Steel corrosion, commonly referred to as rust, is an oxidization process occurring when iron in steel is exposed to oxygen and water. Rust causes steel to thin over time, reducing its strength and causing product failure.
Any coating, which provides a barrier to moisture and oxygen, protects steel from corrosion. A painted surface provides an effective barrier until it is broken allowing moisture and oxygen to come in contact with the steel beneath. Rust develops at the breakage point and can even extend under the protective paint barrier.
Similar to paint, a galvanized coating forms a protective barrier to protect steel from moisture and oxygen. Galvanized coatings also provide a second method of protecting steel by electrochemically “sacrificing” the zinc in the present of corrosive elements. In other words, the zinc corrodes, until it is depleted, instead of the metal underneath. Because it is physically bonded to the metal, galvanized coating does not allow rust to extend beneath its surface.
Galvanized coatings are expressed in ounces per square ft with conventional coatings designated as G30, G40, G60, and G90. These refer to thickness of .30, .40, .60 and 90 oz./ft2, respectively. Corrosion resistance is directly proportionate to the amount of zinc coating on the steel. Therefore we would expect the service life of G90 steel to be roughly three times that of G30 in the same environment. Likewise, increasing the galvanized coating on a feed bin from G90 to G100 increases the bin’s service life by 10%.
Galvanized steel is an excellent choice for use in feed bin fabrication, as it does not degrade when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays like painted coatings or poly bins.
In addition to heavier galvanized coatings, Hog Slat bins are manufactured from stronger Grade 55 steel, come with an improved ladder design and water deflecting Weather Edge™. Every bin is backed by an extended 5-year warranty. To see more go to Bulk Feed Bins.
How can we make the claim of selling the strongest, heaviest feed bins on the market at the best possible price to swine and poultry growers?
Simple. Our direct distribution system eliminates the additional markup that dealers have to add to the bin’s price. Instead, that money goes back into building a stronger bin manufactured from heavier steel. These longer lasting bins are built with 5-10% more steel, by weight, than competitive brands.
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Most manufacturers only use 50,000 psi structural steel for the bin sheets and legs to reduce costs. Hog Slat bins are constructed entirely of GRADE 55 structural steel. The bin sheets, legs, roof sheets, bottom cone sheets…the entire bin.
The bottom cone sheets of a bin are subjected to extra abuse from hammers and mallets used to dislodge bridging feed. That’s why we used thicker steel to resist dings and dents.
We build the bin collar out of heavier 10 gauge steel to eliminate having to add additional reinforcing collars. The collar is stamped to reduce variations in dimensions compared to rolled or spun collars.
Every Hog Slat / Georgia Poultry bin is manufactured in-house for complete control of raw material purchasing and manufacturing operations. Our facility includes state-of-art rolling, stamping and finishing machinery to ensure precise fit and finish.
A company is only as good as it’s people, and the Georgia Poultry team has some of the best in the business. Donna Bardwell brings years of poultry experience to her position as Georgia Poultry’s Regional Retail Manager in Mississippi.
After moving to Mississippi, Donna got her start in the poultry business on her uncle’s broiler farm. Along with caring for chickens during the evenings and weekends, she also worked on her uncle’s crew performing service work and repairs.
Donna became a supervisor for her uncle’s crew and eventually took over the business operating as B&B Contractors. Donna commented, “We installed every brand of chicken equipment made, in all types of buildings all over Mississippi.”
In July 2006, Donna joined Georgia Poultry as the first employee hired in Mississippi. Starting by managing the Summit store location, she then assisted with opening three new locations over the next few years. Promoted to Regional Retail Manager in 2010, she set up an additional two locations, for a total of six stores in Mississippi, which she currently manages.
“My favorite part of the job is troubleshooting equipment problems,” Donna said. “If a customer, store manager, or even a service tech has a difficult question, I enjoy jumping in and finding a solution. I’ve seen almost everything imaginable during the years I spent installing equipment and managing stores.”
“One of best things we have done at Georgia Poultry,” she continued, “was develop the GrowerSELECT line. It’s good equipment, it’s priced right, and it has a great warranty. With GrowerSELECT equipment, we can resolve a problem quicker, because there isn’t a third party vendor involved.”
“We just recently started assembling our company’s new feed bins at the Bay Springs location. They have been a big hit; customers like the heavier steel construction and thicker galvanized coating on the new bins, and they really appreciate the lower price too.”
“Georgia Poultry has a great group of people in Mississippi. Everyone including outside sales reps, store managers, inside salespeople and service techs work together to make sure customers are satisfied with our products and services.”
