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By KAREL JANICEK   The Associated Press

First Published Aug 11 2015 10:39AM      Last Updated Aug 11 2015 10:39 am

SUPIKOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — As Europe struggles to cope with an influx of migrants, a plant in a Czech village has benefited from the crisis.
The plant, part of the modular division of Paris-based Touax Group, produces modular houses and currently can’t keep up with demand from German cities and state governments that use them to house thousands of migrants.

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Located in the heart of the Jeseniky mountains in a remote northeastern corner of the country, the village of Supikovice may have not seen a single of one some 200,000 migrants who have arrived in the continent this year to flee war and poverty.
But Jan Petr, the plant’s marketing and export director, said on Tuesday about 30 percent of this year’s production of some 75,000 square meters of space will be delivered to Germany, a popular destination for the migrants.

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That share is expected to rise to up to 60 percent next year, Petr said. The plant employs 250 workers, including 30 recently hired, in a region with a high unemployment.
“I have to say that we have refused orders because we would not be capable of meeting them,” Petr said. “We think this will go on for a year, year and a half but meanwhile we are also registering demand from other countries.”
Sweden, another country popular with migrants, has expressed interest in their products, he said.
The modular structures the factory produces can be simply assembled for various use, be it offices, shops, kindergartens, and, in the case of the migrants, apartment houses and hotels. They provide a relatively cheap and quick solution.

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The workers have been currently working on the latest order from the city of Hamburg: eight maroon apartment houses that contain 30 comfortable flats.
“They want from us quality, fully functional accommodation for the migrants,” Petr said. “But no luxury.”
Once they finish, the workers will immediately deal with orders from cities of Sulzbach and Munich.
Germany has been building seven centers for a total of 20,000 migrants.

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