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Cost To Build Self Storage

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

What Does It Cost to Build Self Storage? Wanting to know what it costs to build self-storage facilities is often the first question a new investor asks. It seems like a simple question, but once you delve a little deeper, you will find that there are a lot of variables that make that question hard ...

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Self Storage Add-Ons That Add Up to Profit

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Ancillary Self Storage Products That Add To Your Bottom Line If you have a financial stake in a self storage business, either as a business owner, partner, manager or investor, your goal is obvious: increase self storage profits. Whether you're starting a new self storage business or thinking of ...

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Trends in Boat & RV Storage

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

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How Much Space is Enough For Your Self Storage Building Project?

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

How Will You Determine Capacity For Your Self Storage Building Project? When you are designing your Self Storage Development, your ultimate goal is to maximize your Return on Investment. Whether you're building a Self Storage Building facility from the ground up or looking to expand, it's important ...

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Building A Better Budget

Angie Guerin Angie Guerin

 

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Mako Steel Provides Insight to the Self Storage Labor Shortage

Mak the Shark Mak the Shark

Mako Steel's, National Sales Manager, Angie Guerin was recently asked to contribute to the Inside Self Storage article, "Skilled Workers Wanted:  Self-Storage Builders Face Down the Construction Labor Shortage".  As an expert in the field of Self Storage development, her discernment of the ...

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The doors have opened to a new self storage facility built by Mako Steel

Mak the Shark Mak the Shark

DOLLAR SELF STORAGE in CHANDLER, AZ

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A Feature Facility Opens in Arizona

Mak the Shark Mak the Shark

Congratulations, Dominion Self Storage on the opening your new facility in Queen Creek, AZ.

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Winner - Mako Steel, Best Builder 2016

Sarah Swingler Sarah Swingler

It has been announced!  Mako Steel has won Inside Self Storage Best Builder award, 2016!

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Giving Thanks to YOU!

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

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Self Storage Construction Considerations

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Roofing: Standing Seam vs. Screw Down

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Is the Development of Climate Control Storage Really “Heating Up”?

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Climate control storage appeals to customers wanting to preserve sensitive and valuable contents. These customers look for self storage facilities that monitor and control humidity and temperature settings. Climate control storage commands higher rental rates than regular self storage does. As ...

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RV & Boat Storage Construction Costs and Considerations

Joe Matibag Joe Matibag

RV and boat storage makes a great add-on to a thriving storage business, but it can stand alone as a smart business venture if you go into it with your eyes wide open.

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How to Choose a Self Storage Builder

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Key Things to Look for in Your Self Storage Builder

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Mako Steel Wins Self Storage Best Builder Award

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Each year, Inside Self Storage gets out the vote for the Self Storage Industry's top honors. Industry professionals vote for who they think is the best supplier in nearly 30 categories. Categories include: Best Builder, Best Finance Company, Best Architectural Services, Best Development Consulting, ...

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Tour a Boat & RV Storage Facility by Mako Steel

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Caesar Wright, president of Mako Steel, made a visit to Kings Bay Self Storage in Crystal River, FL to give us a cool video tour of the place!

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See What One Mako Customer Has To Say About Our Team!

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

We were so happy to receive this letter from one of our customers and wanted to share it with you all. Our team feels very fortunate to be able to work with the customers we do. Creating such positive experiences like these is why we go into the office each day full of ideas, energy and passion for ...

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Mako Steel is Making Moves

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

The moving boxes are here and Mako Steel is packing up to move offices within a short few weeks! It's been great in Suite 150 but it's time for an exciting change.

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Meet The Newest Employees at Mako Steel

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

It's been a fun few weeks at Mako Steel, Inc. welcoming three new employees to our team! David Lopez, Robert Holz and Tinie Tao will be contributing their unique skill sets to our self storage construction projects.  

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Self Storage Building Design

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Design Your Self Storage Buildings to Stand Out From the Crowd.  The first consideration in developing any new Self Storage facility is always location, location, location. You want to have a Self Storage building that is located where potential customers need it and will see it. But what will they ...

