Posts Tagged ‘logistics’

Atco Sells its Half of Modular Venture

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

Producer of modular workforce buildings, mobile offices, and permanent modular buildings, Canada’s Atco Ltd. has sold its half of the joint venture in South America with Tecno Fast to its partner for Canada $124 million. The sale includes assets in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, according to With 8,800 employees worldwide, and clients in over 100 countries, as MHProNews has learned, Atco Structures and Logistics has other working subsidiaries in South America and may re-enter the modular market at a later date.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency Seeking Emergency Housing

March 19th, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) informs MHProNews the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s “Industry Days” to chart a course for the construction and logistics of emergency Temporary Housing Units (THUs) were largely question and answer sessions. At the March 15 day-long event, however, FEMA did note it wants the units built for use anywhere in the country, will entertain alternatives to taped dry wall because of the potential for separating during transport, and will make only HUD Code dwellings—no park models or trailers or other structures. FEMA also seeks information from producers on a possible production schedule following a catastrophe. While FEMA says it will issue solicitations for bids in the near future, it first will offer a “draft solicitation” to seek additional comment and input from interested parties.

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Modular Plant Opens in Idaho

July 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a story we published April 5, 2012 concerning ATCO Structures and Logistics of Alberta, Canada opening a modular production facility in Pocatello, Idaho, Manufacturing reports the Idaho State Journal says ATCO held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wed., June 27 attended by Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad and company CEO Nancy Southern. The modular workforce housing units produced by the 190 employees will be shipped to energy work sites around the world. As has learned, noting the company’s goal to produce three units per day, plant manager David Cook said, “Ninety percent of the supplies we use come from companies in Idaho.”

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Canadian Company Expanding in U.S.

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

ATCO Structures and Logistics of Alberta, Canada, is opening its third plant in the U.S., a 200,000 square foot facility in Pocatello, Idaho to meet growing demands for its modular buildings, according to IndustryWeek. Over 150 plumbers, electricians, and carpenters, plus office staff and additional production workers will be employed when the facility opens in June 2012. has learned ATCO is a multi-billion dollar company involved in various manufacturing industries with clients in over 100 countries and facilities on five continents. It began in 1947 providing modular housing to workers during Canada’s first oil boom, and continues to offer modular structures for commercial, industrial, educational, and residential applications.

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Sam Zell: Hunting in South America

January 4th, 2012 Comments off

ReutersAfrica reports that U.S. business magnate Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties, the real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns over 134,000 manufactured housing homesites in North America, is in talks to buy a controlling interest in Brazil’s Grupo Tha. At 115 years of age, Grupo Tha is the country’s oldest construction company and real estate developer. Zell is also chairman of Equity Residential, the largest apartment REIT, and has substantial interests in energy companies, transportation, logistics, media and health care in a variety of countries spanning the globe.

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