Thursday, February 3, 2011


Chad Walton of Brewer, Maine recently a closed on a 120,000 sq ft factory there to launch a company called SnapSpace Solutions, Inc., which will turn unused cargo shipping containers into modular buildings such as homes, offices and emergency shelters.  The Maine Rural Development Authority is helping to finance the venture and Walton has partnered with the University of Maine's Knowledge Transfer Alliance and the Advanced Manufacturing Center.

Chad Walton
“It’s crazy what we can do with them,” he said. “We’re not creating the wheel — just nobody is doing it here, so we’re going to.”  He said customers can design their buildings to look like anything, such as a traditional New England home, and can cover them with vinyl, brick or any other siding.

“Once you put on the siding and trim them, they look cool,” he said, adding that each of the buildings will go up quickly and be Energy Star-certified.

Shipping containers can be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces, and a range of creature comforts can be added easily. The containers are designed to be indestructible and are hurricane- and tornado-rated, Walton said.


Anonymous said...

Just great! Another shipping container turned into housing company. I give it about a year.

Anonymous said...

I'll put these " units" into the same category of housing where modular manufacturers are trying to put their homes on " street retailers" mobile home parking lots. We have tried for years and years to alleviate the association between the two but some of the "illustrious leaders" who came from manufactured homes to modular homes think they know best. Maybe thats why one of these companies is in Chapter 11 right now!

meskismichael said...

I think with the right marketing you can sell the modular homes to a larger market.
They would be great for military homes in foreign countries. They can make great First aid stations for third would counties and quick resettlement homes after natural disasters. construction sites would love to have a better system for their multiple locations than a dozen separate mobile trailers.

Brad said...

We should give them a chance. They can't be any worse than the Road Side Rest Stop that was introduced to us last year. These containers would provide a quick housing alternative during a time of need such as a natural diaster.