Coincidental with the arrival of mega-storm Hurricane Sandy, Wabash Composites, a business unit of Wabash National Corp. yesterday introduced its DuraPlate foldbale mobile shelter.

The company called the patent-pending product a “multi-purpose insulated solution for everything from mobile offices to temporary living quarters” and said it is easily transported and can be assembled on-site in about 15 minutes.

Modular and completely configurable, the mobile shelter can be customized for temporary offices, disaster relief, humanitarian aid and military field operations.

“Among the multiple uses for this product, access to a safe, clean, comfortable shelter following a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, tornado or earthquake is typically a significant need that’s not often readily available,” said Dick Giromini, president & CEO of Wabash National. “This product now fills that void.”

“Building on the success of our DuraPlate portable-storage container product line, we saw an opportunity to build a shelter product that could be quickly and easily shipped anywhere in the world,” said Jamie Scarcelli, vp & gm of Wabash Composites. “By leveraging the strength of the DuraPlate composite panel we can bring a more durable, flexible solution to the mobile shelter market.”

Available in a 16-ft-by-8-ft configuration, the mobile shelters fold flat to a 16-in height and can be stacked six units high, which allows for 18 units to be transported via a flatbed trailer.

Made in Lafayette, IN, the shelters are constructed of proprietary DuraPlate composite panels, which the company noted have over 16 years of proven performance in the semi-trailer, truck body and portable storage industries.