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Dense Countries Find Themselves in Need of a Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick December 9, 2011 8:06 PM
People in the United States have taken to the self storage industry since it first popped up in the 1960s. Some use it because they don’t want to clutter up their home; others because they can’t bear to throw away certain things and need the space. Growth in other countries though has been spurned by something else—they are running out of space. [More]

Big Box Storage, Inc., Joins Efforts with Planet Aid

by Kim Kilpatrick December 9, 2011 3:01 PM
The leading portable storage company in San Diego, Big Box Storage, Inc., joined forces with Planet Aid in an effort to provide sustainable development in underprivileged communities around the world. Big Box Storage will help collect clothing and shoes and give them to Planet Aid.

"We're asking San Diego residents to remember Planet Aid on occasions when they have articles of clothing or shoes available for donation," said Rita Hurley of Big Box Storage in San Diego, CA. "We're pleased to be able to assist them with their ongoing humanitarian and environmental efforts." [More]

Canadian Art Storage Facility Earns artprotect(TM) Certification

by Tony Gonzalez December 8, 2011 1:33 PM
AXA ART announced that Armstrong Fine Art Services was awarded the coveted artprotect™ certification. This certification rates a storage facility's ability to properly store and protect fine art and collectibles from damage, theft, and destruction.

In 2004, a fire in an art storage facility in Leyton (east London) destroyed all of the stored artwork for an estimated $100 million damage done. Work that was lost in the fire included pieces by Damien Hirst, Helen Chadwick, Patrick Heron, Gary Hume, Martin Maloney, and Sarah Lucas. Not only was the financial loss devastating, but the loss of cultural history was very significant. [More]

Self Storage Company Makes Giving a Year 'Round Activity

by John Stevens December 8, 2011 10:41 AM
Around this time of year it is not unusual to see many businesses and people getting into the spirit of giving by either donating to a charity or helping one hold a donation drive. The idea of someone not being able to enjoy Christmas the way it should be enjoyed seems to move many people to do something for those less fortunate. [More]

Self Storage Company Looking for Ways to Improve During the Good Times

by Holly Robinson December 7, 2011 6:58 PM
If you are a real estate investment trust (REIT) that is involved in the self storage industry you have to be feeling pretty good about yourself. According to recent reports, those involved in self storage have done better than all other REIT’s on a year to date basis as well as 12-month trailing results. Extra Space Storage is one of those REITs, and they are not taking this success lying down. [More]

Santa's Workshops Offered at LifeStorage in Chicago

by Holly Robinson December 7, 2011 11:13 AM
Participating LifeStorage facilities in Chicago has turned their lobbies into a busy hive of holiday activities. From Share a Cookie Day to celebrating National Cocoa Day to providing an opportunity for children to have their picture taken with Santa LifeStorage has gotten into the holiday spirit.

They are hosting Santa's Workshops that run through December 23. Each workshop provides free gift wrapping. Participants can also enjoy hot cider and cookies while wrapping their gifts. LifeStorage is offering discounts on units where people can hide Christmas gifts away from children. [More]

Hearing Delayed For a Crematorium Addition to Self Storage Facility

by Kim Kilpatrick December 6, 2011 6:02 PM
Last week our Extra Space Storage writer, Winnie Hsui, wrote that the Davis Funeral Home on the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean wanted to open a crematorium in the Fortress Self Storage Warehouse. There isn't a crematorium on the island and if anyone wanted to cremate deceased family members they had to do so in Puerto Rico.

The Virgin Island Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) had scheduled a hearing for today but Vernill Roberts, the DPNR Environmental Engineer, said that the hearing was delayed indefinitely. [More]

Self Storage Company Gets in the Christmas Spirit in its Own Special Way

by Winnie Hsiu December 6, 2011 10:24 AM
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Everywhere you go!” At this time of year Christmas carols like the one made famous by Perry Como can be heard all over as people work at decorating their homes, dorm rooms, cars, cubicles, offices, and yes, even their self storage facility.
A form of decoration that has become more and more popular over the years has been the creation of Christmas villages. People can buy pieces to build their own miniature village complete with kids playing on sleighs, carolers, houses decked out for the holidays, Christmas trees, and so much more. They can basically create their own scene straight of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carroll with as much detail as they desire. [More]

If Politics Were Like Self Storage...

by Tony Gonzalez December 5, 2011 8:29 PM
Generally, whenever we hear about the self storage industry and its relationship to the world of politics, the connection can be categorized in one of two different ways. Either it’s about some militant radical hiding weapons in a unit that the FBI/DEA/ATF or some other enforcement agency recently uncovered, or it’s in regards to state legislatures changing their state’s respective lien laws. [More]

Go Mini's Support Inmates Repairing Toys

by John Stevens December 5, 2011 11:37 AM
It's amazing to learn about all of the ways that owners and managers of self storage facilities support charitable initiatives within their community. Go Mini's in Bismarck, ND, is participating in the Christmas Playpen project. This is a work initiative project that allows minimum security inmates from the Missouri River Correctional Center to refurbish toys to be given to needy families. [More]
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