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Breaking Down the Differences in Container Conditions

By February 5th, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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New or One Trip Container

All shipping containers are manufactured outside of North America.  A one trip container is basically a new container.  It has been shipped from the factory into the US and is typically loaded with cargo.  It’s only loaded one time and only makes one trip. It does not go into shipping service.  Once they arrive in the US, they are sold in the aftermarket for storage and other applications.  These containers are an excellent choice because they have not spent a lot of time on a vessel or being handled at the port.  We offer one trip containers in various sizes and door configurations including double door containers and open side containers.  One trip containers range in length from 10ft to 40ft. We also offer “high cube” one trip containers in the same dimensions and configurations. For more information on one trip containers, contact one of our container representatives today to find out which option best suits your needs.

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IICL stands for “International Institute of Container Lessors”. Essentially, the IICL has created a standard of inspection for industries the utilize containers for shipping.  It ensures that an ISO Storage Container meets the requirements to be utilized in shipping service (by leasing companies) to transport cargo. These inspection criteria is mainly used by financial institutions.  However, we have found that it also guarantees a high standard of quality (regarding the condition of the container). While an IICL container is a nice option, they don’t typically get used for aftermarket storage applications.  This type of container is typically utilized in shipping service. By the time it lives out its life in shipping service (usually about 7-10 years), it’s no longer able to pass an IICL inspection.

 

Cargo Worthy

The title pretty much says it all. Cargo worthy means just that. A cargo worthy storage container has been inspected and carries a cargo worthy or seaworthy certification. If your needs include shipment or there is a chance you may want to ship your container in the future, we recommend purchasing a cargo worthy storage container. In most cases, a cargo worthy container is no different (condition-wise) than a WWT (wind & watertight) container.  However, it’s been inspected by a maritime surveyor and can be used to ship goods/products overseas. This type of container is typically a few hundred dollars more than the next category (wind & watertight containers).

WWT

Looking for the most economical yet functional solution? Wind & Water Tight or “WWT” storage containers are the most affordable yet functional cargo boxes you will find.

These containers are in abundant supply and range in condition. Like most used containers, they vary in color, have surface rust, dents and dings.   However, they do not need to be inspected by a maritime surveyor. Typically, a used containers gets inspected by experienced shop personnel and are repaired if necessary to ensure they are wind & watertight (WWT).  When you work with Container Technology, we guarantee that your used container will be WWT (wind & watertight).

As Is

ISO storage containers in “as is” condition has the potential for being damaged in the shipping process, structural problems or significant rust. These containers can no longer be considered “WWT”.  While Container Technology typically does not deal with this condition category, ask one of our team members about availability.  If they are available, they are usually quite a bit less expensive than Cargo Worthy or WWT storage containers.  However, they are usually damaged…which is why they are sold “as is”.

 

Contact us today at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote and we will get back to you right away with the information you’ve requested.

Shipping Containers for Emergency Preparedness

By January 31st, 2019 Creative Uses No Comments
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Weather is a factor no matter where you live in the country, so it is always better to be prepared. During the winter, storms can bring deadly low temperatures, strong winds, ice, and freezing rain. Depending on the severity of the storm you may find yourself without heat, power, and phone lines. One of the ways you can be prepared is by stocking a storage container with emergency supplies.

Shipping Containers have many uses. Since they come in various sizes, it allows folks to be creative with the configuration and where they are placed on-site. The most common sizes 20’ Storage Containers and 40’ Storage Containers. The largest size that is usually available are 45’ Storage Containers. However, larger sizes like 53’ Storage Containers are available in some locations as well. You may also want to consider a refrigerated container if your goods need to be insulated or refrigerated to a specific temperature.

