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With Mixed Emotions, Sheds Unlimited Prepares for Move away from the Family Farm to a New Location in Morgantown, PA

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There is a sense of loss as Sheds Unlimited prepares to exit the family farm in Gap, PA to move their manufacturing facility about 15 miles north to Morgantown. For nearly 29 years, the growing Sheds Unlimited team has enjoyed working on the fourth generation family farm situated in the heart of Lancaster County's Amish country.  But growth in demand, increasing customization of sheds and garages and a desire to serve clients needs in a more timely manner required the move to a new location.
 
Sheds Unlimited was born on the family farm when Stephen Stoltzfus Sr needed extra work for his five growing sons. Coming from the Amish-Mennonite tradition where hard work and manual labor are highly valued, Stephen wanted them to learn to work with their hands alongside him at home.

Amish Shed Builder on the Farm in PA

Manufacturing storage sheds was not the first thing the family crafted on the farm. The story as outlined the Sheds Unlimited website tells how the oldest sons began building dog boxes on the farm even before they could drive a car! They used a pony and homemade cart to transport materials to the farm. There the young sons, along with their father built dog boxes and delivered them via the cart to a nearby shed business to be sold.

It wasn’t long until they began building a few storage sheds on the second floor of the dairy barn and in a small outbuilding on the farm. Unfortunately, the township was not overly fond of the idea of building sheds and garages on a farm in the middle of Amish land was outside the local zoning ordinances.
 
Due to these difficulties, the developing shed business moved nine miles from the farm to Honey Brook and set up in Uncle Ivan's old tobacco shed. There, the company offered garages and sheds for sale direct to consumers and a few select dealers. But after a few years, the mood began to shift back in the hometown. 

Salisbury Township in Lancaster County was still very farm centered at the time. But more and more farmers were in need of extra income to support their farming operations and were pushing for changes in the zoning to set up small business ventures. Stephen Sr tells of going to the meeting where the town was asking for ideas. He stood up in that meeting and asked for 4,000 square foot of manufacturing space on the farm. It wasn't long until the zoning ordinances changed for Salisbury Township farmers and Stephen received permission for what he had requested.

The Stoltzfus family was soon hard at work building a manufacturing facility on the farm. The launch of this next phase of building Amish sheds and Amish Garages was a welcome transition. And even though times were still tough and the dairy farm faced an uncertain future, the family could now wake up in the morning, milk the cows and then head to work in the storage shed facility right there on the farm. 

Amish Sheds for a Swimming Pool

Initially, the shed business was an extra income to support life on the struggling farm. Milk prices fluctuated up and down, and when prices were low, keeping the cows meant taking funds from the shed business to maintain the dairy farm. It was a somber day when, after much deliberation as a family, large cattle trucks hauled off the herd of cows that had been a part of family life since they moved to the farm in 1976. 

Growth in shed and garage sales grew steadily after the cows left the farm. But It was the launch into online marketing that substantially changed the direction of the company. During the economic downturn, Chris (the middle son who now owns E-Impact Marketing and manages the Sheds Unlimited internet marketing plan), decided to build a small website to promote sheds and garages online. To everyone's surprise, dozens of garages and sheds were soon being sold through leads from the internet. 
 

“Almost immediately, we started making sales through online leads,” says Chris,“ and we have continued to grow in the online market ever since.” When the second son, Steve Stoltzfus Jr returned from an eleven-year stint working with Christian Aid Ministries in Romania, he took over the helm of running the business and Chris focused on the online marketing program.
 
The team work paid off, and the company saw double digit growth year over year for nearly ten years. During that time, the company went from a handful of local Amish and Mennonite employees building simple buildings to a team of more than 30 people building complex shed and garage designs which can take several days to complete.

Growth came through an expanding line of sheds for sale direct from the manufacturing facility. Slowly, they added more shed design options, specialized buildings for pool houses, run-in sheds, potting sheds and more. 

Amish built garages also became a choice for customers who found the farm based shed company online. Detached and prefab one, two, three and four car garages continued to expand into more complex designs including attic garages, luxury garages, garages with car lift space and garages with apartment space. Every week, their broad range of shed and garage collections are viewed by thousands of visitors on their website.

