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Mobile container Bar Pod makes its debut at the 'Big Game'

Portable bar featuring a Schweiss Hydraulic Container Door

The Bar Pod with its Schweiss custom made 23 ft. x 8.10 ft. hydraulic designer container door made its debut at this year's Super Bowl. The Bar Pods with fast TurboTaps have only been in production for about a year.

Name-brand beverages, including mixed drinks, wine, and soft drinks can now be delivered by TurboTap USA and its sister company, Bar Pods, LLC to locations all over the U.S. and abroad by means of fully contained bars.

Bar Pods have only been in production for about a year for research and construction of prototypes. They made their debut at the Nightclub and Bar Convention last year in Las Vegas. They are a deluxe, all-inclusive, velocity service, waste reducing concession bar for beer, wine, or mixed drinks (or all three in one unit), on tap that can be adapted to customer needs. They are equipped with the TurboTap, a patented retrofit draft beer-dispensing device made from high-grade stainless steel that slips over the end of a standard U.S. beer faucet.

"Michael Manion, CEO of Bar Pods, had an idea of serving very cold beer outdoors in the Las Vegas heat without all of the typical complications that are caused from high temperature. He nailed it, and that idea has evolved into today's Bar Pod," said Terry Oneil, General Manager for TurboTaps and Bar Pods.

The newest Bar Pod has a Schweiss 23.1 ft. x 8.10 ft. one-piece hydraulic side mounted container door on it. You might have even seen people belly up to the Bar Pod at this year's Super Bowl. The compact, mount anywhere Schweiss hydraulic pump unit is ideal for these type of containers and when opened the door provides a nice shaded canopy for customers. It opens and closes in a matter of seconds ready for the next day of service or to go on the road to the next fun venue.

"It is an amazing door. I would say that it has lived up to everything we imagined, plus more," said Oneil. When asked what he liked best about the Schweiss product he responded: "5,000 pounds of door opening effortlessly" . . . and the advantage of having a large shaded canopy when open. Oneil said some improvements have been made to the Bar Pod like fancier LED lighting, but the addition of the hydraulic door may be the favorite of them.

See the Schweiss Hydraulic Container Door in action!

Different door styles are available, but Oneil said the hydraulic door is the company preference. Clients who buy them, however, can decide on the door style of their liking.

Bar Pods, LLC currently has two units in their warehouse for display purposes. They plan to build as many as they can sell in the upcoming years - building fleets are their goal. They have offered rental units, but their business model is geared toward sales. And apparently they like the Schweiss hydraulic door so much they potentially at this point want to get two or three more.

As the word got out that Schweiss Doors was producing container doors, they have been manufacturing containers as well as container doors for more and more people. It was just a year ago Schweiss Doors bought a container, cut the sides out and put a hydraulic one piece doors on it and it worked magnificently to give better, safer and easier access to the container. An additional benefit is when the door is closed, it locks weathertight and protects the valuable interior contents that may be stored within the container.

"Schweiss Doors offers a container door kit making it very easy for the customer to install," said Mike Schweiss, President of Schweiss Doors. "We sell thousands of doors for all applications ranging from hangar doors to doors for agriculture, commercial, industrial and residential uses that our customers often install themselves all over the world. This door is no different, only that the size is smaller, which actually makes it easier to install with our step-by-step instructions.

We want to go up and beyond Bar Pods first request and visit their factory in Las Vegas to see how we can aid them in installing Schweiss container doors, so they feel real comfortable with it."

Schweiss Container Door closes weathertight, keeping the contents inside safe.

The side-mounted hydraulic Bar Pod door quietly opens and closes within seconds to put the unit into operation or to close and lock down securely for its next venue location trip. Bar Pods can quickly serve beer, wine or mixed beverages to large crowds.

Bar Pods are solid steel-framed structures that can be custom-built with wheels or with fork holes to allow a forklift to place them onto a flatbed trailer. They also have a self-leveling system for use in any location. Standard Bar Pod sizes are 8'6" x 12' or 24' x 12'. Any variation on the standard models is an option.

Bar Pods have R45 grade, quadruple fan-cooled, walk-in coolers with up to 50 half-barrel (15.5 gallon) keg capacity for larger Bar Pods. Walk-ins include self-closing doors and can be opened from the inside. Auto-keg switchers will automatically go to the next keg when the beer runs out.

The "Mixed Drink System" has free-flow, high speed liquor and mixer guns that allow drinks to be made in three seconds. The auto-switching bottle system detects when a bottle is running empty and switches to the next bottle.

Wine System Bar Pods have a bi-level, divided walk-in cooler for proper temperature storage of red and white wines, fast pouring free-flow tap delivery systems and large wine keg capacity.

Bar Pods are available with digital heat and AC climate control, windscreens, internal lighting, programmable POS systems, 1,600 capacity cup dispensers, hot water hand washing sink, abundant under-counter storage spaces, independent service entrance door, electric extending shade awning, roll down security windows and ice machine. They can also include security video monitoring systems and much more.

For marketing capabilities, all exterior walls, select interior walls and shade awnings of Bar Pods can be wrapped with your sponsors' logos. Flat Screen TV's and DVD players can run constant product videos.

