Last week, WBAY Channel 2 News of Green Bay came to visit the MODS® manufacturing facility to cover the donation of the MODS® unit to a family in Oklahoma who lost their home to the recent tornadoes. Didn’t see the news coverage? You can see the video here:
MODS® International is donating a MODS® unit to the El Reno, Oklahoma area early next week to a family that was displaced by the recent tornadoes. It is scheduled to leave our manufacturing facility on Tuesday, June 18. Once the unit arrives, it will be set up with water, sewer, and air conditioning, and will remain in place while the family rebuilds their home. We were able to work with Chief Kent Lagaly, the fire chief in El Reno, as well as the local chapters of the Salvation Army and Red Cross in order to find a family that would best benefit from the donation of this temporary shelter.
Doug Larson, founder and president of MODS® International, stated, “We’re excited to be a part of the humanitarian relief effort in Oklahoma. This is one of the many uses I envisioned when I created MODS®. I’ll be there in person to deliver it, and our unit will provide a safe haven for this family while they rebuild.”
We hope that this family will be able to rebuild quickly and will feel “at home” as much as possible living in the MODS® until they are able to go back home.
Do you know someone who could benefit from renting or purchasing a MODS®? Give us a call at 800-869-1277, or email us at [email protected]! We’re here to answer your questions – let us know what we can do for you!
Temporary Housing Feels Like Home:
On Tuesday, June 6th, 2013, Gas, Oil, & Mining Magazine (GOMC magazine) published an article about MODS® on their website. The article talks about the uses of MODS® and how they are made. The article can be read here: http://bit.ly/11iFHMs
GOMC magazine is a monthly printed magazine that “serves those who maintain, service, and support land-based gas, oil and mining operations throughout North America with temporary services, transport, disposal, set-up, and operations.”(www.http://colepublishing.com/publications) It also publishes many articles online.
(Appleton, Wis. May 25, 2013)—MODS® International temporary housing units will be available for victims affected by tornados that struck several Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday.
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.
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.
Doug Larson, founder and president of MODS® International, said these units provide a home away from home while families are rebuilding after a disaster.
“I just want people to know these are available so they can take the stress out of finding a temporary home,” 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 Oklahoma , 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.
On March 9, MODS® was proud to participate in the annual Hops & Props event at EAA in Oshkosh, WI. This exciting event helps raise funds to support the museum’s programming. MODS®, along with other great supporters, was able to help raise over $100,000 for the museum.
The EAA Air Venture Museum provides programming to support classroom learning, and helps encourage children to learn math and science, all while viewing the amazing air craft on display. We plan to participate in this event again next year, and hope to see you there!
MODS® are great for emergency temporary housing! They come fully furnished, and can fit 2-4 people comfortably. They also have many other purposes – you can use one as a temporary office in the field, extra retail space, or any other need you have. If you have a specific need, let us know! We would be happy to design and build it for you.
Curious about MODS®? Check out the virtual tour: https://mods.us/virtual-tour/