Giving Thanks in November for Veterans and More

November is a month of Thanksgiving. It is a large reminder to give thanks to our Lord for the abundance he provides, our bountiful harvest and also to our family, friends, business associates, and more. This November we’re giving extra thanks for our veterans.

On Wednesday, November 15th a “Saluting Community Heroes” fundraising event is being held at the Crow River Winery in Hutchinson. K & S Millwrights is one of many sponsors for the event that has a goal of not only raising awareness, but raising $50,000 to go directly to the programs and services provided to the veterans by the American Legion Post 96, the Disabled Veterans Association, McLeod County Veterans Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. We’d love to see it be a huge success for those that have given so much for our freedom! What an honor it will be to celebrate our local heroes, we hope you will take the time to show your appreciate for all they have given for us!

Saluting Community Heroes

Saluting Community Heroes Event

Crow River Winery
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5pm Social and cocktails
6pm Dinner and program

Guest Speaker and Tickets

Guest speaker for the evening is Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.  He will share is story of readiness, resilience, responsibility and service at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  Yantis was assigned to the Army staff as a media spokesman on duty that historic day and was decorated for his actions.

The event is being organized by Shad Ketcher of New Era Financial.  As a veteran himself, Shad has a connection with the cause.  Tickets are available for $75 each.  For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact Lisa Chernick at 320-533-3151 or lisa.salutingcommunityheroes@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Happy Thanksgiving from K & SWe would also like to wish all our customers, friends, and family a Happy Thanksgiving.  To allow our employees to enjoy the day with family, K & S Millwrights will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  We’ll resume normal hours on Friday to support our customers who may still be wrapping up their fall harvest work. 

As we pass through Thanksgiving and onto Christmas, please keep in mind that a Gift Certificate from the Hardware Store would make a very nice Christmas gift!

Thank you for being a part of K & S Millwrights, we truly appreciate your patronage and friendships we have made along the way!

Fall Corn and Soybean Harvest Challenges and Success in Minnesota

The 2017 corn and soybean harvest in Minnesota is progressing with some farmers having better luck than others. Harvest is in full-swing, with farmers doing what they can around the weather.

Fall Corn HarvestMany areas of Minnesota are dealing with wet ground conditions which makes the harvest a bit of a challenge. Getting the large equipment in and out of the fields without getting stuck takes creativity in some areas. The growing season was cooperative in most parts of the state. Harvest time delivered large amounts of rain and more recently snow, ice and excessive wind.

Harvest Results

When the weather cooperates and allows corn and soybean harvesting to happen the results are decent, which many farmers are thankful for. While some farmers could get a good start on soybeans early on, many areas of Minnesota and the Midwest have been impacted by the uncooperative weather. This makes the overall harvest go slower than expected.

Keep plugging on farmers! This time of year always seems to be full of surprises. And remember, if you need any parts or service on your grain and/or drying equipment, K & S Millwrights offers 24-hour service. Harvest time is very important to the success of your operation. We’re praying for pleasant weather, and a safe harvest season for all!

No matter what time of day, we are glad to be of service to you!

Give us a call at 320-833-2228 or 320-979-9221 for your 24-hour service needs!

Local FFA Chapter Awarded $25,000 Grant

The local Buffalo Lake-Hector-Steward (BLHS) FFA chapter was just awarded a $25,000 grant from Monsanto’s “Grow Rural Education Fund.” The grant will be used to construct an 18’ x 36’ greenhouse for the school.

Jill Grams, BLHS FFA advisor, applied for the grant and 22 area farmers nominated them to receive it. What a great amount of teamwork and support shown by our community for our children and their agriculture education!

We are so excited to be one of six school recipients in Minnesota to receive this award! A HUGE thank you goes out to the local farmers who nominated our school in this process.
– Jill Grams, BLHS FFA Advisor

Learn more about the grant and greenhouse project on the school website.

Exciting Upcoming FFA Activities

Corn Drive

Each fall the FFA (Future Farmers of America) Chapter organizes their yearly Corn Drive at harvest time to gather donations to support community and philanthropy. FFA members will be out and about on October 18th from 8 am to 3 pm searching for Corn Drive contributions.

FFA EmblemLearn more about the details of the corn drives and how their contributions are used.

