Quick storage solutions are the first port of call

Rubb has been quick to react to the ever-changing needs of busy ports, creating a range of storage warehousing structures to suit our clients’ requirements.

The benefits of quick storage fabric structures are their relatively affordable cost, quick construction, and their portability – they are easily relocatable and adaptable to accommodate ports’ changing needs and products warehoused in line with cyclical world trade activities.

Port warehousing these days is highly competitive, but fabric structures are gaining popularity as they become tried and proven. Rubb has installed a series of quick storage warehouse structures, which demonstrate just how compatible and reliable these fabric structures are in a variety of environments.


Recently Rubb designed, manufactured and built its fourth steel-framed, fabric-clad storage building for Belfast Harbour (pictured above). The latest structure is 32.5m wide and 76.5m long and features 6.75m high sidewalls, with outside tapered column legs, which ensure all internal walls have a straight vertical face, making the most of the internal space.

Rubb’s signature hot-dip galvanised steel frame and high tenacity PVC covering membrane ensure very little maintenance is required. The durable PVC membrane cladding on Rubb port warehouses will stand up against corrosion in the harsh marine environment.

Rubb also has a similar port structure at Hendon Docks for the Port of Sunderland and two relocatable animal feed structures for the Port of Workington on England’s west coast, where severe winds and rain are common.

Finn Haldorsen established Rubb in 1966. Although the company started out making tarpaulins and bags from PVC fabric, in 1968 it made the first ‘Rubb Building’. This was the first fabric clad building manufactured in Norway.

Rubb now has offices around the world. In the United States, where Rubb is based in Sanford, Maine, the biggest challenge these days is keeping up with the growing needs of multiple market sectors. However port users still make up 25-30% of the business.

While some people may question the quality of temporary buildings versus permanent structures, USA Marketing Manager Chuck Auger says for Rubb there is no difference. “Our buildings are still built to last. That’s what happens when quality products and engineering are a priority. Our customers have realised that the per day cost of owning and operating a Rubb structure is better value than cheaper options.”


In the Port of Virginia, Rubb has recently installed a ‘game changer’ for the 130-year-old Newport News Shipbuilding company. The North Yard structure now has two retractable weather covers (pictured above) to allow workers to continue a building program despite the elements that can affect the production facility.

Meanwhile, a large percentage of new Rubb structures are being insulated using Thermohall, a patented insulation system, which is becoming increasingly popular. One example of such a structure completed at an extremely challenging location is a moveable Thermohall clad structure for the U.S. National Science Foundation. The mean annual air temperature where the structure (pictured below) is located is -31 degrees Fahrenheit. On the innovation side, the 9.7m by 29.5m Rubb building has been set on a foundation of wood/metal that can be compared to a giant toboggan, so the structure can be moved over the Polar ice cap periodically to prevent being snowed over.


For more information about Rubb’s fast and flexible storage solutions, please visit www.rubb.com today.


Building the scenes for a new Rubb Group video


Our new video is set to take viewers behind the scenes at the Rubb Group to highlight the design, manufacturing and construction processes that underpin our fabric building solutions.

Creative company Studio Wallop has been busy gathering video footage and images over the summer for the new company film for the Rubb Group.

Staff and ongoing work at Rubb took centre stage when Studio Wallop spent some time on site filming the design and manufacturing processes involved in creating Rubb fabric structures.


Studio Wallop is an independent creative studio based in Liskeard, Cornwall, specialising in film, animation, photography and design. Set up by director and designer Stephen Tolfrey, Studio Wallop has more than 24 years experience in producing work for many clients, from small independents to major international brands.

Owner/Producers Stephen and Kim Tolfrey filmed at Rubb’s design and sales offices and PVC and steel manufacturing workshops. They also visited the site where Rubb’s building frame steel work is hot dip galvanized to protect it from corrosion.


Staff from Rubb Marketing and the film crew visited two high profile Rubb buildings in the north east of England: Newcastle United and Sunderland Association Football Clubs’ training facilities. These two sports buildings are considered to be flagship indoor football training hubs and are good examples of how Rubb building systems can help protect players from the elements, while providing an internal light and airy atmosphere thanks to our translucent roofing systems.


From the pitch to the airfield

With filming and photography complete at Rubb and key sites in the north, Studio Wallop then set off on the long road trip to Gatwick Airport for the opening of the new Rubb aircraft hangar for easyJet at Gatwick Airport. The new top-flight, two-bay facility provides 5200sq m (58,125sq ft) of usable working floorspace and can accommodate two Airbus A321s at the same time.

