Our Story

Serving the Storage Shed and Backyard Needs in the Shenandoah Valley and Beyond Since 1972

In 1972, Bennie Byler began selling sheds as Byler’s Storage Buildings in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. At that time, there were no other shed manufacturers in the state of Virginia, and the only backyard storage alternatives were little tin sheds available from Sears and Montgomery Ward. 

As a home builder, Bennie Byler realized the need for quality storage alternatives and began testing the market with some sheds that he bought from a manufacturer in Indiana. He set a few sheds beside the road in front of his house, and when it became apparent that there was a good market for these sturdy buildings, began building them himself in a friend’s chicken house. The staple product was the “little red barn” storage shed, which became Byler’s iconic logo.Then in 1973 Mr. Byler built a shop next to his home on Cold Springs Road in Stuarts Draft. This shop manufactured and retailed nearly all of Byler’s storage shed products.

EXPERIENCED BUILDERS

a combined 250 years of industry management experience

The premier solution

Today, Byler is a part of the Ulrich family of companies, the premier solution for your backyard and lifestyle structure needs.

In 2015, CEO and Visionary Jonathan Ulrich, incorporated Ulrich Holdings with a vision to expand nationally, working together with many other small family businesses with incredible work ethics. By 2017, the first rental lease company was acquired in Bakersfield, California. In 2018 a partnership was formed with Willard Martin from Dry Creek Mini Barns, a 12-year-old company in California, as well as with Steve Byler of Byler Barns, a 46-year-old company in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

At Ulrich, we have built and sold thousands of sheds, cabins, garages, and outdoor living structures in California, Texas, and Virginia. As the highest rated shed company in America, we are strategically expanding into more U.S. markets. With a combined 250 years of industry management experience, we offer a unique ability to truly understand your needs and find solutions for them with a 5-star experience.

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History

1990

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1996

Bennie opened their first retail location on Rt. 340 between Waynesboro and Stuarts Draft. He worked with local craftsmen to construct the storage sheds as he focused on attending to the customer experience. This led to more product options with shorter lead times while maintaining quality. Later, Bennie took his son Steve into the business as a partner, and the company became Byler’s Storage Buildings, Inc.

Byler’s retail location moved a mile north on Rt. 340 to its current location, and a new retail location was opened just north of the city limits in Harrisonburg. Later, company founder Bennie Byler retired from his position as president of the company, but still served as a design consultant in the Waynesboro office. His son Steve became the CEO of the company.

2004

TO

2009

The company name changed from Byler’s Storage Buildings, Inc. to Byler Barns & Backyards. Byler expanded to five retail locations in western and central Virginia, supplying storage shed and backyard solutions to Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

2010

TO

2017

2018

TO

2020

Byler Barns became a part of the Texas-based Ulrich family of companies. Ulrich’s focus on customer satisfaction as well as its aggressive plans for nationwide growth offered Byler Barns a unique opportunity to grow as an organization, while staying committed to serving families in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. 

Meet the Team

Our mission is to help families live more memorable lives in the lifestyle structures niche.

Back in 1990, Jerry Ulrich founded Bluegrass Portable Buildings as a family-owned business in Kentucky after serving 21 years as Mennonite missionaries in Costa Rica. Starting with a shoestring budget, the business grew very little but the passion for helping families live more memorable lives grew strong in son Jonathan as he watched his father sell and then deliver structures that helped families live the lifestyles they dreamed of! Jonathan helped his dad with the business doing anything he could from a very young age, learning how to build a shed by himself at age 9.

Since then, as a complete manufacturing and retail company, Ulrich is able to bring you a full array of quality backyard structures — from cottage sheds, shed sheds, craft rooms, home offices, storage sheds, man caves, kids’ playhouses, and garages, to horse barns, unfinished cabin shells, and fully finished ranch cabins for family ranches, hunting cabins, full-time living, tiny homes, employee lodging, or backyards.

EXPERIENCED BUILDERS

a combined 250 years of industry management experience

The premier solution

Today the Ulrich family of companies is the premier solution for your backyard and lifestyle structure needs.

In 2015, CEO and Visionary Jonathan Ulrich, incorporated Ulrich Holdings with a vision to expand nationally, working together with many other small family businesses with incredible work ethics. By 2017, the first rental lease company was acquired in Bakersfield, California. In 2018 a partnership was formed with Willard Martin from Dry Creek Mini Barns, a 12-year-old company in California, as well as with Steve Byler of Byler Barns, a 46-year-old company in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

At Ulrich, we have built and sold thousands of sheds, cabins, garages, and outdoor living structures in California, Texas, and Virginia. As the highest rated shed company in America, we are strategically expanding into more U.S. markets. With a combined 250 years of industry management experience, we offer a unique ability to truly understand your needs and find solutions for them with a 5-star experience.

Meet the Team

History

2001

TO

2014

Jerry relocated to Cleburne, Texas. He and his son David rebranded as Ulrich Barn Builders where the Texas factory is today. Another son, Jonathan, dropped out of high school after his freshman year and became the first full-time product design consultant. The company’s sales grew over 650% through 2008. Jonathan made a deal with his father at 18 to buy 50% of the family business in which 2014 he purchased majority shares from his brother David.

