The long startup times for our servers are due to the current crates plugin. We're going to be swapping out crates plugins on bending only in one week, precisely on Monday, May 1st. Be sure to spend all of your crate keys before then, as the new plugin will not be reverse compatible with existing keys on the map. We will also not be refunding any old keys if you lost them due to this. For the other servers, we'll be gradually making the change to this new crates plugin over time, and will be sure to give you a weeks notice for when we're going to make the switch.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please comment below and I'll personally address each one!