DropBox Inc. Are Shipping Containers Cheap and Widely Available?

Posted on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

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Not a week goes by that we don't get a call or form submission from folks looking for shipping containers for super low prices. One of the more common statements is some variation of: 

“I just got back from the beach and there were shipping containers stacked five or six high almost everywhere, with all those containers just laying around I should be able to buy one cheap!”

Unfortunately things are not always as they appear. 

Yes, there are a lot of shipping containers stacked up at ports and shipping container lay down yards around the world, but the majority of these shipping containers aren't actually for sale.

In reality there it is estimated that there are anywhere from 10 million to 16 million shipping containers on the planet.  The biggest players in shipping container ownership are, for obvious reasons, international shipping companies like Maersk, Hamburg Sud, COSCO, and container rental/leasing companies like Textainer, Sea Cube, and Blue Sky Intermodal.

In recent years shipping companies have increased the number of years they use these shipping containers and typically try to keep them in rotation via imports and exports around the world. In doing so these companies save money by not having to build new containers but this also means that fewer containers are available to people interested in purchasing them for their own personal storage or shipping container modification project

The majority of shipping containers seen along the coast are either in route to their final destination, or are waiting to be loaded with goods before being sent to their next location. Just because they are seen sitting in port does not necessarily mean they are for sale and are not in use.

These factors lead to shipping containers not being in such a surplus as some might think, but worry not DropBox Inc. is here to meet all of your shipping container and shipping container modification needs.

Here at DropBox Inc. we have built relationships with international shipping companies, container rental/leasing companies, as well as shipping container manufacturers in the US and around the world. We can get the shipping container you need for your project. Whether you are looking to simply purchase an ISO shipping container or to create a shipping container modification we have the people and expertise to meet your needs.

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBOx Inc. Ships New Custom ISO Shipping Container Modifications

Posted on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 16:06 PM

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DropBox Inc. just sent a new custom shipping container modification to be delivered to Kazakhstan. This along with nearly 70 other units will be delivered this year in support of refinery construction and operations.

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. ReInventing the Box by Recycling What Might Otherwise be Discarded

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

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As result of imports from other countries almost 7.5 million shipping containers are brought into the United States each year but only 2.5 million get sent back out for exports. Therefore a stockpile of shipping containers can be found in ports around the coastline of the U.S. The ultimate destination for many of these used shipping containers is often the scrap yard, where they are shredded, and sent to be melted down to raw steel. However, Dropbox Inc.  has found a number of ways to recycle both new and used shipping containers to create a wide range of products. By reusing the containers DropBox Inc. allows for a more green application than melting them down. The surplus created by the U.S. trade deficit has lead to the start up of a number of shipping container modification companies like DropBox Inc. that manufacture anything from self storage units, modular offices, portable running water restrooms, and shower facilities.  

One use for these otherwise unused shipping containers are what we call the Running Water Restroom (RWR). A commercial quality, portable, and containerized RWR will take the waste management of your site to a whole new level. These portable units are designed to meet the sanitation needs of the man power both in and around your site. These industrial grade units provide the jobsite an added advantage to attract the higher quality craftsmen to get your project completed on time and on budget.

Another use for these containers are DropBox Inc.’s  blast resistant modules. These safety shelters are designed and engineered to meet customer safety needs for work space, break rooms, lunch rooms, meeting areas, and additional storage space. The BRM is perfect for plant outages, turnarounds, temporary offices, tool cribs, offshore drilling and other construction projects. Our standard BRMs are built to withstand 8 psi/200 milliseconds, and include 8' 6" ceilings, 2 entry/egress doors, climate control, insulation, emergency signs, lighting, and electrical outlets.

These are just a couple uses that DropBox Inc. has been able to come up with when it comes to shipping containers. 

