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Inspired by World Cup, Self Storage Companies Support Youth Soccer

by Holly Robinson June 18, 2010 8:10 PM
Inspired by the World Cup, some self storage companies are making a special effort to support youth soccer teams. Some companies have offered monetary donations or donated self storage space to children’s teams, while others have collected donations to be sent overseas. [More]

Where Will HP’s Laid-Off Employees Relocate (If Necessary)?

by John Stevens June 1, 2010 9:34 PM
In September of 2008, Hewlett-Packard (HP) took over information technology (IT) provider Electronic Data Systems, and then proceeded to cut 24,600 jobs. Today HP announced that it will be cutting about 9,000 more. Lately, technology firms in Silicon Valley have starting recruiting more aggressively again. But will there be enough technology jobs in the Valley for the 9,000 Hewlett-Packard employees that will be laid off over the next several years?

HP says that it will also be adding a total of 6,000 jobs to its sales and delivery teams, but the 9,000 laid-off employees will be from IT. The IT jobs will disappear as HP automates more of the services that it provides to clients. Some technology companies in the area, such as Google, Intel, and Cisco are adding jobs. But analysts say that many technology jobs are starting to migrate to other cities -- and laid-off technology workers are beginning to follow. [More]

Hair and Storage Space Donated to Oil Spill Cleanup in Gulf

by Kim Kilpatrick May 20, 2010 12:04 PM
Matter of Trust is making hair booms and mats in temporarily donated storage spaces and warehouses all along the Gulf Coast. So far 25,000 square feet of space have been donated. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of hair has been sent to 13 locations along the Gulf Coast. Matter of Trust is not picky about what kind of hair it uses -- it will take human hair from salons, dog and cat hair from pet grooming salons, fleece sheered from alpacas, and any other kind of hair or fur that you can think of. Volunteers in warehouses, storage spaces, and in some cases, garages, are stuffing the hair into nylon pantyhose to contain it. [More]

Self Storage Industry Thriving in South

by Holly Robinson April 27, 2010 6:34 PM
The self storage industry is continuing to expand this spring with a wave of new facilities opening up across the country, particularly in the South.

In Georgia, a private investor has purchased the four-year-old East Ellijay facility of American Storage. The facility has about 35,000 square feet of rentable space, divided into 248 units, some of which are climate-controlled. The property also features a truck rental service and has several security features, including digital entry, perimeter fencing, and security cameras. The sale was brokered by Dale Eisenman, the president of Midcoast Properties Inc. [More]

Florida Town Debates Possibility of Town-Owned Storage for RVs and Boats

by Kim Kilpatrick April 16, 2010 11:13 AM
Residents of Shalimar, a town on Florida's Emerald Coast, are debating a proposal to have the town of Shalimar build its own RV and boat storage yard. The issue was discussed at a Town Commission meeting on Tuesday. But the commission did not make a final decision about the boat yard because one member was absent and the members who were present were split fairly evenly on the subject. [More]

Mini-Storage Messenger Awards Outstanding Green Facility Award

by Holly Robinson April 6, 2010 4:09 PM
Safe & Secure Automated Self Storage, of Coconut Creek, Florida, has received another award for the green facility that it opened last April. Mini-Storage Messenger has selected Safe & Secure as its 2010 Outstanding Green Facility of the Year. Mini-Storage Messenger presents the Outstanding Green Facility Award each year, for a self storage facility with a high level of commitment to the environment and to its local community.

Safe & Secure is the first self storage facility worldwide to use Westfalia Technology's Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) technology, a new, patent-pending storage automation system. As a result, Safe & Secure has received a lot of media attention nationally and internationally. To access self storage units at Safe & Secure, customers must enter a PIN code (both at the front gate, and at the desired loading door). Then the automated machinery retrieves the customer's storage module, presenting it to the customer at ground level. The building has 539 such modules. One hundred of the modules can store vehicles. [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]

Strategic Storage Trust Invests in Two New Facilities

by Tony Gonzalez February 25, 2010 6:47 PM
Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) announced today that it purchased two self-storage facilities from Chicago Five Properties, LLC, for a combined purchase price of $23 million, cash. One facility is located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, while the other is located in Weston, Florida.

SSTI's chairman and CEO, H. Michael Schwartz, was pleased with the acquisition. "These facilities represent newer Class A properties in prime markets," he said. "Both properties offer the latest generation of secured climate-controlled self storage featuring convenient access to major roads and interstates." [More]

Local Government Agencies Face Storage Crises

by Winnie Hsiu February 22, 2010 9:49 AM
Storage is becoming a problem for local government in many parts of the U.S. In the last week, several local government storage problems were reported in the media:

In Gaylord, Minnesota, the Sibley County Sheriff's office is considering building its own storage shed to store equipment and vehicles for the Sheriff's Office and the Environmental Services Department....The Sheriff's Office in Santa Rosa County, Florida, bought a mobile command unit and disaster response trailer shortly after Hurricane Ivan passed through in 2004. Initially, Terhaar & Cronley Property Co, the owner of a vacant warehouse, donated the warehouse to be used for storage of the new equipment. But it is becoming difficult for Terhaar & Cronley to pay the property taxes....In Ozark, Missouri, the Christian County Library has run out of space for its books. The library has pulled more than 1,500 books off its shelves and put them into storage....The Franklin County Courthouse renovation, in Malone, New York, is causing an embarrassing storage problem for courthouse officials: the installation of advanced technology has caused the temperature in the courthouse records center to escalate up to anywhere from 113 to 121 degrees.... [More]

FSSA Opens Registration for 2010 Conference & Expo

by Holly Robinson February 19, 2010 10:30 AM
The Florida Self Storage Association announced yesterday that it has opened registration for its 2010 "New Horizons" Conference and Expo. Vendor exhibit applications are still being accepted as well. The conference will be held from May 5 to 7, at Disney's Contemporary Hotel, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Although the FSSA conference is held annually, this year several new events have been added to the schedule, including several pre-conference activities. This year's conference is being sponsored by U.S. Door & Building Components, MiniCo Publishing, Noah's Ark Development, Bader Company, Inside Self-Storage, and Phone Smart Sales Solutions.

One of the featured events at the FSSA conference will be panel discussion, called "The Storage Summit." Panelists will include Anne Ballard, from Universal Management Co.; Michael Haugh, from Absolute Management; Brenda Scarborough, from Accountable Management; Marc Smith, from Personal Mini Storage; Steve Wilson, from Hide-Away Storage; and Paul Martin, the keynote speaker. [More]
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