About Us

Northwest Self Storage specializes in the self-storage industry in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, we are the largest operator in Oregon. 

We started as a family owned and operated company, founded by Kevin Howard over 30 years ago. In 2010, Kevin’s daughter, Dawn Tangvald, joined the company and together they have transformed the company to lead the industry from both a customer service and technology standpoint. 

Northwest Self Storage is ranked as one of the top 25 self-storage operators in the country, managing over 100 properties throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Our specialized services include design and development, property management and general consultation.

If you are interested in these services for your property, please contact us at 971-236-9505.

In 2014, Northwest Self Storage joined forces with National Storage Affiliates (NYSE: NSA) as a founding partner and together have over 720 stores nationwide.


Why Us

At Northwest Self Storage, our employees, our neighbors and our customers help us foster an environment of continuous improvement, which is why we embrace a mission of transformation. The work we do signifies a period of transition for our customers. They are creating the next chapter of their lives, and we’re here to support this evolution with a storage experience that puts people first.

We live our mission through four key values that guide our behaviors, decisions and strategies:

Act With Kindness: Small gestures have the power to uplift and inspire. We believe in using that power to connect people, build relationships, and show gratitude to one another every day.

Do the Right Thing: Our inner compass guides us to do the right thing for our customers and one another. We value trust, mutual respect, and open communication across all members of our team.

Show Up Fully: We’re proud of the work we do, which means we never cut corners or take the easy way out. To us, showing up fully means rolling up our sleeves and giving 100%.

Embrace Change: Change sparks progress – and our team thrives on making every day a little better. Through this commitment, we will elevate each other and the community around us.

Our commitment and dedication to achieving success for our clients and employees also benefits our customers and communities. 


Community Involvement & Sustainability

A core component to our key values is supporting our community and surroundings. We encourage our employees to be active in their communities, to know their neighbors and to support the interests of each other. To take that one step further, we stand behind our local communities and employee interests through the Northwest Self Storage Foundation’s Give Collective program.

The Give Collective Program’s mission is to encourage a philanthropic culture amongst our employees and support their efforts to volunteer at non-profits in their communities and give to causes that are important to them.

Multiple times throughout the year, our employees can apply for a $1,000 grant to the non-profit of their choice. Each year, we give $10,000 to employee-selected non-profits in our local communities.

In addition to our community support, we are taking steps to make a difference in the environment by committing to long term energy efficiency and sustainability. Some of these recent and ongoing projects include:

  • LED lighting conversions at nearly 75 properties throughout 2019
  • Lighting control upgrades to motion-activated or timer-controlled switches
  • E-Sign with touch screens in all our rental offices significantly reduces paper and ink consumption.
  • At properties with heated or cooled storage units, we limit heating to 50 degrees in the winter and limit cooling to 80 degrees in the summer
  • New construction properties are built with retention and detention ponds to assist with natural storm water management and treatment
  • Commitment to native plant landscapes at all new properties, and ongoing as existing landscape requires replacing.