The Lackland Family has converted a former manufacturing plant to self-storage in Plainfield, N.J. The 850-unit facility at 639 South Ave. includes climate control, door alarms, and a retail store that sells moving and packing supplies. It has been branded and will be managed by Access Self Storage, which owns and manages 19 facilities on the East Coast.
Built in 1908, the building formerly housed Rushmore Dynamo Works, which made generators. The city took possession of the site following a municipal lien, and was later purchased by the Lacklands, the source reported.
A May 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Access staff and city officials. Mayor Adrian O. Mapp kicked off the ceremony with a moment of silence for Fred Lackland, who died last year and had a long history in Plainfield. The event also included property tours by Manny Zamora, senior operations manager for Access.
Fred Lackland and his twin brother, David, established Lackland Self Storage in 1977 in Piscataway, N.J. It’s unclear how many total storage facilities the Lackland Family now owns.
Founded in 1976 by Foy and Ken Cooley, Access is family-owned and -operated. It owns and manages facilities in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Tap Into Plainfield, Access Self Storage Opens in Plainfield