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Vintage Cars Abandoned in Washington Mini-Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez March 23, 2010 3:51 PM
When port facility workers in Pasco, Washington, cleaned out the port’s old mini-storage facility to prepare the building for demolition, they found a surprise: two vintage sports cars dating from the 1970s. One of the cars is a 1974 Aston Martin, while the other is a 1972 Jaguar E V12 Coupe.

Both cars were abandoned in the mini-storage, according to the port director of finance and administration, Linda O’Brien, who spoke with Tri-City Herald reporter Kristi Pihl over the weekend. She said the port had tried repeatedly to contact the former tenant who left the cars there, with no luck. Consequently, the port is auctioning the cars to make up the money that is owed in back rent on the storage space. Bids will be accepted until 10:30 a.m., Pacific time, on March 31, at the port’s administrative building (904 E. Ainsworth St., Pasco, WA, 99301, or P.O. Box 769, Pasco, WA, 99301). The minimum bid for the Aston Martin is $750, while the minimum for the Jaguar is $500. [More]

Tech-Fast Self Storage Buildings Sold to Trachte Building Systems

by Tony Gonzalez February 3, 2010 5:03 PM
Tech-Fast Self Storage founders Dave Cook and Mark Duncan announced today that they have sold the Tacoma, Washington company to Trachte Building Systems, Inc.

Tech-Fast,which was founded in 1989, designs and builds customized low- to mid-rise, pre-engineered self-storage buildings. The company's philosophy is to make self-storage properties "easy to plan, simple to build and profitable to operate." Tech-Fast advises its clients from the very beginning of a project, including finding a location, acquiring property, performing a feasibility study, obtaining city/county permits, and constructing the facility. Trachte, which is headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, runs a very similar business. It designs and produces customized, pre-engineered steel self-storage systems. Trachte makes single- and multi-story systems, portable storage, interior partitions and corridors, and boat/RV canopies. Trachte was founded in 1901, by two brothers (George and Arthur Trachte) who had become tinsmith apprentices, learned the trade, and then went into business for themselves. [More]
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