Storage Solutions Inc. (SSI) announces that current President, Nathan Storey, will move into a dual President/CEO role, with Kevin Rowles transitioning into an advising member of the Storage Solutions Board of Directors.

Rowles has been with Storage Solutions for 28 years and has served as President since 1995. He assumed the CEO role from Founder Craig McElheny in November 2020 when the company began partnering with private equity firms Merit Capital Group and MFG Partners. In early 2022, Rowles transitioned to focus on the CEO responsibilities solely, and Storey took over the role as President of Storage Solutions.

As Rowles reflected on what factors have made Storage Solutions great for so many years and how to stay on our current trajectory, he shared, “Commit to a continuous improvement mindset, have a great work ethic, take care of the customer, and take care of your fellow SSI family.”

Storey has been with Storage Solutions since 2006, serving as an Account Manager, Project Manager, Operations Manager, Vice President of Operations, Chief Operations Officer, and President. With Rowles stepping into a role as an advising member of the Storage Solutions Board of Directors, Storey will now operate in a dual role as both President and CEO of Storage Solutions.

In his first company address as CEO and President, Storey gave a call to action. “As we march towards our vision, we should focus our lenses through our company’s core values. Each and every day is an opportunity to get better, and we get to do it with some awesome people.”

Founded in 1978 as Penco Products of Indiana, Storage Solutions has grown to be a leader in integrating material handling and automation solutions for warehouses, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers. Since being named President of SSI in 1995, Rowles has overseen the company’s headquarters relocations to Westfield in 1998 and again in 2008, the opening of its Kansas City office in 2002, its transition to becoming an ESOP in 2013, and its acquisition in 2020. More recently, Storage Solutions acquired SNC Solutions and EMIT, Inc. in 2022 and was acquired by Jungheinrich AG in early 2023.

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Over the past 45 years, Storage Solutions has demonstrated the ability to adapt, evolve, and expand to meet our valued customers’ dynamic needs. As we celebrate this milestone, we reflect on the journey that has brought us to where we are today and eagerly anticipate the path ahead.

From our humble beginnings in a small office in Carmel, Indiana, we have grown substantially, operating in our 330,000-square-foot facility in Westfield, IN. We have strategically established sales offices in key locations such as Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida, and California to extend our reach further.

Recently, we embarked on transformative ventures, including the strategic acquisitions of SNC Solutions and EMIT, Inc. These partnerships have significantly bolstered the size, breadth, and expertise of our team and comprehensive suite of warehouse solutions.

In March of 2023, we announced that renowned German intralogistics pioneer Jungheinrich AG successfully acquired Storage Solutions. This marked an exciting new chapter for Storage Solutions, positioning us as a robust growth platform for racking and warehouse automation in the United States.

In this milestone year, we sincerely thank our invaluable partners, dedicated employees, and loyal customers. Without their unwavering support, our achievements would not have been possible.

Looking ahead, we are thrilled to continue to provide top-notch support for all your warehousing needs!

Successful MODEX 2022

MODEX 2022 was a huge success, and a good portion of the Storage Solutions team was on the scene to connect, learn, and meet over 850 vendors, partners, and clients. Hosted by Material Handling Industry (MHI), the event saw several thousand attendees over the four days and over 170 on-floor seminars, networking events, and the opportunity to learn about the industry’s latest innovations and technologies.

We took a few clips of some of the solutions that were on hand and put them together in a brief video here so you can get a small taste of what was offered at the event:

Our team loved introducing our current clients to many of these new technologies and learning about new solutions that could potentially take our clients’ storage and fulfillment efforts to the next level.

If you didn’t get a chance to connect with us at MODEX 2022, click here and let us know some of the challenges you’re seeing in your operations. Based on what we witnessed before, during, and after the event, businesses are being challenged by labor availability, rising operational costs, and increased customer expectations. However, they don’t know where to start.

Let’s connect and help you establish the roadmap for your warehousing future!

Fetch Robotics Webinar CartConnect

We would love for you to join us next Tuesday, August 27th for our latest Fetch Robotics webinar on CartConnect. This dynamic solution can speed up your facility, therefore, increasing ROI in the long-run.

Many leaders in the manufacturing and supply chain industry agree that robotics and automation are the most effective ways to stay competitive in a dynamic marketplace. However, not all automation mediums are created equal. This technology can transform the way you go about your material handling solutions and can double productivity within your facility.

This new technology is called CartConnect. CartConnect is an autonomous material handling solution that picks up, transports, and drops off warehouse carts to any location, within any warehouse, factory, or distribution center. During the webinar, we will show how CartConnect can be used for multiple picking strategies and other applications such as put away, replenishment & retail stocking. In short, this Fetch AMR solution can give you a competitive edge in your operation.

Want to learn more? Join us on Tuesday, August 27th at 2:00 PM EST to learn how to launch your facility into the future.

SSI Family Night 2019

Storage Solutions celebrates family night at the Indianapolis Indians game! This was our 8th annual company outing. Every year Storage Solutions holds a company-wide outing and this year families were invited.