FFA National Convention

October is a busy month for FFA Members. The National FFA Convention is at the end of the month. The BLHS chapter has nine students attending convention October 24-28 in Indianapolis, IN. Students will listen to speakers, attend workshops and concerts, network with other students with similar interest and goals. It is a rewarding and exciting adventure or attendees. We wish the attendees a productive convention experience!

Our local FFA chapter is doing great things. K & S Millwrights enjoys seeing the energy and future of the agriculture industry in our community and are proud to support their endeavors.

Learn about the success of last year’s FFA Corn Drive.

Steel Building Construction Offered

Did you know that K & S Millwrights offers steel building construction? Our relationship with Ag Growth International (AGI), the parent company of the popular grain handling units we offer such as NECO, Hutchinson, Brownie, allows us to also provide Sentinel steel construction buildings.

Plainsman Steel Building From Sentinel

K & S added the Sentinel building line to our offering in 2016. We’ve had the opportunity to build these new construction structures to enhance storage opportunities for various agriculture and commercial operations. The Plainsman product is a popular all-steel building on the market offered by Sentinel. Plainsman all-steel buildings offer high-quality construction and materials at a good value. With the Sentinel Plainsman product, you’ll find a variety of options to fill your building needs.

  • Versatile construction and setup works for most applications
  • Designed for fast installation
  • High-quality painted finish with a 30-year warranty
  • 26-gauge steel wall sheeting with 80,000 psi yield strength
  • 1 ¼” foam closures provide a solid seal from moisture, dirt and rodents
  • Wide range of door and window sizes and configurations
  • Reinforced structural framing available to support installation of addition equipment like cranes
  • Variety of foundation options provide the ideal floor service for your needs
  • Customize your building with features and accessories to fit your requirements
  • Optional lining and partition walls available

 

Let us know if you’re interested in adding a steel construction building on your site. We’ll help you review the options and find the best solution for your requirements. While grain handling and storage is our specialty, steel building construction for your equipment is a natural fit and we’d love to help with your next project.

Contact K & S today to learn more about steel building opportunities.

Grain Storage Guidelines & Tips

Grain Storage FacilityAs fall harvest time starts it is a good time to think about proper grain storage practices. Whether you are harvesting and feeding the crop to cattle or storing for sale later, maintaining quality conditions within your grain storage is imperative.

Tips for Proper Grain Storage

  • Preventative preparation and inspections – Prior to harvest time it is important to inspect your grain storage facilities and equipment. Clean out bins including around and under floor areas, watching for insect infestation areas. Repair any damage as necessary.
  • Maintain proper moisture levels – Each crop type has different ideal storage moisture levels. Check this guide for recommendations.
  • Consistent monitoring – Check your grain storage regularly to ensure proper storage conditions are maintained. Environments conditions, moisture levels, insects, and equipment functionality can all impact the result or your stored crop.
  • Aerated, weather-proof structure – Make sure the bin or storage facility you’re using protects from outdoor elements and provides aeration to keep it dry and reduce spoilage.
  • Temperature control – Aeration and monitoring will help maintain proper grain temperature. Pay attention to the temperature as seasons change, especially when temperatures increase dramatically.

Following these basic tips will help ensure your harvest stays in good condition until you need to use or sell it. Regular monitoring will allow you to adjust the storage conditions if necessary. Each location and crop is different, so always use your best judgement. You know your storage conditions better than anyone else.

Contact K & S if need help setting up a grain bin or making repairs. We’ll help you ensure your storage facility is ready to go.

Repair Services Available to Support Fall Harvest

Grain Storage RepairThe arrival of September means that fall harvest is right around the corner. At K & S we hope for a successful harvest for all. Long hours and hard work means there may be equipment breakdowns that require repairs. K & S can help with grain storage and handling repairs.

When crops and field conditions are ready, you need to get the work done. If something breaks it needs to be repaired as soon as possible. K & S Millwrights offers 24-hour repair service for that exact reason. We also maintain a full inventory of parts to replace broken components quickly.

There are many grain storage and handling structures and equipment that we can help repair.

