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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.

Many self storage companies take the idea of giving back to their community seriously. My Neighborhood Storage Center in Florida certainly does. The Central Florida self storage company has decided to help kids with cancer and other life threatening illnesses along with their families get some much needed support by partnering with BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. BASE...

The Better Business Bureau of St. Louis awarded StorageMart the 2014 Business of the Year TORCH Award during a luncheon ceremony held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. StorageMart received a personalized crystal trophy and will be given the TORCH Award logo to use in their advertising and marketing efforts as well as on their website. “We couldn’t be more proud,” StorageMart...

At one point in time everything was done by hand. Everything from unloading a cargo ship to running a business required personnel. Over the years automation has made it possible for companies to operate at peak efficiency with fewer personnel. It appears as if more companies in the self storage industry are starting to lean that way. A self storage facility does not require...

Ask tenants at any self storage facility around the world what their biggest concern is, and more often than not they will say security. An Australian company believes it has come up with a product that will not only help tenants feel more secure, but will benefit operators as well. Steel Storage is a company based out of Brisbane, Australia, with offices in London, Paris,...

Many people like to adhere to the philosophy “go big or go home” preferring to either make a big statement or do nothing at all. When it comes to investing that train of thought comes with a lot of risk, but that is not stopping TPG Capital from doing it anyway. The company’s real estate investment unit recently committed $121 million to LifeStorage LP, a self storage...

One of the biggest concerns people have when it comes to renting a self storage unit is security. Is it sufficient enough to turn criminals away? If not, will it help capture the bad guys? Tenants of Country Road Self Storage in Milford, Maine, can now answer in the affirmative. On the night of September 26, a pair of individuals were caught on the facility’s security...

Photo via MiniCo’s Facebook page MiniCo Insurance Agency, provider of insurance and publications for the self storage industry, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of being in business. They announced a photo contest as part of the celebration. MiniCo President and CEO Mike Schofield commented, “MiniCo owes its continued success to the support of our policyholders,...

On September 30, Brett Cygan met with city officials in Edwardsville, Illinois to apply for a special use permit to build a self storage facility on his property. He had completed the required documentation for a concept review and addressed the concerns of the Zoning Board. Cygan wants to build three buildings that will have a total of approximately 200 units. Each building...

Many universities have entrepreneurship courses that encourage students to create an idea for a business and then do a pilot test to see if it is viable. At the University of Michigan, an innovative self storage business model was borne from just such a program. Brett Mecham and Mikey Shen co-founded Vaultd, a startup that provides self storage for college students. Their...

via Shutterstock Tears silently slide down Mary Constantas cheeks. She stands outside the Napa Self Storage building that was damaged in an earthquake last month in California. Her unit contained heirlooms that belonged to her grandmother and great-grandmother. She fears that bulldozers will demolish the building with everything inside. The corrugated steel building has...