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Bobby Hotel in Downtown Nashville features a 1956 rooftop bus with hydraulic doors

Bobby Hotel Bus Doors situated atop 10 story building

Imagine flying over Nashville and seeing this sight of a big Greyhound bus sitting 10 stories up on the Bobby Hotel building. This landmark, also partially visible from the ground will draw you into the hotel and its restaurants.
(Lisa Diederich Photography)

Bobby Hotel, a newly opened lifestyle boutique hotel, located just a few boot-clad steps from Nashville's historic haunts in Downtown Nashville has opened in grand style.

What also just took place this summer at this location was the hoisting up, 10-stories high, of a 1956 Greyhound Scenicruiser bus to its rooftop.

Schweiss hydraulic and bifold doors have been known to reach high places 20 stories or more up. But the two hydraulic doors used for the Bobby Hotel 1956 bus conversion can be said to top them all.


“We searched around and ran across Schweiss. The doors are amazing with fail-safes built into the hydraulics. We cut half the side off the bus and built a structure to support it and rebuilt the back door opening. When I first opened the doors I wasn't quite sure how it was going to go. When it opened up, it was just unbelievable. We were kind of blown away with the size of the doors. The system is awesome. If I ever have any other big projects to do, it will be with no one else but Schweiss. ”


- Gary Favinger
Hemphill Bros. Coach Co.
Whites Creek, Tennessee


Included in the conversion was the purchase of Schweiss hydraulic door components that when opened at the side and rear of the bus makes it convenient to serve rooftop customers and when closed, protects the interior contents of the bus.

A Schweiss dual-pump system for each door, with its electric motors, were placed 60 feet away inside the swimming pool mechanical room, they operate the hydraulic cylinders to lift and close a 18' 6" x 8' side door and 8' x 9' rear bus door. The doors can be opened and closed with handheld remote openers.

The 1956 Greyhound now serves as part of the Rooftop Lounge, and maybe more importantly as a landmark for visitors and sophisticated or specialized clientele. The bus was somewhat stripped down to lighten it before hoisting it to the rooftop with a crane. Its original road weight was 20,000 pounds.

Castlerock Asset Management, which undertook the adaptive reuse of the Wells Fargo Plaza building, which was a 1970s office building, enlisted Hemphill Brothers Coach Company to redesign the bus. The Nashville-based company is a creator of custom tour buses.

Castlerock envisioned Bobby Hotel "to create an immersive hotel that feels like the quintessential Nashville experience and mirrors musician's life on the road."

"We wanted to create a unique experience on our rooftop different than any other hotel in Nashville," noted Castlerock Vice President Ray Waters."

After extensive building renovation, Bobby Hotel became a vibrant lifestyle hotel, complete with a rooftop lounge and dipping pool, on-site restaurant and unexpected entertainment you'll only find in Nashville.

Brothers Joel W. Hemphill, Jr. and Trent Hemphill started the Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in 1980, with the assistance of their father, Joel W. Hemphill, Sr., who had retired from the coach leasing business. It was their job to give the 1956 bus their magical conversion touch.

Getting Bus ready to move bus to roof

This 1956 Greyhound Scenicruiser bus was hoisted up to the Bobby Hotel rooftop in Nashville. Two Schweiss hydraulic doors; 18.6' x 8' and 9' x 8,' open up the side and back of the bus. It was totally renovated inside by Hemphill Brothers Coach Company.

Jeff King and Gary Favinger, a technical support and fabrication man for Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, said this bus is probably the only one of its kind in the world.

"Bobby Hotel purchased the bus which was not running when we got it. They were looking for someone to do the project. We had three months to do the conversion from start to finish; we actually didn't open the door until one day before delivery. The other company they had trying to do it wasted four months on the job before we got it - we had to have it done before they took the crane down. A lot of imagination went into Bobby, " said Favinger.

They gutted the whole drive train and interior and had to widen the bus by four feet to 12 foot. They built a five-inch I-Beam structure frame to make a platform for the bus. Where it's situated it looks like it could be driven off the building.

"Bobby wanted the front half of the bus to appear like the original coach. The seats were all reupholstered, with overhead lighting added," said Favinger. "We searched around and ran across Schweiss. The doors are amazing with fail-safes built into the hydraulics. We cut half the side off the bus and built a structure to support it and rebuilt the back door opening. When I first opened the doors I wasn't quite sure how it was going to go. When it opened up, it was just unbelievable."

Hemphill Brothers Coach Company operates a coach maintenance and conversion facility near Nashville, Tennessee, and it maintains a fleet of over 90 motor coaches for lease. The company deals in used coaches and new custom conversions.