Founded in 1902, the Indians are Indianapolis’ professional Minor League Baseball team. Tuesday night, we all headed over to Victory Field to watch the Indians take on the Syracuse Mets. Furthermore, this was a great opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle with each other’s family members.

Though it was a bit rainy throughout the night, our team was able to relax with their family and friends with some peanuts and crackerjacks. Here at Storage Solutions, we value teamwork, competitiveness, and camaraderie, all of which we saw on and off the field.

This year’s event was a homerun! Even though the Indians lost, we enjoyed seeing Tim Tebow at bat for the Mets.

We are looking forward to our next company-wide outing next year!

Looking to join the Storage Solutions family? Take a look at our career openings here.

4th of July

This 4th of July marks America’s 242nd year as an independent and free country, which calls for a nation-wide day of celebration.

Whether you attend a parade, watch fireworks, or host a cookout, there are so many ways to celebrate our freedom! In the midst of all the celebration, it is important to remember what Independence Day truly signifies. The 4th of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. Our country, that began as only 13 colonies, has grown considerably since then. We are so thankful for all the men and women in the past, present, and future who fought and will continue to fight for our freedom and independence.

In honor of the holiday, Storage Solutions will be closed Thursday, July 4th. Normal business hours will then resume on Friday, July 5th. While we are gone, feel free to take a look at our Strategic Optimization Solutions. We will be sure to answer any and all questions upon our return! For those of you celebrating the holiday, we wish you a relaxing, and enjoyable 4th of July!

Global Cold Chain Expo 2019

That’s a wrap on Global Cold Chain Expo 2019! This concludes our third show in the Windy City. We were excited to meet with everyone to discuss needs and learn more about the cold storage industry.

What is the Global Cold Chain Expo?

The Global Cold Chain Expo is one of the largest gatherings of leaders in the foodservice and cold chain industry. With so many industry leaders there, we are ecstatic to be able to share ideas and collaborate with so many different people.

Greg Michel, one of our National Accounts Managers, attended his first show this year and shared his thoughts.

“GCCE was a great opportunity to help grow brand awareness for Storage Solutions, Inc. The show brought in a captive audience from around the country, which allowed us to connect with future customers and share what Storage Solutions, Inc is all about. Overall, I believe it was a great event and I look forward to future GCCA events. ”

We met some great people, and are glad that we could be a part of this great show! Missed us at GCCE but want to see us at another show? Click here to view the full list of trade shows we’ll be attending!

Global Cold Chain

It’s almost time for the Global Cold Chain Expo (GCCE) in Chicago! Storage Solutions will be exhibiting this year at McCormick Place, and we would love to see you there.

What is the Global Cold Chain Expo?

GCCE is an event where numerous businesses convene to find solutions that best suit their needs when it comes to the complexities of the perishable supply chain. The Global Cold Chain Alliance says the companies that attend the event gain high-level brand recognition and targeted business development opportunities.

We will have Brian Blanner, Greg Michel and Ian Mangan on site. They will be showing off some of our latest storage solutions to assist anyone in the cold storage industry. We’ll be onsite both days, so be sure to stop by Booth #25017 and say hello!

Are you planning to attend the show? Let us know if you will be there, or see what other trade shows we will be attending this year here.

Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the numerous sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes. Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday of May. The holiday originated in 1868 and was formerly known as Decoration Day. It wasn’t until 1971 that it received its name change and was officially recognized as a federal holiday. Memorial Day stands as a day of remembrance for all those who have lost their lives serving in our nation’s armed forces.

For many, this three-day weekend is considered the unofficial start of Summer. Memorial Day in Indiana is often celebrated through barbecues, outdoor games and the Indianapolis 500. You can find most Hoosiers spending time with family and friends, surrounded by good food and a weekend full of relaxation.

Memorial Day Weekend Office Hours

In honor of the holiday, Storage Solutions will be closed Monday, May 27th. Normal business hours will then resume on Tuesday, May 28th. For those of you celebrating the holiday, we wish you a relaxing, and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

ProMat 2019

We are close to the beginning of ProMat in the Windy City! The show starts Monday, April 8th and will run through Thursday, the 11th at the McCormick Place in Chicago, and Storage Solutions will be there!

What is ProMat?

This trade show is the hub of the manufacturing and supply chain industry. With so many attendees showing off their newest ideas and services, ProMat is the place to be when it comes to being in the know. You can learn more about the show on their website here.

What does ProMat attendance mean for Storage Solutions? We have been attending this tradeshow for as long as its existence, nearly 20 years. One of our employees, Tim Fonderoli, will be going to his 17th show! Every year, our employees share and bring back great ideas and innovative practices to help service our customers better.

Nick Nigro, one of our National Account Managers, will be a first-time attendee and is excited to experience the show.

“This is a great opportunity to meet and build relationships with people in all categories of the material handling and logistics industry. I am pretty excited about that!

Storage Solutions representatives will be in Chicago for the entirety of the show (April 8-11), so make sure you say hello! Will you be at ProMat? If so, let us know and see all the other trade shows we will be attending in 2019 here!