Company builds training structures, other equipment for military

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Metal shipping boxes become caves, mine shafts, villages and mosques in Franklin, and then they’re hauled away for the military to use in training.

Patriot Products constructs the model buildings across from a field where cattle graze next to Hudson Street. The military uses the models to give soldiers experience training in environments they might see in combat, company owner Jerry Johnson said.

Currently, the company has workers converting seven of the containers into a winding cave, with rooms where a methamphetamine lab could be hidden and caches of guns tucked out of sight. The workers are using rubbery materials to create the look of stoney cave walls and are hanging dim light bulbs from the ceiling.

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