7/31/2013 8:19:00 PM First Class Self Storage expanding
Robert Hicks of First Class Self Storage checks a measurement at his new storage building. Hicks said he plans to add one new storage building for the next three years if the economy allows it.
Journal photo by Van Mitchell
By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer
Robert Hicks, owner of First Class Self Storage waited until the timing was right with the economy before deciding to add more self-storage units in Perkins.
He recently finished building his latest addition of 44 new units at 417 West Freeman.
Hicks, who has been in business in Perkins since 2003, said Trachte Building of Sun Prairie, Wisc. was the project contractor.
"The downturn of 2008 and 2009 was not good," Hicks said. "I added the last building here in 2007 and it took until now to really justify putting up a new building. I have built a 30x200 building with 44 units."
Hicks said the units are not climate-controlled but each of them has insulated roofs and concrete floors and are fully secured.
"We have complete fencing and security lighting with a computer controlled gate," he said. "Each renter has their own unique keypad control number to get in and get out."
Hicks said because Perkins is growing so are the demand for more self-storage units.
"The demand of this last school year was just incredible," he said. "Perkins is growing and the growth demands it. I am just trying to fill a need."