2015 - Volume #39, Issue #5, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Customizes Shipping Containers For Any Need
“We once did one for use as an oil and water separator for a tailings pond at a mine,” says Hamilton. “It was completely explosion proof with vents and fans, as well as leakproof with a spill tray in the bottom. The invoice for it was close to $300,000.”
Most of the containers Hamilton modifies are considerably simpler, often just adding a second door. A container with a roll-up door, in addition to the standard opening, sells for $4,400 (Canadian).
End uses are even more diverse than the containers themselves. Lengths can vary from 10 to 53 ft., yet all meet the same international, seagoing shipping standards.
The common construction to those standards is what makes the containers so versatile. Hamilton used them when he was a lumber broker selling to Europe and Asia. When he ran across some units modified with doors, he started reselling them, eventually customizing containers himself.
“I bought a welder and a torch and went to work,” he recalls.
Common modifications include doors, windows, skylights and insulation. Electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and air conditioning can be added as needed.
One thing that makes containers so popular is the ability to move them from place to place. With everything contained, moving is as easy as unplugging electricity, water and other services, picking it up and going. Meanwhile they can be multi-purpose and self-contained.
“A big excavation company wanted a worksite coffee shop with its own power source for use at remote locations,” says Hamilton. “They also needed to be able to plug in engine heaters at night in the winter.”
While most of the container was set up for employee breaks, a section was set aside to serve as a huge battery storage unit. Before they left for the night, workers could plug in all of their equipment. The next day, the battery could be recharged with the generator that powered the break room.
“We take pride in customizing a container the way you want it,” says Hamilton. “While others sell what they have, we custom build.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bond Industrial, Inc., 831C 60th St. East, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada S7K 5Z7 (ph 306 373-2236; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bondind.com).
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