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Building Green Down on the Farm

Why Farmers and Ranchers Choose Pre-engineered Steel Buildings

People who enjoy country living favor building green, eco-friendly structures on their rural properties.

Whether their country home represents a retreat from urban life or their livelihood, rural dwellers love the land. Country people are, by nature, conservationists. Environment preservation is important to them, and so is eco-friendly green building.

Farmers and ranchers were the first to appreciate and build with steel. Even before the environmental movement gained national support, those who made their living from the land recognized the advantages of building eco-friendly steel barns and steel agricultural support structures.

RHINO Sign of QualitySteel Buildings: The Right Choice for Rural Structures

Pre-engineered metal buildings offer farmers, ranchers, and other rural residents many advantages.

Quite simply, green building with steel delivers the best deal for the planet, the pocketbook, and for the people purchasing the structure. Here is why:

RECYCLED: Steel is the most recycled material on Earth. Every year, America recycles 80 million tons of steel.

Steel is 100% recyclable. Steel is the only construction material which never loses any of its characteristic strength when recycled repeatedly.

Logical Steel QuoteThe U.S. Green Building Council states, “Steel as a primary structural building material, with its inherently recyclable nature and its efficiency of assembly, is the logical and responsible choice for Green Building.”

Steel is the only building material in the LEED (The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building program with an automatic minimum default for its high-recycled content.

North American iron and steel makers started recycling over 150 years ago. All new steel framing now contains recycled steel. (RHINO steel framing is up to 90.7% recycled steel.) The magnetic properties of iron and steel allow them to be handled easily— … Read more »

Making Hay Sheds While the Sun Shines

Protecting Feed, Livestock, and Equipment with Metal Ag Buildings

Shrewd farmers and ranchers use pre-engineered metal hay sheds and barns to protect their assets.

Planting, growing, and harvesting hay represents a significant amount of time, money, and effort. Why leave bales rotting in the field when prefabricated steel hay sheds and barns are so economical and easy to erect?

Steel Hay Sheds and BarnsHay Production in the U.S.

In 2015, U.S. hay production topped 134.4 million tons.

The top ten hay producing states— California, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas— furnish 46% of American hay crops. Three states— California, Missouri, and Texas— produce 17% of U.S. hay.

Self-sufficient farmers and ranchers depend on hay to feed their livestock.

After years of devastating drought and massive hay shortages, this year is producing an abundant crop of hay here in Texas.

The first day of summer was just a few days ago. Many farmers and ranchers in our area in Texas are currently baling their second or third cutting of hay, thanks to above average rainfall this year.

Two years ago, excessively dry conditions across the south had many agribusinesses selling off livestock they could no longer afford to feed. Now, at last, a bumper crop of high-quality hay is creating a hay surplus.

The Science of Raising Hay

To the uninitiated, raising hay seems a simple business: plant, cut, bale. However, profitable haymaking involves hard work, precise timing— and the cooperation of fickle weather. Haymakers carefully maximize their yield by balancing the following:

  • WEATHER: Balers needs at least three days of dry weather before mowing … Read more »

Metal Buildings in Nebraska

Eco-Friendly Building in the Cornhuskers State Starts with Steel

Pre-engineered metal buildings in Nebraska stand up to the unique challenges facing cornhuskers.

Nebraska’s volatile climate demands structures able to withstand strong winds, occasional earthquakes, blizzards, and violent storms with lightning and tornadoes. Nebraskans demand environmentally friendly buildings. Prefabricated steel buildings satisfy both demands.

metal-buildings-NEBRASKAEco-conscious Nebraskans

Nebraskans boast a proud heritage of caring for the environment. Looking out over endless prairies, early settlers in Nebraska longed for the tree-covered valleys and mountains they had left behind.

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska.

Detroit residents Julius Sterling Morton and his wife Caroline (Carrie) moved to the Nebraska territory on their wedding day in 1854. Staunch nature lovers, Morton and his wife quickly planted trees and shrubbery around their home, experimenting with different types to find the trees that grew best in the Nebraskan soil. The Mortons vigorously encouraged others to follow their example.

Morton QuoteA journalist with printer’s ink in his blood (both his uncle and grandfather with publishers), Morton soon became editor of the Nebraska News. Through the newspaper, he continued to promote taming the prairieland by planting trees for soil conservation, fruit, shade, windbreaks, wildlife, and enjoyment.

Morton proposed instituting a united effort for tree planting, to be dubbed Arbor Day. He considered this a “battle against the treeless prairies.”

“There is no aristocracy in trees,” said Morton in the Omaha Daily Record in 1872. “They are not haughty. They will thrive near the humblest cabin on our fertile prairies, just as well and become just as refreshing to the eye and as fruitful as they will in the shadow of a king’s palace.”

Nebraska National ForestThe first Arbor Day, celebrated on … Read more »

RHINO Business Park Update

Phase 4 Completed at the Industrial Park in Denton, TX

Last year we told our readers about the RHINO Business Park under construction. At that time, phase one and phase two were completed, while phase three was beginning.

RHINO Business ParkLocated in Denton, Texas, the RHINO Business Park offers a prime location just off the business loop from Interstate-35.

Two Latest Additions to the RHINO Business Park

The RHINO Business Park now includes two new structures completed earlier this year.

The first building is a 58’ x 120’ x 20’ divided into four identical rental units. Each section has a 12’ x 12’ office space plus restroom and contains 1,740 sq. ft.

The second structure measures 63’ x 120’ x 20’. It too divides into four sections with built-in offices and restrooms. These units each cover 1,890 sq. ft. of space.

We used, of course, our own premiere RHINO Steel Building System for all the new structures in the development. Features offered included:

• 20-foot eave heights • 8-foot tall steel interior wall panels • Fire sprinklers • Free Verizon FIOS • Gutters and downspouts • Heating and air conditioning • Insulated 12-foot by 14-foot overhead doors with electric door lifts • Landscaping • Paved and marked parking • R-19 roof insulation and R-13 wall insulation • 220-volt electrical power plus gas heaters

3841 Market StreetGratifyingly Successful Venture

All of the structures in the RHINO Business Park leased quickly. The prime location and the versatility of the pre-engineered steel buildings made the park a win/win for both the tenants and the project owner.

Developing industrial parks takes … Read more »

Convenience Stores in America- Part 2

Building Your Own Convenience Store Business

Part 1 in this series covered the basic statistics on convenience stores in the U.S. Now let’s look at getting started in this lucrative industry.

Franchise or Do-It-Yourself?

Convenience Store InvestmentThere are two basic ways to get started in the convenience store business: 1) independently, or 2) with a franchise. Both privately owned stores and franchised stores take a large initial outlay of capital.

Franchises simplify marketing and set up. They offer a ready-made system of operation, but require a hefty upfront franchise fee— plus a portion of your profits for advertising and marketing.

Currently, Franchise Rankings lists these as the top five convenience store franchise companies:

1. Express 2. Circle K 3. ampm 4. Dash In 5. 7 Eleven

Building a privately owned convenience store (known in the industry as a “c-store”) requires more time and effort to set up, but keeps all the profits in your pocket.

Regardless of which method you choose, you will need to submit a business plan to your lending institute for funding.

Research the convenience store industry as a whole. Analyze your local market. Check out the local convenience stores. Establish a time line for opening your store. Create a budget for the project.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is an excellent source for information, assistance, and loan solutions. For free demographic information, contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Choose a prime location for your new store based on your research.

As in any real estate venture, location is paramount to the success of a convenience store. After all, if it is not highly visible and easily accessible, it is not convenient for your customers and will … Read more »