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Creative Uses


“Blowin’ In The Wind” In a Shipping Container

By December 20th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments

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

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


Shipping Containers: Craft Beer Business

By August 23rd, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments

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

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.

The Rhino Liner™ is a coating typically found in the bed liner 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!


Using Shipping Containers to Store and Ship Cars

By May 6th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments

Are you cramped on space and looking for a storage solution? Is your garage full and need extra space to store your car? Maybe your garage just isn’t cutting it anymore? Shipping container garages are a great affordable alternative because of their size and their resistant steel shell. They are a perfect permanent car storage solution because it is much cheaper to purchase a container than paying for a car storage facility for several years. The steel containers provide protection against theft and vandalism. They are wind and watertight and will protect your car from unpredictable weather conditions. Shipping containers usually have a lock box to secure your car or possessions and can be modified to better suit your needs. Shipping containers are a versatile, affordable, and durable alternative to a traditional garage.

Since shipping containers are mobile and easy to install, they can be used as a long-term solution or as a temporary fix. Shipping container can be modified to include roll-up side doors, electrical wiring, insulation, flooring, ventilation, windows, shelving, etc. Take a look at Container Tech’s modification page to learn more! The doors on the container can be modified to make it more convenient for your storage needs. Let Container Technology, Inc help design your dream garage out of a shipping container, the sky’s the limit.Photo Jan 13, 2 54 57 PM

Pros

Affordable- Costs less than building a garage.

Movable- Can easily be moved from one location to another.

Easy to install- After you have your container delivered, it is ready for immediate use.

Easy to use and maintain– Once the container is set in place, add a moveable ramp and you can easily drive in and out. Check and address any rust issues to ensure that your container will last for many years.

Security- Container garage can be placed in your own yard, no remote location.

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Container Size-  A 20 ft shipping container is about the size of one parking space. The space inside a 20 ft container is almost 8 ft wide and 8 ft tall with a length of about 19’ and can hold one car.  The space inside a 40 ft shipping container is about 7’8” wide and 7’8” tall with a length of about 40’ and can hold two cars. A 45 ft high cube container is perfect for storing oversized cars because they are taller and give you extra height.

Container Condition–  A used container will cost less especially if aesthetics are not an issue. Used containers will exhibit signs of wear and tear, but that might not be a problem if you are into that rustic look. A new container will will cost more but will last longer in the long run.

Transporting a Car In a Shipping Container

  • Photo Jan 13, 2 37 47 PMBuild a barrier of some sort with plywood or timber to keep it contained and separated from other items. This process of embarkation is vital when shipping a vehicle in a container.
  • Drain all the fuel from the car and disconnect the battery and alarm system.
  • Wheels must be blocked from the front, back, and sides with wooden blocks or wheel chocks. The wheels need to be strapped securely with ratchet straps and then fit the straps to all the wheels by using the heavy lashing points located on the bottom of the container walls.

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Our sales representatives here at Container Technology, Inc understand that each project is unique with specific needs, and we’ll take the time to work with you to deliver the containers that suit those needs best. Call us toll-free at (877) 670-0229 or fill out a quick quote form to get started today.


Playground Containers

By March 28th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments

Shipping containers made into playgrounds? This is now becoming a reality because of the fact that shipping containers are versatile and environmentally friendly. Shipping containers are virtually indestructible and can be stacked up like Legos. Building a playground out of shipping containers can leave you with endless options instead of a simple out of the box plastic structure that is found in most of our parks and schools. Using shipping containers is like a blank canvas because there are so many unique and innovative ways to design your dream playground. Shipping container structures enable a child’s imagination to run wild and creates a whole new world. This world of adventure created by shipping containers take an active part in building upon their imaginations. Children can take part in “risk-taking” play while being supervised. In addition, the cost is low to build these structures. These kinds of playgrounds will have long-term positive outcomes for our children. These container playgrounds are aiding in the growth and development of our youth by presenting controlled challenges and risks. In a society reluctant to take risks, such opportunities are rapidly declining. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ― Albert Einstein

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Skinner’s Playground in Melbourne, Australia was designed by Melbourne-based Phooey Architects. This children’s center was created with container cut-outs that have been repositioned. There are four modified containers: two long ones clamped together at ground level and two smaller ones, also clamped together, placed at an angle on top at the south end. The stairs railing, overhangs, and balconies are all created from pieces of containers.