Bar Pod before all the reim was finished

Since production of Bar Pods began about a year ago, improvements such as the Schweiss hydraulic door and fancier LED lighting have been added. Fully loaded the Bar Pod can serve 6,200 pints of beer and fill a perfect 38 degree pint beer glass in two seconds.

History of the TurboTap

About 15 years ago at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an engineering student named Matt Younkle was waiting in a long, slow-moving line for a beer and began to think that there had to be a faster, better way to pour a beer. That thinking led to the development and refinement of the TurboTap draft beer tap, the securing of a patent, and by 2004, the start of the company, Laminar Technologies, LLC. Laminar produced and marketed their draft beer tap products for several years with some success, including installations in 28 stadiums and arenas around the country.

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One advantage of the hydraulic door is it provides a very nice shaded awning for customers. The Schweiss Hydraulic Door system is very safe and quiet. The compact hydraulic pump can be stored anywhere and opens the door very quickly.

The TurboTap has been in use at countless venues, arenas, stadiums, resorts, casinos, taverns, cafes, hotels and mancaves across the U.S.

The science of beer drinking is surprisingly evolved

For instance, science has determined that the best serving temperature for most American beers is 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Not 37 degrees or 39 degrees, but 38 degrees. That's how specific and focused the understanding of beer drinking has become.

But keeping your draught beer from becoming too warm is more difficult than you may realize. For instance, if you put a 38 degree keg outside in the hot sun for a few hours, the beer's temperature will rise by 10 degrees; it will take you 10 hours to get the beer back down to "drinking temperature," if you put it in a 36-degree cooler. When beer gets too warm, it can get disgustingly foamy.

TurboTap will save you money

The TurboTap and Bar Pod bring extraordinary benefits to concessionaires, wholesalers, bar and club owners, bar staff, and customers by increasing the speed of beer flow and reducing waste.

"Fully loaded, the Bar Pod will serve 6,200 pints of beer. The amount of people it will serve will vary depending on the venue," noted Oneil. "For a situation where pints are the only alcoholic beverage available, a group of 2,000 people would allow each customer to drink approximately three beers without having to restock the cooler."

Here are just some of the other benefits that the TurboTap offers:

When a draft beer system is delivering too much foam at the tap, bartenders typically pour off that excess foam into the drip tray or let the faucet run until the excess foam clears. That beer foam poured down the drain can represent as much a 25-30% waste. When one considers that a keg contains approximately 125 glasses of beer, that wasted foam represents 31 or more glasses of beer. Doing the math leads you to the conclusion that at $5 per glass, you are losing $155 profit per keg. When you add up the number of kegs you buy each week, month, and year, the lost profit can be staggering. If that 25-30% waste was reduced to 10%, the additional profit could amount to $90 more per keg.

TurboTap pours a perfect pint of draft beer in as little as two seconds and a pitcher in as little as 8.5 seconds. Faster draft pours is another way to say that in a given amount of time (i.e. one minute, one hour, one event, etc.) more beers can be poured.

In one minute you can pour and serve six beers from a conventional tap. With a TurboTap attachment, you could increase the number of pours to 10 beers in one minute, which results in a 40 percent increase in volume. This means that beer lines move faster and customers are likely to spend less time in line and more time enjoying their beers, leading to the possibility that those customers will purchase an additional beer during the event. Additionally, some customers get tired of waiting in long lines and end up leaving the line without having purchased a beer.


"It is an amazing door. I would say that it has lived up to everything we imagined, plus more."


- Terry Oneil, General Manager
TurboTaps and Bar Pods


The standard TurboTap comes in three sizes to fit various draft beer tower configurations and glass configurations. It uses fluid dynamics principles to modify the natural flow of beer coming out of the faucet in such a way that flow turbulence is minimized and, in conjunction with the bottom-of-the-glass fill method, the foam collar is consistently a perfect ½" to 1" thick. These factors result in a fill rate that can consistently beat four seconds per pint, minimizing waste and pouring a consistently good-looking, good-tasting, beer.

The TurboTap is quickly and easily retrofitted to existing draft beer dispensing systems. Once installed, ongoing cleaning and maintenance is straightforward and inexpensive.

Pubs, restaurants, stadiums, arenas, festivals and beer wholesalers all benefit from TurboTap's and Bar Pod's speed and consistency. These customers represent a cross-section of top sports and entertainment venues, bars and restaurants. To date, customers have poured over 30 million beers with TurboTap. . . a number that continues to accelerate.

Besides having a compelling product, TurboTap USA and Bar Pods LLC is proceeding to establish strategic partnerships, identify collaborative relationships with affiliates and distributors, and build a customer service-centric brand within the diverse draft beer industry. A team of experts has thought out every possible scenario and situation so that you don't have to. Bar Pods are available for rent, lease, lease-to-purchase, or full purchase. Depending on the size and what is included, they run in $200,000 to $350,000 cost range.

For more information or to view Bar Pod and TurboTap videos, visit their websites at: www.barpods.com and turbotapusa.com.

TurboTap USA and its sister company, Bar Pods, LLC are located at 4825 Quality Ct., Las Vegas, NV 89103 or call 702-871-9449.

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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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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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