The company moved its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth, Texas in order to be able to hire the best talent for future growth. Chris Pendergrass was hired to be the Texas divisions Market President. Ken Hensley was hired as CFO and Brad Egan was hired as the company’s SVP of Sales and Marketing.

2018

TO

2020

We are a high energy, driven bunch with a big audacious goal to serve 1,000,000 families by 2028!

Present

TO

2028

Meet the Team

Growing the Ulrich Footprint

Two Mennonite brothers, Willard and Curtis Martin, grew up in Pennsylvania alongside their dad Isaac. Since 1960, the Martin Family has built several thousand homes as well as other commercial and land development projects. With these years of construction experience, they founded Dry Creek Mini Barns, Inc. in Lebec, California in 2003.

Many years later, Dry Creek Mini Barns became California’s premier factory-direct shed, steel and wood horse barn, and storage building manufacturer, with thousands of sheds built and sold throughout California and growing markets in Nevada and Arizona.

EXPERIENCED BUILDERS

a combined 250 years of industry management experience

The premier solution

Today, Dry Creek Mini Barns is a part of the Ulrich family of companies, the premier solution for your backyard and lifestyle structure needs.

In 2015, CEO and Visionary Jonathan Ulrich, incorporated Ulrich Holdings with a vision to expand nationally, working together with many other small family businesses with incredible work ethics. By 2017, the first rental lease company was acquired in Bakersfield, California. In 2018 a partnership was formed with Willard Martin from Dry Creek Mini Barns, a 12-year-old company in California, as well as with Steve Byler of Byler Barns, a 46-year-old company in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

At Ulrich, we have built and sold thousands of sheds, cabins, garages, and outdoor living structures in California, Texas, and Virginia. As the highest rated shed company in America, we are strategically expanding into more U.S. markets. With a combined 250 years of industry management experience, we offer a unique ability to truly understand your needs and find solutions for them with a 5-star experience.

Meet the Team

History

2005

TO

2007

Dry Creek Mini Barns moved manufacturing and offices to an 18,000-square-foot facility in Arvin, California to accommodate growth. Then the Martins established Dry Creek Rentals to provide a flexible, rent-to-own offering to our valuable clients.

The Martins opened up additional stores to include Tulare, Kern, and Stanislaus counties. During this time, Dry Creek Mini Barns acquired Ring-O-Steel modular horse barns.

2008

TO

2012

The Martin Family joined the Ulrich brand of companies based in Fort Worth, Texas.

2017

TO

2018

Meet the Team

Moving the Nationwide Needle

Back in 1990, Jerry Ulrich founded Bluegrass Portable Buildings as a family owned business in Kentucky after serving 21 years as Mennonite missionaries in Costa Rica. Starting with a shoestring budget, the business grew very little but the passion for helping families live more memorable lives grew strong on son Jonathan as he watched his father sell and then deliver structures that helped families live the lifestyles they dreamed of! Jonathan helped his dad with the business doing anything he could from a very young age and learned how to build a shed by himself at age 9.

In 2001, Jerry relocated to Texas and he and son, David, rebranded as Ulrich Barn Builders where the Texas factory still is today. In 2003 another son Jonathan dropped out of high school after his freshman year and started as the first full time product design consultant. The company’s sales grew over 650% through 2008 and he made a deal with his father at the age of 18 to buy 50% of the family business and in 2014 he purchased majority shares from his brother David. Today, Jonathan serves as CEO of the 2nd generation lifestyle structures company and carries on his dad’s legacy.

EXPERIENCED BUILDERS

a combined 250 years of industry management experience

The premier solution

Today the Ulrich family of companies is the premier solution for your backyard and lifestyle structure needs.

As a family company, we’re committed to supporting family-owned and operated businesses across the country that share our passion for helping folks bring their life home. By adding local businesses across the U.S. to the Ulrich family of lifestyle structure companies we are able to share the experience of having structures that are built for life, for what fills your life, and for as long as you need them – with as many raving fans and local businesses that share our conviction.

At Ulrich, we have built and sold thousands of sheds, cabins, garages and outdoor living structures in California, Texas, and Virginia. As the highest rated shed company in America, we are strategically expanding into more U.S. markets. With 250 years combined industry management experience, we offer a unique ability to truly understand and solve your needs with a 5-star experience.

Meet the Team

History

2015

TO

2018

CEO and Visionary Jonathan Ulrich, incorporated Ulrich Holdings with a vision to expand nationally. A year later, the first rental lease company was acquired in Bakersfield, CA. And then another year later, a partnership was formed with Willard Martin from Dry Creek Mini Barns a 12-year-old company in CA, as well as Steve Byler with Byler Barns, a 46-year-old company in Harrisonburg, VA.

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This is where we sit down and talk about the specifics of your project – including your needs, dreams, wants, and project investment goals as you learn about our proven process and our 3-uniques.

  • Overview of the Ulrich Proven Process to clarify your expectations
  • Project site overview
  • Learn about your needs, dreams, wants, and budget
  • Lifestyle usage and long term goals
  • Identify any known local building codes / HOA restrictions
  • Direct to the perfect team member to design your structure

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