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Utilizing Shipping Containers to Expand Your Business

The nonprofit Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) is saving money by utilizing shipping containers to help expand their business and keep it afloat. Two of the shipping containers house an office and a gift shop. The third container is the studio, where the magic happens and where Treg Silkwood demonstrates his craft of glassblowing. BAGI had to find a new home fast after the space they were renting was sold to a condo developer. It was impossible for a non-profit to compete in such an area where the real estate market is booming. Renters are vulnerable to price hikes and eviction. BAGI needed an affordable solution to keep their business up and running in such a high-cost area. They found it very challenging to find a space that met the needs of their business. Then they turned to shipping containers…


When owning a business it is important to save as little as you can on your operations. Shipping containers are a great solution for both small and large businesses and can be used in a multitude of ways. Shipping containers can be transformed into a mobile office, shops, and recreational centers. Let’s take a look at how shipping containers can benefit your business:

Mobile Office – Finding affordable office space can be challenging especially if renting expenses do not align with your tight budget. Shipping container offices will benefit your business if you looking to make a profit and not put all your marbles into one bag. Renting an office is costly Shipping container offices can be customized so they mimic traditional office spaces. They are a great way to expand your business into new areas. 

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Workshop/Workspace– One of the shipping containers for BAGI was used as a studio or workshop to demonstrate the art of glassblowing. Shipping containers are  flexible, durable, and weatherproof. Some popular workshop modifications include personnel doors, windows, skylights, flooring, wall partition, vents, insulation, electrical packages, and shelving.

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ShopsPortability is one of the most appealing features of shipping container shops. Shipping containers are mobile and when the time comes to vacate the space, you won’t lose your business as well. You can simply take your unit to a new location and set up shop again.

Exterior of Perch'd, 14 NW 9 Street, in Oklahoma City Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Perch'd is a gift shop inside a converted shipping container. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

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If you are looking to expand and grow your business, let Container Solutions help. We have a variety of containers in stock in various sizes and conditions. If you are unsure about which container will suit the needs your business, let a knowledgeable sales rep help answer those questions. Give us a call today at (800) 506-7368 or fill out a quick quote form.

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