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The new Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center seats 17,500 in its modern arena. Schweiss Doors engineered and built five bifold, strap latch main entrance doors made of a combination of steel and aluminum frames. Three of the doors measured 29' x 41.5' and the other two are 29.4' x 41.5' each with respective clear openings of 32' and 28.8'.
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The $507 million Golden 1 Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena also known as the Sacramento Kings Stadium, in downtown Sacramento, Calif. After a lengthy design and construction process, it was officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 30th that was attended by the teams owners, various political figures, current and former Kings players and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.

The 17,500-seat arena will host concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events. It will have more luxury suites and a capacity that can be expandable to about 19,000 seats.

Schweiss Doors engineered and built five one of a kind bifold strap latch doors to be used at the stadium entrance. Three of these doors measured 29' x 41'5" and the other two were 29'4" x 41' 5". Each door is lifted by three 5 h.p. motors and the liftstraps are 6" width, compared to the usual 3" width. The doors, with glass, weigh in at about 28,000 lbs. each.

Three motors, housed in the ceiling require 480V, three-phase, 50-amp. electrical power to raise the doors, quickly, quietly and safely. The doors are glazed with low-E safety-laminated glass. Three of the doors face down at a 10-degree angle to make them partly self-shading and to prevent unwanted reflections. The doors can also be controlled by an iPhone app.

Golden 1 Center Indoor-Outdoor Arena

Three of the doors face down at a 10-degree angle to make them partly self-shading and to prevent unwanted reflections. When open, the doors will allow the Delta Breeze to serve as a natural cooling system, pulling air in and down and then up through small vents found under the seats in the stands.
©Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

How it all started

Design Principal Architect, Rob Rothblatt, from AECOM Architecture, and a draftsman came out to the Schweiss door factory to get a better handle on how Schweiss designs and builds its doors and went over preliminary door details and the scope of the project with the Schweiss team.

Convincing enough they liked what they saw and returned back to California and reported what they learned from their field visit at Schweiss Doors to their team of at least five AECOM architects and draftsmen who spent even more time with the door project before making a final decision on the doors needed. Rothblatt was ecstatic with the outcome and elaborated on some of the challenges they were faced with.

Regarding the bifold doors, Rothblatt said: "We challenged Schweiss to do things they had never done before. One, they are canted on a 15-degree angle- they are not battered. They are not the same length, two of the doors are angled and three doors are straight, meaning they don't travel the same distance and they don't stack exactly the same way. We challenged Schweiss to make that work, and they did."


"Schweiss Doors gave the architects a set of budgetary numbers; they liked what we had and decided we were the best company to design these five large stadium doors for them. It was a very fun and uniquely formidable project. We have manufactured thousands of doors through the years and these doors were by far unique in so many ways; one being the doors were angled out from the stadium. Our Schweiss design team spent many challenging hours figuring out a method of closing the doors against the structure. We worked on the Kings Stadium door project for eight months. We were honored and proud to have had the opportunity to do a Designer Door project of this magnitude at the Golden 1 Center; it's one of the finest modern state-of-the-art entertainment venues in the world."


- Mike Schweiss
Schweiss Doors


More challenges

AECOM's client wanted something uniquely Sacramento. A huge task involved replacing a failing mall and they needed to renew a failing business district for rejuvenation of the area. Secondly, it involved working with the wonderful temperature, being able to have indoor-outdoor expression and they needed to meet the stringent California Title 24 Energy standards that were fighting the whole thing.

"As you may have heard, we are the first LEED Platinum arena in the whole world. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that Golden 1 Center is the "Gold Standard" of arenas, and Schweiss Doors is a part of that. No one has ever done an arena with doors like yours. The Vikings have these 90 ft. high swivel doors, but they are a very different thing," explained Rothblatt. "Part of being uniquely Sacramento is to be kind to the flora and fauna and celebrate farm to table and the delta. We are absolutely state-of-the-art in bird protection; it's partly because of your doors. That's one of the things the Vikings really failed on. We don't have any reflective glass. We have fritted glass and small panels that allow the birds to see ahead of them. The Schweiss doors are glazed with gray glass, so birds will never bang into them by mistake. We've had no crashes at all."


"Just knowing that I did these doors is what I like most about the doors. It was the first of its kind with the top-mounted autolocks on these doors. It was hard because no one had ever done it before. They are fantastic doors that make the stadium top of the line. The doors make the arena - that's what everybody talks about. It was a one of a kind project that was hard from everybody's standpoint; engineers, architects, installers - it was really challenging."


- Bill Schmidt, CEO
Bill Schmidt Construction
Maxwell, Calif.


While they're technically doors, they will also be used as windows, as another set of conventional doors at the base can handle foot traffic in and out of the arena. The first piece of the six-story, glass bifold door was tested over a couple of months time to make sure the door was properly functioning before glass was installed by Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems of Sacramento. The colossal doors take a little over three minutes to open completely.

Installing the doors was also a challenge

According to Bill Schmidt, CEO of Bill Schmidt Construction of Maxwell, California, installation of these five doors posed a real challenge. Schmidt's company has installed numerous other Schweiss doors over the years and is considered one of the best in the business. It was an install that they spent nearly three months on.

