"Steel Magnolia" Home On Display In St. Martin

A company is promoting "Steel Magnolias" as an affordable alternative to FEMA trailers.

Retired General Clark Griffith, who chairs Biloxi's hurricane recovery committee helped cut the ribbon on a new display home off Racetrack Road in St. Martin.

The steel frame houses are being marketed as transitional homes. The builder says they're much safer than mobile homes, especially with hurricane season just over a month away.

"In 30 to 90 days, we get these homes up. And at a reasonable price. A 150 mile per hour wind load, and they're mold resistant, termite resistant," Tom DePalma with Master Steel Buildings said.

The display home is just over 500 square feet, but the company also builds much larger steel frame houses.