Boomerang Installs World’s First Fully Automated Self-Storage

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Boomerang Systems Inc., a manufacturer of automated robotic parking garages and self-storage systems, has created and installed the world’s first fully automated self-storage system, in New Kensington, Pa. The six-level system is an extension of the conventional self-storage facility owned by Pittsburgh-based STORExpress.
 
Boomerang storage centers use patent-pending, automated locker-retrieval technology to provide all tenants with ground-level, drive-up access, regardless of the system’s height. A tenant simply drives up to one of multiple ground-floor bays, enters a personal security code, and after about 90 seconds, an automated door opens to unveil his personally locked, climate-controlled container. When the tenant is done loading, the push of a button stores the unit back in the system.
 
If a tenant is delinquent on rent, the unit is automatically over-locked; but he can pay rent via an integrated Insomniac self-storage kiosk to instantly regain access.
 
Because the bulk of the Boomerang System can be considered as equipment, there is also a potential for significant tax advantages.
 
“We are able to maximize usage of our available land, offer a unique option that caters to the high-end consumer who wants the best of everything, and generate a stronger marketing message for our brand,” says STORExpress Owner Steve Mitnick. “The great thing is that we will get higher rent for a unit on the sixth level of this structure than we would on the first floor of a conventional building; but since we also offer conventional storage, we can charge more for the Boomerang product without losing the customer who is driven only by price.”
 
Boomerang has corporate offices in Morristown, N.J., and dedicated design, engineering and production facilities in Logan, Utah. The company was founded by CEO Stan Checketts, who is also the founder and CEO of S&S Power, the largest manufacturer of rollercoaster and thrill rides in the United States. For more information, visit www.boomerangsystems.com.
 
STORExpress has six locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. For more information, visit www.storexpress.com.
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