"A bus looks and feels its best when you use the very best. All of our buses' interiors are handmade and custom designed. We create our buses with top of the line materials such as genuine leather, hardwood flooring, granite, marble and onyx. The combinations of these items produce a gorgeous bus interior. We also go the extra mile with what you don't see to make a bus more elaborate," said Joel. "On other projects we have included everything from an upright piano in the front lounge for Harry Connick Jr. to a treadmill in the back lounge for Taylor Swift to three rolling television studios for ABC news," said Joel Hemphill.

They also do all the wiring, plumbing and electrical work in-house in order to exceed the needs of their clients. They can upgrade sound systems, install televisions and additional video equipment utilizing top-of-the-line electronics. Heated marble bathroom floors, Apple TVs, WI-FI, powered blinds, air pocket doors and HDTVs are a few of their favorite high-end features. Every little detail is carefully selected to make a bus as elaborate as possible when combined for a finished product.

Crane lifting bus doors off the ground

Prior to having the crane lift the bus to the roof, the shell of it, minus most of its 10 wheels, drive train, engine and other weight, was placed on a steel platform. The original road weight of the bus was 20,000 lbs.

"We have also managed to create an indoor fireplace, tanning beds, a mobile museum complete with display cases, recording studios and numerous other outside of the box requests. You never know what the next person is going to ask for, but that is what makes building a bus so much fun. No two buses are alike and there is always going to be new challenges around the corner," noted Hemphill.

They have done an extensive array of elaborate bus conversions. On its website, the company claims a long list of celebrity clients, including Cher, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, George Strait, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marilyn Manson, Korn and Pope Benedict XVI and with the U.S. Secret Service for customized buses used by President Barrack Obama for a trip to Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois in 2011.

"We were kind of blown away with the size of the doors. The system is awesome. If I ever have any other big projects to do, it will be with no one else but Schweiss. Once we figured everything out, such as the hinges and all and with all your support - I had to call Schweiss several times; Brent and Jeremy were very helpful. The people at the Bobby Hotel were blown away by the whole deal. There's never been a bus with side and rear doors opening up and on top of a hotel. It's a one-of-a-kind, we just made it happen," said Favinger.

Bobby Hotel

Bobby Hotel opened during the Spring of 2018 as an immersion into Nashville's creative community. The 144-room hotel celebrates country life with urban appeal - from the rooftop lounge complete with a vintage tour bus to Bobby's Garage, evoking Printers Alley trademark grit.

Centrally located just steps from Nashville's main music and cultural artery, the 10-story property is a refuge for artistic freedom. There's impromptu live sets, moonlit cocktails on the rooftop and biscuit breakfast with bedside journals. Bobby's Tavern features locally sourced, globally tinged fare while an alfresco café serves local brew with a side of street scene. www.bobbyhotel.com

Hemphill Brothers Coach Company

Since 1980 Hemphill Brothers Coach Company has been rolling strong. They bring a personal and customized approach to every project they work on, which is why their client's love riding with them and why they trust the company to get them wherever they need to be.

Bus got gutted to reduce weight before lifting bus

The only original parts of the bus left are the shell and front area and driver's seat and dash. Where it is situated it looks like it could be driven off the building.

Joel and Trent Hemphill have always done business as a team. They grew up playing together, singing together, and traveling together. "Trent and I grew up riding buses with our family, The Hemphill's, singing gospel music. The first bus I remember my dad owning was a 1962 Flexible." The boys learned even more about buses when their father, Joel W. Hemphill, Sr., started his own bus leasing company as a sideline in 1974. This provided the boys a solid foundation when they decided to go into the bus business for themselves in 1980.

Their fleet now includes more than 90 coaches and an unparalleled team of drivers and mechanics, and a client list that looks like a who's who roster of celebrities, musicians, sports figures, and politicians.

Joel and Trent, have appeared on Oprah, VH1-The Fabulous Life of Pop Stars, HGTV and are regularly featured on the new Travel Channel series, "Extreme RVs," with new episodes forthcoming. The two have also been on the cover of American Profile and in Billboard magazines. The company provides coach services to an extensive list of celebrities, such as Cher, Tom Hanks, Pope Benedict XVI, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.

In 2006, and 2009 through 2012 Hemphill Brothers was presented with The Coach Company of the Year award at the annual Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas, NV. In 2013, Hemphill Brothers Coach Company was awarded the Top Dog Award by Tour Link. Trent and Joey were finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Southeast Award and nominated for 2013 Most Admired CEO by the Nashville Business Journal.