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our ISO shipping container capabilities, CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. 4 Important Questions to Ask Before ReInventing Your BOX

Posted on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

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Do you have plans to purchase a shipping container? 
A standard ISO shipping container measures 8' wide and 8' 6" tall, and typically comes in 20' or 40' lengths. A third option offers higher ceilings; these are called high cube containers and measure 9' 6" inches tall. A shipping container often makes a perfect starting block for a wide range of purposes including modifications such as homes, business, or cabins. Before beginning any type of modification of shipping containers, it is important to ask yourself a few questions in order to avoid any trouble along the way.

1) Do I have to have a permit for my shipping container?
Depending on your use for the container, you may or may not need several permits. Some areas don’t allow residential construction using shipping containers, so if you're interested in turning your shipping container(s) into a home, you’ll need to first check in with your local planning department. However, if you are not going to be living in the box and will just be using it for storage, you probably won't need to have a permit. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so be sure you do your homework on what (if any) permits are needed in your area. 

2) How will the weather in my area affect the integrity of the box?
Insulating a shipping container can be tricky and may cause problems, depending on your plans for the container. Other potential issues include extreme weather changes that may lead to interior moisture condensation, as well as moisture seepage up through the bottom of the box. Remember, the walls and ceiling of the containers are steel but the bottom of a container – while steel beam studded – is built from marine grade plywood that may rot over time. Make sure the area where you plan to put your box has good drainage, and that moisture does not sit under the box. 

3) Once I find a container, how will I get the container onto the property?
An empty 20-foot container can weigh almost 5,000 pounds. You’ll probably need to have your container delivered by a professional. Make sure a large truck may easily enter your property and place the container on-site, or else you may have to deal with renting a very expensive crane to lift the container and put it where you want it.

4) What was housed in this container before it was put up for sale?
Buyers be forewarned – the contents of many containers are often sprayed with pesticides and protective coatings to prevent deterioration during ocean travel, and some shipping containers that are currently for sale have previously transported toxic chemicals which may cause problems with your intended finished container project. Do your research on what the container was used for before you decide to buy it.

More information on DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modifications may be found online at www.DropBoxInc.com. If you'd like a quote CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. REINVENTING THE BOX in 2017

Posted on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

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More information on DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modifications can be found online at www.DropBoxInc.com. If you'd like a quote CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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Reinventing the Box with DropBox Inc. Shipping Container Modifications

Posted on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

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When it comes to shipping container modifications, DropBox Inc. encourages our customers to Reinvent the BOX.

ISO (International Standards Organization) shipping containers are containers that have been engineered, designed, and standardized for international transport across varying shipping avenues (ships, trucks, trains, etc.). These containers are rigid, durable structures that are usable far beyond their originally intended purpose.

DropBox Inc., located in the Ohio River Valley, and our partner companies, Modular Security Systems Inc. and Portable Solutions Group, have standardized modifying these ISO containers for uses from portable office space to industry-tested restrooms, showers, battery/inverter housing units, chemical storage containers, blast resistant modules, portable welding training stations, and portable perimeter security solutions. 

Along with offering standardized products, we are able to work with clients to build custom modifications specific to their needs and requirements. Our experienced and knowledgeable team here at DropBox Inc. have decades of combined experience with custom shipping container modifications, engineering, design, and manufacturing to help provide your turn-key portable solutions from start to finish. Our shipping container modification abilities are in no way limited to the standardized products and options found on our website. Choose from our wide selection of standard products or give us your individual ideas as a starting point and we'll come up with a portable shipping container modification product to not only meet, but also exceed your needs. 

DropBox Inc. realizes your specific business needs are unique to you and your company. We have utilized our expertise to create a line of standard modification solutions, and we pride ourselves on step-by-step communication with our customers while building custom shipping container modification solutions – solutions which are used around the world by the military, major industrial and commercial construction companies, and small businesses.

For more information about DropBox Inc. and all of our container modifications CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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Shipping Container Modification Photos from the Manufacturing Floor

Posted on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 14:10 PM

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In a few words you could say, we got a lot going on. 

