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Self Storage Company Supports Bocce Ball Fundraiser

by Holly Robinson March 21, 2011 5:29 PM
Supporting your community is a commendable act whether you’re a business, an athletic team, a random group of people, or an individual. For those that want to help make a difference in the world between work, school, family, and friends there are likely countless options for people that want to get involved. Sometimes the chance becomes available at a place of business you frequent like your local self storage facility. [More]

SBOA Begins Offering Tenant Insurance With Goal to Increase Policies Sold

by John Stevens March 4, 2011 7:28 AM
It is up to the self storage operator to decide whether to offer minimal tenant insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. Owners and operators should carry insurance for themselves as well. It is a matter of purchasing piece of mind in the event of fire, flood, rodent/insect infestation or theft. The latest business to offer a full-range of coverage is Storage Business Owners Alliance LLC (SBOA). [More]

Planning Ahead is the Key to Maintenance in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 10, 2011 9:11 AM
The start of a new year often gives us reason to pause and take a look at the coming year as the year it all comes together. Whatever it is we want to do this will be the year that we get it done. This year is going to be better than the last; this year we will be on target not just with what we want to do, but what we need to do as well. By sitting down now and planning ahead we can get it done. [More]

Is it Time for you to sell your Self Storage Facility?

by Tony Gonzalez December 30, 2010 10:48 AM
Starting a business is generally one of the proudest moments of people’s lives. It is the chance to see a dream realized and become something more than just thoughts and ideas. It is also a great way to take control of the financial well-being of you and your family by becoming your own boss. The feeling of success when your business thrives is unparalleled. [More]

Wine Storage Facility Wins Top Prize From Mini-Storage Messenger and Shows What Quality Storage is All About

by John Stevens December 23, 2010 7:48 AM
Tis the season to be jolly. And to many people that means Christmas with a good bottle of wine nearby. The key word here is “good” wine. When it comes to cultivating the very best wines, proper storage is essential. There are many factors that go into storing wine properly and many questions to ask storage facilities when considering wine storage. One storage facility who has figured out the art of wine storage is Wine Storage Bellevue, which has just been named “Specialty Storage Facility of the Year” by Mini-Storage Messenger, a prestigious monthly publication for the self storage industry. [More]

Holiday Season Offers Optimum Time to Market Your Storage Business to Customers

by John Stevens December 21, 2010 8:09 AM
Every holiday season, storage facility owners and operators see a surge in business from people who need extra space each year, possibly even using that space to store and wrap gifts. But there are top strategies self storage owners can take to turn the holiday surge into a permanent surge of business. [More]

In A Slumping Industry, NJ Glassmaker Consolidates, Expands

by Tony Gonzalez November 3, 2009 11:18 AM
Glassmaking is an ancient art. In fact, it is said that the first glassmaking “how to” tome was found in the library of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (669-626 BC). Many believe that the early civilizations of Western Asia and Egypt guarded the “formula” for fusing glass from raw materials as a highly-valued secret, and that glass itself was considered a luxury item throughout the 15th century, when the Venetians mastered the art. Today, it is a global industry, with China dominating the market. China’s glass production has increased by more than $575 million since 2003; an increase of more than 67%.

However, from 2001-2008, the glass industry in the United States has seen a significant decline, with nearly 40,000 jobs lost during that 7-year period (a 30% decrease, according to figures from the U.S. Labor Department.) States with some of the nation’s highest unemployment – including California, Illinois, Michigan and West Virginia have lost at least 1 out of 4 glass industry jobs since 2001.

Today, Vineland, New Jersey-based Wilmad-LabGlass is a major player in the global market of scientific glass used in both in high-tech pharmaceutical research and aeronautics systems, and they are about to become even more competitive.

According to General Manager Ron DiMaria, the consolidation and eventual expansion of its Vineland facility at North West Boulevard (approved by Vineland’s Planning Board in October, 2009) will ease efficiency and increase productivity for Wilmad-LabGlass. [More]

Idaho – It’s Not Just For Potatoes Anymore!

by Tony Gonzalez October 30, 2009 7:46 AM
If you have always thought of Idaho as good potato country…well, you are correct. However, thanks to a far-reaching partnership involving Sage Community Resources, the Caldwell/Canyon Economic Development Council, the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission, USDA Rural Development and the University of Idaho (and $9,000 in funding from the 2009 Recovery Act), state officials believe a new facility – complete with a winery incubator - installed in Caldwell (in Canyon County) could make the area the Mecca for industry start-ups, right in the heart of the state's viticultural region, according to an October 29 posting on

The city of Caldwell is known by locals as the ”Treasure of the Valley,” whose motto, “More to Offer,” certainly fits, as the new facility offers smaller wineries access to climate-controlled storage coupled with industry-specific technical assistance. This project also offers space for Treasure Valley Community College's new viticulture program, currently offering 21 courses in their curriculum.

Within the past two months, Davis Creek Cellars and Fujishin Family Cellars have already moved into the complex, with more expected to join, soon.

"This incubator is key to industry growth," said Ron Bitner, owner of Bitner Vineyards near Caldwell. "This is an exciting time for us." [More]