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Two large bifold doors are the crowning touch on
Jack Kiecker's pole barn

A happy Schweiss Bifold Door customer.

This nice new 72' x 152' pole barn built by Country Wide Lumber in Hector puts a nice smile on owner, Jack Kiecker's face. The building is segmented into a 72' x 68' in-floor heated shop and 72' x 84' cold storage areas.


"I have recommended Schweiss doors to others, and without a doubt I will continue to. If you want to put a door on, put a "good" door on. It's kind of like buying tools, buy good ones right away or otherwise you'll end up buying them twice. There are probably other doors out there that work, but from what I've seen I don't think there's a better door out there. They are not the cheapest door, but you get what you pay for, it's good money for the value - cheap and good don't always go in the same sentence. It takes money to buy whiskey."


- Jack Kiecker
Fairfax, MN


Jack Kiecker farms just a stones throw, actually about three miles from the Schweiss Door factory in Fairfax, MN. He said that the close proximity of his 1,000 acre farm to the factory wasn't a crucial decider of where he was going to get his two bifold doors from for his new 72' x 152' pole barn.

"I didn't even price anyone elses doors, I knew this was the one I wanted. I still would have went with a Schweiss door even if I wasn't so close to the factory. Schweiss is the only company I know of that has the liftstrap. I've seen bifolds on other buildings that weren't Schweiss doors, but they didn't have the quality. Some guys tried to talk me into these big rollup doors, and then they put a post in the middle of them that I figure someone sooner or later is going to back into and you lose some headroom with a rollup. They talk about speed, that a rollup is much faster, the door on my shop opens up and down in less than 30 seconds, I'm happy with the speed, and you don't have to raise it all the way up to get a tractor out, plus, if I have an issue, I know Mike Schweiss is going to take care of it." explained Kiecker.

Jack grew up with farming in his blood coming from his great, great grandfather, Otto Kiecker's farm that dates back over 100 years. Ernst handed down the chores to his son, Ernst, who in turn relinquished the duties to his son Marlin and now to Jack who has been at it for about 35 years.

There is plenty of headroom with this Bifold Door open.

The 72' x 68' shop in his machine shed opens wide with a 38' x 17.6' bifold liftstrap door. All his doors have liftstraps, autolatches and remote openers.

A very wide open machine shed.

The 72' x 84' cold storage side of his machine shed gives Kiecker ample room to store tractors, semi-trucks, a combine and other farm implements.

Jack and his wife, Patty and their son, Ryan raise mainly corn and soybeans but also set aside acres for sweetcorn and peas for the local cannery.

Kiecker has a 40' x 20' bifold door on the west side endwall and a 38' x 17' 6.5" bifold liftstrap door on the south sidewall. Both doors are equipped with autolatches and remote openers and have 48" x 36" windows to allow adequate natural light into the shop area and cold storage areas.

Planning for the future as farm equipment keep getting larger.

Jack Kiecker gave some thought into his big 40' x 20' high bifold machine shed door. Farm equipment keeps getting bigger and the extra headroom may come in handy for future use. A nice wide door makes backing out of a machine shed easy.

"I like the bifold door better than the hydraulic door. A 40' x 20' hydraulic door has a lot hanging out there in one piece when it's open. You still get a pretty good canopy with the bifold; it's enough. Hydraulic doors are well made, but a bifold door has been around forever. Nothin' better than having a remote control when sitting in the tractor when it's raining. I love the straps and I wouldn't be without the autolatches. I don't like leaving doors open, I can close it from my tractor, and it latches. If I go to work at 7 a.m. and return at 7 p.m., I don't have to worry about wind or birds flying in and leaves and other stuff that can mess up your shop."

His pole barn was built by Country Wide Lumber in Hector just a few years ago. It is segmented to a beautiful 72' x' 68' in-floor heated shop, with kitchenette, bathroom and office complex with an adjoining 72' x 84' cold storage machine shed.

"Paul Domeier at Country Wide told me if you want bifold doors, Schweiss are the doors I handle. If you want something else, that's fine, but then you have to find them. Country Wide had everything in the blue prints but Mike Schweiss suggested putting three braces connecting to the overhead I beam for extra support. "

Kiecker also has a Hot Dawg hanging heater mounted to the top of the ceiling. He uses that for recovery, so if the door has been opened and it gets a little cold inside he can crank up the temperature in a hurry. He said it works great when they have grandpa and grandma out at the farm for Thanksgiving. He added that his doors seal well and it's pretty nice in the shop when it gets to 20 below outside.

