Mar
2014

Selling more beer with General Steel

For years and years I used to live all around Europe, just roaming around living place to place. One thing that I really loved from that time was being able to experience all of the different foods, wines and beers. After I moved back to the states I wanted to share some of that experience with the people in my town. I am a terrible cook so I figured I would open a specialty beer and wine shop that focuses on international beer and wine. It took a long time to get everything together, fill out the right paperwork, find a store, all of that stuff but finally it started to come together. I quickly ran into a rather unexpected problem though. In order to order beer and wine from Europe or anywhere in which a plane was required for delivery, I had to order in huge amounts. It couldn’t be a little of this and a little of that all in one shipment, it had to be a few pallets of this and a few of that. I am a really small operation so to sell that much of any one beer before the expiration date was difficult, but probably more on the side of impossible. To help the beer last a little bit longer I needed a refrigerated place to keep them. An actual fridge was out of the question. It would take hundreds of them and cost a fortune to run them. I started looking big scale. It turns out that finding a giant walk in cooler to rent, not that easy.  It was quickly becoming obvious that if I wanted a giant cooler, which I did, I was going to have to build it myself. I started looking around and what my different options were both in terms of location and building materials. I still have no idea with location; it isn’t like you can build something like this in your back yard or something. The materials I think I finally have figured out. I had seen that General Steel buildings are really good at keeping temperature regulated so the idea would be that I wouldn’t have to spend so much money, at least as much as I might otherwise, trying to keep this place as cold as it needs to be. General Steel buildings are also quite cheap which is a huge plus since as a (very) small business owner I don’t exactly have a lot of money to be throwing around.  Also, General Steel buildings can stand up to pretty much anything, which is a huge plus. As I said I still don’t have a location but anywhere in this city is probably going to get a lot of wind and rain and possibly quite a bit more. Since I won’t be able to be there and keep and eye on everything, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if the General Steel building seems a little bit of damage over the years but with steel I don’t have to worry about it. The building will be standing for quite some time with no problem and no worries. Now I just need to figure out how to sell more beer.

Mar
2014

General Steel helping us build a youth center

I live in a rather small and cute town, the kind of town where we know everyone’s name and what they are up to. For awhile we were having a big problem with the young people turning eighteen and leaving but recently we as a town have done a lot to try and convince people to stay as well as try to convince people to move here with their families. After all it is a great place for kids, there isn’t any kind of trouble they can get into. One of the things that we have tried to do in order to get more young people to stay in town is really to see what it is they would like to happen in the town. One thing that some of the young people brought up was that they felt they had no place to hang out. This was a problem some of us adults had thought of before and we realized it really wasn’t fair for the kids and young people. We brought it up at our next town meeting and we finally decided that we needed to build a place that the young people could hang out together. It would have been nice to use a building we already had and were not using but there really wasn’t anywhere available in the town. We then realized that we had to build something. We wanted to find the cheapest option we could since there were only a few of us donating as much money as we could to keep this thing going. We split up and each did our own research on our options and then came back a week later. It seems that everyone kind of came to the same conclusion- General Steel would be our best option. With General Steel we could buy a fairly cheap steel building and then we could have some of the people in the town construct the building. General Steel buildings are made to fit these really exact measurements so the pieces get delivered and then are fit tighter like building blocks. They say that the person or people building the thing should at least have some basic knowledge of building and construction but a few of the people in town know enough that I think we can get it figured out pretty easily. With General Steel we can pick a style and size of our new youth center and within a few weeks it will be delivered to our new building site, which was a wonderful piece of donated land from one of our committee members. I am not sure how long it will take to build the General Steel building but we are hoping that before too long we can start moving things in and have a place for our young people to hang out and be able to have some time away from their parents and siblings while being able to stay in a place where they can not get into any trouble.