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A new use for retired containers

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AUSTIN - Have you ever wondered whatever happens to those old Conex shipping containers? Do they just end in a field like so many old cars? Well, not if Victor Moberg has anything to do with it.





    For most of his adult life, Moberg has been self-employed. Most of which he spent in welding and metal work. But it’s been a dream of Moberg’s for quite some time to direct his self-employment into a different avenue – Conex containers. Unfortunately, an automobile accident put his dream on hold for a while. After a long rehabilitation period, his dream finally started to become a reality.
    In 2017, Moberg started County Line Containers LLC, recycling retired Conex containers for multi-use purposes. “We finally got started and it actually took off a little better than we estimated. It was too good of a start, if there is such a thing,” says Moberg.
    Starting their second year in business, Moberg has great plans. Currently, the company has two trucks, one full-time driver and one part-time driver to deliver containers with hopes of acquiring a third truck and a second full-time driver to facilitate their customers’ needs.
    In the interim, Moberg is busy on the second phase of his business and is looking into expanding the conversion aspect of the containers to full cabins for hunting leases or rural properties. “They’re not just ideal for storage.” By the end of the second quarter of this year, Moberg would like to have done, not to coin the phrase, but a “tiny house,” small living quarters complete with full utilities, plumbing and water.
    County Line is already doing conversions now for flex spaces for office units or studios for smaller business in flex retail space. “We’re currently converting a 20-ft container into a barbeque stand for a customer.”.
    Moberg’s wife, who holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design, is involved in the conversion aspect of the business says Moberg. “She has a real good eye for laying stuff out, attention to detail and putting a personal touch on each of our conversions.”
    In addition to selling containers and converting containers into viable spaces for office flex space or living quarters, County Line also rents containers for construction jobsites.
    Moberg handpicks the containers himself to ensure they are in good condition. “I buy the containers as if I’m buying them for myself. They have criteria they have to meet and if they don’t meet it, they get pushed to the side.
    “The doors have to function easily.  And once the doors are open, what does the floor look like? What does the unit smell like? You don’t want foreign, lingering odor to transfer to what you might be storing in your container.
    “I’ll have my driver, who helps me select containers, close me up in the container. It’s pitch black with the doors closed and you can see the smallest pinhole like a star in the sky at night. You don’t want any moisture in your container, and we take all this into consideration when selecting them. We really like the green aspect of the containers to reuse, recycle and repurpose. There’s a lot of really good use for these containers, whether it’s storage, office units, retail spots, and small living cabins They offer some unique aspects because of their rigidness and sturdy construction.”
     County Line Containers LLC is a supplier of retired storage containers in Smithville, TX. -cmw

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