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Self Storage Building Expansion

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

BUILDING SELF STORAGE PROFITS THROUGH INNOVATIVE SELF STORAGE BUILDING EXPANSION

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Mako Steel is NOW LICENSED in NEVADA!

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

It was a long and arduous process, but it's complete and we're official as of April 30, 2013!  

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Boat & RV Self Storage Costs

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Boat & RV Self Storage Offers A Great Return on Your Investment Despite a slower economy, boat and RV owners continue to take pride in their toys and look for a place to store them. With the cost of some RVs and boats running into six figures, people who own such luxery items are less likely to ...

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Mako Steel Facility Spotlight - Roxborough Self Storage

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Roxborough Self Storage Overcomes Challenges to Developing Self Storage in Littleton, CO. 

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Self Storage Gets Some Attention from the Big Guys

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

You know you've arrived in life when the Wall Street Journal takes an interest in you! A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the value of Self Storage portfolios and discusses recent transactions that defy the normal rules for investors. 

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Self Storage Building - Growing Strong in 2013

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Self Storage Building is Booming. How Can You Expand Your Self Storage Facilities to Grow With it? Growing Market Demands The self-storage industry keeps expanding and evolving well beyond simple storage units for personal items. In our last blog article, we discussed the growing need for ...

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Self Storage Business - Planning for Growth in 2013

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

Self Storage for Business is a market segment that should not be overlooked in 2013. The Self Storage Business continued its growth trend throughout 2012, but will it continue in 2013 and beyond? Conventional wisdom is that the primary markets for self-storage are families moving from one house to ...

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Self Storage Building - Planning for 2013

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

Make Your Plans For Self Storage Devlopment in 2013 As 2012 come to an end, it is time to start planning for your self-storage business growth in 2013.  With increasing land costs, escalating city and county building requirements, self-  storage developers are getting more creative at finding and ...

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Building Climate Controlled Self Storage

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful! Winter weather has self-storage building owners and their customers thinking about Climate Controlled Self Storage.  Climate Controlled Self Storage generates additional revenue for Self Storage Businesses. Here are the top 15 things you need to know to ...

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Boat and RV Storage Construction

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

Rev Up Your Motors for a Quick Ride to Greater Profits Thinking about adding Boat and RV Storage to Your Self Storage Facility?   Great Idea.  We know many self-storage operators that have attracted new customers from new markets and added substantial income to their businesses by adding RV and ...

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Self Storage Building

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

5 Ways to Grow Your Self-Storage Business The self storage business continues to grow. How can your business grow with it? Here are five ways that you can generate additional revenue from your self storage business. 

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RV Storage Buildings

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Market Demand is Stronger Than Ever for RV Storage RV ownership in the U.S. hits new highs!  The number of RV-owning households grew to 8.9 million in 2011, up from 7.9 million in 2005. A whopping 8.5% of U.S. households now own an RV.  This is good news for the self-storage business. 

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Self Storage Construction

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

What Every Self Storage Investor Needs to Know Before Building   Every Self Storage Construction Project has its own nuances, and it’s pretty tough to throw a formula around that will work in all cases, but we might be able to help with some basic “rules of thumb” to help point you in the right ...

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Top Trends in Self Storage Construction

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Current Trends Provide Opportunities for the Self Storage Business Self Storage is one of the few industries that continues to grow despite a tough economic environment.  In addition to an expanding market, self-storage business owners are getting creative and finding new ways to expand their ...

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Low Risk, High Growth Opportunity for the Single-Story Self Storage

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Want to Grow Your Single Story Self Storage Business? When You Can't Build Out, Build UP! You have successfully run your single-story self storage business for a number of years and have reached a comfortable rental capacity. Now what? How do you grow your business with low risk and high rewards?

