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Millions of people around the United States probably wished they had more of what the self storage industry deals with on Thanksgiving—space. Now the space they were thinking of was in reference to their stomachs and not a storage unit, but space nonetheless. While the self storage industry can’t do much for people with full stomachs many facilities during the holiday season will do what they can for people that have too much space in their stomachs. To help those people many self storage companies will get involved in food drives...

Signs of the holiday season have been popping up in communities around the nation since September, but now that Thanksgiving has come and gone there is no longer a reason to hold back. For many that means it’s time for shopping, parties and decorations, but for the self storage industry it’s time to ramp up holiday charity efforts. Every holiday season many self storage facilities around the country and abroad will get involved with some sort of charitable endeavor and this holiday season appears to be no different. Just like in year’s...

For many who are thinking about renting a storage unit from their local self storage facility, one of the biggest concerns is security. While they want to find a facility with reasonable rates, most people will gladly pay more for better security. Deciding on how much security they want to invest in is always a difficult decision for facility owners, but one company discovered that they already had the best they could hope for in one of their employees. Recently in Cullman, Alabama, an employee of the Goldstar Self Storage facility managed...

Mike Parham, a longtime self storage developer from Bulverde, Texas, recently died after suffering a heart attack. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on November 30 at the Bulverde Baptist Church. Parham served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1974 to 1980. In 1978, he earned the rank of captain. After he retired from the army, he began his career in the self storage industry. At that time, he started working for ISC Properties, a construction firm based in Dallas. From 1981 to 1983, he was the president of an ISC...

First impressions mean a lot in the business world, self storage and otherwise. If a person doesn’t like what they see, chances are they’re not going to stick around. Online businesses have it especially tough. If people don’t like the name or look of a site, it might have a hard time staying in business. A popular self storage aggregator, USSelfStorageLocator.com, understands this, and even though the site has been successful, they decided to make a change anyway. The site is now USSelfStorage.com. The official name change was...

StorageMart recently announced that they acquired 17 new self storage facilities. They were previously under the Safety Mini Storage brand. This makes StorageMart the largest privately owned self storage operator in Kansas City. “Safety Mini Storage was a pioneer in the storage industry in Western Missouri,” said Mike Burnam, StorageMart CEO. “We’ve been working on this acquisition for a number of years, and we’re really excited to finally be adding the Safety portfolio to our stores in the Kansas City Metro Area.” This acquisition...

Generating more revenue is something every self storage company in the world tries to figure out how to do pretty much on a daily basis. Secure Self Storage in Ontario has figured how to do so in a pretty unique way that has almost nothing to do with self storage. It’s going to sell solar energy. Now that the company has finished installing solar panels on the roof of the facility, it can get started. The company can’t just sell it to whomever wants it, though. Secure Self Storage will be selling their excess energy to the Ontario...

Photo viahttp://opentechalliance.com/ Twenty years ago, Steve O’Rourke purchased a piece of property in Ames, Iowa, intending to build a self storage facility on it. Recently that dream came true. He and his wife, Barbara, opened up Ames West Side Storage at 1515 Florida Avenue. This is the first fully automated mini-storage facility in the city. The facility has 90 units. O’Rourke plans to add a second building in the near future that will be the same size as the first one. Since both O’Rourke and his wife work full-time, they can’t...

It’s that time of year again. Time to find the pants with the elastic waistband for Thanksgiving and time to hit the malls for the best deals on Christmas presents. It is also that time of year when many members of the self storage industry lend a helping hand to those in need. Around this time of year it is common for many in the self storage industry to engage in toy, food, clothing, and coat drives. Just like in year’s past, the self storage industry is not disappointing. Price Self Storage in San Diego, California, is offering...

Owners, managers, and employees of self storage facilities tend to be very community-minded. They often organize, support, and participate in charitable activities for the less fortunate in their communities. Sentry Self Storage in the UK is following this same pattern by supporting efforts to help the Sabanal family that recently lost their home and all of their possessions in a blast. Mr. Sabanal reported that he and his 4-year-old daughter, Bella, had just gone to bed and were asleep when a blast occurred. At first, he thought that...