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Adaptive Reuse: U-Haul Reveals Plans for Erie's Skinner Engine Factory

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ERIE, Pa., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The historic building that housed the Skinner Engine factory is now serving the public as U-Haul Moving & Storage of Downtown Erie. U-Haul® acquired the property at 337 W. 12th St. in October and plans to construct more than 600 self-storage units inside the building over the next year.

The historic building that housed the Skinner Engine factory is now serving the public as U-Haul Moving & Storage of Downtown Erie.

“This building is a piece of Erie history,” said Ean Livingood, U-Haul Company of Northwestern PA. “I’m excited to be part of this downtown revitalization. The Skinner Engine factory has been a symbol for generations and to tear it down would have been a shame. We want to maintain the character of the building and merge it with the U-Haul services that our neighbors need.”

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Downtown Erie currently offers truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment and moving supplies out of a temporary showroom. When construction is completed, customers will be able to take advantage of climate-controlled self-storage, professional hitch installation, propane, U-Box portable moving and storage containers, and much more.

Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of Downtown Erie at (814) 240-5500 or stop by to visit general manager Megan Vogel and her team. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Reserve equipment at uhaul.com or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.

“We’ve been looking for a building in this corridor for a long time,” Livingood said. “We want to make our top-of-the-line moving equipment and services more convenient to families in and around Erie. This is a step in the right direction.”

The 80,848-square-foot structure, built in the 1930s, was once home to a pioneer in the steam engine business. Skinner Engine still builds steam turbines used to generate electricity.

The recent acquisition of the Skinner Engine factory facility was driven by U-Haul Company’s Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. Our adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-construction materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.

By repurposing the factory, U-Haul prevented the use of 1,057.4 tons of metal manufacturing and transportation (the amount of

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