"I had a friend build a shop a little before I did and he got his bifold door somewhere else, it had cables on the door and they and everything else broke on him already. On my old shed I put new 18' high sliding doors on it because I don't use it that much, but I wouldn't do it again because they are really hard to handle in the wind and with snow removal you have to shovel it."

"I have recommended Schweiss doors to others, and without a doubt I will continue to. If you want to put a door on, put a "good" door on. It's kind of like buying tools, buy good ones right away or otherwise you'll end up buying them twice. There are probably other doors out there that work, but from what I've seen I don't think there's a better door out there. They are not the cheapest door, but you get what you pay for, it's good money for the value — cheap and good don't always go in the same sentence. It takes money to buy whiskey" chuckled Kiecker.

The bifold doors open fast and efficiently.

Jack Kiecker likes the fact that his bifold doors open fast and quietly. He said he wouldn't have a door without remote openers and autolatches.

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"You still get a pretty good canopy with the bifold; it's enough. Hydraulic doors are well made, but a bifold door has been around forever. Nothin' better than having remote control when sitting in the tractor when it's raining. I love the straps and I wouldn't be without the auto-latches. I don't like leaving doors open, I can close it from my tractor, and it latches. If I go to work at 7 a.m. and return at 7 p.m., I don't have to worry about wind or birds flying in and leaves and other stuff that can mess up your shop."


- Jack Kiecker
Fairfax, MN


Country Wide Lumber has gained a reputation as a business you can trust. They have over 90 years combined experience to help with your home and building needs. With four pole/postframe building specialists on staff they build all types of agricultural structures. They have built post frame structures for storage, animal confinement, and garages, office spaces, retail space, truck storage, decks, sheds and assembly buildings.

Country Wide also excels in designing and building new construction homes, remodeling and cabinetry design.

"We're proud to be called your local home center and hardware store. We promise, there isn't a friendlier or more knowledgeable staff than ours. We are happy to help you find the perfect: pole shed, garage, deck, home improvement and supplies you are looking for. Country Wide is dedicated to doing it right the first time."

Country Wide Lumber is located at 151 Birch Ave W, Hector, MN. They can be reached at (320) 848-2241. Visit their website at http://www.countrywidelumberltd.com for more information and to see photos of the many of the projects they are proud of.

Two big windows on a bifold door with an auto-latch

Large 48" x 36" windows on both of his bifold doors allow for adequate natural light to come in.

These shop lights are bright enough to keep the farm equipment well illuminated

When the lights are on in his shop it's bright as daylight. Perfect for working late into the night during harvest season and other times of the year.

There is plenty of room for this John Deere and this truck to be parked in the Machine Shed

Most farmers would love to have a heated shop like Kiecker's. He even has grandpa and grandma over to the Century Farm homeplace for Thanksgiving dinner in his shop.

An I-bean was added for the door to be more stable.

Three braces connecting to an I-Beam were added above the door to give it extra stability. His machine shed was built by Country Wide Lumber in Hector, who told Kiecker if he wanted any other manufactures door he would have to find it himself.

This bifold door provides quite a bit of headroom.

A large concrete apron leads into the shop side of his building. The 17.6' bifold door provides a nice canopy when open.

Fast opening doors lead to more productive of a day.

Kiecker says both of his bifold doors open in less than 30 seconds.

This bifold door is an exact match for the metal siding.

Two-tone metal siding on the outside of the building and door give it a nice sleek look.

Inside Jacks shop and its items.

When it's time for lunch this kitchenette works just fine.

The office is right next to the kitchen.

A small office area is adjacent to the kitchenette.

Jack Kiecker planned this building with big machinery on mind

Jack Kiecker planned his building so that he had ample room outside the bifold doors to move and back in big machinery.

Jack can work while eating his lunch with his kitchenette right by his office.

Jack Kiecker has a well-organized shop with everything in its place. The Hot Dawg heater mounted to the ceiling is used periodically to take out the chill quickly if the big door has to be open for an extended amount of time.

The in-floor heat system.

A separate room below the balcony houses his in-floor heat system, water heater and file cabinets for storage of farm records.



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