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Fifteen Percent of Managers Seeking Jobs Relocate

by Winnie Hsiu March 9, 2010 5:03 PM
About 15 percent of mid- to senior-level job seekers across the United States relocate to another part of the country for a new job, according to a survey released by Right Management, a division of Manpower Inc., in late February. Job seekers who relocate, especially people in mid- to upper-level management jobs, are likely to need assistance with their moves from moving, self-storage, and relocation services companies. [More]

Security Self Storage Hosts "Eggstravaganza"

by Winnie Hsiu March 9, 2010 1:38 PM
Security Self Storage, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has announced that it will be holding an "Eggstravaganza" on March 20 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. The Eggstravaganza, which is free and open to children between the ages of five and twelve, will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but registration will start at 10 a.m. The event will be hosted at 501 N.W. Business Center Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986.

Boys & Girls Club is a nonprofit organization that provides enrichment activities for children in the community, especially children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie recently took a group of children on a field trip to Regal Entertainment's Free Family Film Festival (a trip paid for by a grant from Regal). The Boys & Girls Club also offers summer camps, after-school activities, and programs designed to help children develop leadership skills, good character, and health and life skills, as well as programs focused on sports, fitness, and the arts. [More]

Investors Commit to Canadian Self-Storage Firm

by John Stevens March 8, 2010 5:00 PM
StorageVault of Canada announced today (MarketWire, Trading Markets, Inside Self Storage) that two investment funds managed by PFM Capital will, collectively, make a $4,000,000 preferred share investment in StorageVault. StorageVault expects the preferred share financing deal to close on or around March 17 of this year. StorageVault will draw down the investment in two tranches of $2,000,000 each, with the first tranche being drawn down on the closing date (March 17), and the second tranche being drawn down within one year of the closing date -- or by March 17, 2011. StorageVault will use the money to buy a self-storage facility in Cambridge, Ontario, to develop PUPS portable storage at that location, and for general working capital to cover operating expenses. [More]

Towns Limit Use of Portable Storage in Yards

by Holly Robinson March 5, 2010 5:15 PM
In recent weeks, several towns arou nd the United States have begun to limit the use of portable storage containers in front yards and driveways, by requiring residents to get permits, limiting the time period the containers can be used, and in some cases, banning their use. The Zeeland, Michigan City Council is looking at the possibility of banning the use of utility trailers in front yards and driveways for more than 48 hours at a time. In Morris Township, New Jersey, the Township Committee is considering banning PODS (portable on-demand storage) containers unless the homeowner first obtains a permit for their use. The Blue Springs, Missouri Planning Commission has already voted to ban the use of portable storage containers in front yards. [More]

Fargo Continues to Seek Sandbag Space as City Warehouse Floor Collapses

by John Stevens March 5, 2010 10:26 AM
The city of Fargo, North Dakota, ran into a snag this week in its effort to fill and store one million sandbags to prepare for the likely flooding of the Red River this spring. In a city warehouse, workers were attempting to stack more than 5,000 sandbags when the floor of the building collapsed under the sandbags' weight. No one was hurt, but as the sandbags plummeted into the basement, they broke a gas line. According to Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh (quoted in Tuesday's Bismarck Tribune and InForum), firefighting crews had to vent the building for 45 minutes before they could enter safely. Meanwhile, police diverted traffic for four city blocks around the warehouse, fearing that the escaping gas might cause an explosion.

