SeMo-Made Buildings to Aid in Hurricane Recovery, Preparation

MAY 23, 2006 - Posted at 3:39 p.m. CST

NEW MADRID, MO - A small southeast Missouri company already making barricades for the military is now manufacturing structures for parts of Louisiana hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.

Konteck Industries of New Madrid has received contracts to provide hurricane-resistant safe houses and modular building systems in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, and at Louisiana State University.

The company has expanded its work force to more than 100 to meet the June delivery date, in time for the start of hurricane season.

Kontek chief executive officer Charlie Merrill says there are a lot of similarities in designing a product to withstand a bomb blast or a natural disaster.

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