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Multi-Story Self Storage Construction Costs

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

Answering the Multi-Story Self Construction Cost Question We’ve had a number of questions about multi-story self-storage construction costs recently. Multi-story self storage facilities are often located in more densely populated areas and therefore can often demand a higher rental rate. ...

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Climate Controlled Self Storage

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Climate Controlled Self Storage Attracts New Clientele

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Self Storage Facility Solar Panels

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Generate Additional Income by Installing Solar Panels on Your Self Storage Facility Self-storage facilities reduce overhead costs and generate additional income by installing solar panels that generate excess energy, which can be sold back to energy utilities.   Every self-storage facility has ...

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Standing Seam Roofing For Your Self-Storage Construction

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

Don’t Get Soaked By Leaking Roofs.  Protect your Self-Storage Business and Your Clients' Belongings With Standing Seam Roofing. The last thing a Self-Storage Business owner wants to hear is, “Your roof is leaking and my stuff is wrecked.” Too many Self Storage businesses have lost customers and ...

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Boat Storage Buildings and RV Storage Building Design Considerations

Julie Matibag Julie Matibag

Boat and RV Storage Construction Requires Special Considerations.  Caesar Wright, President of Mako Steel, Inc. guides Self Storage developers through the specific design considerations in Boat and RV Storage Construction in this brief video tour of a successful Boat and RV Storage facility.

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Mako Steel Completes Project at Legoland - California

Angie Guerin Angie Guerin

Mako Steel - Legoland - Pirate Reef - picture slideshow

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Boat and RV Storage is a Whole New (and Profitable) World

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Self Storage Investors Are Adding Amenities to Boat and RV Storage That Pay Off. “We are like eggs at present…and you cannot go on being an ordinary, decent egg.  We must be hatched or go bad.” CS Lewis

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Self Storage Building Continues To Be A Great Investment

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

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Upscale RV Storage Buildings

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

Upscale Self Storage for Boys and Their Toys New Self Storage Construction features greater curb appeal, incorporating new building materials and designs that easily blend into retail and residential areas.   Once just a cluster of ugly metal, single-story buildings in industrial ...

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Boat and RV Storage Construction Adds Income Opportunity

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

   ANCILLARY INCOME OPPORTUNITY- BOAT & RV STORAGE

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Mako Steel Answers YOUR Self Storage Development Questions!

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

  Thanks Kent for your Self Storage Development Question! We'll send you a "Thanks for Asking" gift in the mail!  From:Que Swis  Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:12 AM To: Info MakoSteel Subject: average costs for multi story projects Hello, Just looking for an approximation of hard construction ...

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Mako Steel's Caesar Wright to lead TWO Seminars at ISS trade Show

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

http://www.vpico.com/proofs/Mako-ISS022.pdf

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Southern California RV Storage Operators About To Cash In

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

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Building Boat & RV Storage

Caesar Wright Caesar Wright

BY CAESAR WRIGHT, PRESIDENT - MAKO STEEL INC.

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Building Self Storage - The "Cost" Question...

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Over the last 11 years, I've had the opportunity to talk with several hundred "would-be developers" about the process of developing a self storage project.  The first and most important question is always, "How much does it cost to build Self Storage?"

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It's a New Year - And We Are Building Self Storage

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

January is always full of promise. A chance to wipe clean the slate of the previous year, start over and reinvest. That is precisely what we are doing here at Mako Steel.  Humbly saying goodbye to 2011, and looking forward to the promise of a New Year.

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Inside Self-Storage Announces ‘Best of Business’ Opinion-Poll Winners

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

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July 2011 Mako Steel Employee of the Month - Mark Zerlaut

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Mako Steel's top-of-the-line drafting department has been "bringing it home" recently!  Mark Zerlaut, our Head Draftsman, is this month's recipient of our "Employee of the Month" award. 

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Financing Self-Storage in a 'Recovering' Economy: Loan Options and Low Interest Rates

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

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Financing for Self-Storage Owners: CMBS Lending Is Back

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

The CMBS (commercial mortgage-backed securities) bond market is back. After slowly returning to life in 2010, the capital markets appear to be in full recovery mode, with more than 20 active conduit lenders. Recent transactions provide evidence that this capital is readily flowing to and having an ...

