Viceroy Homes Ltd.

May 12, 2011 11:03 ET

First Shipment of Pre-Fabricated Homes From Viceroy Homes Sent to Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Survivors

Housing Units Fabricated in Richmond, B.C. Provide Temporary Homes for Survivors in Sendai, Japan

PORT HOPE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) -

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Viceroy Homes Ltd. (www.viceroy.com), a leading international manufacturer of quality pre-engineered homes, 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. The temporary two-bedroom homes, which include a kitchen, bathroom and small storage room, were manufactured at Viceroy's plant in Richmond, B.C.

The homes, which were ordered by the Japanese government through Viceroy Homes' exclusive Japanese building partner, Selco Homes, set sail for Japan from the Port of Vancouver to Sendai just over three weeks ago. These housing units are now in Japan and being assembled on land provided by various levels of government for this purpose.

"It's extremely gratifying to know that the first units to make their way out of our factory will be lived in by families who are finally getting on with rebuilding their lives," says Viceroy Homes president Dan Fox. "Every one of our employees worked extremely hard to ensure this shipment was prepared on schedule. I'm proud of everyone for what we've been able to accomplish in a very short period of time."

Viceroy Homes has been working with Selco Homes as part of the response effort to the Japanese government's request to their nation's building industry to construct over 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.

Beyond responding to this initial emergency request from the Japanese government, Viceroy Homes will continue working with Selco to provide permanent housing solutions 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.

About Viceroy Homes Ltd.

Founded in 1956, Viceroy Homes Ltd. is Canada's oldest and largest manufacturer of quality pre-engineered housing, with manufacturing facilities in Ontario and British Columbia. Viceroy exports its homes to over 35 countries worldwide. For the past 17 years, Viceroy has partnered with Selco Homes, one of the largest home building companies in Japan. Selco is also one of the largest importers of Canadian housing to Japan. Due to the positive Japanese perceptions of Canadian lumber and the building techniques utilized in Canada, Viceroy Homes has sold upwards of 12,000 housing to Japan over the past decade, alone.

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