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.
Jerome Kuyper is the proud owner of the first Accu-Steel fabric covered building. His original need for the building was to stop the runoff from his open feed yard into a protected creek. Fabric-covered buildings are considered zero runoff facilities, which made Kuyper’s decision easy. The Iowa Beef Expo is where he was first introduced to Accu-Steel. “I had always wanted a building with all steel and no wooden posts, and Accu-Steel could provide that,” Kuyper says. Three days after the introduction at the expo, Accu-Steel was at his property in Northwest Iowa to discuss installation plans.
Iowa Agricultural Bio Fibers (IABF) in Harlan, Iowa, specializes in the production of all natural livestock feed, animal bedding, bio-fuel pellets, planting mulches and conditioners. Through several unique processing techniques, IABF utilizes crop residue and other natural by-products to provide customers with pelleted products that have exceptional fiber, protein and nutrient content.
John Schechinger, president and co-founder, bought the company’s first fabric-covered building about 20 years ago. After discovering that the quality of feed was much better when stored in a fabric-covered building, he took the entire business in that direction.
The cities in central Iowa are growing, and with that comes an increased need for rock salt storage to assure the safety of roads during winter. Bret Hodne is the Public Works Director for the City of West Des Moines, and recently he noticed many of his regional agencies were unable to house the recommended tonnage of rock salt required annually. As road safety is of high importance to Hodne, he saw a need to find a large storage facility to hold the adequate salt supplies for easy access by all agencies. He reached out to the Metro Waste Authority who had space for the needed structures in Grimes, Iowa.
Central Confinement Services (CCS) hosted an open house at the Mike Klassen Farms near Lindsey Nebraska on July 28, 2015. More than 250 people visited the new Accu-Steel Beef Bed Pack facility on the Klassen Farms site. CCS completed the 60′ x 272′ building in early July.
Manufactured in Iowa, Accu-Steel, Inc. is a leading supplier of quality fabric covered buildings used to make cattle operations more efficient. An Accu-Steel cattle building affords cattleman an economical method for herd expansion without acquiring more property. Accu-Steel buildings also have designs to store various commodities and equipment as well as salt, fertilizer and de-icing inventories. The non-corrosive materials of the building provide many years of service to Accu-Steel, Inc. owners.