Viceroy ships housing relief to Japan

Viceroy Homes has manufactured and shipped the first lot of pre-fabricated temporary housing units that will help house survivors displaced by Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

May 12, 2011   by PLANT STAFF

PORT HOPE, Ont.: Viceroy Homes Ltd. has manufactured and shipped the first lot of pre-fabricated, temporary housing units ordered by the Japanese government to help house survivors displaced by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in the northern region of Japan in March.

Viceroy, a manufacturer of pre-engineered homes based in Port Hope, Ont., said the two-bedroom units, which include a kitchen, bathroom and small storage room, were manufactured at Viceroy’s plant in Richmond, BC.

The homes are the first of at least 1,000 ordered by the Japanese government through Viceroy Homes’ exclusive Japanese building partner, Selco Homes. They are now being assembled on land provided by various levels of government.

The company has been working with Selco Homes in response to the Japanese government’s request to the nation’s building industry to construct more than 30,000 temporary housing units for the 350,000 people now living in evacuation centres in the hardest hit regions of the country.

Selco Homes’ head office is located in the northern city of Sendai, at the center of the most heavily damaged prefectures. Selco is a key member of the Association of Japanese Builders, which has an immediate mandate to provide temporary housing units over the next several months.

Viceroy Homes said it will continue working with Selco to provide permanent housing as Japan looks to re-build upwards of 100,000 single family units over the next three to five years in the devastated Northern region of the country.

The company exports its homes to more than 35 countries.

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