After receiving approval to increase production numbers, Max and Jeanette McLean, owners of McLean Beef, began researching products that would help them expand in the most efficient, environmentally friendly way. They spent two years working with family and staff, touring feedlot operations, gathering and analyzing data, and formulating expansion plans.
The culmination of their efforts stand side by side on their operation — two 80 ft. by 400 ft. Accu-Steel Crossover Buildings that house the more than 1,600 head the McLeans prepare for market on a 150-day continuous cycle.
Quality products and great customer service can take a company far — add market-specific expertise to the mix, and you’ll see that company to go even farther. That’s exactly what Accu-Steel proved with the construction of a unique cattle building in northwest Kansas.
Kansas is a leading U.S. beef-producing state, and 2012 is the first year the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) approved a fully-permitted, fabric-covered building installation for use in cattle production. It’s a first for both Accu-Steel and the fabric-covered building industry as a whole.
Through a combination of high-quality materials and a dedicated focus to details, Accu-Steel is establishing a reputation of constructing the best fabric-covered buildings supported by exceptional customer service. As an example of the company’s success with its customer base, several people are now employing Accu-Steel to perform repairs on competitors’ buildings.
Recently, Chris McCormick, a business owner southeast of Des Moines, Ia., purchased two buildings from an Accu-Steel competitor. The installation of these buildings, unfortunately, came with quite a bit of difficulty and disappointment. After discovering his relationship with the manufacturer and the company’s building standards didn’t meet his expectations — and construction was never fully completed —
McCormick reached out to a friend to find a reputable company to finish and repair his new buildings.
Central Confinement Service, Ltd., is getting ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and with that has expanded its construction offerings to include Accu-Steel fabric-covered buildings. Located in Columbus, Neb., Central Confinement Service focuses on the swine, dairy, and beef industry. It was not until their customers started expressing interest in fabric-covered buildings that the company itself began to look into this state-of-the-art option for confining cattle.
In January of 2012, Accu-Steel became the number one choice for Central Confinement Service. “We needed the best designed fabric-covered cattle building on the market that had longevity for the customer,” said Tony Romshek, technical sales representative for Central Confinement Service.
Customized buildings — that’s what Accu-Steel is all about. Tom Schechinger fits this mold with the first Accu-Steel building of its kind. With a lambing operation in Harlan, Iowa, Schechinger knew that a fabric-covered building was the correct choice to help increase annual lambing output.
Several years ago, Schechinger’s traditional steel building was damaged in a storm. The event is now viewed as a blessing in disguise, as it allowed for the construction of his two Accu-Steel buildings. An Advantage 50 ft. by 240 ft. building was assembled for lambing, along with an Advantage 50 ft. by 50 ft. building for the storage of commodities.
Darrell Henkenius is the operations manager for the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company (FAC), the largest member-owned feed mill in Western Iowa. Located in Arcadia, FAC provides many services to the farming community, the largest of which include grain, feed and other commodity storage needs. Other operations include agronomy services, lumber, steel and gas stations.
A need for corn and soybean storage as the largest member-owned feed mill in Western Iowa presented a challenge and a need for a suitable structure. They already had a concrete pad in place and were looking for a building to erect on the existing foundation. After considering their options, FAC selected an Accu-Steel fabric covered building to fulfill their storage needs. “Accu-Steel created a custom design to
fit our pad, with a low profile at an affordable cost,” Henkenius explains.