Some necessary items to put into your cargo container to prepare for an emergency would be:

  • Food – at least a 3 day supply
  • Water – one gallon per person (and pet) per day for at least 3 days
  • Can opener
  • Clothes
  • Batteries
  • Generator
  • Gasoline – make sure the tank is full so it doesn’t freeze
  • Flashlight – battery or crank operated
  • Radio – battery or crank operated
  • Wood & Matches
  • Medicine/First Aid Kit

 

Disasters can strike at any moment, so it’s important to talk with your family and plan ahead. There are many websites out there to help you. Ready.Gov is a good source for information on all types of disaster preparation scenarios. You can also sign up for emergency alerts on your phone to stay up to date 24 hours a day.

Container Technology is an industry front-runner in container modifications. Our team has over 75 years of combined experience in the industry. For more information please give us a call today (877) 670-0229 or fill out our quote request form and a container rep will contact you with a detailed quote.

Using a Shipping Container as an Office

By May 15th, 2018 About Containers No Comments
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Mobile offices have turned into a standard over the years. The option of having a mobile office is a very attractive idea to almost any industry. Container offices are customizable, come in various sizes/configurations and are transportable.    

Customizable:

Container Technology has over 30 years of experience with container modifications. All office and storage containers can be modified to meet any needs you might have. A straightforward design with insulation, HVAC, electric, windows, and doors are always a good option. However, you do not have to stop there. You can partition a part of the container off for just storage and make a combo unit as well. We are able to customize a unit to meet the unique requirements for your business.

Size:

We can create a mobile office unit that is suited for just about any application. While 20’ office containers and 40’ office containers are most common, we can build your office to cater to your specific situation.

Transportable:

A huge benefit of mobile offices is that they are easily relocated. We use rollback trucks and tilt bed trailers to maneuver/deliver these units. As long as there is adequate room for the container your office space can move from one job site to the next.

Container Technology has you covered for all of your mobile office and mobile office trailer needs. From a very simple layout to a custom combo container office, you can be assured that your container will be up to the standard you expect. Call us toll-free at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote to get more information on mobile offices.

How Durable are Shipping Containers?

By January 11th, 2018 About Containers 2 Comments
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Shipping containers are one of the most well-built, durable structures in the world.  So much so, that they are being utilized every day as an alternative to traditional stick-built structures.  Some of the applications range from single container projects, like offices and storm shelters.  Others are more elaborate and utilize multiple containers for schools, mini storage, and retail space.  

But why are containers so strong and durable?  Below are some details that will help you understand why.

Materials:

Containers are made from weathering steel or COR-TEN steel (U.S. Steel trademarked name). COR-TEN is a group of steels developed to resist atmospheric corrosion better than other steels. Due to its ability to handle the weather it is often used for many outdoor structures, like building facades and bridges. An unaltered container (one that has not been modified), is wind and watertight.  However, it is not rustproof.  

Construction:

The steel panels are cut to the correct size and are then corrugated. This process gives the panels added strength.

The panels are then welded onto reinforced steel beams (the undercarriage of the container). From that point, the doors & floor are installed and the container becomes a solid structure.

Finally, the container is painted and primed with marine-grade paint, adding a final layer of protection.

Weight:

A cargo container is made to be stacked.  They are stacked on a container vessel (sometimes 8 or 9 high) while traveling from port to port.  In most cases, the containers are loaded with products while making their way overseas.  To put this into perspective, a 20’ container can hold upwards of 60,000 lbs. These capacities change depending on the size of course.

Lifespan:

Depending on the condition of the container, some may last longer than others.  

If you purchase a used container, it’s one that will have already been used in shipping service.  The typical lifespan of a container (in shipping service) is 10-12 years.  Once a container comes out of shipping service, many of them are sold in the aftermarket for storage or for alternative purposes.  A used container can easily surpass another 10+ years of use.  Of course, this timeframe can vary depending on how the container is used.  

A “One Trip” container is the newest and nicest container you can get.  “One Trip” containers are not utilized in shipping service.  They are typically loaded with cargo only one time before being shipped to the US.  They are then sold in the aftermarket for storage or for alternative purposes.  This type of container can easily surpass 25+ years of use.   

 

Obviously, the lifespan of a container can vary, depending on how it’s used.  However, The above factors are evidence that shipping containers are definitely well-built and durable.  If you just need additional storage space or you plan to build using alternative materials, consider using one of the strongest structures in the world…a shipping container!

