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For Plane Lovers . . . (Part 10 of a 14 part series)

Schweiss Doors Help Dreams Come True

EAA Chapter 1210 of Biddeford, Maine took the extra step to fulfill what many had dreamed of for years. They are just one of a few of Schweiss bifold and hydraulic door customers, and Schweiss Doors had a part in making their dream come true.

“Knowing we were a good organization, Dave said he would treat me as good as he could and called his brother Mike, the owner of Schweiss Doors. He sold us a Schweiss Bifold door at about half the price of the others. The Schweiss Door price was very good compared to all the others. Some of the other dealer prices weren’t too bad, but they tried to jack it up on the shipping and stuff. I told Dave that if I could put a Schweiss Door on the hangar, there are 29 more hangars at Biddeford with old barn doors on them which I would try to sell more Schweiss doors for,” said Welch.

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 none-the-less definitely an active “get it done” organization.
Hangars are costly, Steve Welch, president of the local chapter said they needed to raise a lot of money to build a 60 ft. x 80 ft. hangar. With the hangar taking shape much thought was put into purchasing a quality door for it. Welch was designated to attend the spring Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo in Lakeland, Florida to see what hangar door manufacturers had to offer and was given authorization to spend money to buy a door.

Welch talked to all the show dealers and told them that the guy with the sharpest pencil was going to get his order. That’s where he met Dave Schweiss from Schweiss Doors.

True to his word, three more bifold and hydraulic Schweiss doors were sold at the airport and a couple more are likely. Welch also said the door arrived on time and in good condition. The truck driver kept Welch well informed as to where he was and when the door would arrive after he made some other deliveries along the way. The driver even backed the door right into the hangar for them.

“The bifold door installation went real well during one weekend of working. We followed the instruction manual and had equipment available to set the door in place. I think we called Schweiss Doors once or twice with electrical questions. They were great to us. I can’t say enough good for them. We also got advice from the Schweiss Door engineer on bracing the building. The well-braced door goes up and down and doesn’t move anything. It’s used a lot in the winter and seals up beautiful. I can open it even if snow is drifted up against it. Ordering the bifold style was the best thing we ever did. The straps and autolocks are great and the doors opens fast with no grinding,” said Welch.


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