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And the REIT Winner Is - Self Storage!

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Hundreds of investors in real estate investment trusts are hunkered down at the Waldorf Astoria, touting tremendous returns and talking tactics for the next great play. It's "REIT Week," in New York, or for those of you less excited about it, it's the annual conference of the National Association ...

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May 2011 Employee of the Month - Phil Horton

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

 

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Mako Steel Wins Big at 2011 CBC Builder Meeting

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Rancho Mirage, CA - Last month, Mako Steel was recognized at the 2011 CBC Builder Meeting as one of the Top 10 Builders for 2010. Mako was also recognized as the #1 Self Storage Builder by this structural steel supplier. 

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Banks Loosen Purse Strings

Angie Guerin Angie Guerin

By RUTH SIMON, printed in the Wall Street Journal U.S. banks are expanding their loans to consumers for the first time since the credit crisis erupted, as lending standards begin to loosen and demand for new loans edges higher.

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Proof that Investing in the Self Storage Industry is a Good Idea

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

With the new year now upon us, many people find themselves looking to the future and trying to figure out how to better take care of themselves and their families over the next year. For some it can mean saving money by cutting down on frivolous purchases. To others it means getting a better job, ...

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Happy Holidays from Mako Steel

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Storage Wars - New Show on A&E

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

by Teri Lanza of Virgo Publishing On Wednesday, I watched the two premier episodes of “Storage Wars", a new series on the A&E channel chronicling the exploits of four self-storage auction addicts in California. While the show certainly sensationalizes industry lien sales, its approach is no ...

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Thinking Outside the Stocks

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

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Eucalyptus at Beaumont RV Storage Condominiums

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

Beaumont, CA (PRWEB) November 11, 2010

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Self Storage, Mini Storage Now Eligible for SBA

Angie Guerin Angie Guerin

SBA loan guidelines were changed recently to allow self storage/mini storage or mini warehouse businesses as an eligible business type.

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Wounded Marine Beats Odds with RV Industry Help

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

CINCINNATTI, Ohio -- On Oct. 31, former United States Marine Corps Sgt. Eddie Ryan will live out a dream in Washington, D.C., as he competes in the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon.

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San Diego Self Storage Launches E-Waste Collection Program

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

San Diego Self Storage is partnering with GreenSpot DropOff, setting up collection centers at its self-storage facilities to offer free and convenient e-waste recycling for tenants.

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The Big Question: To Build Or Not To Build

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

The following article was published in the October issue of Mini-Storage Messenger:

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Virtus Launches $100M Self-Storage Fund

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

AUSTIN, TX-Virtus Real Estate has kicked off an $100 million fund focusing on self-storage. The fund is the private equity firm’s fourth fund to focus on the self-storage sector and its largest self-storage fund to date.

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SBOA Raises Money for Katrina Survivors

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

During the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans last week, self storage owners, operators, developers, suppliers and other self storage industry members did more than just network and attend workshops. One group of attendees also busied themselves raising money for the St. Bernard ...

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California Governor Signs Bill Amending State’s Self Storage Lien Law

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

 

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Mako Steel in the Big Easy

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

Stop by booth #229 at the New Orleans Marriott (September 29-October 1) and learn about how Mako Steel can get your self storage facility built right! Whether it's a single-story, multi-story, or boat/rv storage facility, we have the knowledge and expertise you're looking for! 

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Mako's Newest: Mobile Storage, Ready in 15 Minutes

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

Our newest quick-assembly mobile storage units come in a variety of sizes.  They can be stacked up to 3 units high and can be customized with your company's logo.  