The video also features other projects and highlights from throughout the Rubb Group, which has operations in the UK, USA, Norway, Sweden and Singapore.

Rubb Group CEO Rune Vamråk said: “We are very proud of our new video. Studio Wallop and the staff involved did a great job. The video allows clients to explore our commitment to excellence in engineering in everything we do, while watching the processes involved when creating our quality fabric building solutions.”

You can view the Rubb Group video here.


Bulk Storage and Salt Facility

Hissong Development Corporation, part of the Hissong Group of companies of hissong2_largeKennebunk, Maine, recently erected a Rubb structure at their bulk storage facility in South Portland, Maine as part of a commercial salt bagging operation. The BVE structure measures 100′ wide by 283′ in length with a sidewall height of 10, it sits atop an 8′ tall poured in place concrete wall.

The Rubb team worked closely with Hissong Development to design a foundation that would support the building and also allow for proper material flow inside the structure. With (2) opposing Cookson overhead doors in each gable end, vehicle movement is streamlined along one side of the building allowing loaders to move the salt to the bagging operation which is cordoned off via a concrete stem wall.

Chris Pizey, President of Hissong Development, says the decision to purchase a Rubb structure was an easy one. “The folks at Rubb are known for producing high quality products…just look across the Fore River at the Sprague Terminal. Those buildings have been there for years in a high use / high abuse environment and have held up extremely well. The folks at Rubb made the buying process easy and their engineers coordinated effectively with our foundation contractor. I would highly recommend this product and company if you need a rugged and reliable storage solution.”

The Hissong building is Rubb USA’s latest project and is located less than a mile from Rubb’s first commercial structure erected in 1984 at the former Merrill Marine Terminal (now owned by Sprague Energy) on the Portland waterfront. Affectionately referred to at Rubb #1, this structure has stood the test of time for 30-years and proudly wears its original PVC membrane. Clearly Rubb sets the bar when it comes to product quality, safety and longevity.

Rubb Buildings to Exhibit at PPI Transport Symposium 20

Rubb Building Systems, a leading supplier of relocatable port buildings worldwide, will be exhibiting at the PPI Transport Symposium to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on October 28-31, 2013. Please stop by booth #415 to meet Jim Chadbourne and Dave Nickerson and discuss Rubb’s extensive product line.

PPI Transport Symposium is the longest running conference and exhibition dedicated to the global forest products logistics industry. Organized by RISI, in association with the International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA), the event focuses on the issues surrounding the worldwide transport, materials handling, and distribution of forest products.


Rubb to exhibit at the 2013 Break Bulk Convention in New Orleans

Rubb Building Systems, a leading supplier of relocatable port buildings worldwide, will be exhibiting at the Breakbulk Americas Convention to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 23-26, 2013. Please stop by booth #446 to meet Jim Chadbourne and Dave Nickerson and discuss Rubb’s extensive product line.

Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in the Americas for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional break bulk cargoes.

Exhibitors include the world’s major carriers, forwarders and ports that handle specialized heavy-lift, project and break bulk cargoes. In addition to a bustling exhibition floor, Breakbulk Americas will feature a 2-day conference with top speakers addressing industry issues. The in-depth program will delve into today’s most pressing break bulk transportation topics. Speakers will also discuss the hottest regions for break bulk and project cargo, and review sectors such as oil and gas, and other power generation markets.


New 70′ x 116′-8″ BVE Building ready to be customized

Rubb, Inc of Sanford, Maine is pleased to offer a new 70′ x 116′-8″ BVE range building for sale from stock.  The structure is designed as follows:

  • 12 psf live load
  • 3 psf collateral load
  • 110 mph 3-second gust wind speed
  • Occupancy Category 2.
  • IBC 2006 building code

The gable ends can be fitted with whatever doors are needed, and we can provide a variety of color options for the cladding.  The building can easily be put to use as a small hangar, warehouse, fabrication shop or bulk storage facility.  The FOB factory price is $131,000 ready to be erected on your concrete foundation, simply contact us to add whatever doors are required.  We can also place the building on a galvanized wide-flange beam foundation for placement on earth or asphalt surfaces.

Please contact David Nickerson for details.     E-mail:   dnickerson@rubbusa.com       Tel:  800-289-7822 or 207-324-2877.