Hemphill Brothers Coach Company customized the buses that were used by President Barack Obama for a trip to Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois in 2011. Although the trip had the appearance of a presidential campaign event, it was designated an official trip by the Obama administration and was thus federally financed.

Two such buses were ordered by the United States Secret Service in 2010 at a combined cost of $2,191,960 to address security inadequacies encountered on previous such events where leased vehicles were used. The Secret Service intends to use the buses as a general asset, and they are not specifically dedicated to the President. As such, the second bus was used in a similar fashion by the Secret Service during in the 2012 presidential campaign to transport Mitt Romney. This second bus is now held, by the Secret Service as a backup vehicle.

The company operates a 28,000 square-foot conversion and maintenance facility located outside of Nashville. As part of its customizing operation, the facility maintains wood finishing and upholstery shops. The conversion operation provides a full range of customizing services to client specifications.

Despite all the accolades and success the core foundation and principles behind the Hemphill Brothers Coach Company have remained unchanged for than 30 years and the company still strives to deliver an unparalleled level of quality, comfort, safety, reliability, and client relationships. Hemphill Brothers is locate at 7471 Old Hickory Blvd, Whites Creek, TN Phone: (615) 876-9000. www.hemphillbrothers.com

Interior of bus is widened and made additional room

In order to get additional room inside the bus, Hemphill Brothers Coach Company cut it down the center and extended the width four feet to where it is now 12 feet wide. (Lisa Diederich Photography)

Castlerock Asset Management

Castlerock is a premier real estate development and asset management firm specializing in unique-and-distinctive commercial properties designed to enhance and enrich the communities they serve. Headquartered in the heart of Nashville's bustling Downtow, Castlerock brings a highly creative and sophisticated dynamic to one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, honoring the region's rich history while breaking exciting new ground. Inspired by the city's creative energy and warm, welcoming vibe, the pair formed Castlerock, investing in prime urban property with the stated mission of bringing a new level of elegance and bold, contemporary design to Nashville's vibrant hospitality scene.

About the bus

The General Motors PD-4501 Scenicruiser, manufactured exclusively by General Motors for the Greyhound Corporation, was a three-axle monocoque two-level coach used by Greyhound from July 1954 into the mid-70's. 1,001 were made between 1954 and 1956. The Scenicruiser became an icon of the American way of life due to its presence throughout the USA in cities and along highways and popularity with the traveling public.

Power for the production models was originally provided by two GM Diesel 4-71 engines of 160 HP each connected by a fluid coupling because GM had never seen the need for a V8 version of its Series 71 diesel engine. Each coach had a single three-speed manual transmission with a two-speed splitter for six forward speeds

The first design prototype for the Scenicruiser, the GX1, was a double decker with access from the lower deck and the driver seated on the upper deck. It was soon decided that a split-level design would be better because the GX1 was too tall for many Greyhound garages and lacked luggage space for 50 people. The coaches were also unusual in having 10 wheels: each rear axle had four wheels and tires but only the most forward one was active. The GX-2 had a lower level containing the driver's area and entrance with 10 seats plus a restroom on the passenger's side and an upper level with 33 more seats. The Scenicruiser was equipped with an air-ride suspension and air conditioning.

"Bus Stop," a 1956 American romantic comedy film directed by Joshua Logan for 20th Century Fox, starred Marilyn Monroe featured in a Greyhound Scenicruiser bus.

bus lounge and bar bring in the patrons

The Bobby Hotel bus now serves as a bar and lounge and has become a major attraction and landmark for the hotel. Nearby is a rooftop pool and other places for hotel patrons to relax. (Lisa Diederich Photography)

Hydraulic Bus Doors provide a canopy that is useful on rainy days

Even if it's a rainy day, the two bus doors can be opened due to the fact they provide a nice canopy that can also provide shade on a hot Tennessee day. (Lisa Diederich Photography)

hydraulic pumps are housed in mechanical room 60 feet away

The two Schweiss compact hydraulic pumps that open the doors were situated 60 feet away in the swimming pool mechanical room to give maximum space inside the bus. (Lisa Diederich Photography)

Bobby Hotel had other renovations beyond hydraulic bus doors, including restaurants, spa, rooms, and other amenities

The Bobby Hotel also went through a major renovation with top quality restaurants, 144 spacious rooms, spa and other amenities. It is conveniently located near Nashville's historic haunts in the Destination District and Printers Alley.
(Lisa Diederich Photography)

Hydraulic Doors close quickly and seal weathertight.