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Container Park in Las Vegas, Nevada converted a container into a 30 foot tall tree house with three different slides.

Help to enrich the lives of children by building a playground out of shipping containers. You can make a difference in a child’s life! Contact Container Technology, Inc toll-free at (877) 670-0229 to talk about your container needs today.


On-Demand Training Where Sailors Need it: At the Shipyard, Naval Station, or Pier

By March 23rd, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments

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Long gone are the days when expert sailors relied upon experience and knowledge of the stars to guide their ships to shore. Today’s sailors combine their seamanship with the advanced technical expertise necessary to command and maintain the complex systems that protect modern navies. Until today, there were few options for sailors to remain current on rapidly evolving technologies on the waterfront, especially at shipyards and smaller fleet concentration areas.

Enter Lockheed Martin’s on-demand training solution: a “trainer in a container”—the go-anywhere full-spectrum surface navy training solution   Lockheed Martin outfitted a standard (8-feet by 40-feet) cargo container with its world-class naval training systems to demonstrate how training simulators could be available to sailors when they need it, where they need it and how they need it. The engineers who designed and built the system at our Moorestown, New Jersey campus fondly dubbed it “The ConTrainer”.

The ConTrainer can be configured to use standard shore-power connections or to run on a portable generator and can be put on a flatbed truck or shipping vessel for transport. There is space within the container for four watchstanders and a training facilitator, flat-screen displays for group learning and a server room for electrical/computing equipment along with additional storage.

“The on-demand trainer means that sailors can be trained wherever they are: at a naval station, pier or shipyard,” said Lee Peterson, Lockheed Martin Training Products Technical Director. “Sailors can stay current on the latest advances on their equipment without having to go to a traditional classroom.”

The Lockheed Martin on-demand trainer concept for the surface navy will be featured at the Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) annual meeting Jan. 12-14 in Crystal City, Virginia. Attendees are invited to step inside and learn about these training solutions while trying the live-training simulators. Not attending SNA? Contact us to set up a demonstration.

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For more information visit:  lockheedmartin.com


Creative Uses: Temperature Controlled Mobile Workshop

By February 27th, 2016 Creative Uses 1 Comment

Shipping containers aren’t only for the storage and transportation of goods! With a little imagination, a shipping container can be the building block for any number of things– a house, a restaurant, a shop, or even an electrical room.

10-conversion-5At Container Technology, Inc., one of our specialties is custom container modifications. Give us a raw shipping container and an idea and we will make it happen! Our custom container modification packages run the gamut from insulation, electrical wiring and lighting, windows, man doors,custom flooring. Take a look at our modifications page to learn more!

10-conversion-1One of our most recent projects at CTI is a temperature-controlled portable workshop. Why buy a flimsy composite work shed or spend large amounts of money on rent on an industrial space when you can have a strong, secure, and portable workspace that is custom designed to meet all your needs?

10-conversion-3CTI created this portable workshop from a standard 10ft shipping container. We modified it from top to bottom and created a fully finished work space that is temperature controlled and wired for electricity. The interior of the shipping container was framed, insulated, and finished with 5/16” paneling. CTI installed a man door opposite the shipping container’s original set of double cargo doors, put a steel overlay over the original floor, gave the exterior a new coat of paint, and added a shelving system and a custom workbench. CTI also installed a full electric package—including lighting, electrical outlets, and a window AC unit.

10-conversion-6Shipping container modifications take the best qualities of the shipping container— durability, portability, and strength— and uses them for new applications. This shipping container conversion can now be placed anywhere the client needs it and be ready for use as a workshop in minutes. When the job ends or the client needs to move, it can be easily repositioned. The mobile shipping container workshop also closes up tight in seconds and the few access points to the container workshop’s contents are easily secured. If you would like to learn more about the specifics of this project visit this modification page.

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At Container Technology Inc., we work with customers on a daily basis to find the perfect storage solution for their needs and budget. With over 75 years of combined experience in the storage industry, we can meet almost any need. In addition to modifying shipping containers with different flooring, door configurations, windows, ventilation, and lighting options we also sellshipping containers in sizes ranging from 10ft to 53ft. Contact us today at (877) 670-0229 to speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly service representatives or get an online quote now.


4 Amazing Art Spaces made out of Shipping Containers

By August 17th, 2015 Creative Uses No Comments

The art world has long been on the forefront of innovation and design. It’s only natural that artists would recognize the unique merits and potential of using shipping containers as building materials.

