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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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Contacted Ben Shue to custom design a pool house. We had limitations because of the local  codes. Ben worked with us amd designed exactly what we wanted. He was very professional and helpful. The pool hosue looks great and was very well built . Execellent job and the enitire process was handled very well and was on time. Thank you.

Dave from Avalon NJ

I ordered a custom built 8x14 high barn style storage shed. I did a significant amount of research into quality and costs for comparable sheds. Sheds unlimited was nearly the cheapest and was by far and away the best shed I've seen. It has been installed for nearly a month now and I am still as blown away as i was when it was installed. All of the higher end details were covered, extra bracing on roof joists, solid complete construction.

There are a number of reviews discussing installation, I could not have imagined how easy and professional it would be. My driveway is narrow and uphill. The driver used the mule to bring the shed exactly where I wanted it without a scratch. I have personally recommended Sheds Unlimited to a few of my neighbors and I can't recommend them enough. If you are looking for a very high quality shed that was SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than any of the local places--from chains like Lowe's, Home Depot and Agway--to smaller advertised shops--go no further. I am in northern NJ and while I had to pay for delivery it was still cheaper than the "Free Delivery" places... Don't waste your time elsewhere.

John Coyle from Morristown, NJ

We custom ordered a 8x16 shed. Quality workmanship. Delivered on time. Great pricing. Friendly staff. Great experience.

If you get your shed or garage from anywhere else, your not gonna be happy! Sheds Unlimited is the only company that I would deal with. I had them come to my house and build me (in 3 days!) THEE most beautiful, (made to my specs) 24x32 garage with two 24' dormers upstairs. Even THEY were so impressed with their work, it's featured in their "Legacy" line of Garages. Later, I ordered an adorable Chicken Coop. I couldn't be happier! Their craftsmanship is second to none, they are on time, polite and totally professional. You will not find this from your local builder! Thank you SO much!!

Kenny Strain from NJ

I purchased a 12' by 8' shed with unique specifications and it came exactly like we wanted. The service was great and I was treated like a human, not a number. Most of all the shed is high quality and looks great. If you are considering a shed, I would high recommend Sheds Unlimited. By the way, my neighbors may be calling you too.

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Brian from New Jersey

Ordered my 12x14 Shed from Sheds Unlimited. Ordered a kit style due to a fence issue getting into my backyard. The kit came very nicely packed and no damage. I soon realized that the door style that I thought I order was not the style shipped. I contacted customer service and they offered to drive up the right doors the next day and exchange them. I was shocked that they were willing to do this with what seemed a misunderstanding during the ordering. Very polite and professional. I ended up keeping the doors shipped cause I liked the way they looked but was still impressed with the offer to resolve the issue. I also recieved a broken door locking latch bolt (small extra part) . Sheds unlimited shipped one up and I had it in 3 days. Great company. Thanks , love the SHED. My kit looks like your assembled sheds and I'm not a contractor. I do recommend that maybe a few more shingles are sent with the kits. I only had 1 left over shingle. If I hadent made all perfect cuts or had a few damaged I would have been short. Otherwise 5 star rating.

Outstanding quality shed. Even the 4x4 runners were painted.The communication from the headquarters was excellent. Mule delivery was impressive. I researched for several weeks and could not find a better quality shed with various options in this price range.

Jason from Branford, CT

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

My custom designed 10 X 16 Classic Workshop Shed was installed today by a well trained and extremely courteous driver/installer. I could not believe only one person was able to complete the delivery. I used Bedrock Foundations recommended by them for building a level framed pressure treated 12 X 18 blue stone filled foundation then scheduled delivery. Dealing with Sheds Unlimited as well as Bedrock Foundations from start to finish should be a role model for other American companies to follow. I will definitely recommend both these companies to everyone shopping for a shed, garage, workshop of top quality construction and installation. Thank you Sheds Unlimited as finally I can put all my tools and equipment in one location.

Danny W. Lisk from Old Bridge, New Jersey

Bought a garage, wife picked colors, we couldn't be happier! The construction is top notch, solid, and exactly as described by John. Delivered earlier than promised, the mule is amazing, the driver was cool, calm and skilled. I am an electrician and I researched garages, online and in person for a month, this was the best built and best priced option. John, Ivan, and everyone else we spoke with were friendly and knowledgeable. I would and will recommend this company to everyone who asks. Thank you for a quality product.

Vinny Passantino from Wading River, New York