The hydraulic doors can be closed very quickly when the bus is not in use. The doors seal weather tight and protect the contents within. (Lisa Diederich Photography)

Scenicruise Bus can be seen on top of the hotel from the street below

"Bus Stop," a 1956 American romantic comedy film for 20th Century Fox starring featured Marilyn Monroe in a 1956 Greyhound Scenicruiser bus identical to the one on the Hotel Bobby rooftop. (Lisa Diederich Photography)

Hydraulic Bus Doors gives character to the Late-Night Hotel Parties.

The Bobby Hotel Greyhound bus stays open for late-night parties under the stars. Its location gives a good view of the Nashville skyline. (Lisa Diederich Photography)




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Nothing says summer like tacos and tequila. Chicago’s newest sprawling Federales Tequila & Tacos restaurant and bar in the West Loop offers plenty of both. Inspired by Mexico's roadside taco joints, Federales specializes in barbacoa-style tacos, starring such slow-cooked meats as pork belly al pastor and shredded beef brisket, served with warm corn or flour tortillas and taco trimmings. It truly has a vacation atmosphere featuring a fully retractable roof and two Schweiss bifold liftstrap 14' 3" x 14' 8" designer doors that open to beer garden.
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Who needs Europe? Fredericksburg, Texas in the Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and north of San Antonio, might be the next best thing to crossing the Atlantic. The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France. Towns like Fredericksburg offer a taste of the Old World, with German-style biergartens, schnitzelhauser and a lot of wineries.
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With nine locations in Tennessee and Mississippi Dr. Ron Bingham has an interesting business model requiring aircraft from his hangar in Jackson, Tennessee to visit his satellite clinics in rural areas.
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Cubex Limited of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is a busy fabrication business that underwent an extensive renovation project in order to get the best use out of their building. To do this they virtually knocked out several portions of one side of the building adding eight Schweiss bifold/liftstrap doors for easy access.
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It's very satisfying for a business to hear from a client who mentions sincerely that he or she was equally satisfied with the service rendered as well as the product itself. It's been a highlight for Brian who says one of the best things about his new Schweiss hydraulic garage door is hearing favorable comments from people who see it.
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CAID Industries called on Fast Fab Erectors, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona to do the design and building work for their new Tucson, Arizona facility, featuring metal products from Mid-West Steel Building Company.Part of the construction called for two large Schweiss hydraulic crane doors. A 30-ton crane has a lot of lifting power, but in many cases, it needs a door system to effectively do its job.
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The Father's House church is listed at the top spot as one of the best 10 churches in Vacaville, California. It has shown amazing congregational and building expansion growth under the direction of founding Pastors Dave and Donna Patterson. The church was opened for worship in 1997 and has grown from a handful of families to thousands of attendees at multiple campuses in Vacaville, Napa and East Bay. The three locations are all within 40 minutes or less of each other.
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SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, California, is an independent, non-profit school offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. It offers community design and outreach programs, and free public access to frequent exhibitions and lectures by leading thinkers in architecture. Founded in 1972, SCI-Arc is widely regarded as one of the most avant-garde U.S. architecture schools, with a reputation for pushing the boundaries of academic study.
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A lot of planning goes into new home construction. Tom Struthers of Winnipeg, Canada extended his attention to detail right down to his garages. The Schweiss Bifold liftstrap garage doors have an enhanced appearance utilizing a vertical pine wood exterior to highlight each of his three doors.
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Equal Door Industries of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Schweiss Doors have been in business for many years and together they have received custom orders for doors of all sizes.
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Princeton University in New Jersey is a place where you can find a lot of very smart people, young and old. Apparently the administration relied on its research when it decided to choose top of the line Schweiss Doors for its new Energy Plant building. The Princeton Energy Plant is a district energy facility that provides electricity, steam, and chilled water to power, heat, and cool the buildings on the Princeton University campus. The creation of the plant and the continuous refinement of its operation have had a very positive impact on Princeton's carbon footprint.
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When Barrel & Bushel, a new beer-centric restaurant at Tysons Corner, Virginia says 'Handcrafted Just for You,' they are referring to more than their location, extensive menu and beverage list, but also to the upscale surroundings in which you can enjoy a place to relax and visit.
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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.
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For more than 150 years the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has served as the voice of the architecture profession and a resource to its members in service to society. Chartered in 1953, AIA Georgia consists of close to 2,000 members distributed over seven local chapters. AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and a resource to its members. The vision of the American Institute of Architects and AIA Atlanta and Georgia is Driving Positive Change through the Power of Design.
