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Moving Sheds and Men

Shed builders have several options when it comes to constructing the structures they sell.

The first choice is whether to build on-site or in a shop.

A builder that decides on the shop route has another choice to make: have workers build complete structures in bays or use a station model and move the structure to different locations to complete different parts of the build.

Kenneth Miller, founder of CEO of Classic Building Sales headquartered in Linn, Missouri, uses the station method in his shop. 

Shed Builder Magazine was able to get a few minutes out of Miller’s busy schedule to learn about the shop and how employees move each structure between stations.

What kind of stations do you have set up in your shop? 

We have several stations set up in our shop: flooring, cutout, rafters, framing, paint, trim cutout, trim paint, door build, and roofing/finish.

What tools do you use to move sheds to the various locations in the shop? 

We use a floor jack to insert dolly wheels under the sheds and then push them through the shop to the different stations on the dolly wheels.

Describe the build process and the movement of sheds in your shop. 

We have a dedicated carpenter for wall plate layout, gable siding, and window frames. One person is outside building floors, and we have a three-man framing crew. 

Then there’s the painter, a full-time door and trim guy, and two carpenters installing roofing, windows, and trim. 

Why do you use these tools and the moving system you have? 

By framing in one area, painting in another, and roofing/finishing in a third area, it allows us to have the correct materials in the correct place without duplicating them. 

How have you made this system as efficient as possible? 

Honestly, we haven’t made our system as efficient as possible, not yet. 

We are installing two new saws and then a rafter table to optimize the way we build our sheds.

Have you looked at other in-shop tools/systems? What kind? What would it take for you to change your system? Why? 

Yes, I have looked at other systems, and I actually prefer the individual bay setup. However, the bay build system doesn’t work with our purpose, cause, and passion for why we are in business. 

We hire lots of young people, who we train, and having the stations allows us to train them in one area at a time. In other words, once they learn how to build floors they advance to framing and so on. 

Additionally, we employ people coming out of addictions, and this setup builds teamwork, and collaboration, which also lines up with our purpose, cause, and passion of building men to become more than they ever thought they could be.  

Using the station systems helps us follow our three-pronged mission statement, first for team members: Our No. 1 purpose is to provide an environment that encourages our team members to grow personally. We do this by exposing our team to the love of Jesus, content that teaches us who we are in Christ and how he made us to be so much more than we generally believe of ourselves.

Customers: It is critical to our mission that we provide a high level of service to our customers by doing our job professionally, on time every time, to the point where we do not have satisfied customers but rather raving fans. 

We differentiate ourselves from the competition by taking care of problems that come up via the L.E.A.R.N. principle (listen, empathize, apologize, react, notify), innovation, and continuous improvement.

Community: With thanksgiving for the blessings we have been given, we are committed to serving our communities by giving a portion of our time, talents, and profits.

Using stations also allows us to follow our core values and guiding principles:

God, Faith, & Family—Making decisions based on Biblical principles and a commitment to serving our families and customers in long-term relationships.

Accountability—If we are wrong, we will admit it quickly and learn from every mistake.

Integrity—No. 1, 100 percent honesty in all communication.  No. 2, doing the right thing includes doing unto others as you would have them do unto you—which involves courtesy, respect, caring, and valuing others, as well as standing behind our work at all times.

Success/Quality of Life—Achieving personal balance in all aspects of life: spiritual, family, professional, personal, and social.

Stewardship—Recognizing that what we have has been given to us, and we are accountable for how we manage it. Exercising frugalness, eliminating waste, only investing when there is an ROI, and generating earnings to meet the needs for company growth, employee compensation, stock ownership, and to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Kingdom Business Operating in Faith—We follow God’s leading, understand everything happens for a reason, and are sensitive to what God puts in our path. We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps (Proverbs 16:9).

In other words, instead of just building sheds, we create an environment that builds men.

If you were speaking with a builder looking for an in-shop movement for builds, what would you tell them?

The wheels are the most efficient way I know. The chain drive is an interesting concept, but I’m not sure it’s as practical as dolly wheels. 

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