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WI-Based BPO Company Continues Its Growth with Storage Acquisition

by Holly Robinson October 22, 2009 2:07 PM
Data Dimensions Corporation, based in Janesville, (WI) is expanding – again.

Data Dimensions Corporation specializes in document conversion and management (also known as business process outsourcing, or BPO) by “empowering organizations to effectively manage their documents and competitive intelligence,” according to their website.

As reported on tradingmarkets.com, Data Dimensions announced Monday (October 19) that it is in the process of acquiring Ogilby Transfer & Storage, a Rockford, Illinois storage facility, which will include the transfer of nearly 25,0000 boxes of information and roughly 50 clients (most of whom are in the healthcare industry) to Data Dimensions' records management center in Janesville.

A company spokesperson stated that this acquisition would not significantly impact the employment numbers in Janesville (which now has 75 employees between its Midland Court headquarters and its records management center on South Jackson Street.) In addition to the 2 Janesville locations, Data Dimensions also has 2 facilities in Iowa, thus raising its total employment to 250. [More]

Multiple Missteps Mean $20,000 Fine for NY-Tripp Fuels LLC

by Winnie Hsiu October 22, 2009 1:19 PM
Located in the town of Fowler (NY), family-owned and operated Tripp Fuels LLC is St. Lawrence County's largest local distributor of petroleum energy products including propane, heating oil and branded gasoline. Tripp's Fuel also provides furnace service and maintenance for its heating oil and propane customers in surrounding St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis Counties.

As reported on October 22’s watertowndailytimes.com (an online new source serving northern New York State’s Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties) Tripp Fuels has been fined $20,000 in following the state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 6 discovery of multiple violations of state environmental conservation law in relations to Tripp’s bulk fuel storage facilities, including potentially hazardous unreported spills.

In late August, Tripp Fuels signed a consent order agreement with DEC Region 6. The Tripp family runs the diner and convenience store Bob's Market, at 1464 County Route 22 (offering “Gourmet-To-Go carry-out deli sandwiches and restaurant fare), as well as the adjacent propane, heating oil and gas retailer (also called Tripp Fuels.) Unfortunately for the Tripp family, both of these facilities were cited for violations of state environmental conservation law.

"There was a serious potential danger which has now been fixed through the installation of new fixtures and other storage hardware," according to DEC Region 6 spokesman Stephen W. Litwhiler. [More]

Athens (GA) Experiences Thievery Spree

by Tony Gonzalez October 21, 2009 12:51 PM
Athens, Georgia – known as a college town because it is home to the University of Georgia (and the eponymous rock group R.E.M.), has experienced a recent rash of thievery. As originally reported in the Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday, October 21, thieves took property worth close to $4,000 from a Bogart woman's unit at Athens Self Storage, 140 Gaines School Road, between midnight Thursday, October 15 and 6:30PM on Monday, October 19, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

The victim, who arrived at her storage unit on Monday (October 19), found the padlock on the unit had been cut, and evidence that someone had taken a television, several (pool) cue sticks, a computer, leather chair, as well as a washing machine and clothes dryer.

Another burglary took place on Monday (October 19), involving the theft of antique heirloom furniture pieces from a home in the 100 block of South Rocksprings Street, as reported by the Athens-Clarke County police.

Additionally, a refrigerator valued at $2,000 was stolen from a home in the 700 block of Mitchell Bridge Road after thieves kicked in a side door sometime between 5PM on Sunday, October 19 and 3PM Monday, October 20. As of yet, no suspects have been identified, according to the police department. [More]

Blaze Stops Short of Oil Storage in MI

by Kim Kilpatrick October 21, 2009 10:06 AM
According to an October 20 posting on wxyz.com (an online news source for Detroit, Michigan and surrounding areas and an ABC-affiliate), local firefighters put out a large fire that burned near several oil storage tanks in River Rouge, Michigan.

The fire, at the Michigan Marine Terminal facility, began while several workers tried to clean up an old asphalt spill. Fortunately, none of the workers was injured in the fire.

Residents of the area claim to have heard and felt a powerful explosion during the fire, which officials now say was a relatively small oil tank which exploded during the blaze.

The inferno sent heavy, thick black smoke into the sky for over an hour. Nevertheless, timely fire officials were able to extinguish it by using roughly 1500 gallons of foam. [More]

New Hingham (MA) Public Works Facility To Debut

by Holly Robinson October 21, 2009 6:58 AM
According to an October 20 posting on boston.com (which is exclusive online home of The Boston Globe, and part of New York Times Digital, the Internet division of The New York Times Company), Hingham officials will formally open the town’s new public works facility Saturday, October 24, during an open house, when new offices, garage and storage facilities will be on display.

This open house begins at 11AM at the new public works office at 25 Bare Cove Park Drive and includes a formal dedication ceremony.

Selectmen Chairman Laura Burns said the new facility on Bare Cove Park Drive was constructed as part of the more than $60 million project to reconstruct East Elementary School, and renovate several of the town’s other schools.

Those plans also included building new soccer and lacrosse fields, as well as consolidating the public works department on Bare Cove Park Drive where an old ammunition depot once operated. [More]

Pottawattamie (IA) Police Use Drug Plunder to Fund New Storage

by Tony Gonzalez October 20, 2009 11:20 AM
In an interesting tale of good triumphing over evil, drug dealers’ illegal monetary gains could very well be used for funding the building of a storage facility for law enforcement.

According to an October 20 posting on southwestiowanews.com, (an online edition of Council Bluffs, Iowa Daily Nonpareil newspaper), Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker proposed just that to the Board of Supervisors yesterday (Monday), October 19.

