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Alberta, Canada hangar shines like a brand new penny

Bifold door hangar with utility tractor

Gary Acheson's new 6,000 sq. ft. hangar is at the edge of the Villeneuve Airport taxiway. The airport near Edmonton, Alberta has seen considerable growth with many new and older hangars having Schweiss doors on them.

If you think the exterior of Gary Acheson's Alberta, Canada hangar looks slick and clean, you ought to see the inside - it sparkles.

Acheson and his family who own a custom home building business, finished building their new 6,000 sq, ft, wood hangar located at the Villeneuve Airport located at St. Albert, a community of 64,000 residents about 6.5 miles (10 km) north of Edmonton in May of this year.


"The thought process and mechanical aptitude to create the autolatch and strap system was quite ingenious. It's hard to say one thing that I like best about my Schweiss door. I like the engineering, the quality of the door, I like the operation; the way it lifts up and down nicely and seals well and it was delivered on time. I don't underestimate the importance of after-sale support that I think you guys did an excellent job on."


- Gary Acheson
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada


The new 6,000 sq. ft. hangar is very modern with an attached office, LED lighting throughout, in-floor heating, high R-Value blown in insulation in the walls and attic and a lounge to hang back and relax in. The floor of the hangar looks so clean you could eat off it. It's a beauty, Aye!

The hangar currently houses his four-passenger Mooney Acclaim, a Cessna 182T Skylane, and a friend uses it occasionally for a Cessna Citation.

His hangar has a 55 ft. x 19.6 ft custom-made Schweiss Bifold liftstrap door with autolatches and is equipped with warning lights and horns and a emergency backup system.

Schweiss Doors has a reputation for after-sale-service, this is something that really impressed Acheson. When the door arrived, the independent shipping company that delivered it damaged the door to where it wasn't repairable. Even though the bifold door wasn't delivered by Schweiss Doors, Schweiss Doors CEO Mike Schweiss went the extra step toward customer satisfaction.

"Nothing to do with Schweiss; but everything wasn't rosie with respect to the door from the beginning," said Acheson. "What had happened was half the door got damaged in shipment. When it was on the truck it was all bowed out; the top of it couldn't even be repaired in the field. I was very impressed how Schweiss handled that negative - they recognized that it wasn't right, and sent us a new half of the door. The point that I want to make is that Schweiss listened - your assessment was fair and you responded to our needs. What impressed me about Schweiss Doors too, is it is a family run business just like ours."

Child's plane goes into the hangar

There's plenty of room in the hangar, even for small planes like this.

Family means a lot to Gary, his wife, two daughters and son-in-laws have the family run St. Albert businesses of Sarasota Homes and Sarasota Realty. They buy undeveloped land and build and sell homes on the development.

Even though it is a new wood building hangar Acheson chose to have a freestanding header for his door for the extra support it offers. The door also came with liner flashing to make installing the inside liner a breeze. Acheson and his son-in-law chose to install the door and freestanding header themselves, taking their time over a period of a few cold December days he said the process went smoothly from start to finish.

Well lit hangar with bifold door

There's still plenty of room to spare in Gary Acheson's new St. Albert, Canada hangar. He uses it to hangar his Mooney Acclaim and Cessna 182T Skylane. It has a Schweiss 55 ft. x 19.5 ft Liftstrap/Autolatch door.

"Another thing that I think is important too; there was nobody where we live that could install the door," noted Acheson. "So what I ended up doing was reading the instructions. It took time, but on any other questions I had, I called Brent (at Schweiss Doors) on. The manuals were good and I'm really big on the after-sale support that Schweiss Doors offered. Brent was excellent. The key to the wood construction was using the freestanding header that you folks provided. Using that header made the whole system work extremely well. In respect to the freestanding header, it solved a lot of engineering problems."

"The liftstrap door idea is ingenious. The thought process and mechanical aptitude to create the autolatch and strap system was quite ingenious. I'm very happy with the door . . . good quality."

He also did his homework on the Internet before choosing a Schweiss Door.