Looking to open an art space or are you an artist searching for a unique and exciting way to showcase your art? Consider these four amazing art spaces made out of shipping containers.

Nomadic Museum Santa Monica, CA

1368991_index_nmuseum The flexibility and efficiency of using shipping containers is on full display at this traveling museum. Designed expressly to travel the world, the Nomadic Museum takes full advantage of shipping container’s inherent durability and mobility. The Nomadic Museum also showcases the design and aesthetic potential involved in using shipping containers as a building material.

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Miniature Traveling Movie Theaters USA Network’s Character Project

Character-Project-Container Character-Project-Container-Interior-224x300 These miniature traveling movie theaters seat up to eighteen people and are fully air-conditioned. Created for a collaboration between directors Ridley and Tony Scott and the USA Network, these repurposed shipping containers allow art to be easily accessible to the public. This creative idea is not only limited to art installations but could easily be adapted for day to day use. Ever wanted your own private movie theater? Please contact us to discuss modifying a shipping container for your own needs

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Hot Box Pop-Up Art Gallery Phoenix, AZ

hotbox_post The Hot Box Pop-Up Art Gallery is a collection of three 20-ft shipping containers used as pop-up gallery space. Artists are invited to create and show their work on a monthly basis. The blank canvas of the shipping container allows artists to create immersive experiences unlike any other.

The gallery also highlights how shipping containers are an effective and cost efficient way to create workspaces.

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GAD mobile art gallery Norway

GAD-mmw-architects-11 GAD mobile art gallery in Norway is perhaps the ultimate example of how shipping containers can be repurposed and modified to create a functional and beautiful art space.

Made out of ten shipping containers, the GAD art gallery has multiple stories, a roof-top terrace, and central courtyard. It is designed to be mobile and can be disassembled and transported to whatever location it’s owners choose.

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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.


Build a School Out of Shipping Containers

By July 25th, 2015 Creative Uses 6 Comments

Shipping containers are a superior building material due to their durability, portability, low cost, and sustainability. Due to these benefits, shipping containers have been modified and transformed into buildings used for numerous applications including residences, offices, art spaces, pop-up shops, and restaurants.

The benefits that shipping containers provide as a building material also extend to educational facilities. These four schools made out of shipping containers inspire with their high design, safety, and sustainability.

Waldorf Costa Mesa School

Waldorf-Costa-Mesa-School-2 When the Costa Mesa Waldorf School in California decided to expand, they chose to use shipping containers due to their sustainability. The school used shipping containers to create a new wing of eco-conscious buildings. The project utilized 32 shipping containers to create an additional 4 buildings on their campus. In addition to extra classroom space, the new additions include a library, 2-story auditorium, and a science lab.

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The Fawood Children’s Center in London utilizes shipping containers to create a bright and cheerful space for children and adult learners. Created by Urban Space Management, the Fawood Children’s Center provides childcare for 3-5 year olds, autistic and special needs children, and adult learning services. The innovative mesh outer-shell of the Fawood Children’s Center conceals three three-story interconnected classroom structures made out of shipping containers in the interior space of the building.

Vissershok Container Classroom-South Africa

vissershok-3-photos-6.jpeg.650x0_q70_crop-smart This shipping container classroom is a prime example of the adaptability, durability, and low cost of shipping containers. The classroom was sponsored by three South African companies for use in an impoverished rural township outside of Cape Town. Using a shipping container allowed the firm Tsai Design Studio to maximize their limited budget and create a functional and durable space that allows for multiple uses. This shipping container classroom is designed not only to provide classroom space but also space for a garden that will supplement school meals, a play area with a swing and other equipment, and a gathering area for lunches and school assemblies.

Shooters Hill School-London

shootershill2010 Whether you are using your shipping container for storage or modifying it for another use, a key advantage with shipping containers is their easy and efficient scalability. When Shooters Hill School in London decided to expand, this benefit was a key part of their reasoning behind choosing shipping containers. This attractive and welcoming new addition was installed on the school campus in only two days and added 7,200 sq. ft. of additional classrooms and workshop space.

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Purchasing a container for your school’s or educational facility’s needs is a practical business decision. Whether you are looking to build with shipping containers or simply need a storage container for extra storage space, look no further than Container Technology, Inc. We are your one stop for shipping containers of all sizes. Call us at (877) 670-0229 or get an online quote today.


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