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Working with Trinity Solar, a major retailer and installer of solar power systems in the northeastern United States, Safeguard Self Storage installed a solar power system at their facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The solar system is now generating enough power to provide 80 percent of the facility’s electricity needs. Safeguard Self Storage strives to be a green business. They feel that the solar system will help them become environmentally responsible. It will also help increase their net operating income by saving them money on their...

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 stands for Believe, Achieve, Support, and Educate. Through the many programs that the organization runs it tries to help kids and their families deal with and...

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 CEO Mike Burnam said. “We’ve always made total customer satisfaction our guarantee. Being recognized by the Better Business Bureau for our customer service...

Knowing when to expand can be a tricky thing for a self storage company. That’s why operators tend to be careful about expanding and only do so in a limited amount in order to minimize expenses and risk. One self storage company in New York has decided to throw caution to the wind. Makespace has decided to go from being a local New York valet self storage service to expanding nationwide. While the company does have a healthy amount of backing, $10.1 million is not nearly enough for a traditional self storage company to expand out of...

The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) is holding its annual conference October 26-28 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Owners, managers, and employees of self storage facilities are welcome to attend. There will be an orientation before the opening that will provide an introduction to the conference and how to take advantage of it. The conference kicks off on Sunday, October 26 with an opening social at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant. It goes from 3-5 p.m., and guests can enjoy food, margaritas, and an...

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 a large number of people as is, but companies looking to expand operations are starting to do so through automation. Rather than force people to come in to the office...

Being the best at what we do is something that individuals and companies always strive for, but what do you do once you have achieved a dominant position? For Stor-Age, the leading self storage provider in South Africa, the answer is easy: You press on! Stor-Age Blog The company has been steadily working on expanding its operations over the last few years — and not just by constructing new facilities. Instead, Stor-Age has been carefully studying the market in order to identify which ones have the most demand. And they don’t stop...

According to the American Association for Cancer Research, there are approximately 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States. That number would not be possible if not for the hard work done by researchers and the funds that organizations like Kure It Cancer Research have provided over the years. With the help of the self storage industry and other organizations, Kure It recently announced that it had surpassed a big fundraising milestone: $3 million. The donation that put Kure It over the top came from a real estate investment...

Crisp fall air has come to many parts of the United States. The frigid ice and snow of winter is not far behind. While many people have sufficient winter wear, others do not. Understanding this need, Guardian Storage is currently collecting winter coats to hand out to those who are in need. Guardian Storage is working with the Salvation Army to gather coats through the month of October.  They are accepting donations of new or gently used clean winter coats and jackets. Adult plus-sized coats for seniors and children’s coats are especially...

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, and Singapore. They do not operate self storage facilities (though they have done so in the past), but instead provide a wide range of services for the self storage...