Hangar Office has Cirrus II flight simulator

His hangar office and pilots lounge has comfortable seating and is something else to behold; it has a Cirrus II flight simulator and other electronic equipment that most pilots would drool over.

Acheson says he's been a private pilot for about 20 years and has two son-in-laws with about 10 years in the air. "I have a simulator room on one side and a lounge on the other side. The simulator is for the Mooney. We use it to keep myself and son-in-laws safe."

comfortable seating in office along with other accomodations
Flight Simulator is used for Mooney Aircraft to keep everyone safe.

Acheson's hangar has a lounge with comfortable seating and a Cirrus II flight simulator and other electronic equipment that most pilots would envy. He and his son-in-laws use the simulator for the Mooney aircraft.

"I took a long time looking at all different types of doors. I found the Schweiss door to be reasonably priced and there were a lot of good things you had on your web page that helped me in designing the building itself. Your "How To" videos helped me understand what to do and how your door system would work on my building overall. That's important to know how the doors tie into different types of construction," explained Acheson.

"I choose the bifold door over the hydraulic door because I thought it would have less lateral stress outward on the building. Obviously snow is also an issue where you can open up your door right away and get your equipment out," added Acheson. "I didn't know it at the time, but actually I would say Schweiss is the predominant door at our airport. The Villeneuve Airport has been around for a long time, but just had a recent growth cycle with a lot of new hangar construction going in."

Bifold doors on two hangars

The all-white interior of the hangar has LED lighting and in-floor heating. The orange hangar in the background also has a Schweiss bifold door on it.

"It's hard to say one thing that I like best about my Schweiss door. I like the engineering, the quality of the door, I like the operation; the way it lifts up and down nicely and seals well and it was delivered on time. I don't underestimate the importance of after-sale support that I think you guys did an excellent job on," noted Acheson.

Sarasota Homes, Ltd. / Sarasota Realty, Ltd

Sarasota Homes Ltd. is one of Alberta, Canada's premier builders of fine homes and the leading custom homebuilder in St. Albert, Canada serving St. Albert and surrounding communities. They were recently featured as the cover story in FineLifestyles magazine (Vol. 2 - Issue 2). Located at Carleton Drive in St. Albert, Alberta T8N 7K9, this address is also the home of Sarasota Realty. Gary Acheson's wife, Janet, is the broker there working out of the same address.
Sarasota Homes, Ltd. can be reached by calling (780)460-5996 or by visiting their website at sarasotahomes.ca.
Sarasota Realty, Ltd. can be contacted at (780)460-2222.

Bifold door going up

Five strong liftstraps open the door. When fully open there is plenty of headroom and the door provides a nice shaded canopy.

Villeneuve Airport

Villeneuve Airport is the only general aviation airport in the Capital Region with a NAV CANADA Air Traffic Control Tower. Villeneuve Airport, is about 6.5 miles (10 km) north of Edmonton. This Commercial General Aviation Airport supports small aircraft, whether fixed or rotary-wing for private, corporate or commercial purposes including recreation, flying training, private transportation or other specialty purposed aircraft.

Villeneuve Airport is home to 13 businesses, covering such activities as aircraft flight training, fixed-wing aircraft maintenance, helicopter maintenance and aviation operations.

Bifold Door at Villeneuve Airport
Large aircraft in front of hangar

This Air Bull racer sometimes gets hangared next to Acheson's other two planes.

