Steel Building Company Goes Retro with Interior Self Storage Systems

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American Steel Buildings, a leading Midwest steel and metal building supplier, is helping commercial property owners convert vacant buildings into profitable self storage facilities.

If the owners have properties that are sitting empty that they can't rent or lease, we can help turn them into profitable enterprises.

American Steel Buildings, a leading Midwest steel and metal building supplier, is helping commercial property owners convert vacant buildings into profitable self storage facilities.

This process, called an interior self storage system or "retro" self storage in the industry, allows commercial property owners to transform their vacant, idle buildings into self storage facilities.

"We've done quite a few; it's becoming a real trend for commercial property owners," said Dean Brown, president of American Steel Buildings. "If the owners have properties that are sitting empty that they can't rent or lease, we can help turn them into profitable enterprises."

The self storage industry has been the fastest-growing sector of the commercial real estate industry over the past 30 years. In 2006, primary self storage facilities -- that is, where self storage is the primary source of income -- earned a gross revenue of $22.6 billion. That's a national average of $441,208 per facility.

With interior self storage systems, commercial property owners can join the industry by converting their property into a self storage facility. Since retro self storage facilities are enclosed, American Steel Buildings has helped many self storage entrepreneurs create climate-controlled self storage to meet the demand for commercial self storage.

"You have liquor companies that need to keep wine at a certain temperature, or pharmacies that need to store medicine," said Brown. "It's a built-in market. Plus, many commercial buildings are already fitted for air conditioning, which makes converting them that much easier."

Construction on the facility can be completed fairly quickly. According to Brown, a specialized crew can convert building that's 100 ft. by 100 ft. into self storage space in a matter of weeks.

"All property owners have to do is send us a basic layout of their building and we will help them figure out what and how many units will fit," said Brown. "For under $5 a square foot, they can turn these buildings into real profit."

American Steel Buildings has been in the steel and metal building business for many years, but in the past few years they've come to focus more on steel and metal buildings for self storage facilities. This year, two leading steel building manufacturers reported that American Steel set first-quarter records for moving self-storage steel.

For more information about interior self storage systems and converting your commercial property into a self storage facility, call American Steel Buildings at 1-800-400-5121 or go online at http://www.GoSteelGo.com .

About American Steel

American Steel Buildings designs and distributes quality pre-engineered commercial steel buildings, including mini-storage/self-storage buildings, offices, shops, retail businesses, warehouses, churches and agricultural buildings.

American Steel planted its roots in the heart of America in the 1980s. American Steel offers service and quality products to a growing customer base that now spans the entire United States.

Since its buildings include construction drawings, most smaller buildings can be erected with basic construction knowledge. However, American Steel also offers erection labor services, and all buildings are designed to be compliant with local codes.

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