3 car garage by the Amish Builders
Garage with Lift Built by the Amish

Consistent growth in the Sheds Unlimited line of products and increased customization of those buildings have inspired the big move that is just around the corner. As of writing, the owners are eagerly waiting for the occupancy permit that will officially launch the move to their new facility in Morgantown. 

While the Stoltzfus family is grateful for the new direction, there is a keen awareness of a new chapter that is beginning for Sheds Unlimited. Some in the family feel a sense of loss as the hustle and bustle of trucks, tow motors and employees prepare to leave the family farm which is now home to Stephen Stoltzfus Sr's grandchildren...the fifth generation to live on the homestead.
 

Sheds Unlimited Customer Reviews...

Over 420 Reviews

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Awesome experience! The 3 guys who erected the building were wonderful and very accomadating. The building is beautiful, and is actually being turned into a residence. I couldn't be more happy. They are hard working, despite rainy weather and very mountainous terrain. I am making a CD of the process for their office. Again kudos to all involved, and thank you.

Karen Sullivan from Charity, Va

The shed is great but the delivery around trees was amazing!

terry mulryne from Cream ridge nj

Sheds Unlimited was recommended to us by a friend. We couldn't be happier with our one car garage for Ken's showcar! We worked with Ben Shue & James King. They could not have been nicer or more helpful or efficient as we designed our garage! We had a lot of problems with our town building codes, but Sheds Unlimited helped us every step of the way. Then we watched one Friday as the truck with our garage pieces arrived and 2 young men worked 17 hrs putting our garage together! Talk about efficient!! Amazing, and as polite as good be! We would recommend this company to everyone!!

Debra & Ken Cooke from Brick, NJ

Custom shed is the way to go..I thought I would take advantage of a shed that was built over winter..to take advantage of the savings..not a good thing. the ridge vent was missing along with the plate across the doorway... and from being stored in the field down back all the water run-off through that area the shed was twisted the side door still is not opening the way it should. the rear 4 x 4 was hanging when it was placed on the pad and others twisted. I reported the problems and the way they talked to me this was a normal thing.. and they were fighting with the township so they could get the storage problem taken care of down back. I will have a carpenter do the repairs and install the ridge vent.. You get what you pay for. PAY THE EXTRA..I still like the shed and will get all repairs done.

Richard from Reading

Overall experience was excellent. Website was great, ordering was very easy, delivery updates were very professional and the delivery guy was amazing with his placement of my 10x14 shed in less than 15 minutes. Everyone I spoke to was very knowledgeable, respectful, and pleasant to deal with. Could not ask for a better experience, would recommend Sheds Unlimited to anyone.

Jeff from Moorestown, NJ

I had a great experience from start to finish. The customer service representative were polite, responsive and very helpful. The shed is exactly as promised and seems to be built extremely well. When I compared the pricing to local competitors, Sheds Unlimited easy beat the other's prices by $300-700 and provided better options. The delivery guy was efficient, polite and managed to sqeeze the shed up our tight driveway with ease. I highly recommend them!

I am very happy with my new shed, and have received many compliments from neighbors. It was delivered on schedule and there were no difficulties with the installation. The staff of Sheds Unlimited was always professional and a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend your company with absolutely no reservations. Thank you all very much.

Michael Bodley from Collegeville, PA

The workers arrived promptly and did an amazing job putting up my new two car garage. The 3 workers took only 16 hours to complete the garage, cleaned up it was if our garage was here all along. We have received so many compliments from our neighbors that we would highly recommend Shed's Unlimted to everyone and you can not beat the price or the workmanship. Thanks to all the people at Shed's Unlimited from the salesman to the installers a job well done!!

Frank Prawd from Roxbury, New York

I wanted to thank Sheds Unlimited for a job well done. Your build team is first class and Levi did a GREAT job placing the garage right where I wanted it. The garage was built to my specs and delivered on time. Thanks again for a first class job.

Herman Zimmerman from Wonderful

Just a note to tell you how extremely happy my wife Pauline and I are of the quality and craftmanship that exists with your company . Your employees Mark, Will and John who erected our garage are second to none . We didn't think that companies like yours even existed . Their work ethics was absolutely unbelievable . Please keep your crew and don't ever lose them . I don't know how to express in words how happy and pleased we are and especially very thankful for working with us . I will recommend you to everyone .
Gary and Pauline

Gary LeBoeuf from Moretown Vermont