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Shipping Containers becoming Modular Housing north of the Border

May 1st, 2015 Comments off

canadian_shipping_containers_to_mods__Mia_Sosiak__globalnews.caBlocks Modular of Calgary, Alberta Canada are converting steel shipping containers (“seacans”) into hotel suites, affordable housing units, staff accommodations and cottages, according to what tells MHPronews.

It is narrow, but that’s only one. And you put two or three together with the proper floor plan and it opens it up just like it would a house,” said Chris Van Arnam, co-founder of the company.

Now in discussion with the Banff Hotel Commission for staff housing, the modular units cost less than standard construction, and they are recycling what has become essentially a waste product in the world of international trade.

They are currently in discussion with two real estate developers who want to build a 60-unit modular complex. Van Arnam, and partner Charles Lemieux, hope their seacans will help solve the housing crunch in many parts of Canada. ##

(Photo credit: Sosiak–containers made into modular housing)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

Modular Homes will House Canadian Flood Victims

June 19th, 2014 Comments off

The Bow River overflowed its banks in Siksika, Alaska last June, following a deluge that also swamped part of southern Alberta, Canada, putting downtown Calgary under water. 170 homes belonging to Siksika Reserve residents were hit by rising tide, with many destined for demolition. Evacuees from the 7,000 person reservation have been living in work trailers and nearby hotels, according to MHProNews has learned a neighborhood of 64 modular homes is close to completion, and families of 2-4 persons will be moving in by the end of the month. The Chicago Bridge that connects the two sides of the town, also lost in the flooding, should be completed by month’s end as well. Some residents have been driving an extra hour to get to work on the other side. ##

(Photo credit:–Lake St. Martin, Manitoba, Canada)

Modular Workforce Housing Supplier Going Upscale

June 12th, 2014 Comments off

Having built modular housing since 1947, Atco Structures and Logistics is upping the ante for its workforce housing as companies battle for skilled labor in an increasingly competitive market, according to With new models featuring large bedrooms with double beds, full showers, sound-dampening walls and walk-in closets, Jason Kialeu of Atco Commercial says, “Our clients have put a focus on amenities and quality of accommodations. It’s an evolution—it’s constant improvement. We just want to raise the bar a little bit.” Atco has a modular unit on display at the Global Petroleum Show at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada which is drawing exhibitors and attendees from across the globe. understands the company has built work camps in over 100 countries during the last 65 years. ##

(Photo credit: Atco Structures and Logistics–workforce housing in northern Alberta, Canada)

Refugees Living in Manufactured Homes

September 26th, 2013 Comments off

Some 700 refugees displaced by the flooding in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in June of this year will be housed in manufactured home communities (MHCs) in the Great Plains neighborhood of Calgary, and may have to remain there through the winter. A longer- term neighborhood of manufactured homes will be sited closer to High River, just south of Calgary, which was the hardest hit town, according to As MHProNews has learned, 1,300 displaced people currently live in MHCs in Siksika and Saddlebrook near High River.

(Photo credit: Tory Ramsay/–Calgary flooded)

Katrina Cottages may be Heading North

August 5th, 2013 Comments off

The flooding that ravaged Calgary, Alberta, Canada in late June and early July, 2013 has resulted in a housing shortage that one Alderman is seeking to fill using Katrina Cottages. While relatively inexpensive at $115 a foot, the units are also small and easy to assemble. Alderman Druh Farrell would ease regulations so the cottages could be sited in yards adjoining flooded homes until the owners’ have repaired their own homes. “We’ve got students coming back to school in the fall, we have workers (that) are coming to help rebuild our city. Where will they stay?” Farrell asks. “And all the people who’ve been displaced while they’ve been rebuilding their homes — where do they go?” As rvbusiness informs MHProNews, Katrina Cottages were used in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that battered New Orleans, displacing the notorious FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) trailers.

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Modular Homes to House Displaced Canadians

July 4th, 2013 Comments off

Flood waters that displaced up to 900 people in Calgary, Alberta, Canada caused over $250 million in damages and led to the issuance of a state of emergency by Mayor Naheed Nanshi. According to Bruce Burrell, head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, “We’re in conversation with the province about building temporary neighborhoods within the city of Calgary. We have three locations that are graded and ready to go that were already available sites.” Tentative plans call for siting of modular homes in those locations to house the displaced, as informs MHProNews.

(Photo credit: Tory Ramsay/–Calgary, Alberta flooding)

Black Diamond Setting its Financials for Release

February 1st, 2013 Comments off

Modular builder and energy services provider Black Diamond Group Limited of Calgary, Alberta, Canada announces it will release its year-end and fourth quarter financials after the market closes Tue., March 12, 2013. Top company officials will discuss the results at 4:30 MST that same day. As PRWeb tells MHProNews, from operations in Canada, the U. S. and Australia, Black Diamond rents and sells modular workforce housing and other modular buildings to a range of industries from energy and construction, to education, government and military. It also supplies many supportive services.

(Image credit: GlobalRegina–Mancamp in Canada)

MH Component Maker Expanding

January 28th, 2013 Comments off

WoodworkingNetwork reports Okaply Industries, a producer of plywood, vinyl laminated panels, MDF, particleboard and mouldings for the manufactured housing and commercial modular industries, is opening a fully-equipped moulding dept. at its facility in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Based in Opa, Quebec, just north of Montreal, Okaply opened the plant in Calgary in April, 2012 to better service its western Canada customers. MHProNews has learned Okaply is celebrating its 46th year in business.

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Black Diamond Completes Shopping in Australia

January 18th, 2013 Comments off

MarketWatch reports that Calgary, Alberta Canada-based Black Diamond Group Limited has completed the acquisition of 90 percent of the modular rental business and 20 percent of the modular building manufacturing business of Australian Portable Buildings Pty. Ltd. MHProNews has learned Black Diamond is a remote lodging, modular building, and energy services company. Far flung, it’s series of subsidiaries provide a number of services for education, government, industry, construction and engineering, and the oil and gas industries in the USA and Canada. The acquisition became effective Jan. 1, 2013.

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Oil Boom Hits Bainville

October 30th, 2012 Comments off

BillingsGazette tells MHProNews Bainville, Mont. in the northeastern part of the state has a population of 300 and town budget of $250,000. ProCore Logistics LLC of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is investing $30 million locally in support of the Bakken oil boom (centered 28 miles away in Williston, North Dakota) for a mile long sidetrack railroad extension to haul sand used in fracking, for silos to store the sand, and for modular housing. The railroad is Burlington Northern, one of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire subsidiaries. As many as 600 trucks a day may be heading to the oilfields with sand. Procore and SST Bakken Properties are both building modular man camps to house the workers, and additional medium and high-end housing is also in the planning stages for the area, as are numerous hotels and other support services. At a community meeting, while many noted they will reap the profits of the rapid expansion of their town, others expressed concerned about the dust from the trucks, the draw on water and sewer resources, the mile long trains that may stymie school buses and emergency vehicles, and the upsetting of local wildlife. One of Procore’s man camps is outside Bainville where the town has no jurisdiction should it become “Testosterone Flats”, as one local quipped. John Milino, who runs Procore’s modular housing units, and expects the boom to last 20-30 years, says he will monitor the housing situation.

(Photo credit: Casey Page/Billings Gazette)