Self Storage Entrepreneur Partners with American Steel Buildings

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When Ashley Rasnake and her husband got into the self storage business, they didn't really know what to expect. Their partnership with American Steel Buildings helped them cope with unforeseen problems and get their self storage steel buildings up and running.

When Ashley Rasnake and her husband decided to get into the self storage business, it was their first venture into the business world.

"Given that both my husband and I worked full-time with a newborn, we thought a mini-storage business would be an excellent start," Rasnake said.

After the Rasnakes found a piece of property in February, they turned to American Steel Buildings ( to help them build their self storage business. Lane Taylor was the Rasnakes' sales representative.

"This was the first time they had ever done self storage, so they didn't really know what to expect," Taylor said. "She told me what they were going through, with a death in the family and a new baby. I knew this was a big deal for them and tried to direct her as much as I could."

"She made us feel like we were the only project American Steel Buildings had," Rasnake said.

One of the first problems Rasnake ran into was the quote she got from the concrete guy. Thinking it might be a bit high, she called Taylor to run the price by her. Taylor said that Rasnake could get a better price.

"She was in a small area, and there wasn't a lot of choice in concrete," Taylor said. "I put her in touch with a crew member of ours who used to do concrete, and he offered to do it at a much lower price. Because the people who were putting up the steel buildings were doing the concrete, she didn't have to deal with an extra person."

Though Rasnake originally wanted her self storage steel buildings up by Oct. 1, their construction phase faced a number of delays. They had footing problems, which meant that the building had to be put on hold for awhile. Such a delay normally means an increase in cost if the steel price increases. Fortunately, American Steel Buildings was able to work out a deal to help her avoid extra costs.

"We held her price throughout those delays, even with the increase in prices for us," Taylor said. "Plus, manufacturers usually charge a fee per day to hold the building. We worked out a special deal to help her avoid those charges as well."

Rasnake's self storage steel building project was completed in the middle of November.

"I am exceptionally proud of the American Steel name that is reflected on our buildings," Rasnake said. "I hope within the next year we'll see the need to call them for an additional building. I do feel certain this will not be our last contact."

For more information about American Steel Buildings and how they've helped thousands of customers like the Rasnakes, visit them online at

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 spanning 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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