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Gene Fuchs, 81, has been taking to the air since the age of 15 and bought his first airplane four years later. He has two Schweiss Bifold hangars doors and one large 45 ft. bifold machine shed door at his farmsite east of Morgan, Minnesota. He bought his first bifold door in the 1980s and hasn't had a lick of trouble with any of them.
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Washington resident Herb Korthuis needed a tall garage door to fit his large motorhome into. A city zoning ordinance said he couldn't do it at first, but thanks to Schweiss Doors he now has a 16x12 ft. bifold door that blends into the rest of his house and neighborhood and which was OK'd by the building inspector despite its size.
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Back in 1980, Marty Kiehm, age 23 at the time, built his first structure, a 70' x 100' hangar with a 48' bifold hangar door at the Delavan, MN airport. Though not yet a licensed pilot, aviation blood was already trickling through his veins. His dad was an aerial applicator so 'flight talk' was a fairly routine part of family conversations. However following in his Dad's footprint wasn't his ambition.
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Schweiss Designer Doors don't get much better than this. Under Armour Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland ordered this very attractive and unique metal perforated hydraulic one-piece canopy door as a showpiece for their store and office building in Baltimore, Maryland . The 28' 10" wide x 12' - 140 mph windrated door features two distinctly lighted Under Armour billboard-style logos which can be seen for miles around.
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"I come here every morning at 6 a.m. I spend all day here and I enjoy every minute of it." Those words from Patrick Aucoin, Aucoin and Associates, Inc., Spring, TX. And where he comes each day is to an 84' x 84' steel hangar at the Spring, TX airfield. But what a hangar! For 14 years this spot was only a concrete slab, the only remnant from a Texas tornado that wiped out the hangar which used to set on this hunk of concrete. But not so today.
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There aren't many airports in the U.S. or abroad that have as many Schweiss Bifold Liftstrap/Autolatch hangar doors as the Oshawa, Ontario, Canada airport. In a three-phase project a total of 80 Schweiss liftstrap and autolatch bifold doors have been put onto hangars there. In just the last order alone, 34 Schweiss bifold doors ranging in size from 41.5 ft wide to 47 ft. wide gives some solid proof of their popularity among hangar owners there.
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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.
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Extreme sports enthusiasts are a key demographic for energy drink makers, and Red Bull's new North American headquarters in Santa Monica, CA was created with that audience in mind. Among the 105,000 sq. ft. buildings many impressive design features are 40' wide by 250' long, non-functioning skateboard platform and 28' tall by 40' wide, Schweiss glass-paneled bifold door.
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Aircraft enthusiasts from more than 70 nations go to the world famous Oshkosh Air Show with their eyes to the sky. It brings in more than 10,000 aircraft and displays nearly 2,500 aircraft of all makes and sizes. Dave Sirota, President of Bassuk Brothers Property Management firm in Oro Valley, Arizona, a bedroom community adjacent to Tucson, didn't go there to look at aircraft, he had another mission in mind.
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Schweiss Doors can't take all the credit for the envy. Ryan also goes first class with the 1955 Chris Craft Continental boat that cruises in and out of his boathouse. And for those not living on this lake, known worldwide as Lake Vermilion, that's also envious.
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"New North Dallas, Teaxs Aero Country East airpark goes exclusively with Schweiss "Red Power" hydraulic one-piece hangar doors. Many Country Club amenities and 39 custom townhomes and pool on privately-owned airport add first class appeal for pilots and families
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When you think of wallabies and kangaroos the first thing that comes to mind is Australia, "The Land Down Under." You don't have to travel that far, however, to see these marsupials, The Fall City Wallaby Ranch has 19.
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The term "mancave" has in recent times entered the American vernacular. It refers to a place where the guys can get together, lay back and talk about whatever is on their minds and solve the world problems and such over a cold one or two. Mancaves seem to be quite popular amongst football fans.
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Only about 30 miles due south of downtown Chicago and surrounded by fields of corn, soybeans, wildlife habitat and even a few tree farms sits one of the newer and more intriguing airfields in America. Called Bult Field Airport and identified as C56, this country airport however dates back to 1942 when Paul Sanger, a Monee, Illinois aviation enthusiast started his 'grass strip' air field three nautical miles southeast of town.
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That's how Opus One building's architect, Scott Johnson, described this California Napa Valley winery located between St. Helena and Napa, almost straight north of San Francisco, California. Johnson was part of the design team behind the whole footprint of the Opus One building expansion. The suggestion and actual design of the unique Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors was recommended by Wayne Leong, of Leong Architectural firm in St Helena, CA.
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Most every contractor at heart wants to do the best job for their customer. Sometimes that means going above and beyond the call and at other times being able to offer the best product for them.
