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How This Farmer Made “Dang Sure” He Chose the Right Building to Store His Machinery


When this longtime farmer finally decided to have a new machine shed built, he knew he had lots of options. So why did he choose a Wick building? Find out below and learn why he says his new building “has changed tremendously” how he goes about his day-to-day routine, especially on those brutally cold South Dakota winter mornings.


Check out this video on the project, then scroll down to learn more about the details.



project details


What the owner wanted


The farming methods—and machines—that Doug and his family use had outgrown their 1980s storage shed. That’s why they needed a new building, one that would hold the massive tractors and implements that are a standard part of a bustling modern farm.


On top of that, they wanted the comfort and convenience that come with a heated building. “We had a cold building,” says Doug. “Plugged a tractor in at night and hopefully it started when it was 25 below zero.”


Today, Doug and his family are enjoying a temperature-appropriate farm shop where they can store and comfortably work on their large machinery year round.


They’re also benefiting from the durable hydraulic door they chose, which works great for conveniently moving machinery in and out. And since it opens outward, it won’t limit the interior space of Doug’s shop—plus, it creates a nice canopy when it’s open.


What was special about the project


Having a new building constructed wasn’t a decision Doug rushed into. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time, this kind of building at our farm,” says Doug.


But today he has no regrets, explaining that the building has brought changes “only for the better.”


He does, however, have one caveat for anyone considering a building like his: “It’s a once in a lifetime thing, so you want to make dang sure it’s right.”


Who helped build it


Casey Witt, owner of Witt Construction, has been constructing post-frame buildings in the Lake Norden area of South Dakota for more than 20 years.


“We live in a very rural area,” says Casey. “Negative word travels faster than anything, so in the end of the project, we have to be friends. We make a personal connection. We try to help the people understand how we can better serve them.”


Casey’s personal style likely played a big role in why Doug chose Witt Construction. “I can call Casey anytime I want to, and if we got an issue or something, he’s going to come out here.”


And his building expertise didn’t hurt either. “Just go back to what Casey’s experience is,” says Doug, “and some of the people that he’s built for and so on, and the quality is great.”


Why a pole barn from Wick Buildings was the right choice


Doug now has a new farm storage shop that’s not only extremely useful but also great-looking. More than that, because the building is from Wick, he’s gained numerous advantages, including the following:


Superior lumber. Wick uses only lumber that meets or exceeds machine-graded specifications for all structural components, from trusses and columns to girts and purlins. In addition to the visual benefits of this cleaner lumber, it’s at least 15% stronger than regular lumber.


Durable steel. All Wick pole barns include full-hard exterior steel, with 80,000 PSI hardness or better, resulting in fewer dents. That steel is also G-90 galvanized for better corrosion protection.


Exceptional paint performance. Our paint coating is warrantied not to chip or crack for 40 years and comes in a spectrum of colors. Highlights of Doug’s new building include beige for the steel walls and burnished slate for the wainscoting and roof.


Exceptional quality for the long term. Looking to the future, Doug also has the satisfaction of knowing he has a reliable, low-maintenance building that’s built to last for the next generation of farmers.


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