MODS International Portable Housing Units Available for Hurricane Sandy Housing

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MODS International temporary housing units will be shipped out this week for MODS employees to live in while they help with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Units are also available for immediate emergency housing.

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MODS International temporary housing units will be shipped out this week for MODS employees to live in while they help with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Units are also available for immediate emergency housing.

MODS—which stands for modular on demand structures—are portable, yet complete living units for use in emergency and temporary living situations. They are made inside the shell of a shipping container and are constructed of building-code quality materials and have features such as a leather couch, heating and air conditioning, bathroom, full shower, kitchenette and complete bedding, linen and towels.

The units will be available for showings to individuals interested in purchasing one. For a complete list of the locations that the MODS will be at visit, http://www.modsinternational.com.

Doug Larson, founder and president of MODS International, said he’s been talking with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials as well as municipal managers of local government, and there is a big amount of interest, but he hasn’t arranged to send any units so far.

Larson, who also owns and operates a construction business, initially came up with the idea of making the MODS units after his experience in helping with the aftermath and clean up of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and 2006.

“I just want people to know these are available. I have people out there working on the Sandy disaster, and this is 10 times worse,” Larson said. “It’s instant housing. They are very simple. Easy to use, easy to transport, and easy to set up. Anyone can use them.”

Because the units are made of shipping containers, they transport quickly and efficiently, Larson said.

“We can ship them to Sandy, or any other location in the United States, within a few days, and once there, they set up within an hour,” he said.

Some of the initial customers for the MODS units have been companies working in the North Dakota oilfields that are popping up in remote locations and require immediate and temporary housing for workers. But MODS have many ways to be used including as portable kitchens, as laundry facilities and as mobile medical clinics and helipads.

Larson’s company, Orion Construction, was working in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina half a decade ago when he saw first-hand the need for a better temporary housing unit. He had a small fleet of 10 Class A RVs to house his team of workers, but soon found they were unreliable and difficult to manage. They were hot to live in, had operational issues and required a mechanic to work on them constantly, he said.

MODS units are made from “one-time use” shipping containers and converted into housing units in Larson’s manufacturing facility in Grand Chute. They have windows cut into them, full stud and drywall walls built along with full plumbing and electrical service. All materials are standard and purchased at local stores to make future maintenance and service to be as easy as possible, Larson said.

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About MODS International
MODS International is a manufacturing company based on Grand Chute, Wis., producing patented temporary-use housing units made inside standard international shipping containers. The units are designed for use for emergency housing, command centers, group showers and toilets, event offices, clinics, helipads, cooking facilities and second homes. For more information about MODS International and their housing units, call 800-869-1277, or visit http://www.modsinternational.com.

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