184,000-square-foot facility in Hamlet Expands Company’s Home Production Capabilities
Cavco Industries has opened its newest manufacturing facility, a home building plan in Hamlet, N.C., that will be known as Cavco Homes of North Carolina. The 184,000-square-foot plant will produce manufactured homes. The opening comes approximately seven months after Cavco acquired the facility from Volumetric Building Companies, which used the facility to produce multi-family residential and commercial projects, and has since moved that production closer to their markets in the Northeast.
Cavco is the third-largest U.S. builder of manufactured homes, with a 14 percent share of that market.
Cavco offered continued employment to previous VBC employees, including management staff, and additional employment opportunities are anticipated to become available with the expansion of its homebuilding production.
“At Cavco we are intensely driven to provide solutions to the pressing need for affordable homes,” said Bill Boor, president and chief executive officer of Cavco. “The addition of the Hamlet facility to our growing network of 27 plants across the country is a step forward on that path.”
Cavco has distribution points in 48 U.S. states and in Canada, through its 45 retail stores and 27 production plants. The company employs more than 6,300 people. In fiscal year 2022, the company delivered 16,700 homes, provided over $141 million in financing to homebuyers, and insured homes for more than 63,600 homeowners. It also provided claims assistance to about 5,600 homeowners.
“This has been a great opportunity to quickly bring new capacity online with an in-place and capable workforce. From the beginning, it was a primary objective for both VBC and Cavco that we maintain continuous employment for the people at the facility,” Boor said. “Through careful planning and coordination, we have been able to do so. We’re very excited about the important role Hamlet will play in Cavco’s future for many years to come.”
Palm Harbor Facility Builds 15,000th Home
Cavco’s Millersburg, Ore., production facility this year celebrated the completion of 15,000 homes since the plant opened in 1995. The plant makes the company’s Palm Harbor homes, including the Seavannah floorplan it was building at the time of the milestone. The home came off the line and was prepped and shipped to Homes Direct, a nearby dealer.
“We are extremely proud to reach this milestone as it speaks to the longevity and quality of our end-to-end manufacturing operations,” Forrest Barnes, the general manager at Millersburg, said. “We wouldn’t be here without our dedicated team of professionals – from the people who masterfully design these homes to those who skillfully build them to those who subsequently sell them to our customers. Every team member plays a vital role, and we celebrate them all.”
The first home produced by the plant was started on March 31, 1995, and the mission began to deliver quality, affordable housing to the Pacific Northwest, California, and Alaska.
New home designs like this 2,213 square-foot Seavannah offer much the market, with three bedrooms, two baths, a recessed covered porch, a great room, built-in linear fireplace, and nine-foot-tall ceilings.
The kitchen features an oversized island, wrap-around cabinetry, a raised serving bar and a storage pantry with a sliding barn door. A freestanding soaking tub, a walk-in tile shower with bench and double sinks provide a custom feel in the master bath. Laundry can be easily managed in the ultimate utility room that features a laundry tub, sink, and folding counter.