About Schweiss Hydraulic Doors — Our Roots Go Back to 1980
It’s been a long and winding road since the inception of Schweiss Doors over 35 years ago. We would have never imagined being a sought-after hydraulic garage door manufacturer when we started! But during that span of nearly 35 years many doors have opened (literally!) for what was at first a new start-up company.
Owner Mike Schweiss relates how he got started in the door business: “It was 1980. I was at a wedding dance. A friend commented, ‘Mike, you build lots of different things. Why not a door that folds up?’”
Sadly, that very person died of a heart attack that same evening. But his idea didn’t!
At that time, Schweiss and his three employees were manufacturing things like farrowing crates for sows, snowblowers, farm trailers, tile plows — and can you imagine something called the Schweiss Chicken Plucker?
He chuckles, “It was the Chicken Plucker that gave us name recognition, and in fact got us going financially.” His first Bi-Fold door measured 12 x 12 ft. and was installed on a Renville County highway shed, 10 miles from Mike’s country factory location between Fairfax and Hector, Minnesota. The door is still in operation even though Schweiss admits, “We made it wrong every which way.”
For the past 35 years, Schweiss Doors has specialized in innovative door design, engineering, project management and construction of Hydraulic and Bifold Liftstrap Doors ranging in size from 6 ft. wide to 140 ft. wide and as tall as 60 ft. high. We also offer professional installation crews that travel throughout the country.
Success comes from more than one good man at the helm
Schweiss Doors is a family run business — we’re aware that a successful company is only as good as the people who work there. Our hydraulic garage door manufacturing was made possible by our skilled employees. Schweiss computer programmers and inventory and quality control managers developed a unique computer program that details steel door components, right down to the hinges, nuts, bolts and total hardware of each door. Now today Schweiss Doors manufactures three great styles of doors.
Three Signature Door Styles Lead the Way
Schweiss Doors revolutionized Bifold Doors with the introduction of the famous Lift Straps & Auto-Latches.
- The Schweiss Patented Lift-Strap System utilizes very strong polyester material, which quietly wraps on a drum giving the door faster lift.
- Liftstraps are rust-free, durable and longer lasting than steel cables.
- Strap doors now outsell cable doors hands down.
Schweiss Doors has cornered the hydraulic garage door manufacturing market by reaching above the norm.
- They’re built with bigger cylinders, wrap-around hinges, spherical bearings, and a powerful hydraulic pump system (known as Red Power Hydraulics!).
- The doors are simple for any crew to install
- For additional convenience we also offer a build your own door kit so you can save money by using our components and specs to build, weld and install your own door.
- We have also patented a unique easy to assemble splice connection for very big doors so they can be transported on semi-flat beds or inside containers.
During years of hydraulic garage door manufacturing we have made doors of all sizes and shapes — unique requests kept coming in with different projects, and each time we fit them with the perfect door solution.
Clients come to Schweiss with ideas in mind, and we help them create a custom door specifically fit for their application. We meet specific alterations and client needs for any door — making customer experience our top priority.
Bingo, designer doors and new projects in the pipeline — that’s when the fun began to spread. We hit a few home runs and saw the need and requests for unique custom-made doors. That’s how our “Designer Doors” got their name.
Schweiss Doors Announces New 20,000 Sq. Ft. Factory Expansion
As a leading hydraulic garage door manufacturer as well as Lift Strap Bifold Doors, constructed a new state-of-the-art factory electrical facility in Fairfax, Minnesota. The construction of a new 80 ft. x 250 ft. building was important for Schweiss Doors growth in the door market. It helped propelled our innovative electrical door engineering concepts and expansion of our multiple door products.
- The large building offers more than 20,000 square feet of assembly space for engineering purposes.
- The electrical room is directly attached to Schweiss’s existing warehouse and manufacturing plant.
- It effectively centralized all the operations at the company headquarters under one roof for greater efficiency.
- It has energy-saving through in-floor heat and overhead cranes.
- Easy accessibility is built in with a 45 x 16 ft. bifold entrance door, another 18 x 16 ft. bifold door, and a 16 x 16 ft. fast-opening hydraulic side door.
It’s easy to move hydraulic cylinders, new style Red Power units, and energy-saving liner/insulation packages easily throughout the electrical room in our new facility.
All this achieves the goal of offering our customers many new benefits while expediting delivery of all components in a timely manner.
Schweiss Introduces New Hydraulic “Build It Yourself Door Kit”
Schweiss has rolled out a newly designed hydraulic “Build It Yourself” Door Kit. This cost-saving door kit can save you thousands of dollars.
With the kit Schweiss designed a simple way for customers to:
- Build their hydraulic door on their site
- Weld it together accurately
- Install their own door frame by following detailed plans
Each door kit includes:
- A complete set of heavy-duty end and center hinges with grease zerks
- Cylinder plates
- Cylinders and rubber seals
- Additional components for DIY installation
- Simple, detailed instructions on the process
The newly designed hydraulic “Build It Yourself” Door Kit provides cost-saving on installation that could potentially run thousands of dollars.
“This is another exciting step in the growth of Schweiss Doors…We are committed to making Schweiss ‘Brand Name’ doors the clear destination for customers to experience and get the best service and product in the industry and to continue having us looked upon as the industry ‘Door Leader’. The new facility better reflects our unique capabilities and provides a perfect match to the high caliber of people who work here every day. Building your own doorframe kit is not only rewarding but can save you thousands of dollars.”
— Schweiss Owner, Mike Schweiss
Attractive and Energy-Saving Liner and Insulation Packages
Our new building has also streamlined the process of delivering our newly introduced Schweiss liner/insulation packages that are now being offered to Schweiss Door customers.
- The clean looking and durable energy-saving liner/insulation package stops cold transfer because the panels mount on the exterior of the doorframe.
- Highly-reflective durable liner package panels install easily with no exposed fasteners.
- The panels are stain-resistant, low maintenance and easy to clean.
- New to the hydraulic garage door manufacturing industry, it’s the hottest insulation product on the market for large moving doors.
Schweiss Introduces New Easy Access Container Unit
If you need an accessible storage unit, Schweiss Doors has the answer.
These newly designed Schweiss containers are perfect for a number of uses:
- Safe and Secure Portable Sheds
- A Mobile Office
- Storage for Farm Seed and Chemicals
- Hunting Shack
- Band Stage
- Food and Beverage Stands
They can be used for most anything you can imagine and designed to meet specific needs.
Custom-built from the bottom up, the new Schweiss Container with hydraulic garage doors are manufactured with specialty cylinders for Schweiss Doors only. The containers are unlike any other because they provide simple access to portable storage. Check out Schweiss Europe’s trade show tour of the Schweiss Hydraulic Container Door.
What makes Schweiss the top choice for any garage door need?
The major difference is in the powerful hydraulic door system and bifold door craftsmanship. Our doors are always custom-build and altered to our customers ideal needs.
Get extra headroom, additional space and a long-lasting door to secure your structure — whatever that may be Schweiss has you covered.
With Schweiss, It’s All There
What Our Customers Are Saying…
“My airport operation has 24 hangars, each hangar is equipped with a Schweiss Door. Why Schweiss? Because I checked lots of airports, lots of hangars, and lots of door systems.”
“Pilots, airport operators, EVEN CONTRACTORS, whomever I talked to pretty much simply said, ‘Go Schweiss.’ They Give You More!”
Whomever I talked to pretty much simply said, “go Schweiss!”
“Trust me. That’s what buying 24 doors is all about. Full value, plus great service.”
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