U-Haul Offers 30 Days of Free U-Box Storage to Storm Victims in Sealy and Wallis


U-Haul Offers 30 Days of Free U-Box Storage to Storm Victims in Sealy and Wallis

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HOUSTON, May 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – U-Haul Company of West Houston is offering 30 days of free U-Box container storage to residents of Sealy and Wallis affected by the microburst that struck the small towns earlier this week.

U-Haul Company of West Houston is offering 30 days of free U-Box container storage to residents of Sealy and Wallis affected by the microburst that struck the small towns earlier this week. U-Box containers offer 257 cubic feet and have one-ton storage capacity.

A number of folks in Sealy and Wallis saw their properties damaged or destroyed by the high winds from an intense storm that hit late Tuesday. The microburst temporarily shut down Interstate 10, flipped vehicles and blew roofs off houses.

“The damage may not have impacted a wide area, but it was severe and left people in need,” said Matt Merrill, U-Haul Company of West Houston president. “As a member of these communities, U-Haul makes it a point to help in times of need. One way we can do that is through our 30 days disaster relief program.”

U-Box portable moving and storage containers can be delivered by truck to Sealy and Wallis storm victims and stored at U-Box storage warehouses in Katy or Houston. People seeking additional information about the 30 days free U-Box assistance or needing to make arrangements should contact the U-Haul Company of Houston traffic line at (800) 486-2382.

With 257 cubic feet of space and one-ton capacity, U-Box can be delivered to and picked up at your door, packed on your timeframe, transported to the destination of your choice and stored until the time of your choosing. Or you can conveniently pick up our customer-designed trailer and take your U-Box with you.

U-Haul stores offer needed supplies to help with storm recovery like boxes, tarps, propane and propane tanks. U-Haul urges customers to ensure their tanks are topped off since propane is good to have in the event of long-term power outages.

U-Haul is the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage with more than 21,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to its 30 days of free self-storage assistance, U-Haul is proud to be at the forefront of aiding communities during times of disaster as an official American Red Cross Disaster Responder.

About U-Haul

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to more than 139,000 trucks, 108,000 trailers and 38,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 536,000 rooms and more than 50 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S. www.uhaul.com 


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ATCapital Conferred PSN “Top Guns Manager of the Decade” for Second Consecutive Year

Dubuque, IA (PRWEB) May 26, 2017

ATCapital Management, a specialized investment division of Dubuque-based holding company ATBancorp, is pleased to announce it has been recognized as PSN “Top Guns Manager of the Decade” by Informa Investment Solutions for its Mid Cap Core Equity strategy, which ranked among the top five performers in the Mid Cap Core Equity universe over the latest 10-year period ending December 31, 2016.

“We are pleased to again be recognized for our investment performance over the past decade. Investment Management is a marathon and not a sprint, and the long-term nature of this award is a testament to our diligent investment process and a lot of hard work,” said ATCapital Management President Mark Stevens.

Manager of the Decade products must have returns greater than the style benchmark for the latest 10-year period and also standard deviation (volatility) less than the style benchmark for the latest ten year period. Moreover, products must have an R-squared of 0.80 or greater relative to the style benchmark for the latest 10-year period. At this point, the top-10 performers for the latest 10-year period become the PSN Top Guns of the Decade.

“We congratulate ATCapital Management on their distinction as a PSN Top Gun. This highly anticipated annual ranking recognizes elite performers on the leading investment manager database in North America and is widely used by institutional asset managers and investors across our platform,” said Leno Toich, Managing Director of Informa Investment Solutions.

ATCapital Management’s equity strategies are Separately Managed Account (SMA) portfolios, each managed to a specific investment style, and developed using a core investment process and valuation framework that focuses on economic profit and relative valuation. The Mid Cap Core strategy invests in medium sized companies with an average market cap between $3-10b.

In addition to the PSN database, ATCapital Management’s investment strategies can be found on many of the largest research and investment platforms in the industry including Morningstar, Envestnet, and eVestment Alliance.

ATCapital Management is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of ATBancorp, a multi-bank holding company. It provides a suite of investment strategies that include traditional equity, fixed income, and balanced portfolios, as well as a series of multi-asset class and tactical investment solutions. These products are made available to clients directly through ATCapital Management’s proprietary platform as well as through third-party financial advisors and other turnkey asset management platforms. For more information, visit http://www.at.capital.

PSN, produced by Informa Investment Solutions, is one of the leading investment manager search and evaluation databases to be offered industry wide. PSN tracks more than 2,000 money management firms and over 20,000 investment products. For more information regarding the Top Guns list, visit http://www.informais.com. The complete list of PSN Top Guns and an overview of the methodology can be located on http://www.informais.com/resources/psn-top-guns. For more details on the methodology behind the PSN Top Guns Rankings or to purchase PSN Top Guns Reports, contact Ruth Calderon at ruth.calderon(at)informais(dot)com.

The PSN Mid Cap Core universe is comprised of 79 firms and 95 products.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Products or services offered are not FDIC insured, not bank guaranteed and may lose value. Any investment contains risk including the risk of total loss. There is no guarantee that an investment with the strategy will meet its investment objectives and the rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience. The rating reflects an average of all, or a sample of all, of the experiences of the adviser’s clients. Please request a copy of the Firm’s Full General Disclosures for more information. All material presented is compiled from sources believed to be reliable and current, but accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The information contained herein should not be construed as personalized investment advice and should not be considered as a solicitation to buy or sell any security or engage in a particular investment strategy.

