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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 Detached Garage 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.
 

Sheds Unlimited Customer Reviews...

Over 450 Reviews

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The entire experience exceeded my expectations!

It was important o us to have a garden shed that blended with our the traditionl style of our home. We worked with Mark who helped us design a shed that had features that we preferred.

Our entire neighorhood was extremely impressed and amazed by the skill and work ethic of Mark, John, and Wille. They had a muddy six foot downhill space that they had to negotiate in order to unload and place the bulding materials in our yard. They arrived at 6:00 am started work without complaints or hesitation and never stopped until our shed was completed at 7:45 pm. They got 3 large pizzas at lunch time which was their breakfast and lunch they ate it as they worked.
We have been pleased with every aspect of our dealings with Sheds Unlimited. We cannot praise this organization highly enough.

Charles and Jane Brown from Marion, North Carolina

Great purchase experience. Vladimir was very pleasant. Austin the delivery man did a great job in placing the shed in place. He was fast and efficient. My only surprise was to see that the roof was notmadeof plywood but particle board.

Jose from Spotswood, NJ

I bought the small A frame coop on a trailer with the electric package. I wish I would have remembered the automatic door. It would have made it all perfect.he quality and workmanship is impressive. The delivery was timely and the men were very accommodating. I need a large shed and I will use this company again.

Rose Turner from Carmel

I am very pleased with the shed. Was delivered as described. Product, service and delivery where great at a fair price.

Michael Karl from Wharton, NJ

The construction is excellent in every detail, and the shed was completed much faster than expected. We didn't adequately describe the site where the shed was being placed, but the driver managed to get the shed put in place all the same. Installing the doors was easier than I had thought it would be. :-) I can't believe how much stuff this thing holds!

Sharon Boxall from Baltimore, MD

Absolutely love my shed! I wouldn't recommend any other place! Looking forward to hiring Shed Unlimited to do my garage next!

There is good service and there is GREAT service. Good business and GREAT business. After lots of painful research and onsite shed company visits, I stumbled across Sheds Unlimited. Boy did I/we luck-out because they are GREAT/GREAT! From David G. in the sales to Austin B. in the delivery, everyone was fantastic to work with. We live 100s of miles away and we never felt nervous giving the money down to get the project started. Brand new home, and the beautifully crafted Dutch Barn is PERFECT. the colors and style match impeccably. I will buy from them again when needed and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them without ANY reservations!

Rich Rivera from North borough MA

The Shed is fantastic. Excellent craftsmanship. The Delivery Man was an expert in installation. He really knew his stuff. The price, also great. We could NOT have built this shed ourselves with the amount of experience and workmanship that Sheds Unlimited have. Thanks to all Sheds Unlimited Family.

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