When Ty Brown, Clinton County, and his father, Hal, built a new building to work on equipment and service their Drago Cornhead dealership, they built it 22 feet tall to the eaves. Ty says he wanted to make sure that height wasn't a limitation now or in the future. He's hoping this building will serve his farm for generations to come.
Perhaps the most unique feature will be the loft over the loft in the office section of the building. While that part is still under construction, he gave us a sneak peek. The Brown farm will be one of the hosts for the Farm Management Tour, June 26-27 in Clinton County.
He added a loft over the office area and reinforced it so he can store parts for his business. He will have an access door to allow workers to place parts in the area via forklift. Crews are busy now finishing the area, and installing shelving which will eventually hold parts.
The third story, or upper loft, will serve as an area for farm record storage right now. It could also be used for other purposes, including a recreational area or for meetings in the future.
"We decided to go ahead and put it in while we were doing this," he says. "We need an area to store records, and as the business grows, the extra space will help. I'm sure this space will come in handy in the future."
The building features a multitude of lights on numerous circuits. Even the loft areas will be very well lit.
Ty and his father started the cornhead business in 2007. Since it's growing, he's making sure there is plenty of office space in the front of the new building to house any future employees they might hire. His wife also assists in keeping records for the business.