The building in which the floor collapsed was not a commercial storage facility. It was an abandoned building being leased by the city and was previously occupied by Sugar Sand Marine, a boat manufacturer. The building was built in 1956 and was the only storage space used by the city in which sandbags were being stored on a floor that stood above another level. In other facilities where the city is leasing storage space, sandbags are being stored at ground level in buildings that do not have basements. Currently, Fargo has leased enough space for 1.6 million sandbags, but it is negotiating with two other facilities in order to line up more space, according to Terry Ludlum, Fargo's solid waste utility manager (who was quoted in Tuesday's Worthington Daily Globe). [More]

Self Storage Industry Inspires SLC Playwright

by Tony Gonzalez March 5, 2010 9:59 AM
Deseret News reporter Elaine Jarvik has been interested in self-storage for years, since she covered a story on self-storage for the News in 1997. Now she has written a play titled "Self Storage." A staged reading of Jarvik's play, which is 30 minutes long, is being presented at 7 p.m. on March 10, at the Plan-B Theatre, in the Meat & Potato Theater Lab of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center's Studio Theatre, at 138 W. 300 South in Salt Lake City, Utah. Seating at the Plan-B Theatre is limited, but free; seats can be reserved in advance. [More]

Self-Storage Operators Chip In to Support Girl Scouts

by Winnie Hsiu March 3, 2010 2:21 PM
Girl Scout cookies were delivered this week to Girl Scout troops across the United States. In many counties, local moving and storage companies are an integral part of the Girl Scout cookie delivery infrastructure, as troop leaders with minivans find they are unable to find enough space in their homes or vehicles for thousands of cases of Girl Scout cookies. The following are just a few of the moving and storage companies that have chipped in to support this year's Girl Scout cookie drive: [More]

Mobile Storage Supports Atlanta Green House Model

by Winnie Hsiu March 2, 2010 10:57 PM
UNITS Mobile Storage, of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that it is donating several portable storage units to help with the construction of the Midtown Green House, the green home that is being built to model green building technology at the 2010 Southern Building Show and Conference. The Southern Building Show will be held May 13 to 15, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The Southern Building Conference, which is meeting for the 17th year in a row, provides an opportunity for Southern builders, remodelers, architects, designers, and building tradespeople to meet, network, continue their education, and learn about new technologies and building products that are becoming available. The show will include education sessions on green building, and the Midtown Green House is being built as a model. The house is a project of Earthcraft House, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association's environmentally-friendly building program. Progress in the house's construction can be viewed online at the Midtown Green House website. [More]

Descartes Letter Placed in Storage Until Return to France

by Winnie Hsiu March 2, 2010 1:15 PM
A letter written by philosopher René Descartes, and stolen from France 170 years ago, will be placed in a secure, climate-controlled storage vault until it can be hand-carried back to France. Until this week, no one knew that the letter was in the possession of Haverford University. Fortunately, Haverford has been treating the letter with special care--storing it in an acid-free folder, in an acid-free document box. Like all of the documents in Haverford's special collections department, the letter is stored in a secure, climate-controlled space. But since learning that the document was stolen, Haverford is treating it with special care, allowing visitors to view, but not touch, it upon request.

Historical documents can easily be damaged by exposure to light or to the acid in skin or in wood products, such as paper. Because of Haverford's careful storage practices, the letter, which is 369 years old, is still in good condition. John Anderies, the Head of Special Collections at Haverford, told student reporter Carrie Kolar, of the Bi-College News, in an email that "the document is still in very stable condition despite its age." He said that although casual visitors would not be allowed to touch the letter, a scholar or researcher could still "be allowed to hold it to carefully turn its pages." [More]

Self Storage Companies Support New Pet Food Pantries

by Holly Robinson March 1, 2010 5:21 PM
The new Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry, a pet food pantry operated out of a local self-storage facility, has set a date for its opening: March 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Cincinanati Pet Food Pantry is located in Queen City Self-Storage, at 4775 Red Bank Expressway in Cincinnati. The pet food pantry, which was founded by local animal rights activists Shannon DeBra and Anita Barron, will give away food to Cincinnati pet owners who cannot afford to feed their pets. In part, the pet food pantry is intended to prevent families from abandoning or being forced to give away pets that they can no longer care for.

"People lose their jobs and can't afford to keep their pets or they have to move from their house to an apartment that doesn't allow pets," DeBra explained to Steve Kemme, a reporter for "Money is definitely a factor in these dogs and cats landing in the shelters." [More]
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