Our Company

Our company name, The Barn Raiser, is based on a very old tradition in the Amish culture called a barn-raising. This is when all the members of an Amish community gather together toward one common goal; to provide their fellow man with a much needed service. For the Amish; whether it is building a barn or plowing a field, the goal is teamwork. At The Barn Raiser, we also work together as a team to provide quality and excellence.

The founder and president, Dave Ortlieb, has worked in the Amish shed industry for 17+ years. He knows and is involved in every aspect of it from delivery to sales. When he decided to open his own business; Dave tirelessly researched dozens & dozens of Amish builders throughout Pennsylvania. And NO, all the builders aren’t the same and NO, we don’t use the same builders as our competitors. After narrowing down the search to the best candidates, we personally met with each builder and examined their craftsmanship before forming a business relationship with them. The result has been the high quality, and continually innovative, Amish-built structures we’re known for. We have also forged some special friendships with the Amish families we work with. This personal bond allows us and our builders the freedom of constructive criticism so we can best work toward improving the products we offer based on our customers comments, ideas, and expectations. We can assure our customers that they are getting the best building available in the Amish shed market.

Dave knew he couldn’t be completely successful without help…and lots of it! It only made sense that his spouse, Michelle, and two of their friends, Stacey & James would work together to make the business a reality. Each person offered a unique contribution which allowed The Barn Raiser to become the success story it is. Our business has seen many changes over the years such as our good friends Stacey & James moving to another state to pursue different endeavors. But, that eventually led to our son, Trevor, joining the family business and he has been busy learning and working with us each day. You will meet him when he delivers your shed! We have also continued to introduce new building styles, new options, and new sidings. This is a very exciting time and we are confident we will continue to be innovative and work diligently and personally with all of our customers. As always; an owner of The Barn Raiser is always around the office to take your calls, show you around the lot, and answer your questions. Therefore, no corners are cut when it comes to exceptional customer service. Except in an extreme emergency; you will NEVER come to our lot and have someone say ‘I can’t answer that or I can’t give you a price on that, I’ll have to check with the manager’. 

When The Barn Raiser opened in January 2004, its primary goal was to offer high-quality Amish-built structures at fair prices along with excellent customer relations. We started out on a 1/4 acre lot with only 6 sheds in-stock and a small office. We sold 1 shed that month. Fortunately, our sales began to grow slowly but steadily as we established a name for ourselves mainly through ‘word of mouth’ advertising. The best kind! Our customers immediately recognized the difference in quality and in our attentive customer service. Luckily, our happy customers told their friends about us which resulted in a phenomenal first year. We were able to move to a larger location which opened in January 2005. As of August, 2015, we got an amazing opportunity and decided to make a BIG change and move the whole business from Saugerties, NY to Highland, NY. This location allows us to stock more models, and serve our customers better. And, we are in a more central location easily reached from many busy highways, the thruway, and the Mid-Hudson bridge.

 

Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce
www.discoversaugerties.com
Saugerties Youth Football League
Forsyth Nature Center
www.forsythnaturecenter.org
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Lions Club of Kingston
www.kingstonlions.com
Saugerties Lions Club
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
www.casanctuary.org
Kiwanis Club of Saugerties
Ulster County SPCA
www.ucspca.org
Saugerties Knights of Columbus
The Boys & Girls Club of SaugertiesGlasco Fire Company
Sacred Heart Church, PalenvilleSt. Mary of the Snow School, Saugerties