November 27, 2012 |
As New Jersey communities go, Cinnaminson was hardly one of Hurricane Sandy's hardest hit. But for a small business based there, the monumental storm just might prove to be the validation it needs. Not for its typical work, but for something it has been trying to promote for a few years. Sea Box Inc. has been an expert for nearly 30 years in customizing shipping containers, turning vessels ordinarily used for moving products from one point to another into works of creative functionality.
November 28, 2011 |
Jim Brennan is a rarity for a small-business owner: He has an executive-style corner office. But before you get too envious, consider that it is partly made from a shipping container. Then again, be envious. From his rather unusual perch in Burlington County, Brennan has been presiding over a business whose growth has been staggering, especially for these woeful economic times - and for a U.S.-based manufacturer. For 28 years, Brennan's Sea Box Inc., in Cinnaminson, has been demonstrating with astonishing creativity the many uses for shipping containers - including a giant movie screen when stacked 10 high, living quarters for circus elephants, mobile repair stations for military vehicles in war zones, and the latest adaptation, temporary emergency housing.
May 27, 2011 |
ZAYANTE, Calif. - Suspended from a crane in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Connie DeWitt's kitchen and bathroom are inches from nudging a madrone tree. The 30-foot shipping container was the largest of six trucked from Oakland, Calif., up a muddy road one Thursday afternoon. Before dinner, less than eight hours after the containers arrived, workers from NorCal Construction in Santa Cruz had ground the final bits of rust off the boxes and welded them together to create DeWitt's two-story mountain retreat.
March 3, 2007 |
Moving the Regional Produce Market to the Navy Yard would create serious security risks and block major growth at the Port of Philadelphia, maritime business and labor leaders said yesterday. Uwe Schulz, president of the Ports of the Delaware River Marine Trade Association, pressed port officials to fight a plan by Gov. Rendell and State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) to put the new produce terminal on the Navy Yard site, just south of the port. The association is the employer group that hires labor for the port.
April 1, 2002 |
Terrorists and weapons of mass destruction could reach U.S. ports concealed among millions of uninspected cargo containers, U.S. maritime security officials fear, but measures to stop them aren't likely to be in place before 2008 under current plans. So U.S. officials are pressing the rest of the world to move faster to install a system of electronic devices on boats that allows global tracking of incoming ships. Even then, the system wouldn't be in place before mid-2004. In addition to surveillance of ships, U.S. officials want penetrating checks into the backgrounds of foreign crew members and - most important - a better idea of what's inside the seaborne cargo containers that deliver nearly a half-trillion dollars' worth of U.S. imports annually.
August 24, 2000 |
FastShip Inc., the Philadelphia firm that hopes to launch high-speed ocean cargo service between here and Europe, has agreed to acquire a portion of the long-dormant Conrail Port Richmond Terminal. The yard was built by the old Reading Railroad on the eve of World War I as its gateway to the Atlantic Ocean for cargo ranging from coal and iron ore to sugar. If the plans - expected to be announced today - come to fruition, Port Richmond would become the ultramodern home port and maintenance base for a new generation of ocean cargo ships.
January 9, 2000 |
First they came crammed into rusty fishing boats, filthy, overcrowded and dangerous. Now would-be Chinese immigrants are paying tens of thousands of dollars to be smuggled into the United States in 40-foot-long cargo containers, stacked between hundreds of others on huge cargo ships. In the last two weeks, authorities on the West Coast have arrested 75 Chinese immigrants who had arrived on ships docking at Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif., and Seattle. On Monday, 25 people also were arrested leaving a ship in Vancouver, British Columbia.
December 15, 1999 |
Attention, Kmart shoppers. Thieves hit your store early yesterday morning. Again. For the second time in as many days, bandits targeted the Kmart on Orthodox Street near Castor Avenue in the Northeast. But their efforts were not so fruitful as those of the previous day's robbers. These thieves, described by police as two white males, made off with several boxes of bottled water. The two gunmen who struck in the wee hours Monday morning, described by police as two black males wearing gauze masks, got somewhere between $40,000 and $140,000 in cash.
October 29, 1998 |
Michael Ehrlich says he's been "pulling [his] hair out," trying to get his houseware products from Asia to the United States in time for the Christmas shopping season. Ehrlich is vice president of Creative Home Decors, a Philadelphia importer of Asian general merchandise and houseware goods. But because of a shortage of empty cargo containers in Asia, U.S. importers such as Creative Home Decors are having difficulty getting products out of the Far East. Even when containers are available, there is not enough space on the ships leaving Asian ports.
April 4, 1997 |
PORT ORANGE, Fla. Disabled man wants to lease his kidneys "Kidneys?" reads the newspaper ad. "I have 2 excellent ones! Long-term lease available. " Bob Loturco, 60, disabled and barely surviving on a $550 a month Social Security pension, wants to ease his retirement years by leasing one of his kidneys for 99 years to someone in need. Price negotiable. "It's my darn kidney," the former boat builder and car salesman said Wednesday. He has emphysema and cannot work but he is not dying and believes one kidney will do just fine.