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The driving force behind a successful business depends a lot on marketing. Getting the word out in a clean, well understood and concise manner to potential clients that will prove from a marketing standpoint that you are a brand name company qualified to meet all their needs. The end result gives a customer the best product on the market for them to buy or recommend by word of mouth to their friends and other business acquaintances is paramount.
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Mike Schweiss, of Hector, Minnesota, is one focused individual. Rather than devoting time and energy to a wide variety of activities and undertakings, Mike finds fulfillment in two areas of interest - doors and horses. From his point of view, everything else is pretty much a diversion. It's been that way for much of his adult life.
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Rogers, who has instrument and multi-engine ratings and a Commercial Pilot Certificate, has been flying for over a decade and for the past five years in his Piper Malibu Matrix, said he and his wife, Connie, who earned her Private Pilot Certificate this year, wanted a vacation home getaway. They especially wanted a place where they could spend time with fellow aviators and where they could live closer to their airplane. The solution to that was building a new home at Big South Airpark located in Oneida, a town in Scott County, Tennessee, less than 10 miles from the Kentucky border.
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If you want to stop in for a great meal, enjoy authentic Irish atmosphere, and choose from a selection of 36 draft Irish and English beer selections you don't have to go all the way to Ireland to do so. You'll find this all at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub in West Fargo, N.D. It features a Stone Courtyard Bar area that seats 70 people with three 19'4" x 7'11" bifold glass doors that can be opened in nice weather, rain or shine. Connected to the Courtyard is a patio area that seats another 60 people.
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He currently has a 1966 Cessna 180H on big tires; a 1975 Cessna A185F on Aerocet floats in the summer and Landes Hydraulic Wheel Skis in winter; and a 1964 PA-30 Turbo Twin Comanche.He currently has a 1966 Cessna 180H on big tires; a 1975 Cessna A185F on Aerocet floats in the summer and Landes Hydraulic Wheel Skis in winter; and a 1964 PA-30 Turbo Twin Comanche.
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From the air you can see that Green's hangar home is shaped like a big star. Green said he likes the Schweiss hydraulic doors because they operate smoothly and open up about 90 degrees. They allow his planes to go in easily and will accept even bigger planes to enter his hangar. Green is a money manager and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley in Flint, Michigan. He flies mainly for pleasure now, but over the years used his planes for business as well.
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You probably won't see a nicer looking hangar than the one owned by Daniel Coury of Queen Creek, Arizona. He's a loyal Schweiss Door customer, who over the past year or two has ordered 13 bifold hangar doors and speculates he will be ordering 22 more in the next two years for his five-acre development holding 31 box hangars; an ongoing project at Pegasus Airpark where he now has nine hangars completed. His modern steel 80 ft. x 100 ft. insulated show hangar has two Schweiss bifold liftstrap/autolach doors; a 70 ft. x 18.6 ft and a 60 ft. x 18 ft. tall.
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Rocket hangar doors are not your run-of-the-mill doors; there are a lot of specialized things associated with these doors that Schweiss Doors has to conform with. Their latest orders from the Schweiss Doors factory were installed on a new steel hangar at Cape Canaveral. The largest of the two is a Bifold Liftstrap door 90 ft. wide x 61 ft. tall. The second door on that shipment is 40 ft. wide x 69 ft. tall. Each of the doors is equipped with automatic latches and are windrated to 150 mph. After they arrived at the site they were clad in 26 guage sheeting and have 4-inch blanket insulation.
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If you need a really easy access storage unit, Schweiss Doors has the answer. These newly designed Schweiss containers are perfect for a number of uses such as safe and secure portable sheds, workshops, a mobile office, storage for farm seed and chemicals, hunting shack, band stage, food and beverage stands; it can be used for most anything you can imagine. Custom-built from the bottom up, the new Schweiss Container with hydraulic doors and specially designed cylinders for Schweiss Doors only, is unlike any other container opening system you'll run across, and it's portable.
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The Gold Coast location features a Schweiss one-piece hydraulic glass designer door which opens wide at the entrance to the outside where customers can also enjoy their dinners sidewalk style. "What's unique about the door is when it's open it creates this natural canopy. You can sit right up next to the window. So if its rainy or misting outside you get the benefit of the outside visual and still have the advantage of that outdoor/indoor feel," explained Bernstein. Once I saw this door, I was attracted to it and knew it was the right fit. I fell in love with it at first sight," said Bernstein.
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Stan Reiss got a first-hand introduction to Schweiss Doors after talking to owner Mike Schweiss at the Schweiss booth during the Oshkosh airshow in Wisconsin. He is now happy with his 54 ft. x 16 ft. one piece hydraulic Schweiss hangar door which he put on a new 60 ft. x 60 ft. steel building with 18 ft. sidewalls nearly four years ago. The door is windrated for 90 mph, has electric photo eye sensors and is equipped with an emergency drill-driven backup system and remote opener.