Over the past few weeks Portable Solutions Group parent company to DropBox Inc. Inc. has celebrated surpassing 100 employees, the addition of an overflow manufacturing facility, and received additional purchase orders from customers all around the world.

With so much going on it's hard find any one thing to actually talk about. With multiple shipping container modification projects underway both at the Worthington and Wurtland manufacturing facilities we thought we'd take this week to simply look at some of photos of what we've had going on "out on the floor". 

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In the past few weeks we've built standard units like offices, break rooms, restrooms, showers, as well as the redesigned Chemical Hazmat Storage Container, Blast Modules, a custom project for Savannah River National Labs, and much much more.

For more information on any of these shipping container modifications and all of our capabilities CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768. 

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DropBox Inc. Beautiful Shipping Container Homes Around the Web

Posted on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 13:09 PM

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Here at DropBox Inc. we have built a wide range of products out of ISO shipping containers but the one thing we've yet to build is a home. We have had some interest here and there and can't wait for the opportunity for the right customer to come along and choose us for the adventure that is building a home from a shipping container. 

With that said, we'd like to take this week’s Shipping Container Mods Blog to look at some of the best-looking shipping container homes we can find on the web. If you or someone you know is interested in building a home from shipping containers, take a look here and elsewhere around the web and GET IN TOUCH!

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For more information on DropBox Inc., all of our ISO shipping container modification capabilities, and our products CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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Photos of Shipping Container Modifications for Savannah River National Labs

Posted on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

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This week in the Shipping Container Mods Blog we don't really have a lot to say but we've got a lot to show. With that said, as they say, pictures tell a thousand words. So given the number of pictures here that should be about 11,000 words. In this weeks blog we'd like to show off a recently finished shipping container modification we completed for Savannah River National Laboratory. While we can't really say what they are used for we can say that this is a pretty awesome shipping container modification project. Take a look and let us know what you think. 

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For more information on DropBox Inc., all of our ISO shipping container modification capabilities, and our products CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. Shipping Container Modification Engineering & Design

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

 

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"Shipping Containers are our business, and we aim to be the best", stated Matthew Vonderheide, Business Manager for Dropbox Inc.  "We not only do the structural design, engineering and manufacturing, but we can provide you with the complete package, Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing".

At the end of the day the final destination for most shipping containers or milvans could be a scrap yard, where they are shredded, and sent to be melted down to raw steel.  Dropbox Inc however has found a wide range of uses for both new and used shipping containers. At DropBox Inc. we recycle the containers for a more green application than melting them down. More recently the popularity of using containers for portable module structures has risen greatly.  For Dropbox Inc. these containers can become a green type of modular buildings and jobsite solutions with major advantages in cost savings and strength.  The containers we use are extremely strong and allow Dropbox Inc. to build extremely strong buildings without expensive steel fabrication and assembly.

At DropBox Inc. we know that a good set of engineering and design principles lead to a successful, cost-effective product. We are a custom ISO shipping container modification company that specializes in the engineering, design, and manufacturing of portable turn-key solutions to meet customers site specific needs. Whether you need a customized storage space for tools and equipment or climate controlled meeting rooms, guard houses, restrooms, and showers DropBox Inc. has the capabilities to meet your needs. To achieve excellence in design, Dropbox Inc. employs talented engineers with years of experience in their respective disciplines. Members of the Engineering and Design team work closely with our project managers to guarantee that all Dropbox design products reflect the highest level of expertise as well as the utmost attention to detail.

In addition we have developed a robust quality control program for cross-checking our engineering design functions. To further ensure that our designs meet client needs, several reviews with the project owner and staff are conducted prior to release for each and every build. In addition, we can provide PE stamped, engineered drawings for all 50 states. Wherever you are and whatever your needs may be Dropbox can provide your solution.

For more information on DropBox Inc. and all of our ISO shipping container modification capabilities and products CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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