Appleton company converts shipping co...

Appleton company converts shipping containers into homes for tornado victims

There are 1 comment on the WFRV-TV Green Bay story from Jun 18, 2013, titled Appleton company converts shipping containers into homes for tornado victims. In it, WFRV-TV Green Bay reports that:

The former shipping container is on its way to El Reno, Oklahoma. It was donated to become a family's new home.

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#1 Jun 19, 2013
This is not a new idea....or apple tons own orginal I'm sure others already know. It's very nice that the company is OFFERING these homes..only one ..if that..given away..not sure. Why get containers from china...we have so many sitting around here! As I said many others have already put this idea to work and also have approached the government about using this sort of housing for emergencies, in flood, hurricane and tornado prone areas. So why make a big deal over Appleton? I think they are just taking advantage of a bad situation to get some free advertising for themselves..and that's fine on a good day......but these are bad days for oaklahoma and other tornado hit I wonder how much of their profit will be GIVEN to help these people?

By: Klf

APPLETON, Wis.(WFRV)- A local company is reaching out to tornado victims and offering them a new home.

Today, they loaded one up on a semi and shipped it out.

The former shipping container is on its way to El Reno, Oklahoma. It was donated to become a family's new home.

"They will be in it for six months, a year, maybe longer until they can build a house up again. They have lost everything" says Doug Larson, the President of MODS International.

MODS stands for modular on demand structure. The concept is patented by the Appleton based company.

"China sends these things over and we buy them after they have been used for one trip across the ocean. We take and test them for lead, and things that would be harmful to people" explains Brian Fezatte, the company's Marketing Manager.

"We build them out, they are built like a home. The same framing, same insulation, heating and air conditioning, same plumbing. It's all built to code, international building codes" says Larson.

Within hours of delivery the family can move in.

"It plugs into regular power" according to Fezatte.

The home is fully stocked. "It comes with the leather couch, comes with the table, comes with the microwave, come with refrigerator" Fezatte says, giving a tour of the 40 foot home.

These models are geared toward disaster victims, but MODS are fully customizable.

"We can set them us as command centers, offices clinics. For example doctors without borders can use them for clinics. We have a basic box, you can build anything you want in that box" says Larson.

MODS can be stacked for shipping, increasing efficiency.

They are also incredibly strong and have been tested to withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour.

A little piece of mind for the home's new owner in tornado prone Oklahoma.

"It is fantastic I can't wait to go down there and set this up for the family" says Fezatte.

Each unit costs about $40,000.

MODS have caught the attention of the federal government.

They wanted to order some when Super Storm Sandy hit the east coast, however a spending bill has yet to pass.
- See more at: idea. And they have not made these into homes FOR the tornado victims...they have one away,...the rest have to be bought. This is very misleading in so many ways. Appleton is just looking for free advertising and taking the idea of several others before him and trying to claim it as their own.

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