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Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez has enjoyed a prosperous career in general contracting but has decided to complete his college degree in - of all things - sociology - and enjoys blogging about his daily observations of our "human society" and other musings about life and people. He has a particular interest around the shifting economy and how society reacts to downsizing changes, not only in the "contracting" world, but in the areas of moving/storage/rental, etc.

For the last few years, the self storage industry has become one of the most reliable investments on the market. So much so that sale prices have been on the rise and new facilities are being constructed. Investing in the industry is considered so reliable that a Canadian teacher’s union isn’t just investing in a company — they’re buying it. The Ontario Teacher’s...

Needy children at Christmas time really tug at people’s heartstrings. Owners and managers of self storage facilities feel that tug and want to do their...

A new type of self storage has been slowly expanding across the United States: valet self storage. It appears that the concept has now taken root in Hong...

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and that means pretty soon Santa Claus will be delivering millions of toys to children around the world. How does...

When people think of a winter scene on a holiday card, many of them picture snow falling gently on majestic pine trees with deer and other forest animals nearby. This scene helps them feel the holiday spirit. So what do residents in San Diego do to get in the holiday spirit when they can’t experience a similar winter scene? Many participate in the Toys for Tots program...

Self storage companies have a long history of giving back to their communities throughout the year, but many make a point to do so around this time of year. Not just because it is the holiday season and they want to help make it a merry Christmas for someone less fortunate, but because it is cold outside. Along with food and toy drives, many self storage facilities will...

Empty buildings in a city are a concern for city officials. Sometimes they become derelict and targets for vandalism. So city officials in Joliet, Illinois, are glad to have solved the problem of a vacant building within their city limits. A former Wal-Mart retail store will soon be converted to a self storage facility. City council members gave approval to DealPoint Merrill...

Self storage companies are always interested in creating revenue streams outside of unit rentals. One self storage company in Tokyo has come up with a rather unique idea. Its plan? To take the art world by storm. When management at Warehouse Terrada discovered that they had a number of tenants that were storing art, they figured they might as well become experts in doing...

In an industry populated primarily by small mom-and-pop operations, Compass Self Storage recently hit a major growth milestone. The company opened its 50th location, a state-of-the-art facility in Oxford, Florida. The facility has more than 84,000 square feet of rentable space and is the 13th location being operated by Compass Self Storage in Florida. “We are thrilled...

When the Storage King Group, an Australian self storage company, was looking to advertise, they decided to think outside the box. In advertising and marketing, fortune often favors the bold, so when an opportunity arose to create a mutually beneficial relationship, they took a chance. Storage King Group joined forces with British video game creators GameDigits Ltd. to...