"It was pretty hard. We had to use a chain hoist and a forklift because of the weight limitations on the concrete. The plaza level is on the second story and it's just decking and concrete. We had six people at one time drilling all the holes. The headers were box headers with center webs in them; we had one inch plate to drill through, three holes per bolt," said Schmidt. "The side rails were hard to do because the doors weren't vertical but leaning out 11 degrees. The engineers put thicker side rails on than normal."

Schmidt also noted that they had one of their most important safety guys looking over his work, resulting in a nightmare of paperwork. He had to have everything on paper - weights of every piece of equipment, steel, everything.

"Just knowing that I did these doors is what I like most about the doors. It was the first of its kind with the top-mounted autolocks on these doors. It was hard because no one had ever done it before. They are fantastic doors that make the stadium top of the line. The doors make the arena - that's what everybody talks about. It was a one of a kind project that was hard from everybody's standpoint; engineers, architects, installers - it was really challenging," added Schmidt.

Schweiss Doors was the premier choice

"I looked at several door companies and in interviewing you guys (Schweiss), you basically said 'OK, you want something atypical, it's a challenge but we think we can do it,' Everybody else dropped out. Schweiss won the project by being willing to take the risk and doing something architecturally challenging. The other companies couldn't do a bifold door like Schweiss and they wanted to charge us $60,000 upfront in engineering costs on a door they didn't even think they could do. We said no to the engineering cost," said Rathblatt.

"We also needed lights that could shine down on the plaza and the when the doors folded that was also perfect. We lobbed some grenades at Schweiss, and I'm very appreciative, it was a great experience working with Schweiss, and this is going to set the standard for some time to come. These doors are monumental; that doesn't mean they are large. The Schweiss doors were perfect. I say, let's make it twice as big next time!"

Rothblatt, noted the huge mobile door panels are central to the architectural design and merge indoor and outdoor life while also self-ventilating the arena.

The Schweiss bifold glass doors highlighting the entrance to the stadium will allow the Delta Breeze to serve as a natural cooling system, pulling air in through small vents found under the seats in the stands. The bifold doors can open to turn the venue into an indoor-outdoor arena and the "smart turnstiles" will allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed.

"What I like most is that when you open the doors and stand on the balcony you don't know if you are inside the building or outside the building. That is just fantastic," commented Rothblatt. "Second of all, they are really dynamic, you watch them move, they make it feel like something that is movable and mobile and what we think about as a 20th Century thing. They also have an industrial feel to them, which is perfectly cool for an arena. They look great. They are exactly what I was expecting and when they are closed they fit in really nicely with the quality of the rest of the building," said Rothblatt.

The Kings have had talks with the NBA about what conditions would need to be met before they could play a game with the open doors, but the team believes it will be able to control the temperature, humidity and wind well enough to make the conditions on the court comparable to a full indoor arena.

The team plans to hold its open practice with the doors open and could do the same for an exhibition game against a non-NBA team. The Kings also could open the doors for college or high school games in order to gather enough data to show the league.

The doors also will provide a unique setting for concerts as thousands of concert-goers will be able to stand outside and hear music from the plaza that will be connected to the 16-story mixed-use Downtown Plaza Tower.

Greenest arena in world is powered by solar energy

Perhaps most important to Kings owner, Vivek Ranadive, are the environmental features that make it the first indoor venue to receive LEED Platinum certification - the highest level of recognition for environmentally conscious buildings.

The arena will be the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy. It is estimated it will save about one million gallons of water a year compared to a typical venue of its size.


"I looked at several door companies and in interviewing you guys (Schweiss), you basically said ‘OK, you want something atypical, it's a challenge but we think we can do it.’ Everybody else dropped out. Schweiss won the project by being willing to take the risk and doing something architecturally challenging. The other companies couldn't do a door like Schweiss and they wanted to charge us $60,000 upfront engineering costs on a door they didn't even think they could do. We said no to the engineering cost! We lobbed some grenades at Schweiss, and I'm very appreciative, it was a great experience working with Schweiss, and this is going to set the standard for some time to come. These doors are monumental; that doesn’t mean they are large. The Schweiss doors were perfect. I say, let's make it twice as big next time."


- Rob Rothblatt
AECOM Architecture
Los Angeles, Calif.


Golden 1 Center has many first-of-its-kind features, along with some of the modern accouterments that have become commonplace. Smartphone apps will allow fans to order food or watch replays from their seats, giant screens to watch the game and high-speed connections will let fans post photos almost instantaneously.

Befitting a team owned by a tech mogul who made his billions in Silicon Valley, the arena was built with enough technology to "future proof" it. It has enough bandwidth for a small city, allowing fans to post 250,000 Instagram photos per second and 500,000 Snapchats per second.

"We felt we had to set a new bar," Randive said. "We have to be cognizant of the kind of planet we want to leave our kids and next generations. This had to be the greenest arena ever built. I fully expect that arenas in the future will be even better, be even more sustainable. Hopefully what we have here is an example of how to build a great arena and still be responsible to the environment."

