Florence’s Industrial Hotel turns shipping containers into hotel units

FLORENCE — Two young entrepreneurs who believe their generation should be able to have attainable housing have opened the Industrial Hotel in Florence, where shipping containers turned into hotel rooms offer a glimpse of what tiny home living is all about. 

Wyatt Reed, owner of Fire Age Designs, first pitched the idea of teaching others to create tiny, mobile housing to Fremont Economic Development Corp. officials during a “Shark Tank” like competition in 2019. His third-place prize helped him launch the idea but meeting his like-minded friend Barna Kasa, owner of KDevelopers, helped take the idea to reality. 

Now, as partners in the Industrial Hotel, 360 E. Industrial Blvd. in Florence, the two are “super excited and tired – it’s been a lot of work. We have two units finished and two planned,” Reed said.