Wednesday, December 14, 2011
WLBZ2 SnapSpace Solutions Interview
BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Over the past year a new company in the city has been taking home designing in a whole new direction.
SnapSpace Solutions Inc. moved into the former Z.F. Lemforder building back in February. Since that point the company has been working to build new homes using old storage containers.
The containers used are mostly recycled ones that were at one point used for shipping freight. Company officials say that they are still structurally sound so they can be turned into new space for anything from homes to classrooms.
Directors at SnapSpace say they are already discussing several projects for the future, which could see thousands of containers repurposed.
They say that could lead to hiring more workers.
"They can hold 400,000 pounds on the roof...because they're made to be loaded with 60,000 pounds of freight...and stacked up high on a ship and shipped across the ocean so that amount of weight would never be in a home," said Kelsey Walton, who is the company's vice president.
"We expect that the vast majority of their product will probably be sent out of the state of Maine and probably even exported out of the country," said D'arcy Main-Boyington, "and that's a very good thing as far as financialy for the company and this region."
In addition to securing loans with the help of city officials in Brewer, SnapSpace is also getting help from the University of Maine through its Advanced Manufacturing Center as well as the Knowledge Transfer Alliance.