SOURCE: PermaShelter S.A.

PermaShelter S.A., a Subsidiary of Harbor Homes, LLC

March 10, 2011 08:30 ET

PermaShelter S.A. Manufacturing Emergency Shelters for Export to Latin America

Haitian Company Sees Opportunity to Create Export While Helping Region Cope With Aftermath of Flooding

CARREFOUR, HAITI--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - In a heartwarming story of overcoming adversity, Haitian company PermaShelter S.A. has begun to manufacture transitional shelters for export to Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil in response to the severe flooding that has left hundreds of thousands homeless in South America over the past several months.

According the PermaShelter spokesperson Neil Jean-Luis Paul, "While we are in the disaster housing business, our real business is turning lemons into lemonade. PermaShelter has been searching for opportunities to build transitional shelters (also called t-shelters) in Haiti, but it is very difficult for a Haitian company to be awarded the contracts here. In our effort to keep our employees working, we have turned our attention toward helping those left homeless in South America. We have the expertise to build well-engineered homes and ship them to South America. And that is what we plan to do."

"We have developed a permanent home in several sizes ranging from 18 m2 to 30 m2," says Matt Williams, Director of Communications & Government Affairs for PermaShelter. "These homes are engineered to withstand substantial wind loads and seismic activity, and they incorporate materials that are impervious to rot and insects. A fully furnished home costs less than a small used car, and it is rated to last at least 25 years."

The company is adapting its materials and design to better reflect Latin tastes in architecture. "Providing a culturally relevant product is very important," says Jean-Luis Paul. "We are consulting with housing experts in the various countries to ensure that our products meet the varying needs expressed in different localities."

PermaShelter S.A. has a lot of experience building disaster relief housing, having previously been contracted to build about 2,000 transitional shelters in Haiti. PermaShelter's parent company, Harbor Homes, LLC, is a major supplier of disaster relief housing to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and currently holds a $153 million contract with this agency.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Matt Williams
    PermaShelter, S.A.
    Email Contact
    Phone: +1 229 234 2911