Saturday, September 15, 2012

Homark Homes Lands Big "Man Camp" Order

Homark Homes in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, a modular and HUD home factory that sells primarily direct to the end consumer is expanding into man camps for the energy and mining industries.

Homark Homes, an employee-owned company, is constructing modular “man camps” and even motels at its Red Lake Falls factory, then shipping and assembling them on site, across the U.S.-Canadian border.

The company is just finishing a $3.6 million contract for two dormitory-style buildings for a Goldcorp Inc. gold mine near Musselwhite, Ont., some 650 miles northeast of Red Lake Falls or 450 miles north of Thunder Bay, Ont. There must be a lot of money in “man camps” to be able to ship them 650 miles; a two day trip with at least a one day layover and a two day return trip, not including the cost of the escort cars.

“That’s almost half our business this year,” said James Hassel, sales manager.

Each building at Musselwhite consists of 16 separate modular units built in Red Lake Falls, then shipped to Ontario, where they are being connected to form a two-story, 28-foot-wide-by-282-foot-long, residence hall with interior stairwells.

Homark also recently completed a 25-room, 45-by-188-foot motel for a developer in Deloraine, Man., about 60 miles northwest of Rugby, N.D., near the eastern edge of the gushing Bakken Formation Oil Patch.


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