It seems that every community has a business that has closed its doors and the building sits vacant. The building soon becomes an eyesore falling into disrepair with weeds sprouting everywhere. That’s what the site of the former Photocircuits factory in Glen Cove, New York, was like.
Then, John Beyer, owner of Men on the Move, purchased the old factory and turned it into a state-of-the art self storage facility. He said, “We turned a pig into a prince.”
Several years ago, many people did not want Photocircuits to shut its doors because the company provided 1,130 jobs for people in the community. (It was ranked 6th as the domestic maker of printed circuit boards in the U.S.)
But Photocircuits faced many issues. Plant operations were inefficient. China gave them competition because they made cheaper circuit boards. A spokesman for Photocircuits said that other companies were “more nimble and able to retool quickly for different jobs while we were in the business of doing big runs.”
After weighing all of the factors, Photocircuits closed their doors after 56 years in the business.
Enter John Beyer. He purchased the property, renovated the old factory and turned it into a self storage facility. The renovation started in the fall of 2011. A second floor was added to the building, which increased the square footage up to 89,000.
The self storage units range in size from 4-foot tall lockers up to 300-square foot rooms. The facility has 800 units and sits on 2.5 acres of land. The renovations cost $3 million.
Men on the Move kept the loading docks that the previous company had built. This makes it nice for customers to easily load and unload their possessions from trucks.
Men on the Move has been in business on Long Island for over twenty-five years. They started as a moving company but gradually evolved into a business that now has four self storage facilities.
Headquartered in Floral Park, New York, their moving side of the business has a fleet of trucks and tractor trailers to assist moves within the 5 boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. They also do long distance moving from Main to Florida.
Their storage facility in Floral Park is the largest and is also the company’s headquarters. They also have facilities in Huntington Station and Islandia, New York. This new facility in Glen Cove brings the number of facilities up to 4.
Beyer’s sister, Denise, is the director of self storage development for Men on the Move. She said that there was a big need for storage in Glen Cove. In fact, customers were so enthusiastic about the new facility that 10 units were rented even before the Glen Cove site was even open for business.
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“Glen Cove Circuit-Board Maker Will Close.” The New York Times; 11 March 2007.
“After 56 years, Photocircuits closing down.” Topix.com; 28 February 2007.