Repair Examples

  • Repair or replace leg and conveyor belts
  • Auger repair
  • Drag conveyor repairs
  • Bin repairs
  • Portable welding
  • Structural repairs
  • Grain dryer repairs
  • Gear box repair and replacement
  • Bearing replacement
  • Air transfer system repairs
  • Part supplier, new & used

 

Ask For Help

Are you repairing something yourself, but need a part or supplies. Don’t forget about our onsite hardware store. Save yourself time and gas money. Stop in and pick up the items you need. Kent keeps the store well-stocked.

Did summer go faster than expected, and you have a few preventative maintenance projects you were hoping to accomplish prior to harvest time? Call K &S, we’ll try to work you in before the busy time hits.

Keep the K & S phone number, 320-833-2228, handy just in case you need help with a repair. We’re here to help!

Local Hardware Store Offers Large Selection of Product

K&S Millwrights Hardware Store

The Hardware Store

The hardware store located at K & S Millwrights offers a lot more products than you might think! Many people that live in the area are aware that the hardware store exists, but are often surprised by the wide variety of items available.

Large Product Offering

We offer all the hardware store items you will need, but also carry a small section of sporting goods, lawn care from fertilizer to Roundup® and bird seed. The paint department and color match machine is a valuable addition. If we don’t have the color you are looking for, our machine will match your color and provide the formula to mix it for you.

The most popular items purchased are for plumbing projects. Plus, it never fails when we have a rain storm in the area that there is a rush for sump pumps! A unique item that you’ll find in the store is concrete mix for your small concrete projects.

K&S Hardware Store Manager

Hardware Store Manager, Kent Scharmer

Friendly and Knowledgeable Service

Kent Scharmer is the hardware store manager. He grew up in his family business, Scharmer Lumber, and knows the business like the back of his hand. Customer service is his top priority, which is a great fit with K & S. His friendly personality and expert knowledge are an important asset to the store. He’s always happy to help you find what you need.

The hardware store is open Monday – Friday 8am – 5:30pm and Saturday 8am – noon.

The K & S Hardware Store proudly serves the local community and surrounding areas since 2001. The last 16 years have been exciting and we appreciate the local patrons. Do you wish we offered additional products? Let Kent know. We may be able to add them to our offering.

Stop by the hardware store and check out the selection!

AGI Purchases Global Industries

If you follow the grain handling industry you may have heard about a change in ownership of Global Industries, Inc (Global).  In April AGI, Ag Growth International, purchased Global. Global owned brands such as MFS, York, Stormor, Brownie, GTS, Hutchinson, Mayrath, NECO and Sentinel Buildings.

AGI sells product internationally and acquired Global to expand its footprint and customer base in the US, along with key international markets.  AGI continually strives to be the global market leader in grain handling, conditioning and storage equipment.

Impact on K & S Millwrights

AGI and Global have a similar focus on customers and dealers, and they continue offer the highest quality products and service possible.  K & S Millwrights is a dealer of the Global/AGI products and we’ll continue to offer those products without any major changes.  The only change you may notice is the logo associated with the brands and products are being revised to match the AGI family of brands.

AGI Acquired Global Industries Brands

When you’re looking for grain handling and storage solutions K & S Millwrights is here to help.  We have access to many brands and solutions to help you find the right product for your situation.

Contact us with any questions.

Grain Bin Installation by K & S

Grain bin installation is something K & S Millwrights specializes in for the agriculture industry. Whether you’re creating an entire new setup, adding to your current bin configuration, adding a leg or looking for used product, K & S can help.

Multiple Grain Bin Suppliers

Grain Bin InstallationWe work with a variety of bin suppliers like Sioux Steel, AGCO, Conrad America and Hutchinson, to name a few. A full list of options can be found here. Our direct relationship with these companies allows us to find the grain bins you’re looking for.

Every project is unique

Sometimes we’re installing one 1,000-bushel bin and the next day we’re setting up to handle 1 million bushels. Grain legs and dryers are common additions to these projects. Not only do we offer installation, but repair service is popular too. Grain storage needs to function properly and as it gets closer to harvest time repairs and preventative maintenance is important.

Grain bin installation isn’t all we offer, but it is a big part of what we do every day.

Check out a few of our projects!

July 4th Holiday Hours at K & S

July 4th at K & S

Celebrate and be safe on the July 4th holiday. To allow our employees to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, we will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th. K & S Millwrights will be open with regular hours on Monday, July 3rd and will reopen on Wednesday, July 5th at 8am.