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Fly-in trips to Mexico and other destinations from Chandler, Arizona is a service offered by Jack McCormick of Baja Bush Pilots International (BPI). Since 1996 McCormick figures he has spearheaded groups of other pilots ranging from five aircraft to 117 planes on vacation destinations that normally most pilots would not try to accomplish on their own. On the average, 20-25 pilots accompany BPI on each destination that varies from three to 10 days.
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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.
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Located in one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth, Golden is near six of the most stunning National Parks Canada has to offer; Banff, Glacier, Jasper, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke and Yoho. This place has long been well loved and well used by explorers, and even more recently for skiers and outdoor summer and winter enthusiasts. Situated at the base of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this 3,500-square-foot residence is a gathering place for an active family of five.
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So how do you go about getting a 2,300 lb. custom-made 20' x 11' 6" bifold door up 19 floors? It takes a tall tower crane. Schweiss Doors had to meet a critical time frame so that the crane being used by Frana Companies for the apartment remodeling project could be used to lift the door to the top of the building. The bifold liftstrap door is windrated to 90 mph, and has electric photo eye sensors and had to be engineered to meet glass deflection.
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The large 93.9 ft. wide x 34.9 ft. tall bifold door installed on a new steel hangar was designed for Category 4 windload and heavier cladding. If was fitted with full safety features which included autolatches, strap tension sensors, top overrides, photo eye sensors, bottom safety edge and internal and external beacon/sounders. One dozen liftstraps, rated to carry 29,000 lbs. each, easily lift and lower the heavy 93.9 ft. all-steel frame 20,000 lb. door.
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If architecture is your vocation, why not use your skills to revamp your own hangar? That's what Dennis Yates, AIA, of YCH Architects in Concord, North Carolina decided to do when time came for it to get a new door in place. His dual purpose 40 x 60 ft hangar/storage building is big enough to house two planes with room to spare for a workshop and general-use storage for his practice. A strong Schweiss hydraulic 39 ft. x 11 ft. 4.75" custom made door is mounted to a reinforced door surround that is about 48 ft. wide at the front.
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When Belgian Airforce military personnel at Aerodrome Beauvechain needed reliable doors for their new helicopter hangars they went with the quality bifold straplift door offered by Schweiss Doors Europe in the UK. "It was a great honour to have been chosen to supply these doors to the Belgian military; they are the first Schweiss Europe has installed in Belgium despite installing hundreds of doors throughout the EU," said David Naylor, owner of Schweiss Doors Europe.
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Hower ordered a 45 ft. 11 inch x 14 ft. 11 inch Schweiss bifold liftstrap hangar door which gives him a 12 ft. 5 inch clear opening height for his Cessna 195. He learned about Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors through various publications, but while at the Oshkosh Air Show he overheard another person comment on how he liked his Schweiss bifold liftstrap door. "The strap system is simply the only way to go and the best system by far," said Hower, a retired dentist. "I heard a man at Oshkosh tell your agent that he loved his liftstrap door. That influenced my decision.
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JT Strange and his family are in the process of building their new home alongside their just finished hangar in the Obannon Creek Aerodrome Airpark located in Goshen, Ohio. The newly-built hangar needed a big 45 ft. x 15 ft. 11" door for his Cessna 182T, which he also uses for business in nearby Milford, Ohio.
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You might say that Dr. Michael Stephens, a dentist since 1968 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is enjoying the twilight of his profession. He also makes the most of his time off hobby hitting the race track. Racing is normally known as a young man's game, but Stephens, age 72, says he slowed down to get into a faster mode of racing - drag racing.
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John Stasny of Silverdale, Washington decided awhile back that he had enough of the four sliding doors on his hangar home. After a bunch of research, which included checking out door manufacturers, periodicals and talking to other pilots and friends he decided a Schweiss hydraulic one piece door was the only way to go.
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Irishspan Industries of Alfred, Maine bills itself as New England's Quality Source of Steel Buildings. They are fast becoming a prime installer and promoter of Schweiss hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors as well. [Their] most recent project was modifying an existing steel hangar for Marine Home Center of Nantucket, Mass to accommodate a large Schweiss straplift bifold door.
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The architect and a project coordinator from China assigned to this lavish hotel wanted to see firsthand the workings of Schweiss Doors, so they boarded a plane in the middle of the winter to tour the Minnesota factory where their three doors were built. What they saw here, along with the information provided on the Schweiss website, reaffirmed them without a doubt that Schweiss Doors craftsmanship was up to their stringent standards.
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Nowadays, its treasures, which includes works by Rembrandt, Goya, Rubens, Velazquez and Bosch to name just a few, are exhibited in two adjacent buildings: the Villanueva Building where the majority of the works are housed, and the Cason del Buen Retiro. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections of other types of works visited by approximately 3 million visitors annually.
