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Registration Discount for ISS Self Storage World Expo Offered to Early Birds

by John Stevens August 1, 2011 9:26 AM
Organizers are gearing up for October’s Inside Self-Storage World Expo that will feature 38 seminars, four workshops, two days of product and service exhibits and multiple networking events. An early-bird registration discount is being offered where attendees can save up to $300 if they sign up by Aug. 5. The Oct. 4-6 event at the Greater Tacoma, Wash., Convention & Trade Center is the industry’s leading conference, tradeshow and education event for self storage facility owners, managers, developers, investors and suppliers. [More]

Farm to Self Storage Conversion Came Naturally to Missouri Man

by John Stevens July 27, 2011 6:05 AM
Starting a self storage business could not have been a more easy decision for Brian Haskins of High Ridge, Mo. After having grown up beside a local farm in the 1960s where he and his family kept some horses, cows and chickens and grew pumpkins as a fundraiser for his kid’s baseball team, he returned in 1991 to purchase the farm and sell horse and cows as well as begin a landscaping business. [More]

Upcoming Webinar Explores New Texas Self Storage Lien Law

by John Stevens July 20, 2011 8:26 AM
The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) along with the national Self Storage Association (SSA) has worked hard to lobby for an update to the state’s self storage lien laws which had become antiquated and burdensome to facility operators. Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that modernizes the state’s 30-year-old lien law. To assist self storage operators with understanding the ins and outs of the new law, the TSSA is hosting a webinar on July 26 for its members. [More]

New Colorado Self Storage Facility Earns Gold LEED Certification

by John Stevens July 18, 2011 10:43 AM
It takes a lot of dedication and resolution to decide to “go green” when building a new self storage facility. The ultimate prize is to become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which outlines strict criteria for builders to follow. And while the up-front price tag will be five to ten percent higher to build a sustainable, LEED-certified structure, the building’s functional life expectancy is longer and long-term costs are less. [More]

Participation in Self Storage Charity Work Takes Strategy

by John Stevens July 13, 2011 10:54 AM
For a self storage operator, getting involved in community charity drives can be both rewarding for business and for the community. It can take some planning and time commitment, but the payoff most certainly means more rentals and a sense of satisfaction from helping out one’s community. There are some strategies for working with charities and community groups that can help smooth the planning process and bring the greatest reward. [More]

Two Key Players in State-Purchased Self Storage Business in Idaho Reverse Stance

by John Stevens July 12, 2011 8:15 AM
The government purchase of Affordable Self-Storage in Boise, Idaho, last year has always been a controversial one, especially with self storage operators and local business owners who cried foul, accusing Idaho of competing unfairly with the private sector. Now two key players in the purchase – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna - say they made a mistake when they voted to spend $2.7 million to buy the storage business and use the revenue to benefit Idaho public schools and other state institutions. [More]

Old Air Force Hanger in Denver Converts into Unique and Sustainable Self Storage Facility

by John Stevens July 5, 2011 5:25 PM
A unique conversion of an old Air Force hanger into a self storage facility is underway in Denver, Colo. The design layout in the massive hanger consists of 65,000 sq. ft. of storage in 600 units which will be combined with restaurants, retail and office space, giving the complex a distinct marketing advantage. [More]

Washington Wine Storage Facility Offers New Service to Help Customers Move Their Collections

by John Stevens June 29, 2011 7:13 AM
The signs of summer are upon us: swimming, lemonade, fireworks, barbecue and of course sun, lots of it. And along with that sun, comes rising temperatures that could affect your wine collection. Knowing when it’s the right time to move a wine collection into a safe, secure, climate-controlled self storage unit can be daunting for some. But the proper storage of wine is essential to the longevity of any collection. Finding the time to pack, organize and move the wine collection to a proper storage facility can be difficult as well. [More]

Sensitive Veteran Records From Arlington Cemetery Discovered in Abandoned Storage Unit

by John Stevens June 24, 2011 9:22 AM
A self storage manager of a Northern Virginia facility came across 69 boxes of Arlington National Cemetery burial records on June 10 inside an abandoned storage unit. The discovery has triggered a criminal investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives which says the incident has raised questions of privacy issues and indicates another sign of management problems at the Army-run cemetery. [More]

NJ Self Storage Facility Partners Up to Offer E-recycling

by John Stevens June 22, 2011 9:00 AM
Offering an e-recycling facility is a great way for a self storage facility to join the green movement. It not only is one step in the right direction for the environment but it is an easy way to generate publicity for your business. Properly disposing of e-waste – computers, TVs, keyboards, cellphones, and more – is a daunting task for many people. But self storage facilities are natural receptacles for such items and many have stepped up to offer assistance. [More]
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