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on the fabric cover. " The fabric system
is drum-tight, so the grain is protected
from rain, snow and hail, " Vinsand says.
" Round, smooth hailstones bounce off
the fabric instead of tearing it. "
The fabric structure can also stand
up to strong winds. " I didn't lose
any fabric tarps from the December
derecho, " says Vinsand, referring to
the derecho (like an inland hurricane)
that generated nearly 90-mile-perhour
winds that ripped across Iowa
on December 15, 2021.
For the fabric structure at
Rake, Macon Construction added
its patented MaconMaximizerâ„¢
technology that attaches underneath
the building's trusses to allow grain
to be stored higher than the top of
the concrete sidewalls, which are 17.5
feet tall. This increases the building's
storage capacity by up to 30 percent.
Economies of scale come into play
when deciding whether to build a
fabric structure, traditional metal
grain bin or other grain storage option,
Vinsand says. " If you need 2 million
bushels or more of grain storage,
it's cost-effective to go with a fabric
structure. " Landus Cooperative plans
to add more fabric structures at some
of the company's other locations.
" You need leaders who are willing to
consider options beyond traditional
commodity storage facilities, " Vinsand
says. " Fabric buildings give us the extra
storage space we need at a lower cost. "
A fabric structure like the one at
Rake can be half of the cost of a steel
grain bin, notes Nick Hoerr, vice
president of business development
with Macon Construction. Macon's
fabric structures work well for grain,
fertilizer, salt, wood chips, fracking
sand and other bulk commodities.
" Our specialty is 1-plus million bushels
of storage, " Hoerr says. " If it's dry and
granular, we can work with it. "
While Macon Construction has been
working with fabric structures for years,
they were a tough sell when Hoerr
joined the company in 2012. " Flat "
storage was an undesirable, four-letter
word in the minds of many prospects
and customers, Hoerr recalls. " They
envisioned a dark, dingy building with
steel columns everywhere. "
It was hard to deny the cost savings,
however. " As more customers tried
fabric structures, they liked the bright,
safe work environment-and they like
the fact that these buildings don't break
the bank, " says Hoerr.
Demand for fabric structures
continues to grow. " Once a customer has
one fabric structure, they usually hire us
to build more of them, " Hoerr says.
Growing into the sports sector
Minnesota-based Legacy Building
Solutions is seeing similar trends.
" The demand for fabric buildings
started to increase about 10 years ago, "
says Eric Donnay, vice president of
sales for Legacy Building Solutions,
which works in the agriculture,
equestrian, automotive, aviation,
mining and military sectors.
The non-corrosive properties
of the fabric cladding make them
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 Legacy Building Solutions helped
create the Fox Creek Sports Center
in Fox Creek, Alberta, Canada. This
indoor sports center contains a hockey
rink, pool, gymnasium, fitness center,
concessions and more. Photo: Legacy
Building Solutions
A fabric structure
for grain, fertilizer,
salt and other bulk
commodities can
be half the cost of
a steel grain bin.
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