellow. As an added touch, the Huisman's had Schweiss customize their door with black straps, black auto latch and shield covers and black motors. They don't like a lot of red around their John Deere equipped farm.

The Schweiss bifold door is secure when closed and when open gives a shaded canopy.

The liftstraps and autolatching system secure this bifold door in any position and provide a nice shaded canopy when open.

Most of Huisman's Equipment is stored in the 100' by 225' machine shed.

The new 100' x 225' machine shed is 22' tall and easily and neatly stores much of the Huisman's equipment.

The Schweiss auto Strap latch system improves the security of the Schweiss bifold door by locking to the building.

The new Schweiss auto strap latch system locks the bifold door tight to the building when closed.

Owner stands next to control box for Schweiss Bifold Door. The Liftstrap Door can also be opened with Remote Door Openers.

Tim stands beside the bifold door control box. The door can be opened or closed here or by use of one of two handheld remotes that they carry with them in the field.

Family Farm with 3,000 acres choose another Schweiss Door

Tim and his dad, Jim, work the 3,000-acre farm. Jim began farming here in 1968 and now Tim heads up the operation and he and his wife, Jillayne, have two young boys they hope to see continue on the family farm in the future.

Schweiss 45' x 18' bifold door was is open on 60' by 105'.

This 60' x 105' machine shed has a 45' x 18' Schweiss bifold liftstrap door.

Schweiss 45' by 18' door is opened to let semis and equipment in and out of the building.

Semi's and other equipment are stored inside this cold storage machine shed that has a 45' by 18' Schweiss liftstrap door.

Aerial shot of Progressive Farmer's farmsite

This aerial photo taken from a drone shows the layout of the farmsite. In the foreground are the 12 solar panels used to provide electricity for the farm. One of the wind turbines is in the background. Sandwiched between is their shop (left), new machine shed and the other bifold door shed near their office.


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Tim Huisman, wireless remote in hand, opens the big 50' x 18' bifold liftstrap door on his new cold storage machine shed at Huisman Farms southeast of Atwater. When you farm big with big equipment you need big machine sheds with big doors. Schweiss Doors filled that bill over the years by manufacturing three large bifold liftstrap doors for Huisman Farms of Atwater, Minnesota.
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