The fledgling company has had to weather the downturn in the economy, but is at a point that production of its unique innovation – emergency housing – is imminent, company officials announced.
“The concept came out of the shortcomings of FEMA during the hurricane disasters that struck the United States in 2004 and 2005,” said company president Darryl R. Brown.
“We felt we could come up with a better way, a better solution to the disaster response,” Brown said.
The concept has been finalized and the prototype is finished. It is an engineered building system capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and self-sustainable if need be. The building system meets criteria drawn up for both the Miami, Fla., hurricane emergency act and the California earthquake codes – two of the toughest building codes in the states.
Two big attributes of the emergency housing building is that it can be delivered to any location in the United States, Canada or Mexico within 2-3 days, Brown boasted.
Once on site, the set-up time is just 24 hours, he said.
The other main attribute is that is can be knocked down and refurbished after use for use at some later date, Brown noted.
It is not a FEMA trailer that will eventually find itself in a landfill after use, he vowed.
Vortex came to Beeville for a couple of good reasons, Brown said.
“After a long search, we chose Beeville for our manufacturing facility because it is logistically ideal for our purposes,” he explained.
“Chase Field gives us an air facility so when can go global with our product as needed,” Brown said. “It is also close to the Port of Corpus Christi to assist in shipping to anywhere in the world and we will eventually have interstate access right at hand.”
The building system has more potential than just a disaster relief housing solution, he continued.
Negotiations are underway to provide military hospitals in the field which can be configured using the system. Quick set-up, transport and durability are a definite plus in those circumstances. A command station also could be delivered as close to the front lines of any military operation as needed and withdrawn and stored just as quickly as it was set up.
Brown envisions a start-up workforce of around 25-30 employees, but once production and contracts start rolling in the manufacturing facility could easily blossom to 250-300 new jobs for the Beeville area.
Vortex is looking to make a home in Beeville and desires to give something back in the community.
“When we get established here, we’ll play a role in the community. We want Beeville and Vortex to grow and thrive,” Brown said.