 

If you’d like to purchase a container or discuss a container modification project, we’d love to hear from you.  Please feel free to contact us at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote.

Containers for Hunting & Fishing

By July 19th, 2017 Creative Uses 4 Comments
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Hunting and fishing take a lot of preparation leading up to the “Big Day”. Whether it is gathering the proper supplies or mapping out your route of travel, it is always better to be over prepared. A couple very important aspects are storage and shelter. Shipping containers are a great option to keep your gear safe and secure, as well as provide safe-haven for you and your friends during those long trips.  There are other ways to meet these needs but using a container certainly has added benefits.

Durability:

Containers were built to travel overseas which means that they are durable enough to stand up to almost anything mother nature can throw at them. Whether you are fighting harsh rains or humidity you can be assured that your container will step up to the challenge.

Portability:

The containers can be set up for short or long-term use and are very easy to move in and out. Provided the container is accessible, it can be left lakeside or deep in the woods.  Your ideal hunting and fishing container can travel with you if you choose to move locations.  

Security:

All containers are delivered in wind & watertight condition which means that you and your belongings will be safe from the elements. Since you can never be too careful with firearms and your valuable hunting/fishing gear, lock boxes are also available for added security.

Customizable:

Container Technology, Inc., has over 30 years of experience in customizing containers. Containers can be outfitted with everything from custom windows and skylights, to electrical/lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). You can make your container into a cozy home away from home that will outlast any traditional camp set up.

Using a shipping container will not only make your trip easier but more organized, even in the off season. You can customize the container to meet your needs…not to mention make your buddies jealous!  Whether you are spending time on the lake or in the field, a container is always a smart move when journeying into the wild. For more information go to containertech.com or call (877) 670-0229.

“Blowin’ In The Wind” In a Shipping Container

By December 20th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments
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Ford has always promoted creativity and encouraged employees to imagine and develop innovative solutions. Ford has just introduced a mobile wind tunnel made out of shipping containers.“This project was born from a desire to be the best when it comes to controlling and limiting the cabin noise customers are so sensitive to,” Bill Gulker, Ford wind noise core supervisor, said in a statement. “Our new mobile wind tunnel saves our engineer’s time and increases productivity. It’s a fine example of the innovation mindset we’re trying to incorporate into everything we do.” These wind tunnels are vital to grasping the intricate details of aerodynamics. Airflow can affect everything from the fuel economy to cabin noise. Cutting down the cabin noise will enhance the customer’s driving experience and lead to greater customer satisfaction all around.

Creating a wind tunnel allows engineers to analyze every little detail and cuts down the testing cycles from weeks to hours. Despite their incredible usefulness, wind tunnels can be quite large and very expensive. Finding a way to create a mobile wind tunnel made out of shipping containers is both cost effective and very useful in identifying problems early on. The mobility of the containers allows the cars to be yanked from the assembly line and tested on-site.

Ford has hopes that this mobile solution will shorten the amount of time necessary to find the problems and implement fixes. Ford’s main wind tunnel is the size of an office building and costs to build it was $50 million. The mobile wind tunnel is constructed of two 53 foot long shipping containers and can be moved anywhere. Two six-foot-diameter fans powered by 250-horsepower electric motors can generate winds of up to 80 mph. The two containers are held together side by side on a flat area of the pavement. Another 40-foot container houses an office, power distribution, and controls. The whole entire assembly can be easily taken down in a day and then put back together at a whole new site in as little as six hours.

At Container Technology, Inc. our staff has over 75 years combined experience in the storage container industry. For more information about standard ISO containers or general container modifications please give us a call at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote form.

Storing Memorabilia and Collectibles in Shipping Containers

By November 7th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments
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downloadDo you have a passion for collecting things but do not have the space to store them? We are a collecting culture. Collecting toys, comic books, vintage books, and vinyl has become a very big business. Many industries are centered around buying, selling, and storing collectibles. Toys especially have become a highly collected item. Where do you put all these items if you don’t have the room to store them? These collections can take over homes and office spaces if they are not properly stored and organized. A shipping container would be the perfect storage solution. Storing collectibles in extreme conditions like a hot attic or damp basement could cause permanent damage or even ruin your items. A shipping container can also be a good place to keep things organized, so you can access your valuables easier.

