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Ramtech Hosts Factory Tour at MBI Modular Construction Summit

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by (No Comments)

Ramtech was pleased to host a tour of RMD’s manufacturing plant for the attendees of the Modular Building Institute’s Dallas Modular Construction Summit held on November 4th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas hotel and conference center. Ramtech’s Mike Slataper, Linc Moss, Roland Brown, and Gary White fielded questions and provided attendees with a perspective on how we approach the manufacturing of relocatable and permanent modular buildings as design-build construction company. Prior to the attendees arriving by bus at our Mansfield headquarters, Linc Moss gave a presentation on project delivery methods and the pros and cons of using them for modular construction. Linc also provided an in-depth discussion of the Texas rules and regulations on the design-build project delivery system and how Ramtech approaches it. The event, open to both MBI members and the general public, drew a diverse audience that heard from industry experts about the latest trends, techniques, and benefits of offsite construction.

Ramtech’s Linc Moss Receives Modular Building Institute’s Hall of Fame Award

Posted on: April 30th, 2015 by (No Comments)

2015 HOF InductionThe Modular Building Institute awarded our Linc Moss with the organization’s prestigious Hall Of Fame Award at the industry trade association’s 2015 World of Modular annual tradeshow and conference held recently at the Bellagio Las Vegas Resort.  Linc received the award from Mike Slataper, who also was a MBI Hall of Fame recipient back in 2010 and made the trip out to Las Vegas to make the special presentation.  The MBI’s Hall Of Fame Award is the Association’s highest honor and is given out annually in recognition of those whose careers have been dedicated to improving and promoting the modular building industry, or whose acts have had a significant impact on the careers of others. The criteria for induction includes a minimum of 30 years in the industry with exemplary corporate citizenship through service to others, as well as helping to advance the industry in the areas of product design, financial management, marketing, production methods and efficiency or other areas that have added significantly to the industries competitiveness and success. (more…)

Modular Construction Training in the Classroom

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by (No Comments)

With support from the Modular Building Institute, the main trade association representing  the commercial modular building industry, a $10 million federal grant will be shared by five colleges in Florida to provide training and education for the commercial modular construction industry. The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The curriculum will provide skills, training, and education for the manufactured construction industry through a program called TRAMCON, short for Florida Training for Manufactured Construction. The forecasted growth and adoption of permanent modular construction across many markets coincides with a projected shortage of over two million skilled workers by 2017 for site built construction. This shift toward offsite manufacturing and prefabricated construction will require increased training through a nationally recognized certification program that will be part of both two and four year degree programs offered by Florida’s state colleges and universities. More information about the program and the recent award of $1.47 million to the construction program at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida can be found here.

Ramtech Hits Modular Building Institute 30-Year Milestone

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by (No Comments)

Modular Building InstituteAt this year’s Modular Building Institute World of Modular Convention held March 21-24 at the J.W. Marriott Resort in San Antonio, Texas, Ramtech was recognized for 30 years of continuous membership and support of the MBI.  Founded in 1983, the MBI is the international non-profit trade association serving commercial the modular construction industry.  The MBI membership is made up of manufacturers, contractors, dealers and associates serving two distinct segments of the industry,  permanent modular construction and relocatable buildings. The MBI actively promotes the expanded use of modular and off-site construction techniques as well as acting as an advocate on legislative issues in order to deflect unwarranted or onerous legislation and regulations harmful to the commercial modular industry. (more…)

Ramtech’s Contribution to the Evolution of Commercial Modular Construction

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by (No Comments)

When looking back at the history of commercial modular construction, an evolutionary change began to occur in the early ’80s when the industry was primarily controlled by several large modular leasing companies such as GE Modular Space, and several wholesale modular manufacturers, the largest being Cliff Industries. At that time the only successful multi-plant, direct sale manufacturer was a company called PBS.  But things began to change in 1982, when a steady transformation of the modular industry started to take place led by the establishment of a small modular dealership known as Ramtech Modular Design. Within two years Ramtech had expanded its operations by opening and developing its own modular manufacturing plant in the growing city of Mansfield, Texas.   At that time Ramtech’s mission was simple – stay profitable and remain financially strong, treat its employees well, and provide its customers with the best value engineered modular buildings available. This focus on the fundamentals not only helped Ramtech to prosper, but also supported the development of the modular industry and contributed to the growth of the city of Mansfield. (more…)

Ramtech Wins MBI Awards of Distinction for KIPP Modular Buildings

Posted on: April 1st, 2013 by (No Comments)

Ramtech received a first place award in the Temporary Education over 10,000 Square Feet category at the Modular Building Institute’s 30th annual convention and tradeshow held this month at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The award was for the recently completed 24,500 square foot modular school campus for charter school operator KIPP Delta Public Schools in Blytheville, Arkansas.  Ramtech took just 120 days to complete a new campus that included 16 elementary school classrooms, 8 middle school classrooms, a food service-cafeteria, and an administration building.  The key to the rapid completion of the project was the use of Ramtech’s modular building system which saved KIPP both time and money when compared to traditional site construction.  (more…)

Green Buildings Underperforming??

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by (No Comments)

For the last several years, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) has attempted to address the inequalities of the International Green Construction Code when applied to small commercial construction projects, as these are the heart of the commercial modular industry. MBI promotes the fact that modular buildings are one of the best platforms for sustainable building construction today for the following reasons:

  • Factory construction means greater waste diversion from landfills
  • Factory controlled construction means greater use of recycling practices
  • Off-site construction means less site disruption
  • Ability of modular buildings to be relocated and repurposed means fewer buildings being demolished and ultimately less waste

As we have stated before, sustainable construction practices make sense when applied in scale to the overall project. Small projects bear an inordinate amount of costs to attain certain levels of sustainable construction when compared to large public and private sector work; however, there may be more to question when it comes to green construction. (more…)

The Latest on Regulating Modular Buildings used for Man Camps in Texas

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by (No Comments)

With the recent nationwide growth in oil and gas development, many of the small towns in West and South Texas are finding it very difficult to handle the huge influx of oil field workers coming into these areas. One of the biggest challenges is how to provide adequate housing for these workers and their families. Even though this influx is also putting a tremendous strain on the local schools and other infrastructure, many cities believe that this growth may be temporary so community planners and developers are less willing to invest the financial resources necessary to adequately expand their permanent residential neighborhoods.  So far, the primary means of meeting the industries workforce housing needs has been through the use of temporary man camps. (more…)

Permanent Modular Buildings: A Means to Sustainable Construction

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by (No Comments)

“Sustainable”, “Green”, and “LEED certified” are terms often used in the construction industry to reference buildings that are designed and constructed in an environmentally responsible way. This means building in greater energy efficiencies, using fewer natural resources during construction, and creating a healthier workplace while reducing pollution and waste. The primary challenge in achieving sustainable construction lies in its cost.  During tough economic times it can be difficult for an owner to invest in the resources necessary to meet LEED or voluntary IgCC requirements. However, a recent article in the Guardian references how America’s commercial, institutional, and governmental agencies could learn a great deal from the success Europe and China are having by using a familiar, cost effective means to achieve sustainability: permanent modular construction. (more…)

Prevailing Wage Debate Hits Offsite Modular Building Sector

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by (No Comments)

Tom Hardiman, MBI’s Executive Director recently opened a discussion on the specter of prevailing wages being applied to offsite fabrication.  Needless to say, this posses a serious threat to the commercial modular building industry.   If the states of California, Ohio, New York, and Washington are successful in forcing prevailing wages on the modular industry it would not only be very detrimental to the industry, but also to the industries that the modular industry serves.    (more…)