With the hard work of some key players in the company, the backyard garden shed builder became a story of business success during years of economic woes
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
It is a busy Spring season for the family owned garden storage shed manufacturer just outside the small village of White Horse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Sheds Unlimited has begun the season with a bang as lovely Spring weather allures potential customers of barns, storage sheds and prefab car garages for a look at what Sheds Unlimited has to offer.
Potential customers typically first discover Sheds Unlimited on their lovely garden barn sheds PA website which is designed and managed by one of the Stoltzfus brothers who has worked in the company for over twenty years. After their Internet experience and possibly a phone call to the Sheds Unlimited office, interested folks drive through the Lancaster County roads shared with horse drawn buggies and the smell of horse manure in the air. They go on past Amish farmers busy in their fields and farms housing small Amish owned businesses. Soon they arrive at the Stoltzfus family farm on White Horse Road in Gap, PA which is currently home to the fifth generation in the Stoltzfus family. The oldest Stoltzfus daughter Sara Lynn with her husband Bill and eight children live in the old farmhouse. Upon arrival one might see lively grandchildren of the founders of the backyard shed company running around the front lawn of the newly remodeled farmhouse.
The enormous white dairy barn greets everyone upon entering the driveway. It was in the upper floor of that barn in the farm equipment storage area where the family first began their production of garden storage buildings in PA. But that was very short lived. Only a short time and a few garden storage sheds later the Salisbury Township officials sent a letter informing the family that their small farm based barn and shed business did not fit within the confines of the towns zoning.
Although it was a disappointing day when this occurred, that was not the end of their production of backyard barns and sheds in PA. They took their small beginnings and moved it to a crowded old tobacco shed on the farm of Stephen Sr’s brother in Honey Brook, PA. Every weekday and some Saturdays the family workers were forced to drive fifteen minutes one way to work in Chester County, PA. Due to township regulations, their strong Amish-Mennonite tradition of family togetherness was now being divided by township ordinances.
Years passed and the small garden storage shed business grew slowly through hard work and a bit of promotion. Very little advertising was necessary in those days since it was a time when the economy was strong and growing. Despite the fact that there were nearly forty manufacturers in the area, almost anyone could start a barns and sheds business with a little hard work and a quality shed or garage product. The Sheds Unlimited business was simple back then, but it was growing steadily.
Back in Salisbury Township things among the supervisors began to change. With an increasing number of farmers who were facing tough times the township realized that farmers needed extra income. In addition, they saw the advantage of creating local jobs for the Amish and others in the area by allowing small farm based businesses on any farm over ten acres. A meeting was called and before long Sheds Unlimited was building a new shop to build outdoor barns and sheds on the home farm. It was a happy day for the family when they were again able to produce garden storage sheds and prefab car garages in the morning and head into the old farmhouse for lunch.
The economy continued to be strong through those early years so there was no lack of work for the garden shed builder. “There were times when our wait time was eight to ten weeks,” reports one of the current owners of the newly formed PA barns and sheds corporation. Slowly the company grew into a tiny workforce which included several local residents. The middle son of five boys was running the company during those years when the economy was good. During that time, having an Internet presence was becoming increasingly important to business success. The middle son Chris bought a one hundred dollar web design program and went to work designing a simple website.
In a short time calls for garden storage sheds in PA, NY, NJ and MD began to increase dramatically. As a result of the online presence, garden storage shed direct sales were stronger than ever. But things in the economy were beginning to slip and the shed and barn manufacturers would soon feel the results. Around the same time Stephen Stoltzfus Jr returned from eleven years of living in Romania where he had worked with Christian Aid Ministries as a volunteer. He was in charge of the farming operation which CAM set up to employ the fifty plus orphans at Nathanial Christian Orphanage in Suceava, Romania. Upon his return, Stephen Jr. took the role of manager of the storage shed and barn company while Chris took his turn to work with Christian Aid Ministries in the Middle East. Stephen Jr came at a crucial moment as the garden storage shed industry was facing harder times than ever.
