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Dentist with a drag car likes sleek look of his Schweiss hydraulic door

Schweiss hydraulic garage door open showing garage

Michael Stephens 28'x45' Morton Building is used to store his car and 12 ft. tall racing trailer. He built it with headroom to spare should he ever go to a larger trailer or to store a motorhome. He likes the Schweiss hydraulic door for the aesthetic appearance inside and out and the canopy it offers is another reason he went to a one-piece door over a bifold door.

  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.

  "I used to road race for about 14 years. A couple of years ago I was getting to where the 30 minute races were wearing me out so I figured I better quit before I hurt myself or somebody else and figured I'd go back to drag racing. At 9 seconds I don't get worn out. I'm just having fun with it right now. If you want to be a front runner it's a young man's game. I get pretty close to the front. I've always liked cars and this is another way to go fast and it's legal," said Stephens.


“Morton Buildings did a super good job on my building.The hydraulic door is perfect, I couldn't ask for anything better. The pump has been good and the door opens in 30 to 40 seconds. It's absolutely a good door that's bulletproof solid, I'd recommend it to others.”


- Dr. Michael Stephens
Muskogee, Oklahoma


  He drags a factory-built Mustang Cobra Jet which he said rips down the 1/4 mile track in 9 seconds at speeds up to 160 mph. The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is a turn-key race car that is built for the sole purpose of drag racing competition.

  This built-to-stock vehicle meets all NHRA rules and safety requirements for both Stock and Super Stock drag racing classes. In a quest for acceleration supremacy, manufacturers produce high-powered, head-snapping, g-force thrusting vehicles that sprint down the track, unbelievably quick and insanely fast. In 2012, a Mustang Cobra Jet blew everyone away with a record-shattering run and a 1.52 second 0-60 time. And when the quarter mile run is over, the new 2014 Cobra Jet will dominate its class with an estimated 7.8 second run at 174.4 mph. The top speed for this American-made rocket is estimated at 315 mph. He keeps fairly busy at it and right now with his new car but says he is kind of in the testing and tuning mode of it.

  Stephens built a new dental office in 1994 and that's where he has a shop to store his racing trailer and car. He recently added a car lift to it which enables him to do some mechanical work on his race car. Prior to this on the road racing circuit he had a friend store his car for him in Tulsa. Stevens said his son, also a dentist, is currently on the road racing circuit.

Garage door opens in 30 seconds with the Red Power hydraulic pump

The new style Schweiss hydraulic pump floormounted unit tucks neatly away in the front corner of his building and lifts his door in about 30 seconds. The custom-made door is 23'3" x 14' 2.25" high.

  "Morton Buildings did a super good job on my building. The hydraulic door is perfect, I couldn't ask for anything better. The pump has been good and the door opens in 30 to 40 seconds. It's absolutely a good door that's bulletproof solid, I'd recommend it to others," added Stephens.

  He had the door spray insulated and installed two wall mounted Mitsubishi heat pumps that require no duct work to heat and air condition the building. He made the door a little taller so it could accept a 13' 6" trailer, which is about the maximum road bridge height. He used to have a motorhome and if he ever plans to get another he will be able to use the building to store it.

  Jeff Bonebrake, Manager of Morton Buildings in Muskogee, researched hydraulic and bifold doors thoroughly with several other companies before deciding to recommend a Schweiss hydraulic door for the 28x45' Morton wood frame building he was putting up for Stephens. Bonebrake said he first heard about Schweiss Doors from other salesman in the company that had used Schweiss doors and recalls seeing ads in publications like the National Frame Building and Rural Builder magazines. He also studied the Schweiss website and viewed some of the videos on it.

  The supervisor on the job did have prior experience installing a Schweiss bifold door, but this was his first time with a hydraulic door.

  "This was the first and only hydraulic door I had ever used. One of the comments that my crew made was that the frame was very solid, they were very impressed with it. When it came to installing the hydraulics and limit switches and such, Brent at Schweiss Doors and one of the shop guys were just a phone call away, For installation that was very important to me. I called them four to six times one afternoon while I was at the site with my crew and they answered my questions right away, that was very helpful because I didn't have to send my guys home and try to figure it out for the next day. It was actually a real easy install," explained Bonebrake.

Red Power Hydralic Pump inside the garage

A cool looking ceiling fan and two wall-mounted heat pumps provide year-round heat and airconditioning. The hydraulic door is equipped with photo-eye sensors and remote opening.

  The selling point in general for choosing a hydraulic door had to do with Stephens liking a low profile look that would blend in very nicely, disappearing into the wall of the building. Stephens also liked the fact that the hydraulic door when open gives a nice rain canopy. Headroom was also a factor, and he wanted to keep the building as short as possible while still giving the clear height he needed.

  He also had nice things to say about the floor-mount hydraulic pump system noting that it was well built and tucked in nicely out of the way to the side of the door.

  "I love the way you guys do the hydraulics, the mounting bracket and everything. I like the fact that your doors have limit switches, which many other door companies don't. I guess with other doors you just have to make sure you take your finger off the button before the doors rip off, I don't know," said Bonebrake. "I also really like the size of your remote control. Another one we looked at had a really big remote control."

  Stephens Schweiss hydraulic door is 23' 3" x 14' 2.25" and is equipped with electric photo eye sensors and a remote opener. The building has more than adequate headroom for the 12 ft. trailer and room to spare if Stephens was to end up with a taller 13' 6 " trailer in the future.

  "The Schweiss hydraulic door was competitively priced. It wasn't the cheapest, but it wasn't the most expensive either. My decision was made because of the pre-purchase support I got from you guys. I liked what I saw on your website, you had good detail and lots of good information and support on the phone from several people I talked to at your office. That really stuck out," said Bonebrake.

  Bonebrake said he will probably be ordering another Schweiss hydraulic door soon for another customer. This customer really wants an aluminum door with lots of different options.


"Some of the door companies I checked with wanted 30 to 60 percent more for their hydraulic doors and I couldn't see anything that would want me to choose them over a Schweiss door. My decision was made because of the pre-purchase support I got from you guys. I liked what I saw on your website, you had good detail and lots of good information and support on the phone from several people I talked to at your office. That really stuck out."


- Jeff Bonebrake, Mgr.
Morton Buildings, Muskogee


You can barely tell there's a hydraulic door on this garage

The one-piece hydraulic door when closed gives the building a nice clean and sleek look.

Morton Buildings, Muskogee

  Morton Buildings in Muskogee has been around for about 40 years, with Jeff Bonebrake as manager there for the past four years. They work eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas. He manages 10 employees at the Muskogee and Conway, Arkansas offices. They are part of the 105 offices east of the Rockies.

  The biggest part of the Muskogee Morton Building market is erecting buildings for residential suburban, commercial buildings and hangars. Morton Building styles are also ideal for farm and agriculture, equestrian, municipal and design builds.

  Morton Buildings is located at 4021 E.Shawnee Rd, Muskogee. They can be reached by calling 918-683-6668, Their Conway, Arkansas branch is at 582 Hwy. 365, and can be called at 501-470-0021. Both sites can be accessed on the web at: www.mortonbuildings.com

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Stephens General Dentistry

  Dr. Michael Stephens has over 40 years of experience committed to making dentistry convenient, affordable and gentle. He's made his brand of dentistry easy by providing patients with options in their dental care. Efficient and effective exams with plenty of time for questions and answers. Natural-looking restorative work. One place to go for virtually all your dental needs.

  Stephens General Dentistry new office, built in 1994, is located at 3518 Chandler Rd., Muskogee, OK 74403, Phone 918-683-2010.

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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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