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Tech-Fast Metal Systems Inc.

November 1, 2000

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Tech-Fast Metal Systems Inc.


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Tech-Fast Metal Systems Inc.

Sharing knowledge, building trust and meeting expectations

Tech-FastMetal Systems is a Tacoma, Wash.-based designer, supplier and erector of low- tomid-rise commercial buildings specializing in pre-engineered self-storagestructures. The company's services include engineering, site design/layout,unit-mix analysis, detailing, project management, construction, site safetyplanning and customer service.

The company also hosts a seminar for members of the self-storage industry,"Current Issues for the Development of Self-Storage Facilities," whichincludes information on: selecting the most effective site in your market;market feasibility; understanding your cash-flow requirements andoperating-income projections; management and marketing; and convenience-orientedcollateral services and products.

Tech-Fast was founded in 1989 by current president, Dave Cook, and vicepresident, Mark Duncan. From the start, Cook and Duncan complimented each otherwith their extensive backgrounds in the metal-building industry--Cook from thesales side and Duncan from building and engineering.

The company employs 28 full-time employees who contribute to supplying andbuilding more than 100 projects annually. The company's success has beenfostered by the following corporate philosophy:

  • Listen to clients in order to understand their specific needs and provide extraordinary service to meet them.

  • Combine internal experience with external resources to design and deliver the best possible solutions and maximize each project's potential.

  • Strive to build customer trust and mutually beneficial relationships that earn repeat and referral business.

Tech-Fast's experience in the self-storage industry has allowed it to developprocesses to help its clients build successful projects. The company's clientlist across North America includes the major self-storage REITs, multifacilityregional developers and many smaller owner/operators.

Tech-Fast shares its experience and knowledge with clients to help themunderstand their design options. From the concept of the project to opening day,the company contributes to the process. Its layout services help provideincreased project returns by maximizing both land use and net rentable squarefootage in each structure.

Once design is completed, Tech-Fast provides a detailed quote outlining thespecific scope of work. A project manager begins detailing submittal plans andengineered calculations for the project. The company then initiates materialdeliveries, bundles and marks materials for easy site sorting, keys thematerials to the working drawings and sequences the construction process so theproject flows smoothly. The end result is a project that is "On Track, OnTime and On Budget."

The company's plans for future growth include the building of clientrelationships that further its penetration in the self- storage marketplace.Tech-Fast will also pursue new product developments that will take it intoadditional markets.

To the new self-storage owner/developer, Tech-Fast offers the followingadvice:

  • Do your due diligence. Market and feasibility studies are critical to understanding the demand for storage. This information will help you in developing a financial pro-forma to provide maximum returns.

  • Recognize that you are entering a retail business that serves a local marketplace. Design your facility to provide the products and services that meet your local market demands.

  • Understand the complexities of today's building and permitting process before you purchase your site.

For more information on products, services or seminars, visit www.techfast.com;call (800) 709-4440; fax (253) 572-6396; write 711 St. Helens, Suite 200,Tacoma, WA 98402.

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