Instead of dealing withshelving-system2 the hassle of transporting all your memorabilia and collectibles to a storage unit, why not just store everything at your home or business? Storage containers are delivered straight to your door.  They can be conveniently loaded on your own schedule. You also have easy access to your items that will not require a trip to the storage facility. Container Technology has a variety of options and sizes to accommodate your memorabilia and collectibles. We can even insulate your container and install HVAC.  Maintaining the temperature of the unit will protect your collectibles from extreme conditions. We can also install shelving to help keep things organized and easy to find.

40'HC-ContainerStoring memorabilia and collectibles is a vital part of preserving them and keeping them in perfect condition. The value of these items is dependent on the condition. The essential part of storing collectibles is keeping them in their original packaging. It is important that toys are not stored in direct sunlight because they will fade or become discolored. Extreme humidity will cause plastic toys to warp and break. Wrapping the items in bubble wrap or newspaper will add an extra protective layer and protect them from damage. Collectibles can be considered a long term investment.  A shipping container can help you protect your investment.   

Let Container Technology help you find the best storage solution for your memorabilia or collectibles, so they can be preserved for generations to come. Give us a call today at (877) 670-0229 or fill out a quick quote form

How Do You Make Shipping Containers?

By October 3rd, 2016 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping containers are everywhere now; they are being used as restaurants, shops, and even homes! With the abundance of shipping container architecture, it is easy to forget where the shipping container originates from and its purpose. Today, shipping containers are the backbone of modern trade. We know that shipping containers come in various sizes and shapes, but how exactly are they made? We live in a world where most things today are built using some sort of automated machine. However, this is not true for shipping containers. Shipping containers are built in enormous factories in China by construction specialists in full safety gear who use heavy duty machinery to weld, cut, rivet and join the pieces together. Sparks fly everywhere as the container moves down the production line. Here are the steps to build a shipping container:

Step 1: Creating Wall Panels

Shipping containers begin their life as a giant roll of steel. The steel is unrolled and cut into pre-measured sheets. The wall panels are cut down from the large steel sheets into smaller sheets and a metal stamping process is used to create the desired form. The sheets are then sandblasted and corrugated. The corrugation, which gives the walls their wave-like texture, adds strength to the container. Next, the smaller panels are laid out and welded together to create the full-sized wall panel. Finally, square tubing is welded onto the top and bottom of the wall. This tubing allows the walls to be welded to the floors and roof of the container.

Step 2: Construction of the Undercarriage

Now it’s time to assemble the undercarriage, or the frame that will hold up the container flooring. The floor frame is mostly made up of I-beams. Two longer I-beams are laid out perpendicularly running the length of the container. Smaller I-beams are welded in between these longer beams to create a raft-like base. When the welding is done, the floor frame is sanded to be certain that there are no rough joints.

Step 3: Assembly

All the individual wall panels, roof panels, and floor braces are completed separately prior to being combined together. Square tubing is welded to the top of the wall along with the corner frame, floor frame, and corner post assemblies. When the major components are assembled, a jig is used to help make sure they are straight and flush fitting. Doors are installed onto the floor frame first, then wall panels, and finally the roof panels are fitted and installed into place.

Step 4: Painting and Priming

Next, the container is brought to the painting area. The first layer of paint applied is a primer. The primer is a preparatory coating used to secure the additional layers and to help the paint better adhere to the container. This additional layer also helps protect the container. After the primer is completely dried, the container is sprayed with paint several times. These layers of paint help to secure the container against the harsh elements of traveling by sea, such as salt and water.

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Step 5: Flooring

After the painting process is complete, it is time to install the flooring. The floor of the container consists of marine plywood panels. Before the panels are placed in the container, a protective coating is applied to ensure that bugs and other pests are not present in the wood. After the protective coating dries, the panels are positioned on top of the floor frame and screwed down into the steel floor beams.