With the dropping economic situation some backyard storage shed manufacturers began struggling to survive. The prefab shed and car garage demand was not the same as it had been for the past decades. Some shed and garage builders actually failed and were forced to close their doors after spending tens of thousands to start up. Clearly, the best days in the PA prefab storage shed industry were past and a new era had come.
With the hard work of some key players in the company the backyard garden shed builder became a story of business success during years of economic woes. Rather than downsizing and laying off the few workers it had hired, the company continued to have significant increases in sales every year during and after the toughest years in the United States economy. Sheds Unlimited managers claim that when competition in the barn, shed, and garage industry tightened, manufacturers were forced to find new ways to reach potential customers. That is exactly what the Sheds Unlimited management team set out to do.
With their robust growth in an online presence, they were able to sell nearly all of their garden storage sheds, backyard garden sheds, prefab two car garage and two-story buildings direct to customers in PA, NY, NJ, CT, DE, MD, VA, WV and beyond. Rather than focusing on selling their products through established resellers in the northeastern United States as much of their competition was doing, their management team focused primarily on developing direct sales to customers in their delivery region. This resulted in direct retail sales contributing to nearly ninety-five percent of their yearly sales.
In addition, Sheds Unlimited added new garden shed and prefab care garage lines and many more options for existing buildings. Prefab two car garages can now be purchased as prefab attic garages and can be customized with dormers, extra shed windows, a full stairway and much more. Even more monumental was the addition of a beautiful line of two story sheds and car garages which has further expanded their reach. These lovely two-story buildings are designed with aesthetics and lots of storage space in mind. Furthermore, with the two-story garden sheds and barns came the need for a crane to assemble the large garden buildings. A fifteen ton crane has been the most recent addition to the company which handles delivery of nearly all garden sheds, backyard barns and sheds, prefabricated 1, 2 and 3 car garages as well as two story barns and sheds from Sheds Unlimited.
The newest 2012 addition to the Sheds Unlimited line has been a great success already. These lovely looking Premier Garden Storage Sheds from PA are a pleasing addition to any backyard and sales are already strong. Managers at Sheds Unlimited believe that the steep pitched roof, combined with fantastic dormer options make the Premier Garden Sheds the up and coming popular item of the year.
No doubt, the results of an online presence and new garden storage shed lines have contributed to the yearly double digit growth for this small family owned and operated garden storage shed builder. After more than tripling in size during the toughest years of the American economy, Sheds Unlimited stands as an example of a company whose commitment to quality products, great customer care and ongoing innovation have given them a sales edge in a competitive market.
Enter the meager shed and barn sales office at Sheds Unlimited in Lancaster County PA today and you will find a busy place where three to four men answer dozens of phone calls every day. Some call with questions about storage shed delivery prices, others request an estimate for a prefab two car garage in NY while still more call in to order their backyard garden shed for Maryland and leave a thirty percent down-payment.
A small room in the back of the office which served as the eight foot square lunch room for many years has now become the dispatch center for the four trucks and the Crane Truck owned and operated by the garden shed and barn delivery company. Key to the delivery team are the four agile shed and barn delivery Mules which make the delivery process so much handier and protect the front and backyard of every customer. These handy machines carry the sheds, barns and prefab garages to their final destination-the customers prepared pad.
Despite the story of success in tough years, growth in garden shed and prefab car garage sales has brought further challenges. The small shop built to manufacture prefab storage sheds, car garages and now two story buildings is to small to handle the growing demand for their quality backyard sheds, custom barns, prefab one car garages, two car garages, two-story buildings and more. In January Sheds Unlimited Inc. applied to the Salisbury Township officials to expand their manufacturing facility to existing farm structures on the premise. In a township meeting officials heard the request of the PA garden storage shed company owners but quickly moved to reject the proposal for Sheds Unlimited to expand their business.
Nevertheless, for now Sheds Unlimited is plunging into a busy 2012 Spring. Sales are again up from 2011 and this innovative backyard storage shed company is finding ways to become more efficient even with their small shop on the family farm in Lancaster County, PA.