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New business building ‘disaster-proof’ homes in Indio

A new manufacturing business has started in the eastern Coachella Valley, building modular homes that can withstand natural disasters like devastating wildfires and floods.

At an open house Friday for Quadrow Specialty Environments, a blow torch burning at more than 800 degrees for more than an hour was not able to burn through the material the company uses to build homes.

Walls are made of magnesium oxide and are supported with steel.With homes burning in wildfires across Southern California, engineers at Quadrow said people could turn to the latest technology to rebuild.

“Nothing is going to break and nothing is going to crack. It has all been designed to withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, all these natural forces, including floods,” said Guy Assif, CEO of Quadrow Specialty Environments.Assif said building a Quadrow Specialty home could be more affordable than building a conventional-style house because the builder would save thousands of dollars on labor costs.

JOE GALLI IS ON FACEBOOK AND ON TWITTER @JOEGALLINEWS

KESQ News Team

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