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Team SmartStop(R) Pro Cycling Announces 2014 Cyclist List

by Tony Gonzalez March 10, 2014 10:57 AM
The Team SmartStop® Pro Cycling recently announced their 2014 cycling team roster. They also announced a new team director, Michael Creed. Creed is a very successful amateur cyclist himself. [More]

SmartStop (TM) Sponsors BMX Camp for Kids with Diabetes

by Tony Gonzalez October 14, 2013 2:34 PM
I know a family that has two children under the age of six-years-old who have sugar diabetes. It’s rather sad that they have to prick their fingers daily to check their blood sugar level – and then give themselves insulin shots to manage their diabetes. The family is working with doctors to see about getting an insulin pump for their oldest one with diabetes.

Each year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Almost everyone knows someone (whether child or adult) affected by this disease. [More]

Self Storage Company Reaches Major Milestone

by John Stevens August 22, 2012 5:24 PM
When we were all kids there were certain milestones we looked forward to like being able to stay up a little later, being tall enough to ride the really fun rides at the fair, or taking that first driving lesson as a teenager. As much as we strive for and wish to reach personal milestones, those that companies set for themselves are just as important. [More]

News Round Up in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick May 30, 2012 7:00 PM
There are always lots of activities going on in the self storage industry. Today is no exception. There are three items that caught my eye today: news from Maryland, Virginia, and England. [More]

Four New District Managers Announced for Strategic Storage Trust Inc.

by Kim Kilpatrick October 4, 2011 8:51 AM
Four new district managers have been selected to handle the expanding operations for Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI). They are Robert Healy, Joaquin Echevarria, Dianne Leppanen, and Maria Avellana. They bring extensive experience in self storage management and property management. [More]

Sponsorship Equals Exposure for Your Self Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez May 2, 2011 2:34 PM
There is one thing that they will tell you on the first day of business school no matter where you go—you have to spend money to make money. It is virtually impossible not to spend something whether it is on advertising, labor, merchandise, or any number of things. However, what they don’t always tell you that if done right, giving away money can help you make it as well. [More]

Sponsoring Sports a Good Way to Get Great Exposure

by John Stevens April 27, 2011 10:54 PM
Most of us have either played little league baseball or Pop Warner football or now have kids of our own that play one or both of those sports (or something else). The one thing that every single kid on the playing field had in common was (besides the love of the game) that somewhere on their uniform was the name of someone’s company/business. [More]

Self Storage Industry Continues to Grow Outside of the U.S.

by Holly Robinson April 15, 2011 5:40 PM
One of the toughest things to do is decide what to invest or who to invest your hard earned money with. Yes, when it comes to business there is a risk of losing, but with risk often comes great reward. As true as that may be, it is still no consolation when you end up losing your shirt (and then some) due to a bad investment. [More]

Strategic Storage Trust Snapping Up Self Storage

by Holly Robinson April 13, 2010 10:15 AM
California real-estate investment trust Strategic Storage Trust Inc. (SSTI) has added a new self storage site to the 30 that it currently owns -- Augusta Ranch Self Storage, at 9252 E. Guadalupe Road, in Mesa, Arizona. The business will be renamed SmartStop, to match Strategic Storage's other self storage businesses. [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]