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Amish Shed Builder, Sheds Unlimited Moves away from Family Farm

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After 29 Years, Sheds Unlimited Leaves the 4th Generation Family Farm

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.

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The Beginning of an Amish Shed Builder

Manufacturing Amish storage sheds was not the first thing the family crafted on the farm. The story on the Sheds Unlimited website entitled "From Ponies and Carts to Amish Sheds and Garages," tells how the oldest sons began building dog boxes on the farm even before they could drive a car!

Fascinatingly, 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.

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The Shed Business Moves to Honey Brook

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. 

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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. 

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Amish Shed Building Business Supports the Farm

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 their Amish built sheds and garages online. To everyone's surprise, dozens of garages and sheds were soon being sold through leads from the internet. 

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Internet Marketing Made the Difference

“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 Amish shed business and Chris focused on the online marketing program.
The teamwork paid off, and the storage shed 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.

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Growth Brings a Sense of Loss for the 5th Generation

Consistent growth in the Sheds Unlimited line of products and increased customization of those portable 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.

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Sheds Unlimited is a fantastic company to work with. They were really patient, friendly and professional while we customized our shed.We just had our shed delivered yesterday and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Buy from Sheds Unlimited with confidence.

David Henderson from Swarthmore, PA

Just had my shed delivered right on time by Nate. It really looks great inside and out and I'm very happy with the end product! Thanks to Kyle and the sales team for all of their phone and email communications, advice and patience along the entire process. Will send you some pics in a few weeks once I have furnished! -Nick

Nick from Mullica Hill, NJ

Very happy with the entire experience with Sheds Unlimited. Good quality product and excellent customer service from initial contact right thru delivery. I will recommend these folks anytime.

John McGeehan from Stillwater,NJ

My neighbor purchased one of the sheds and I jusr fell in love with it and had to have one myself. They set the date and before you know it it was there and right at the time they said it would be delivered. This shed will give me many many years of use. I only wish that I had a larger space and purchased a larger one. You guys are the best and keep up the good work. By the way the delivery person was just the best and accomodating as well. Thanks

I can't say enough good things about the Sheds Unlimited family. Everyone from David in the sales office to Delmar and James in design and construction were first rate. Building our new garage at the shore, post Sandy, was very challenging with all the new code requirements. The whole team at Sheds Unlimited work very hard to deliver us a first rate product and stuck with us every step of the way. We get compliments from everyone who has seen the finished product and we could not be happier that we chose them for this project. Again thanks to all!

Rich G. from Lavallette, NJ

From beginning to end, the process was very pleasant. The employees are friendly and competent; they care about your vision for your property and will accommodate custom needs. The build team was very quick, skilled, and conscientious. I am extremely pleased with the final product and happy I chose to work with this company. It is a solid, beautiful building well worth the affordable price.

Alex Z from Boonton, NJ

Start to finish was a great experience. The shed is just first rate and the delivery was on time and the delivery man did a fantastic job maneuvering the shed into a very tight area. I will gladly recommend this company to my friends.

john from forest hill md.

I was worried that they would not be able to put the shed where i needed it. Not only did it get there, but it was put there in short order. This company has delivered a quality product on time, with professional results. I would recommend them to anyone.
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Chris cassel from Cape may, NJ

the service was well over all expectations.
delivery was fast and fun to the shed its self is a great thing,i bought it online site unseen and it is better constructed then i thought it would be as i looked at other places in delaware..this is a 10 star rating from me

mike gawronski from New castle, delaware

...except, "Thank you!" Whole experience could not have been better. Sarah took the order and it was completed exactly as placed. Delivery and set up was flawless. If we had room I'd order another one just for the pleasure of dealing with these folks. This outfit has it's stuff together from beginning to end. My only suggestion to future customers is one that was passed along (only half jokingly) to us..."Buy a size larger than what you think you need!!") Thanks, again, Sheds Unlimited!

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