Chet Beiler, CEO of OverEZ Chicken Coop, grew up on a 100-acre dairy farm in Pennsylvania, along with three brothers and four sisters. In the early 80s, a fire at the farm caused his family to lose everything, and Chet had to delay his education in order to help take care of his family. After two years, he was able to attend Pepperdine University on a scholarship. Chet studied economics, business and international studies. After graduating, he started Amish Country Gazebos. Over the past 33 years, he and his brothers have built the business into one of the nation’s largest gazebo retailers.
In 2020, Amish Country Gazebos purchased OverEZ Chicken Coop as part of a growth strategy. In a January 25, 2022 article by Sean Sauro of Lancaster Online, Chet explained that OverEZ was founded in Colorado by a group of Lancaster County men who moved out west, and had the same high-quality standards that Amish Country Gazebos had maintained over its 30 plus years.
In just two years, OverEZ has expanded beyond a 70,000-square-foot facility in Manheim, Pennsylvania, to an additional 75,000 square foot space in Dublin, Georgia. In both locations, Amish carpenters in Lancaster County, PA and Amish-trained carpenters in Georgia make every coop for customers across the country. The coops are easy to ship and can be assembled in 30 minutes to about an hour, depending on the size of the coop. Optional wheels for moving the coops around are available, as well as other accessories.
Currently, OverEZ does business in the United States and Canada. His goal is to continue to grow, hopefully with a facility in the Czech Republic to serve a European market. It is this potential expansion into Europe that Chet is hoping one (or more) of the Sharks will invest in. Interest in raising backyard chickens has grown significantly since the beginning of the pandemic, and interest in Western Europe is even greater than in the US.
OverEZ Chicken Coop was awarded the 2020 Retailers’ Choice Award by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). Each year, this award is given to standout products that are showcased at the National Hardware Show. The coops can be purchased on the website, or at various local dealerships.