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Self-Storage Named Among Seven Investments Beating Stock

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

 

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SSA Las Vegas, September 1-3, 2010

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

 

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Batter Up: Don't Miss Out on the RV Market, by Caesar Wright and L. Bruce McCardle

Angie Guerin Angie Guerin

I have always been a big fan of Yogi Berra and his famous quotes. While most people find them amusing and nonsensical, I have found them to sometimes be a bit more profound. As I experience more of life, (an easier to swallow way of saying “getting older.”), I even find times when old Yogi really ...

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Eucalyptus at Beamont: A Diamond in the Community

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

It’s a tale that is widely known in the storage industry. Many cities and towns turn away storage development based on principle. Some cities have a prejudged notion of the aesthetics, while others may not like certain issues like the lack of sales tax revenue.

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Going GREEN in the Self Storage industry

Ghia Nellis Ghia Nellis

Efficiency, energy savings and reducing our carbon footprint: all are goals of the GREEN MOVEMENT.

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Attend the 2010 SSA Fall Conference and Trade Show

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Join SSA in Las Vegas as we celebrate 35 years of serving the Self Storage industry. At our Fall Conference & Trade Show (September 1-2-3 at Caesars Palace), you’ll find sessions jammed with topics geared to facility owners, operators, investors and managers.  This is your chance to learn from ...

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2010 California RV Show at the Pomona Fairplex

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

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Typical Construction Time Frame for a Self Storage Facility

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

How long does it take to erect the building and why?

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Mako Steel January eNewsletter

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Click below to view our January eNewsletter! http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs009/1102543180405/archive/1102954153907.html

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November Winner of $50 VISA Gift Card

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

We would like to thank Susan Bearid of Storage Max of Tyler for her valued input on our November Survey. Susan voted and analyzed each of our magazine advertisements and with her extensive background in marketing, was able to give us her expert opinion. Susan will receive a $50 VISA gift card.

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Midland Self Storage - Tacoma, WA

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

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Longley Corners Boat, RV & Wine Storage

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

New facility in Reno, NV. 135,000 sq. ft. of boat, RV and wine storage!

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Office Prank

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Last Wednesday I came to work early, planning to get a head start on the day. After 5 days spent relaxing pool-side in Cancun, I was actually eager to get back and complete a few new projects. I also managed to catch a pretty nice head cold on the plane to Mexico; something I take pride in being ...

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Boat & RV Development Webinar - 9/30/09

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Mako Steel and Mini Co. Publishing are teaming up once again for a webinar on Boat & RV Storage in Today's Market. Click HERE to read more about the event and register for thise FREE Live event on September 30, 2009

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Garage Unitz - Condo Facility in Dacono, CO

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Check out the slide show of our latest Condo facility under construction in Colorado!

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Mako Has A Monthly eNewsletter

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Mako’s New Monthly eNewsletter for the Self Storage Industry

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Ride Your Bike To Work Day?!?!

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Last Friday was the national "Ride Your Bike to Work Day" and a few of our employees were able to participate in the "green" event. Here's a fun little photo and the distances they trekked.

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New Website Launch

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Mako Steel announces the launch of their new website.

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Eucalyptus at Beaumont - Condominium Project

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Mako Steel announces the Grand Opening of Eucalyptus at Beaumont, a Storage Condominium facility.

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Mako Steel Hires New Sales Rep.

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

Mako Steel responds to economic downturn with the addition of a new Sales Manager.

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RV & Boat Storage Webinar - 1/21/09

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

RV & boat Storage Construction Webinar

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No Dress Code Here!

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

So Mako Steel's president is a lifetime Steeler fan. This is how he showed up for work this morning in anticipation of Sunday's playoff game. Always a good time here at Mako Steel!

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Mako Steel Opens New Office in Washington, DC

Tinie Tao Tinie Tao

From: Mako Steel, Inc. Contact: Jeannie LaMarsh Date: January 9, 2009

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Getting Started

Jeannie LaMarsh Jeannie LaMarsh

Welcome! Please visit our website at www.makosteel.com, send us an email or give us a call to chat while our blog page gets loaded with self storage building information. Check back frequently for industry updates and Caesar’s quote of the day!

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