Step 6: Decals, Identification, and Doors

The container is now ready to be adorned with the shipping line’s logo and/or any advertisements. The decals are similar to stickers, which have an adhesive backing. The container is labeled with an identification code that is unique to each container. The first three letters on the container identifies the owner of the container, the fourth character identifies the product group code, the fifth to tenth characters make up a serial number that is assigned by the owner of the container. The final character is known as a “check digit” and it is used to verify the previous 10 characters.

After being labeled, the hardware can be installed. The doors handles and locking mechanism are fitted and a rubber gasket is wrapped around the doors to make sure they are watertight. Each container is tested thoroughly for water tightness, holes, or leaks.

Now that you know a little bit more about the process it takes to create a container, are you impressed? Even more impressive is the cost of a container. Give Container Technology Inc. a call at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote form. Container Technology has knowledgeable sales reps that help you pick the right container for your specific needs and budget.

Shipping Containers: Craft Beer Business

By August 23rd, 2016 Creative Uses 2 Comments
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Craft beer is popular right now and the trend seems to growing and expanding. What exactly is craft beer? The Brewers Association, the trade industry group for craft beer, defines craft breweries as ones that are “small, independent and traditional.” Coors light and Bud Light are not cutting it any more, beer lovers are looking for new and unique tastes. People want more flavors in their beer such as IPAs, seasonal beers, porters, and stouts. Lets face it, craft beer simply taste better. People have a choice now, a variation in flavors and styles of beer. Just like people evolve so does the beer industry. People are turning to local breweries for more quality beer rather than an expensive marketing campaign. Crafts brewer put their heart and soul into the process of making the beer and make sure not to cut any corners. Drinking beer is a great time to socialize and trying new craft beers is an experience. Similar to wine tasting, people want to explore the smells, tastes, and consistency, turning people into beer connoisseurs. There is a place in San Diego called Barrel Republic, where they promote the idea of “freedom to pour.” Barrel Republic offers 60-tap self-serve system, designed by iPourIt, includes 48 rotating handles of craft beer, with four handicap-accessible taps.

When Carolyn Cobb opened Big Dog Growlers in Bend, Oregon, she pursued the idea of creating a kegerator out of a shipping container. She turned a shipping container into a mobile, 29-tap kegerator. Cobb did not want to be tied down to leasing a space because usually businesses consider the cooler as a part of their space. By creating a kegerator out of a shipping container, she has the freedom and flexibility to control the future of her business. Instead Cobb’s equity is in her shipping container and she can take it wherever she goes.

With the growing trend, comes new and innovative ways to not only serve beer but to make beer as well. Craft brewers are continuing to experiment with unique new beers and beer styles. With the mobility and flexibility, shipping containers are the perfect place to serve and brew great beer. In London, one man constructed his own microbrewery out of two 40’ shipping containers. A tap room was set up that serves beer straight out of the 1,000-liter condition tanks. The low cost of shipping containers helps with the overall cost of starting a new venture and helps with rapidly expanding the business. With a rolling lease, by using shipping containers, you have the ability to take your brewery and plot on a new piece of land.

Advantages of Microbreweries in a Shipping Container:

  • Mobility
  • Expandability
  • Fast and cheap production
  • Independence from a specific location- Brew in various locations in the different times of year.
  • Flexibility
  • Space-saving
  • Compact
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Lagunitas Brewing Company out of  Petaluma, CA  is using re-purposed shipping containers to create a energy saving wastewater treatment facility. Lagunitas is known for having, bold, hoppy, and delectable beers. However, since California has been dealing with a water shortage crisis, it is the time to find innovative alternatives for water management and sustainability goals. Lagunitas has teamed up with Cambrian Innovation to create the world’s first bio-electrically enhanced wastewater treatment system.  According to the Matthew Silver, CEO of Cambrian Innovation, “Beverage companies across the country are rightfully concerned about rising energy and water costs. Yet, wastewater itself contains energy. The Cambrian EcoVolt system uses recent advances in biotechnology to capture this energy, turning waste-water from a hassle to a revenue source.” With the popularity of craft beer continuing to grow rapidly, there is the reoccurring issue of how to handle wastewater cropped up. This new system will cut operating costs, monetize their system, and with helping to increase plant sustainability. According to Lagunitas CFO Leon Sharyon, those traditional systems looked like industrial power plants, but the EcoVolt ships self-contained, literally, in a shipping container. Its smallness is huge on so many levels.” Especially since any energy created that Lagunitas does not use can be put back on the grid for Petaluma.

