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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...

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I have to admit the customer service of Sheds Unlimited is great! The response time to any emails is faster than lightening, there is always a live person there to answer the phone and the guy they sent to deliver the shed was professional, patient and very polite.

My only "complaint" is that there seemed to be quite a few of the shed's studs that were very knotty, and some even looked a bit chewed up. The overall quality of the shed seems to be great but I do have a small issue with the studs that were used.

Overall, I would recommend Sheds Unlimited for their prices and customer service...which I already have to several people.

Lisa N. from Rio Grande, NJ

I love my shed this is one of the best investment I ever made iam so happy with ur service 5 star all the way everything was perfect right down 2 the color.John thanks 4 everything n also thanks 2 the driver who did everything so perfect n also tks 2 all ur staff. No one can touch ur price n quality n service.

George Otero from Medford New York

Chris and David constructed our shed with tremendous skill, teamwork, and attention to detail. They worked steadily for 14 hours and remained focused until the job was done. The craftsmanship of the shed itself is impressive. Sheds Unlimited is an exceptional company, and everyone with whom we have dealt demonstrated a high level of professionalism. Thank you!

David & Jessie Snyder from Allentown, PA

love my shed the best thing i did. also i got my garage back. the garage was way to cluttered and so was my laundry room. now everthing is in the shed. i do not have to move everthing to work on my car and the same with the laundry room. every one that comes by love the shed. the shed is built with high quality and a lot of love. i spoke to jj at sheds unlimited and jj kept in touch through the hole process of the shed. when they call me for delivery and gave me a date. teh guy who delivered the shed was super porfessional with is job. i would say to took from the trailer to my concerte slab less than 30 minutes. he centered ths shed onto the slab and the shed was ready to go. you want a extremely high quality shed, garage, or what every you want built sheds unlimited is the place to go. and they build to suit to satisfy all there costomers. trust me you will not go wrong dealing with sheds unlimited.

pasquale badolato from matawan n.j.

Great experience!  Mark was great to work with.  I would highly recommend getting your sctructure from Sheds Unlimited.

Brian from Wallingford, PA

Amazing!! The crew arrived on time and got right to work. The three young men were courteous and professional. They constructed a quality garage with loft in the time of a work day. They left the area neat and clean when they were done. Everyone that sees it can't believe that it was put up so quickly because of the great workmanship. We were very happy with the service from start to finish and highly recommend Shed's Unlimited!

Chris from Greenfield Ctr,New York

We love our shed. An amazing company to deal with. The shed is made perfectly and they went out of their way to please us. The delivery was exceptional. We are very, very, very, pleased.

Absolutely happy with 12×18 work shop shed. From the first contact with the company to the delivery was flawless. Everyone that works for the company does an excellent job!

 

 

Jerry Tomalis from Wyomissing Pa

Very professional and extreamly polite. They answered all our questions, sometimes more then once. It's the kind of company/business we like to give our business too. It's easy to tell...they really care about helping you get the shed you want with the colors that are right for you. Our shed looks great...perfect. Thank you for all your help!!!

Vicki & Terry Kehr from York, PA

Excellent quality shed and first rate customer service. Bought the fully built shed and had it delivered. Professionally done from start to finish.

Tom Cafaro from Virginia Beach, VA