One thing visitors saw on the Indiana Farm Management tour recently was a large farm shop and office complex at Villwock Farms, owned by Don and Joyce Villwock, Edwardsport. The shop is less than five years sold. Building a new shop was necessary when a power utility project displaced them from their original farm and caused them to move to a different location.
One of the features that they put in the new shop was a separate room running the width of the shop so they can clean equipment. "It really helps keep mud out of the other parts of our shop area," says Jason Misiniec. Jason manages the farm while Don is away on business as president of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. He's assisted by Scott Williams. Both young men hail form Johnson County.
The wash area is tall enough and large enough to allow them to pull in most machinery. It has an ample drain, and is separated from the main area of the shop by a wall. That makes it convenient to wash equipment before taking it on to storage, or before taking it into the other part of the shop for repairs.
A wash room is not something every shop has. When you have a chance to start from scratch, you can add extra at less cost than if you have an existing shop, and wanted to add them at that point.
Anyone needing to build a shop could pick up several pointers from a visit to Villwock's shop. In the main shop area, one thing they did was put a material on the walls that repels water. It wasn't that much more expensive than other paneling, Villwock says it makes clean-up much easier because it can be washed off. Shops with fiberboard walls, for example, don't have that luxury.
There is also plenty of storage room in the shop. They provided for storage in various places. Oil is stored in drums equipped for easy access when you need oil. It's located in one end of the wash room, away from where the actual washing of equipment happens. The oil storage system for new oil is set up so that it's easy to get out whatever amount of oil you need and make the oil change, or add oil if necessary. That kind of attention to detail is paying off in making the shop a more convenient, efficient place to work, Misiniec says.