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House of Air is an indoor trampoline park located in a historic airplane hangar at West Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, California, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. What used to house high-flying aircraft, now houses hundreds of energetic youth-minded people, some of whom can now exercise a different style of high flight.
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There's nothing much more frustrating than when you discover someone scratched or rubbed against your vehicle or aircraft because it was parked too close to another while in storage. This is what John Obradovich, owner of All Inside Storage of Indio, California, describes as "Hangar Rash."
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Newmarket, Ontario, Canada is a 80,000 population town projected to grow to approximately 98,000 by 2026. Located north of the city of Toronto, it is part of the York Region and Golden Horseshoe of Southern Ontario. Due to these growing pains Newmarket was overdue for a new municipal operations building. For many years, the town of Newmarket’s Public Works Services, including operations (water, roads, snow removal) and parks and property maintenance, had been operating out of three buildings at two existing facilities for years.
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Such is the case at SilverWing at Sandpoint. This unique fly-in airpark community, set between Schweitzer Ski Mountain and Lake Pend Oreille, one of the West's largest lakes in northern Idaho, spans over 18 acres adjacent to the Sandpoint, Idaho public airport. This airpark has been in development since land was purchased in 2007. Now, several years later, the airpark is ready for people to move in.
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Active organizations have a way of getting things done - done on time, done on budget and done with the help of individuals and the community they live in. The worldwide Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has EAA Chapter 1210 of Biddeford, Maine in its ranks. Although relatively small they are non-the-less definitely an active "get it done" organization.
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Dryden, Ontario, Canada, is where the rugged beauty of Ontario meets the bright lights of city life. It is a vibrant urban community surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the boreal forest, freshwater lakes and spectacular vistas. The settlement was founded as an agricultural community by John Dryden, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture in 1895.
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Aviation Experts SARL is an established 15-year-old French aviation maintenance business and aerial photo survey and mapping business that services not only France and Europe but is called out to far reaching overseas locations. Its hangar and base of operations is located in Nangis, a 7,500 population commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France north-central region of France, approximately an hours drive south of Paris.
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The headline is a bit ambiguous, but it sure sounds good. In all actuality, there really are Schweiss Hydraulic one piece doors on the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame - they were installed there, not formally inducted, and are for functional applications, not for sporting accolades. Just the same it's still an honor for them to be in this new and long awaited sports complex where visitors from all over the world come to pay homage to their Louisiana...
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Schweiss designer doors have gone on numerous exclusive hotels stretching from China to Europe. The latest to join this elite group is the Club Quarters Grand Central Hotel on Lexington Avenue, downtown New York City.
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Words on the Nine Fine Irishmen pub website point out: "We Didn't Just Import Irish - We Imported The Whole Damn Country." Inspired by a group of nine famous men who fought for Irish independence, to some, they were patriotic heroes. To others, traitorous rebels. But, on to the story...
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A 60 ft. bifold door isn't the biggest door by far ever built by Schweiss Doors, but just the same it's one heck of a big door. Shane Kellogg of Forest, Ohio needed a big door like this on his farm plus three other 40 ft. doors to store his farm equipment and his award winning pulling truck and semi that he uses to haul it to shows.
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Bifold doors keep getting better thanks to Schweiss Doors. With proven Lift Straps and Auto Latches the door travels up faster and smoother. Say no to cables! Schweiss Patented Lifts Straps are the latest and greatest improvements to bifold doors that have been around for years... Bifold Doors just keep getting Better!
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Schweiss boathouse doors have a reputation of showing up at some of the most beautiful lakes in America, but perhaps the most beautiful of them all is the 989 ft. deep Lake Tahoe which borders Nevada and California.
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What you see at the David Burroughs fourth generation farm north of El Paso, Illinois, located halfway between Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Chicago, isn't your run of the mill ordinary hangar - it has class, inside and out.
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They're long and sleek - over 60 foot long and stand 21.6 feet tall - big enough to open up for most any corporate prop or jet aircraft. Five Schweiss straplift bifold doors completed a summer order from Continental Design Build (CDBI) in Anaheim, California for new executive steel hangars they were building in Fullerton, California.
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The fun part of Skydive Midwest's operation mostly takes place the minute you go airborne to the time you step out of the jump plane and then safely land on terra firma. That's mainly what the jumpers look forward to, however there are many behind the scenes tasks that begin and end at the all-important hangar. The hangar, a place to pack parachutes, check weather and park planes; most airports can't get along without one, and wouldn't want to.
