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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 500 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

I got a new 12X8 she's from sheds unlimited this summer and the entire process was easy as could be. sales rep was great over the phone it was delivered on time and cause of my backyard situation they had to build it onsite as opposed to dropping it down built. the crew was awesome only took them a couple of hours built it painted it and cleaned up perfectly!! no better shed company out there to use period! 

Dan from New Jersey

From the beginning of the process through the completion of the building I have been consistently pleased and thrilled with the positive attitude and high level of integrity of everyone I have dealt with at Sheds Unlimited. The designer and project managers were patient, thorough and competent. This was a four car garage with space for an apartment upstairs, multiple dormers being built on a stepped foundation. The building was put up in 3.5 days. I was told all along that it would take 3-4 days and I simply did not believe that it could happen that quickly. It did. The three young men who did the actual construction were extremely professional and a delight to have with us for that week. I am completely satisfied with my new garage. It's a dream come true!!

Phil from Washington CT

I would rate this shed a 5 star. but salesman never asked about rain gutter location on shed. Never thought about it untill shed came on site and now water has to run up hill.There the best in the bussiness on set-up and the mule is great also thanks again  Ryan Cole.

g.g. from Pa.

Our experience with Steve Jr., Chris and Nelson was excellent. During the process of deciding to purchase a storage shed, all questions were answered promptly and completely. Our visit to your office and plant was a very pleasant experience as well. Steve arranged for the requested modifications to the shed and the shed was delivered on time and as confirmed by Nelson. The installation of our shed went also on with a glitch. We will recommend Shedsunlimited to any of our friends who might be in need of a product you provide.
Thanks again and best regards,

Shed was delivered on time and looks great. The staff is responsive and helpful. We has a very positive experience. Sheds Unlimited was referred to us by a family member and they have the best pricing in the tri state area.

Sue Lippert from Voorhees, NJ

I ordered a non-standard 7'x8' shed as a kit with 2 windows on 1 side. I had a shed party & it went together great! The driver was a pleasure to deal with & he got the wheels of the delivery forklift to spin getting it up my steep driveway. Fantastic construction & paint. No competition, this company is the best & a great value. Don't bother shopping around for price & quality as I did. These guys are the best.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Having seen an example on my neighbor's property, I knew the quality of the products produced by Sheds Unlimited would be flawless. Thus the more important point would be the customer service I would receive. From the first phone call where all my questions were answered and I was assisted in every aspect of ordering the correct shed to meet my needs, I knew this was one great company. The shed is perfect, the delivery person was efficient and personable. I could not be happier with the experience and would highly recommend this company to all.

Judy Hedden from Doylestown, Pa.

I was in the Gap area for work one day and stopped by Sheds Unlimited. Mark was very helpful and allowed me to walk around and take a look at the sheds on site. I ordered my shed on the spot and it was delivered a few weeks later. Thanks for an easy process!

Tom Bacon from Lancaster, PA

From the initial phone call, which was just to obtain information, to the final delivery and assembly, these folks were great! Knowledgeable and informative, and everybody is very friendly. But most importantly they provided me with a quality piece of workmanship (8x12 shed), well-built and beautiful. Thanks to Ben in sales, Gideon in construction and Mark in assembly. Great people. 

Dale from York