The arena is part of a $1 billion development project that includes 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use property that will have a hotel, restaurants, retail shops, offices and condos. About $500 million in outside investment is also expected in the area.

The arena will employ as many as 2,000 workers on event nights. Approximately 4,000 sheet-metal installers, electricians, plumbers and other construction workers have swarmed over the site since the groundbreaking.

The city of Sacramento will pay $18.3 million each year to help fund the Kings' new $557 million downtown arena - a financial burden that won't expire until 2050.

AECOM Architecture

AECOM (Architecture) was formerly known as AECOM Technology Corporation. Operating through more than a dozen subsidies, AECOM traces its origins to Kentucky-based Ashland Oil & Refining Company, which in turn grew out of Swiss Drilling Company, founded in Oklahoma in 1910.

It is a US-based multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to a wide range of clients that trust them to design buildings and public spaces that shape communities and cities.

Now headquartered in Los Angeles, AECOM has approximately 95,000 employees and clients in more than 150 countries.

AECOM provides professional technical and management support services to both public and private sector clients. They design a wide range of building types that each excel at the function, provide a high-quality environment for people, strengthen the client's brand and identity, conserve energy and water, and complement their contexts.

Their line of expertise; architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and urban design is reflected in office and retail buildings, schools, hospitals, stadiums, courthouses, hotels, museums, resorts and secure government facilities.

AECOM headquarters are located at 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2600, Los Angeles, Calif. Phone 213-593-8100. Website: www.aecom.com.

Bill Schmidt Construction

Bill Schmidt Construction, a General Contractor from Maxwell, Calif. is categorized as Building Construction - Operative Builders and General Contractor established in 1989, specializing in nonresidential and single-family house construction. Their office is located at 154 N Pacific Street, Maxwell, CA 95955. Phone 530-383-3891.

Bagetelos Architectural Glass Systems

BAGS, Inc. is a union-based glass and aluminum panel sub-contractor whose goal is to provide excellent service, competitive pricing, and budget analysis to general contractors. Their headquarters and 50,000 sq. ft. fabrication facility is in Sacramento, Calif. and they have an office in Dublin, Calif. Most of their projects extend from Ontario in Southern Calif. to San Francisco in northern Calif.

BAGS, Inc. was incorporated as a California Corporation in 1999 in Sacramento. The company designs, fabricates and installs curtain wall systems and has established itself as one of the premier glazing sub-contractors in the Northern California. Through the association with the Glaziers and Glassworkers Local 767 and related union locals, the company maintains a very talented, loyal labor force.

Known for designing energy-generating window wall systems, the company decided to go all green at its manufacturing plant in Sacramento. BAGS, Inc. installs its projects on schedule and the installations are defined by integrity of workmanship.

Corporate headquarters are located at 2750 Redding Ave., Sacramento, Calif. Phone (916) 364-3600. Website: www.bagatelos.com

Editor's Note: Parts of this story were gathered from a Kings Stadium feature on Schweiss Doors that appeared in Popular Mechanics.

Golden 1 Center Plaza

Visitors to the stadium on the second story plaza can look through the bifold glass doors to the city outside.

©Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

Sacramento Kings Hangar Doors - Stadium Entrance

The bifold doors can open to turn the venue into an indoor-outdoor arena with “smart turnstiles” that allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed.
©Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

Sacramento Kings Plaza Architecture

Each of the bifold canopy hangar-style doors with glass cladding weigh in at about 28,000 pounds each and are lifted by three 5 h.p. motors. The liftstraps are 6-inch width compared to the usual 3-inch width normally used on most Schweiss bifold door projects.
©Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

Sacramento Kings Stadium Under Construction

Stadium planners wanted something uniquely Sacramento. The huge task involved replacing a failing mall and renewing a failing business district. The stadium is the first LEED Platinum arena in the whole world.

Installing Sacramento Kings Hangar Doors

Nearly three months were spent installing the five bifold doors. The indoor-outdoor expression of the stadium required installers and builders to meet stringent California Title 24 Energy standards.

Golden 1 Center Bird Friendly Glass Doors

The SacKings doors are glazed with small fritted glass and low-E safety laminated gray glass non-reflective panels to prevent birds from flying into them.

Bifold door power units

Schweiss Door engineers had to give special attention to building powerful drive units used in lifting the heavy bifold doors. The doors can also be opened controlled by an iPhone app.

Powerful bifold stadium doors

An architect and draftsman visited the Schweiss Doors factory long before the doors were put into production. Here you see many of the assembled power drive units while still at the Schweiss Doors factory.

Sacramento Kings Stadium Hangar Doors

The multi-purpose stadium can be used for various venues such as concerts, conventions and other sporting events. When the bifold doors are open, concert-goers will be able to stand outside and hear music from the plaza that will be connected to a 16-story, mixed-use Downtown Plaza Tower. The focal point of the stadium is its doors and whether you see it at daylight or at dusk it is a breathtaking structure.
©Paul Crosby Architectural Photography


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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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Jumping over the best
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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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