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There's nothing cheap about building anymore but this project turned out wonderfully. The Schweiss door fits perfectly. We dressed up the shop and office area with some window shutter trim. Structural Building out of Becker, MN was the contractor and they did a great job
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It was a 70 ft. hydraulic door, very lightly built, it came in two sections that didn't meet together when they put it together. It showed up bent, and when raised it would bend, very poor weld quality, with welds missing in places. It was a piece of crap, I've never seen something so poor, there was no engineering done on it. There was no quality control.
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RiverEdge Park and Music Garden is a venue that not many people in the United States have heard of yet, but they will. It is becoming the centerpiece in a 10-year master plan for the city of Aurora, Illinois, that state's second largest city with a population of close to 200,000 people, making it the 112th largest city in the United States. Aurora is located about 45 miles west of Chicago and is accessible by commuter train from there.
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Since Introducing "Red Power" Hydraulic Doors to the market this Spring, sales of Schweiss Hydraulic Doors have escalated, and as a result truckload-after-truckload of ready to assemble doors have been moving out to destinations within all corners of the United States and other locations around the globe.
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This eye catching farm shop is indeed a beautiful facility. All four exterior steel walls are white, however red is the accent color around the edges of this big hydraulic door, all windows in the door, plus other access doors into this incredible building.
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Twenty-seven years as an aerial applicator provides an historical perspective each spring for Rich Sigurdson, Olivia, MN. For cantankerous 2011 he simply responded,"This spring brought in a little more work than normal. This is the latest for putting crops in the ground since I've been in the business.
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Getting 146 doors installed at one location speaks rather strongly about the quality and reliability of your door provider. But that's the current scorecard of Schweiss BiFold doors at Fort Carson, Colorado (Colorado Springs) where Mortenson Construction (Denver branch) has an ongoing contract with the U.S. Army for the construction of special heated maintenance shops called TEMFs (Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities). This means structures big enough for Army tanks and other special military tactical vehicles.
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Why Schweiss? Perhaps the logic of Todd Halver, Marchmont Plantation Airpark, Advance, NC speaks for many. Said Halver, "I found out about Schweiss by just being around a few folks at airport hangars. So often Schweiss doors got into the conversation. Then I went to the Internet. I checked out a variety of hydraulic doors. The more I looked the more impressed I was with the information on Schweiss hydraulics. There are some second class manufacturers out there and the last thing I wanted was a bad experience.
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I researched over a year what I wanted to do. I met Dave Schweiss at the Florida 'Fun in the Sun' air show and both Dave and Mike at the big Oshgosh, WS show. After meeting the guys and looking more closely at their product the choice was obvious. It simply was the best fit, the best design, the best door and in terms of value, the best deal.
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Here are some shots of Fagen's warbirds. All mighty nice, mint condition airplanes! Just one of many unique planes that will be on display in the New Fagen Museum. It'll be the hot spot in Granite Falls, Minnesota to see some of the most beautiful Flying machines imaginable.
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Obviously a guy doesn't spend several thousand dollars for a big hydraulic door because it opens and closes in 37 seconds. But surprisingly 'door speed' is a bit of a factor, at least for Terry Albright, Renville County farmer who also runs a fleet of 'over the road' semi rigs.
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A slick, new 75' x 80' farm shop with special lighting, in-floor heating, a huge 40' door and a burgundy and beige color scheme is getting all sorts of attention on the farm of John Dulin, Kenton, Ohio. "The contractor that sold me the building has people coming here every week it seems to check out the building and especially that big hydraulic door. So it's a real treat for me and my farming partner son Dana, to show them the works," explained Dulin, who is also maintenance manager for six school buses in their local special education district.
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Two bifold doors were on his Wayzata, Minn. home when he and his wife, Nancy, purchased it from a previous owner several years ago. He referred to the doors as "a bonus and attractive feature" and believed the architect chose the bifold style of doors for aesthetic reasons.
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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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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.
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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 Bifold 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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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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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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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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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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This custom set of Schweiss Bifold Doors was the perfect solution to provide a unique dining experience for this restaurant's patio bar customers.
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