Last month, with a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Homeway Homes broke ground on a 60,000-square-foot modular production facility. When complete next April, the plant will employ 50 people and construct ranch homes, Cape Cods and several types of two-story homes with numerous customization options.
By the plant’s fifth year, Schieler estimates it will employ 150 people and produce 400 homes annually. Using the company’s own construction force and a network of builders, Homeway Homes will service Illinois and the surrounding states.
While there is no set roadmap for converting from builder to producer, Schieler and Homeway Homes took advantage of council membership by attending the Building Systems Councils’ annual plant tour in May. This networking and education event tours modular and panelized production facilities in different parts of the country.
During the plant tour and on several private tours, Schieler said that he was able to observe and learn the intricacies of modular production and apply that knowledge toward his own company’s business plan.
For more information about building systems, e-mail Eric Fulton at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8577.
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