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Northern Ontario Days Inn Built From 120 Shipping Containers

12/09/2014 04:33 EST | Updated 12/09/2014 04:59 EST

SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. — A Days Inn hotel built of 120 surplus shipping containers has opened in this northern Ontario town.

Calgary-based manufacturer Ladacor announced the opening, calling the two-storey, 60-room building located 380 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay "the largest shipping container-based hotel in North America.''

The company says it has developed expertise in repurposing shipping containers for modular buildings.

The technology was "an environmentally sustainable and progressive solution'' that resulted in "a very high-quality project to meet stringent standards of the Days Inn brand,'' said Ladacor president Joseph Kiss.

Hotel owner Don Klisowsky said the construction method allowed for the hotel to be built in just 13 months, compared to an estimated 2 1/2 years if traditional methods had been used.

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