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The Taste Mobile Kitchen Manufactured By Containers First Wins 2013 Australian International Design Award

Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

Containers First, a leading Australian shipping container sales, hire and modification company manufactured the Taste Mobile Kitchen that recently won a prestigious 2013 Australian International Design Award for the Sydney-based Benevolent Society.

Designated ?Best in Category? by the award judges, the Taste Mobile Kitchen is a commercial-grade traveling kitchen complete with an intricate hydraulics system that Containers First designed and built from a standard 20-foot shipping container.

Award Judge Alex Cheek said the way the Taste Mobile Kitchen incorporates many different elements is what made it this year?s winner in the not for profit service category. “The Benevolent Society thought about all the aspects of how to make a great experience for the school students and the community, as well as building a [social enterprise] business model around it,” Mr. Cheek said.

?We?re honoured to share this award with the Benevolent Society,? said Rick Johnson, Containers First?s manager on the project. ?The judges recognised not only the innovative design and complex engineering that went into it, but also the positive impact the Taste Mobile Kitchen has had on the children and their families in the communities the Benevolent Society serves.?

The first portable kitchen of its kind operating as a social enterprise in Australia, the Taste Mobile Kitchen was created to strengthen community connections, bring diverse cultures together and foster community pride.

The colourful, 6.5-tonne Taste Mobile Kitchen travels via truck or rail to different communities throughout southwestern Sydney. It provides a fun and interactive environment for school children and their families to learn how to prepare simple, delicious and affordable meals using locally-grown produce and culturally-diverse ingredients.

The mobile kitchen project began with just an idea the Benevolent Society presented to Containers First in 2011. The Society envisioned a spacious, commercial-grade, demonstration kitchen that would be economical to transport, simple to operate, and could be ready to use within minutes of unloading.

Containers First took the Society?s initial concept and designed and built a full working kitchen that included Euromaid stainless steel appliances, electric and gas cooktops and ovens, a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave oven, two taps, and many more kitchen essentials. The entire unit folds compactly into the dimensions of a standard shipping container for efficient transport.

?The Benevolent Society had no drawings or specs,? recalled Mr. Johnson of Containers First. ?Our challenge was to design and install everything they wanted on a tight budget and within the dimensions of a standard container. We also had to make sure the kitchen could withstand frequent travel and perform flawlessly upon arrival at each destination.?

To fulfill the client?s wish for the largest kitchen area possible, Containers First created what is believed to be a first in the modified shipping container industry: a hydraulic-powered sliding extension. With just a push of a button, the gallery depth can be expanded by nearly a half-metre. ?Credit goes to our exceptional engineers for pulling that unprecedented design feat off without a hitch,? Mr. Johnson added.

A second pushbutton activates hydraulics that lowers a platform stage and raises the top sign. The kitchen also includes a retractable awning for protection from the elements and an overhead mirror so audiences can get a bird?s-eye view of the cooking below.

When not in use by the Benevolent Society, the Taste Mobile Kitchen is available for hire which helps pay for its ongoing operations and maintenance.

About Containers First:

Containers First, a division of the Western Container Group, offers a large inventory of new and used ISO shipping containers in every available size and configuration for sale, hire or lease from its Sydney headquarters. Containers First is also a major supplier of portable buildings, dangerous goods storage, insulated containers, and refrigerated units. Containers First specialises in container modifications, backed by one of the best on-site design/engineer/build teams in the industry. For more information, please call 1300 558 327 or visit Containers First.

Natural Disasters and Home Invasions Overwhelm the United States in 2013 Sparking Discussion for the Imminent Need of Tornado Shelters and Safe Room Shelters

Tyler, Texas (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

This year there have been countless tornadoes that have overwhelmed the entire United States. Most recently, a rare tornado struck the Midwest in November and devastated cities throughout Illinois and Indiana. Home invasions have also been on the rise in recent years. While 2013 crime statistics have yet to be released, in 2012 it was reported by the official FBI website (http://www.fbi.gov) that the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement around the United States increased by 1.2 percent. The states in the western region of the United States experienced the largest crime increase, up by 3.3 percent. It is more critical than ever to provide protection for the American family. A safe room shelter in a home or business can provide protection for an individual, family, or a group of employees from death or injury in case of a tragic storm or home invasion. As storms become even more erratic and unpredictable and crime rates continue to increase, it is important to have a safe place in a home or place of business that will provide shelter in case an unimaginable situation occurs. There is rarely any warning when a mass threat occurs which is why it is always important to think ahead. Big Texas Containers & Shelters is now delivering tornado shelters and safe rooms nationwide to all 50 states.

When it comes to tornado shelters and safe rooms there is no better option than Big Texas Containers & Shelters. Each safe room provides safety, security and peace of mind during unstable times. The world has become increasingly dangerous with threats of terror, home invasion, and crime more prevalent than ever. Devastating tornados have also been more predominant than ever, and in many cases causing mass death when they strike. A modular tornado shelter safe room offers the utmost security to any individual, business or family. The modular design gives an individual the ability to install their shelter in virtually any hard to access space including: walk-in closets, basements, bedrooms, carports, or in a garage. There?s no need to tear down walls or re-construct. Any safe room shelter can also be lined for gun and ammunition storage, and can also be used to securely store a gun collection while having quick access via a high-quality deadbolt-style lock. Each safe room is made from 7 gauge hardened steel, and can be lined with bullet-resistant armor in addition to the vault-style door for maximum protection. These safe rooms can save lives during a natural disaster or a home invasion, and the shelters have been impact tested to withstand the common flying debris from an EF5 tornado.

Big Texas Containers is located in Tyler Texas and has strong markets in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Lake Charles Louisiana and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Installation is available, but the modular design makes it so that virtually anyone can install a safe room shelter on their own with the help of a couple of friends to help cary the heavy steel panels. The Texas business also ships nationwide.

For more information or a price quote, visit BigTexasContainers.com or call (800) 261-1917. You can also call for an appointment to meet with one of their friendly and informative sales representatives in:

Dallas, Tx 75206 (214) 814-1888
6060 N. Central Expressway Suite 560

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111 Congress Avenue Suite 400

Tyler, Tx 75702 (903) 200-6017
719 West Front Street Suite 84

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