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Strategic Storage Trust Snapping Up Self Storage

by Holly Robinson April 13, 2010 10:15 AM
California real-estate investment trust Strategic Storage Trust Inc. (SSTI) has added a new self storage site to the 30 that it currently owns -- Augusta Ranch Self Storage, at 9252 E. Guadalupe Road, in Mesa, Arizona. The business will be renamed SmartStop, to match Strategic Storage's other self storage businesses. [More]

Wine Storage Competitors Work Together in Shipping Venture

by Tony Gonzalez April 13, 2010 9:12 AM
Two Sonoma County, California wine storage warehouses have announced that they will collaborate this spring on a direct-to-consumer shipping venture. The two entrepreneurs, Chuck Holmes of Adobe Creek Wine & Storage in Petaluma, and Mark Burris, of Redwood Empire Wine Storage and Eagle Transportation in Santa Rosa, are old friends. Adobe Creek Wine & Storage and Redwood Empire Wine Storage, between them, provide storage to more than 150 local wineries. The new collaboration will make it possible for those wineries to save money by taking advantage of the partnership between the two facilities.

Prior to the Adobe Creek/Redwood Empire partnership, wineries shipped their wine by truck from warehouses to fulfillment houses, where it would have to be inventoried and then repacked for shipment to consumers or to commercial customers. Now, Eagle Transportation (the trucking company affiliated with Redwood Empire Wine Storage) will move cases of wine straight from Redwood to Adobe Creek, where it can be repacked into packages with fewer bottles for club shipments and orders. [More]

Companies Seek Storage in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

by Kim Kilpatrick April 12, 2010 9:31 AM
Industry experts are predicting a shortage of storage space for manufacturers and retail businesses in the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne in the coming months. Both cities experienced high levels of container imports in February -- import levels that were more in line with what used to be considered normal in pre-recession Australia. For Sydney, February was the fifth straight month of record imports, according to Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald. And in Melbourne, imports have just begun to reach the level they were at prior to the onset of the global financial crisis. [More]

Janus Throws Its Support Behind Wounded Warrior Outdoors

by Holly Robinson April 9, 2010 4:27 PM
Wounded Warrior Outdoors, a charitable organization founded by Ron Raboud, the CEO of the Rabco Corporation (a producer of prefabricated self storage building systems) has received another supporter from the self storage community: Janus International. Janus supplies rolling doors and other components for use in self storage buildings. [More]

Quincy Illinois Judge Orders City to Make Decision on Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu April 9, 2010 3:25 PM
Last Monday, a circuit court judge ordered the city of Quincy, Illinois, to make a decision about whether to allow Express Storage, a self storage facility operated by VLOH Enterprises, to have a building permit. [More]

A-Verdi Storage Containers Continues to Support ASCS Patriots

by Tony Gonzalez April 8, 2010 2:59 PM
For the fourth year in a row, A-Verdi Storage Containers, of Savannah, New York, will support the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Patriot Tour. ASCS races are held all over the United States and Canada. A-Verdi, which is located in upstate New York, will sponsor a series of races in upstate New York. [More]

Former UK Cotton Mill Becomes Self Storage Site

by John Stevens April 8, 2010 2:25 PM
A historic UK building that used to be a working cotton mill has been purchased by Alligator Self Storage, which will make it into a self storage facility....the five-story historic mill will become Alligator Self Storage's first northwest site. Alligator's CEO, Alister Jack, commented to the Bolton News: "Self storage businesses are a veritable Aladdin's cave....When you convert a building like Egyptian Mill to become a storage centre, the diversity of uses for the building is incredible. We anticipate all sorts of businesses will make use of the space, from builders and plumbers using it as a lock-up, to lawyers and accountants using it for archive space." [More]

Free Self Storage Webinars Offered

by Kim Kilpatrick April 8, 2010 1:23 PM
MiniCo Publishing and the Storage Business Owners Alliance are both offering free webinars on self-storage-related topics over the next few weeks.


Storage Business Owners Alliance (SBOA), a newly formed organization intended to give small to mid-size self storage facilities more leverage and buying power, is offering a webinar on Wednesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. The webinar will inform small and mid-size self storage business owners about how the SBOA can help to improve their business' profitability with bulk discounts. [More]

Kalamazoo Self Storage Facility Takes Hit From Storms

by Winnie Hsiu April 7, 2010 2:11 PM
The thunderstorms that rolled into southwest Michigan late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, in addition to knocking out power to hundreds of people and turning over a semi-truck as its driver slept, also caused extensive damage at a Kalamazoo area self storage facility, Cloverleaf RV and Self Storage of Schoolcraft.

The storms are not, at this point, thought to have generated tornados in the area, but gusts of wind were reported up to 72 miles per hour in the Schoolcraft area, and one National Weather Service surveyor commented to Kalamazoo's News Channel 3 that the damage was consistent with 80-mile-per-hour winds. The winds knocked down power lines providing power to about 7,000 customers of Midwest Energy Cooperative and about 9,700 customers of Consumers Energy during the worst of the storm, and left live power lines lying across Michigan roads. A 70,000 pound semi-trailer full of fabricated metal driven by Alan Cowherd was tipped over by the winds (Cowherd, who was parked and sleeping in the cab at the time, was unhurt). In nearby Vicksburg, a silo was knocked over. And, at Cloverleaf RV, about a dozen RVs were badly damaged. [More]

Japan's New SSA Becomes Affiliate of U.S. Self Storage Association

by Tony Gonzalez April 6, 2010 4:14 PM
The Asian self storage industry is slowly growing, although self storage has not taken off there as quickly as it has in the United States and Europe. Japan formed its own self storage association a little over a year ago, and held its first meeting last January in Tokyo. Now the Japan Self Storage Association (JSSA) has become affiliated with the national Self Storage Association of the United States. The documents affiliating the two organizations were signed last month when JSSA Managing Director Tatsuya Saji visited the SSA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Michael Scanlon Jr., the SSA's president and CEO, also signed the document.

Members of affiliated self storage associations can attend each other's conferences, meetings, and trade shows. As an additional benefit, JSSA members will receive SSA publications, such as its newsletters and magazines. The JSSA will translate SSA publications into Japanese for JSSA members. [More]
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