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Self Storage In The Cloud

by Kim Kilpatrick May 29, 2014 6:51 PM
Only in New York. Where apartments are as big as a bug’s ear. Where people don’t have cars – or the time – to drive to a self storage facility. That’s where an innovative entrepreneur came up with a new business model for self storage. [More]

A New Self Storage Business Debuts in Los Angeles

by Kim Kilpatrick September 6, 2013 3:23 PM
Want to stash away your summer clothes? Finished using your water skis, kneeboards, and baseball equipment? Want to organize your closet? Or your garage perhaps? Clutter is the answer to your clutter. [More]

Self Storage Company Literally Stretches from One End of the Country to the Other

by Winnie Hsiu October 31, 2012 8:38 PM
A goal for many companies is to be able to expand someday. Being able to do so is a testament to the hard work and the quality of the product that has been turned out so far. When you are able to continue to expand to more and more places; getting further and further from the home office you know you are doing something right. [More]

Portable Storage Unit Becomes Subway Opera House

by Holly Robinson November 1, 2010 9:45 AM
The strains of classical music merge with the hiss of brakes at a German subway station. An opera singer takes the underground stage within a portable storage unit, performing for a transient audience. [More]

FL Self Storage Operations Director Promoted to U.S. Navy Commander

by Kim Kilpatrick June 21, 2010 4:12 PM
A Florida self storage operations director who also serves in the U.S. Navy reserves has received a promotion to commander in his reserve. Paul Feikema, the operations director for Hide-Away Storage of southwest Florida, is a veteran who has spent a total of 17 years in the Navy. Some of his years have been spent on active duty and others on reserve duty. Feikema was promoted by Captain Lewis Harrison, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Deputy Engineer, at CENTCOM Headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. The promotion was effective as of June 1. [More]

Portable Storage Inspires High Tech Portable Homes

by Holly Robinson May 14, 2010 1:23 PM
A Virginia pastor has invented a new kind of portable, high tech home that families can use to create extra room next to their homes for elderly relatives who need care. Rev. Kenneth Dupin, knowing that families often would prefer to care for their aging relatives personally but that they might not have space for them in their homes, has come up with the idea of the MedCottage.

In many ways, the MedCottage is similar to a portable storage container that can be trucked to a home and placed in the yard temporarily. Both are portable and benefit from state-of-the-art construction technology. But while portable storage units are customized to make them ideal for storing certain kinds of belongings, the MedCottage is customized to make it habitable by human beings. MedCottages are sized to fit one person, and include a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. Its special features include lighting at knee height to illuminate the floor, because tripping over objects on the floor is a common cause of falls among the elderly. In case of a fall, video monitors in the MedCottage monitor the cottage at ankle level, in an attempt to respect the cottage resident’s privacy while still letting a caregiver know if the resident has sustained a fall. The MedCottage is also equipped with technology that monitors a resident’s vital signs and can filter the air for contaminants. [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]

National Portable Storage Association Announces 2010 Events

by Tony Gonzalez December 14, 2009 3:38 PM
The National Portable Storage Association (NPSA) has announced that it will be holding two conventions in 2010....The first convention, the Spring Seminar, will take place from April 26-27, 2010, at the Hilton Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia. At the Spring Seminar, members traditionally focus on education, networking, and any special issues, opportunities or challenges that are facing the industry. Remembering the 2009 Spring Seminar, NPSA Executive Director John Finnessy commented, "Last year in Santa Barbara, we focused on what happened in the second hand market for shipping containers in key industries....In 2010, we'll continue our tradition of addressing the challenges our industry faces, as well as hosting a venue for strategic networking."

NPSA's second convention of the year will be its signature event, the 8th Annual Conference and Trade Show. This year the show will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. More than 650 people attended last year's trade show, which had 50 exhibitors and was held in October at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The 2009 event was co-sponsored by the Mobile Self-Storage Association. [More]

Canadian Self-Storage Companies Plan Joint Venture to Introduce PUPS

by Tony Gonzalez November 24, 2009 6:38 PM
Three Canadian companies announced yesterday that they are signing a term sheet to enter into a joint venture together. The three companies, StorageVault, Can-Stor Self Storage LP and CSS Holdings LP, plan to introduce the portable unit concept (PUPS) to their properties. They intend to integrate their fixed storage with PUPS businesses at each of their properties.

The term sheet is only a very preliminary step. At this point, it is tentative -- the term sheet itself must be agreed upon and approved by the Boards of Directors of each company, the joint venture itself must be approved, and shareholders and investors for each company may have to approve, before the joint venture can move forward at all. Once all those approvals are obtained, the TSX Venture Exchange must also approve. [More]