Sheriff Danker said bids would soon be solicited for a 50 x 100-foot metal pole building, and his hope is that this proposed garage be funded using the spoils gained at a drug stop.

"We need more space; we have trailers outside that we would like covered," Danker explained to the board Monday.

In addition, a brand new 400-kilowatt Caterpillar portable generator approved for purchase by the board in July arrived last week; it will be stored at the sheriff’s office. The generator was purchased to supply power to the Pottawattamie County Courthouse and/or the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in the event of an emergency. [More]

Students Stage See-Through Art Storage at MFAH

by John Stevens October 20, 2009 10:49 AM
Rice University students have developed a modular, transparent art storage design that is revolutionary, says Wynne Phelan, Conservation Director of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), who has adopted this new system, according to an October 19 report by the Houston Chronicle.

This unique design replaces wood crates and cardboard boxes - which prevent museum staff from seeing the artworks inside – thus requiring additional unpacking and repacking of delicate objects; this process also emits harmful acids that can be detrimental to all types of media used by artist.

"This adds an incredible freedom of visiting experience to a museum," Phelan said. "If you don't have things in crates and cardboard boxes or closed cases, there is something to show, and you don't have to handle the artwork."

The 4 Rice University students who developed the system are participants in the inaugural Engineering and Design for Art and Artifact Conservation program at Rice's Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.

This system, which combines an easily-assembled armature of metal rods and Plexiglas windows, enables conservators to customize how they secure each object. [More]

New Storage Facilities, Concession and Rest Rooms Planned for MA High School

by Winnie Hsiu October 20, 2009 9:54 AM
Durfee High School is about to get a $200K makeover.

As first reported on an October 19 posting on the heraldnews.com (Fall River, MA’s online local news source), the new high school athletic fields would be upgraded by a concession stand, rest rooms and storage facility under a $200,000 transfer of funds Mayor Robert Correia planned to ask the City Council at Monday night’s meeting.

"The construction of this facility will greatly enhance the functionality of the new athletic fields at Durfee High School, and will allow the School Department to increase revenue via rental of the complex for groups," Correia wrote in a letter to the council, which followed communications from Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown and Wendy Correia, Durfee Sports Boosters President, both urging support for the project.

"We have explored possible partnerships with larger organizations with the need for facilities on a recurring basis, such as AAU sporting events or other large-scale tournaments or sports camps," Brown said. "It completes a world-class athletic complex that our students and community richly deserve," she continued.

Funding for construction of the 60 x 40-foot metal structure would be transferred from the John Doran Elementary School project; $343,120 remains in that fund, which is no longer needed, according to officials. [More]

“Going Green” Gains Ground by Reducing Storage Requirements

by John Stevens October 19, 2009 9:37 AM
Large corporations often contemplate just how they can most effectively and efficiently improve their environmental impact and "carbon footprint" when they are unsure about their legal responsibility to store hundreds of thousands of pounds of original documents in their cavernous storage facilities. In steps Steve Lee & Associates (SL&A), who, by leveraging their expertise in litigation, records management, discovery and the manipulation of vast data sets, have pioneered a innovative “data remediation” initiative.

As reported on October 19 on reuters.com, SL&A's proprietary remediation program aids businesses in legally and ethically discarding and recycling their data (which includes electronically stored information as well as paper documents, microfiche and various other media.) SL&A works with budding enterprise-level environmentalists hesitant to rid their storage facilities, file cabinets, desks, and servers of years' worth of dormant and inactive information. The firm provides the factual basis for the remediation, and their attorney partners provide the requisite legal counsel concerning retention policies, preservation requirements and litigation holds.

Managing Partner Steve Lee said, "Corporations keep millions of boxes of paper records, thousands of pounds of microfiche, millions of back-up tapes and tons of old disks - all just sitting around in storage. Our pipeline of Fortune 500 data remediation projects is expected to lead to legally and ethically discarding and recycling upwards of 100 million pounds of paper records over the next few years. That's the equivalent of ten 10-story buildings of paper, 100 feet per side!"

Lee added that "return on investment is typically achieved within just months. There are immediate cost savings on storage, and considerable savings - though much more difficult to predict - associated with avoiding future and unnecessary litigation discovery review." [More]

Self Storage Sustains Burglar Break-In in Columbus (GA)

by Winnie Hsiu October 19, 2009 9:21 AM
As first reported on October 17 and updated on October 19 on wtvm.com (a Raycom Media station and ABC affiliate), the Columbus (GA) Police are investigating a large break in at one of two Xxtra Storage Facilities in Columbus: at 1125 Floyd Road. 

These vandals, who remain at-large, cut a hole in the fence, and again cut the locks of 58 different units, 46 of which were currently being rented.  The extent of the damage will not be known until each tenant assesses and reports what is missing to authorities.

Storage Xxtra has 10 locations in Georgia, including Atlanta, two facilities in Columbus, Cumming, Fayetteville, Hiram, McDonough, Newnan, Peachtree City and Villa Rica. According to their website, Storage Xxtra offers computer-controlled gate access, 24-hour video recording, truck rental and moving supplies (including boxes), as well as month-to-month leasing and easy-access climate control. They also offer extended hours from 6AM-9PM, Monday through Sunday, and are willing to schedule other access times, if necessary.

Regarding insurance for stored property, their website claims “if it's worth storing, it's worth insuring.” They offer optional insurance protection through a local leading insurance provider, and offer assistance in completing the forms necessary to secure insurance on client’s belongings as well. [More]
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