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If your heart is into aviation, and you have money, there is no end as to what you can accomplish, including building a first-class aviation museum, and filling it with some of the finest examples of World War II aircraft. That's what ethanol entrepreneur, Ron Fagen, did in his hometown of Granite Falls, Minnesota. The museum is located at Granite Falls Municipal Airport/Lenzen-Roe Memorial Field (KGDB).
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Mills Fleet Farm, founded in 1955 by the Mills family, is a growing company with a retail chain of 34 stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. It's newest store recently celebrated its grand opening July 29, at Ankeny, Iowa - a midstate location of approximately 45,000 residents located along Interstate 35 and U.S. Route 69 approximately 10 miles north of downtown Des Moines bordering on an agricultural and suburban-based economy.
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When time is of the essence and lives are at stake, air ambulance crews have to make every minute count. These type of operations, no matter what part of the world they are located in, look to Schweiss Doors for dependable hydraulic one piece doors and bifold liftstrap doors for their hangars.
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Schweiss Doors in cooperation with its extended partner, Schweiss Doors Europe, in the United Kingdom has been expanding its worldwide market of renowned one piece Hydraulic doors and Liftstrap/Autolatch Bifold doors to European countries... Its most recent door popped up at the historic London Zoo.
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The Schweiss fully versatile Container Door. It's now the hottest door on the market, why, because it maximizes the use of containers that have limited access. Schweiss has even taken it a step further, if you don't have a container we can custom make that for you too, any size, with as many doors on it as you want on it.
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For over 36 years, over 100,000 fans each year have flocked to the rolling hills of eastern Ohio to take part in the longest running and most popular country music festival in America. This "Country Music Capital" has hosted most of the big names coming out of Nashville and other parts of the USA. Close to 25 Country legends each year such as Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boxcar Willie, and even The Beach Boys and ZZ Top, you name it, have taken to the stage there.
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The school doors are open at Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica, California. What's different at this school is not all the doors are the same, and that goes for its unique curriculum as well. Edison Language Academy is a bilingual magnet school that is one of only 10 dual-immersion K-12 programs in the United States.
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Since Greystone Construction Company of Shakopee, Minnesota was formed in 1987, earning and receiving awards has been nothing new for them - their list of national and state awards for excellence, performance and merit are enough to decorate a large office or trophy room.
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When daylight hit after the evening of Oct. 4, people living and working at the Triple U Ranch in Washta, Iowa, got an eyeful of destruction. It was on that Friday that Mother Nature decided to reorganize the countryside. Brad Utesch, who farms 2,500 acres and produces 6,000 head of cattle a year, with his brothers Craig and Kirk were faced with a massive cleanup after what more than likely was a tornado set down...
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At certain times of the day the glass on Bruce Hamon's garage door reflects the beautiful Denver surroundings he lives in. While it allows others to see within, the big advantage is it allows him to see out as if looking through a picture window inside his home. And it adds a real touch of class to his residential property.
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Who you gonna call when you need three top of the line glass bifold straplift doors for a bike transit station in California? You have two choices. You can go directly to Schweiss Doors in Minnesota or call a company that sells and installs Schweiss Doors. That would be McKendry Door Sales & Service of Santa Fe Springs.
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Traditional Thai food has a reputation of being very spicy and hot enough to satisfy anyones taste for heat. A newly opened restaurant in Austin, Texas does that and more. Austin is a city of big flavors, but interestingly enough there are few that specialize in Thai food. That's where the long-awaited Thai Restaurant called "Sway," (meaning elevated, delicious) tops the bill.
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Fame is where you find it and in many cases others try to feed off it. Such is the case with The Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada Regional Airport, named after revered World War I flying ace William Avery "Billy" Bishop. Their hometown hero was the most highly decorated Canadian pilot of that war with 72 air victories to his credit.
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The administration at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, California, with the assistance of Casco Equipment Corporation and its assigned architects, knew exactly what they wanted in the four designer doors they ordered for their school. They wanted something that conformed to "green" standards and that would serve a useful classroom function as well.
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Ciudad Obregon is the second largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. It is a historic and beautiful city of 405,000 population located near the Gulf of California about 395 miles north of Mazatlan and 400 miles straight south of Tucson, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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