About Informa Investment Solutions

A market leader in intelligence and software solutions for investment professionals and financial institutions of all sizes, Informa Investment Solutions offers a robust set of analytics and tools to help you grow and retain your business. With a nearly 40-year history, Informa Investment Solutions is part of Informa PLC, a leading business-to-business knowledge provider serving International markets. Informa Investment Solutions has set the standard for providing turnkey and customizable applications for performing manager searches, building wealth plans, and producing client reports and investment marketing materials for companies worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.informais.com/ and follow https://twitter.com/InformaInvest.

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Ready, Set, GOrge! Campaign to Promote Safe, Fun, Sustainable Travel to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area


Ready, Set, GOrge! Campaign to Promote Safe, Fun, Sustainable Travel to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Travel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the U.S. Forest Service and Friends of the Columbia Gorge Offer Tips to “Make it Fun. Make it Safe.”

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HOOD RIVER, Ore., May 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – A team of government and non-government entities have teamed up to launch helpful travel tips for visitors to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area as part of their ongoing “Ready, Set, GOrge!” campaign to improve visitor planning, safety and sustainability.

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Through local businesses, visitor centers and more, the group will distribute 50,000 brochures and have launched a new website, ReadySetGorge.com, that provides tips for visitors on how to plan, prepare and safely enjoy their time in the Gorge, while practicing leave-no-trace principles. Combined with a social media campaign and frontline staff training in the Columbia Gorge region, the campaign will provide local businesses with tools for assisting travelers, and participating organizations will receive web badges.

“The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a national treasure, and we want visitors who come here to take ‘Ready, Set, GOrge!’ to heart,” said Stan Hinatsu, recreation staff officer for the U.S. Forest Service. “With 3-4 million people visiting the Columbia Gorge every year, we want people to understand that a bit of good planning and preparation can go a long way toward improving their experience and protecting the Gorge for future visitors.”

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area was established in 1986 to protect 292,500 acres of trails, forest, waterfalls, parks and historical sites within the spectacular river canyon. Unlike other national scenic areas, the Columbia Gorge is home to 13 communities, all of which have unique shops, eateries and local attractions that make them well worth visiting.

Ready, Set, GOrge! recommends that planning, preparing and taking these key steps can help visitors avoid congestion on the trails, and have a safe and enjoyable trip:

Get Ready

  • To avoid crowds and enjoy stunning vistas, go early (before 10 a.m.), go east beyond the Waterfall Corridor, and go midweek (Tuesdays through Thursdays).

Get Set

  • Plan your route ahead of time to have a safe and fun experience. Choose trails that meet your group’s comfort and fitness levels. Check road, weather and trail conditions before you leave. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be home. Research recreation fees and bring cash or check to pay them. Pack the 10 essentials for every hike.


  1. Protect vital habitat by using only authorized trails and campsites.
  2. Leave no trace by packing out trash and picking up litter.
  3. Stop the spread of invasive species by using a boot brush (available at many trailheads).
  4. Protect wildlife by keeping dogs on leash and picking up their waste.
  5. Be courteous. Don’t block parking spots or private driveways, and don’t park in unauthorized spaces.
  6. Reduce carbon emissions and congestion by carpooling, taking a shuttle or biking.
  7. Respect local cultures, practices and resources.
  8. Help Gorge businesses prosper by shopping locally.
  9. Donate time and skills to local nonprofits and agencies.
  10. Support maintenance and conservation efforts by paying usage fees.

“We want to sustain the Columbia Gorge for centuries to come,” said Kevin Gorman, executive director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, which maintains a comprehensive website with information about hiking trails and their various degrees of difficulty at gorgefriends.org. “To do so, we all need to be respectful, courteous, pick up litter and take care of our natural areas and local communities. The Gorge give us all so much, let’s always leave it better.”

Travel Oregon’s Kristin Dahl noted, “We want ‘Ready, Set, GOrge!’ to be the first thing people say as they advise visitors to the Columbia River Gorge, or to prepare for their own hike or water expedition. Visit ReadySetGorge.com and make sure you’ve taken the steps necessary to have a safe and fun visit.”

Gorge Transit Options

The Columbia Gorge Express, launched in 2016 to ease congestion in the Gorge Waterfall Corridor, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will return this year in mid-June and run through September 24, operating Friday through Sunday (and federal holidays). For $5 per roundtrip, it offers a convenient, reliable and fun way to get from Portland to Multnomah Falls with stops at Rooster Rock State Park.

More information on Gorge transit options can be found at gorgetranslink.com and gorgefriends.org/hikebybus.

We Speak The Gorge Trainings Held

In May, Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance held a series of “We Speak The Gorge” frontline customer service trainings to teach retail, hospitality and restaurant staffs in Washington and Oregon about “Ready, Set, GOrge!” travel tips, which encourage visitors to explore less-visited places. Funded with a $5,000 grant from Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio Matching Grant Program and the Hood River Area Chamber of Commerce, the program is sponsored by Skamania County, Hood River County, Mt. Adams, The Dalles area and West Columbia Gorge Chambers of Commerce.

The east end of the Gorge tends to receive fewer visitors than the west end of the Gorge. “The eastern end of the Gorge contains a wealth of unique visitor attractions, from outstanding museums to unique historical sites, all within a beautiful natural landscape that is strikingly different from the western end of the Gorge. We’re excited to have more people discover all that the area has to offer,” said Lisa Farquharson, CEO of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

About Ready, Set, GOrge!: Begun in 2016, Ready, Set, GOrge! is the product of a collaboration between Travel Oregon, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the United State Forest Service and other land management agencies and nonprofits. The program offers tips to “Make it Fun. Make it Safe,” advising visitors to avoid crowds by going east, early or midweek; to plan ahead to have a safe and fun experience; and to take steps to help protect the Gorge, so future visitors can enjoy it, too. ReadySetGorge.com. 


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SOURCE Travel Oregon