 

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“Developed with assistance from the National Science Foundation, EcoVolt uses electrogenic organisms to generate clean energy from wastewater. These recently discovered organisms convert wastewater pollutants into electricity, which is subsequently funneled to a circuit and back into an electrode where a different set of microorganisms convert electricity and carbon dioxide into methane fuel—forming a complete treatment process. The methane can be used on-site for clean power and heat production.” – Source: Cambrian Innovation

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At Container Technology, Inc. our staff has over 75 years combined experience in the storage container industry. For more information about standard ISO containers or general container modifications please give us a call at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote form.

Customizing a Shipping Container

By June 24th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments
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Always wanted to have a little extra space? Using shipping containers to create that extra space is the perfect way to achieve that dream. Shipping containers come in various sizes and are easy to customize. Extra space applications could include offices, guest houses, music studios, workshops, sheds, or craft rooms. By customizing your shipping container, you can create the perfect extra space solution.

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Shelving in your shipping container is a great way to stay organized and keep your shipping container clutter free. Container Technology Inc. can equip your container with shelving prior to delivery. We can help configure your shelving to meet your storage needs and requirements. The shelves hang from the interior “D” rings of the container and no interior and exterior modifications are needed. The shelves are fully adjustable and can easily be removed

Lighting

Overhead-Lights(1)CTI can install lights, outlets, and data/phone lines in your container. You also have the option of adding exterior lighting, including porch lights, flood lights, etc. Receptacles are standard 110V and come with either two or four outlets. They can be flush mounted or exposed on the surface of the wall paneling. Overhead lighting is one of our most popular modifications. The lights are 2-bulb florescent fixtures. Multiple switches can be installed to control the lights from various locations inside your container. LED lighting is a great option if you are in a remote location and do not have access to power on-site. The LED lights can be hooked up to a small battery to provide power and illuminate the interior of your container.

Windows and Skylights

Windows and skylights p3'x3'-Window-with-Security-Barsrovide an inexpensive way to bring natural lighting into your container. Our most popular windows is a 2ft x 3ft double paned window with a screen. We can also add security bars to a window for additional security. Skylights are a great option for those who desire natural lighting but are also concerned with security. They let the light in but do not reveal any of the container’s contents to anyone on ground level.

 

 

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We can paint your shipping container any color you wish! Maybe you want to paint your container to represent your brand or match it to your building or maybe you want to camouflage your container with trees and shrubbery. Your wish is our command! All we need to know is your color of choice and we will make it happen. If you order a custom decal, we can add that anywhere on your container as well.

Flooring

Vinyl-Floor-CoveringFloors in shipping containers are typically treated with chemicals to prevent corrosion and insect infestation. Depending on how you plan to use the container, you may consider replacing the flooring. Steel overlay flooring is one of our most popular floor modifications. Vinyl flooring is a great option if you are looking for something durable and easy to clean. Vinyl flooring also offers a wide-range of choices in textures, colors, and thickness.

A spray-on bedliner is a coating typically used in the bed of cargo vehicles and trucks. This is an excellent option for waterproofing or seating the floor your container. It performs very well in extreme cold and hot climates and will not warp, crack, peel, or split.

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Let Container Technology Inc. help your dream of extra space become a reality. Call us toll-free today at (877) 670-0229 to speak with a knowledgeable sales rep or fill out a quick quote form. We want to work with you to find the right storage solution!

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