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Williams Scotsman

February 17, 2010 09:00 ET

Williams Scotsman Announces Haiti Disaster Recovery Program

Modular Space Provider Contributes Support to Red Cross and Equipment to Longer-Term Rebuilding

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - February 17, 2010) -  Williams Scotsman, the leading provider of modular space and secure storage solutions in North America, announced that it has set up a designated toll-free number, 888-277-0569, to help those who need immediate modular space for a variety of uses in Haiti. The company has deployed fleet and staff resources to coordinate activities related to recovery efforts in the disaster-stricken area. 

In addition, Williams Scotsman will contribute funds on behalf of customers and employees to the Red Cross relief and rebuilding effort in Haiti. The company agreed to make a donation to the Red Cross of $5 for every mobile office leased for six months or more through the end of March. The company will also match donations made to the Red Cross by its global staff.

"Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the devastating earthquake in Haiti," said Gerry Holthaus, chairman and chief executive officer of Algeco Scotsman, the parent company of Williams Scotsman. "We want to help in whatever way we can, and modular space can provide hope in the most difficult situations by delivering solutions to keep vital services running, provide safe shelter for people and secure storage for equipment and incoming relief supplies."

As a modular space provider for more than 50 years, Williams Scotsman provides a variety of space solutions including command centers, healthcare clinics, field offices, bunkhouses and mobile response units. 

"Down the road, we also believe that our permanent modular structures and concurrent construction methods can help in the rebuilding efforts -- allowing schools, hospitals and government buildings to be constructed in half the time of traditional construction methods," said Holthaus. 

In the aftermath of a hurricane or other natural disaster, customers have come to rely on Williams Scotsman in their recovery efforts. Williams Scotsman played a critical role in helping to rebuild after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. In addition to deploying hundreds of mobile office and storage units to support continuing operations of local businesses, the company completed 29,000 square feet of permanent modular space for the reconstruction of South Cameron Memorial Hospital, which was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. The company also played a vital role within New Orleans' Recovery School District, providing 500,000 square feet of modular classroom space to seven different school sites after Hurricane Katrina. 

About Williams Scotsman
Williams Scotsman offers space solutions for the construction, education, industrial, commercial/retail, healthcare, and government markets, with operations in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Williams Scotsman serves customers' modular space and storage needs through a vast network of local branch offices located throughout North America. In addition to its core leasing business, the company manages and develops permanent modular structures.

Williams Scotsman is a subsidiary of Algeco Scotsman, a leading global business services provider focused on portable accommodations and storage solutions. Operating as Williams Scotsman in North America and Algeco in Europe, the group manages a fleet of more than 343,000 units, with operations in Belgium, Canada, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, The United Kingdom and The United States. The company's legacy is grounded in its reputation for exceptional customer service, effective management of business operations and consistent product innovation. Algeco Scotsman's global presence combined with its local market expertise provides exemplary service tailored to meet the unique needs of customers throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.willscot.com, or email Michele.Cunningham@willscot.com