When it comes down to it, the cost of manufacturing a high-quality product is the same for most companies producing equipment for the livestock and poultry markets. Most companies have identified the most efficient methods to build an anchor bearing, motor, feeder, nipple waterers, etc.
The real cost difference comes from the delivery of those products to the end user. The standard model of distribution, in our industry, involves a manufacturer producing a product line, warehousing it, and employing a sales force to establish a dealer network.
The dealer network stocks the equipment, maintains a storefront, hires salespeople, installs, and services the production systems in a local area for the brand of equipment they represent.
This particular type of distribution model has changed very little over the history of the livestock and poultry production industries. Each member of this distribution model is an independent business entity and is free to add whatever margins they deem necessary (or possible) to the final cost a producer pays.
Sold through a different type of distribution model, GrowerSELECT goes directly to livestock and poultry growers through our network of regional local stores. Because we own the distribution chain from top to bottom, we add only ONE MARKUP over our cost.
Our cost is based on finished goods plus ONE MARKUP vs. MULTIPLE MARKUPS from the typical distribution model.
Also, we would suggest that we are the low-cost producer for most products. Wait a minute; the first paragraph said the cost of manufacturing was the same for everyone.
True. But if a brand has a loyal dealer network, the pricing to the dealer network will not be challenged. A loyal dealer will continue to buy brand name products even if the cost is excessive.
Name brand motors are a perfect example of this. An auger or fan company buys a motor from a motor manufacturer, puts their logo on it and sells it to a local supplier. The local supplier sells the motor to the end user adding little value to the final price. A local supplier has few other options. Their volume of a particular motor isn’t high enough to go directly to a motor manufacturer, and they have little negotiating power with their chosen brand vendor. The brand company has little incentive to lower the cost to a loyal dealer network. In fact, a brand company can charge different prices in different geographical locations depending on market pressure.
Compare this with GrowerSELECT motors. Our network of over 70 store locations and turnkey construction business allows for large purchases of motors direct from a manufacturer. We forecast purchase amounts for each store location and ship directly with minimal warehousing cost. Local retail pricing continually drives us to buy at a more competitive price.
The conventional distribution chain is directed from the TOP DOWN versus the GrowerSELECT model which is driven from the BOTTOM UP. Lower pricing for comparable products is the result.
The GrowerSELECT distribution model also affects product responsibility. Because we interact directly with the end users, we deal directly with any problems arising with the installed products. We sell it; we service it, and the end user works with one company.
The traditional marketing chain allows room for some question regarding who is responsible for dealing with equipment failures when those problems arise. The manufacturer can blame poor installation, dealer system design, or a number of other reasons (excuses) for a product’s failure. A local supplier can blame the brand company for poor design or manufacturing flaws. The GrowerSELECT distribution system eliminates “finger pointing” and focuses on providing accountability to each and every customer.
Our customers produce commodities. The lowest cost commodity producer is always the most successful. Our mission is to provide our customers long term value at the lowest possible cost.
Ask yourself this question; “Are all the manufacturers, distributors, dealers, installers, and service personnel creating ADDED VALUE in the distribution chain I buy from?” If you hesitated while answering that question, take the next step by changing the way you buy and implementing GrowerSELECT equipment into your operation.
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Heavier bins, Stronger bins. Bins designed to last longer.
It starts with the selection of steel. Most feed bins are built from a mixture of steel grades. The sidewall sheets and legs are manufactured from Grade 50 structural steel (50,000 psi) while the other components are produced using a commercial grade type B steel (33,000 psi) The entire Hog Slat bin is manufactured using only Grade 55 Structural Steel with a superior strength of 55,000 psi.
We use stronger steel in the smallest part of our bin than the competition does in their most critical components.
We didn’t stop there.
We also use heavier gauges of steel in every part of the bins; including thicker bottom cone sheets, that resist dents from hammers, to bin collars over four gauges thicker than competitive brands.
Our state-of-the-art, in-house manufacturing allows us to produce heavier, stronger products with precision for ease of assembly and proper fit along with features designed to protect both the operator and the stored feed.
Our improved WeatherEdge™ design directs water away from the hopper, and rounded trapezoid ladder rungs provide for secure footing, exceeding OSHA safety standards. Hog Slat feed bins also feature a spring loaded lid that folds flat, below the fill ring, to protect it from damage during filling.
We are so confident of the quality of the bins that we offer the industry’s best warranty, an extended FIVE-YEAR warranty.
In addition to the great design and durable construction, one of the most important features of our feed bins is the local assembly, delivery, and service provided by our extensive store network. Our local stores selling directly to the end-user allows us to help eliminate extra costs and add value that makes choosing your next feed bins a simple choice.
Longer-lasting bins, a better warranty and local service.