Clayton homes gets ‘Prefabulous’

HOME BUILDER’S NEW CAMPAIGN PUSHES THE BENEFITS OF MODERN, PREFAB CONSTRUCTION.

BY HBSDEALER STAFF  February 11, 2019

Clayton, the Maryville, Tenn.-based home builder, is making its case for modern, prefab homes.

The builder has launched a television advertising campaign aimed at educating the public about the benefits of off-site construction.

A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton delivered more than 47,000 new homes last year. With the average price of new site-build homes with land closing in on a cost of nearly $400,000, Clayton is touting that a new prefab home is more affordable and attainable solution.

According to Clayton, its prefab homes – along with land costs – start under $200,000 in most markets.

Branded as the “Prefabulous” campaign, the commercial takes the viewer inside the set of a home building facility and follows a family through a Clayton Built home as it’s being constructed, highlighting high-end features and modern design.

Clayton said the campaign’s mission is to elevate the manufactured housing industry and challenge the outdated myths “that create misconceptions around this innovative, efficient construction method.”

A lack of affordable homes, combined with rising mortgage rates, has been a key concern for potential home buyers and a culprit behind sagging home sales. The latest Housing Trends Report from the National Association of Home Builders portrays a declining housing market caused by affordability issues.

Clayton thinks it has a solid counter-punch to the problem.

“Homes built off-site offer higher quality, more value and a smart solution to the affordable housing crisis in America,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton. “This campaign was created to help more families realize they can attain a beautiful, quality home without sacrificing modern amenities. Off-site construction can make the dream of homeownership a reality by leveraging innovative building practices, automation and bulk purchasing power.”

Clayton notes that features in its prefab homes a permanent foundation with a porch, an open-floor plan concept, upgraded wood cabinets with a farmhouse sink, wide plank flooring, and an ecobee3 lite smart thermostat along with energy efficient appliances.

Hancock Lumber ready for growth in Maine

PRO DEALER BEGINS WORK ON NEW LOCATION IN SACO, MAINE.

BY HBSDEALER STAFFFebruary 11, 2019

Hancock Lumber announced that it has acquired 11 acres in Saco, Maine and plans to the use the property to build a state-of-the-art lumberyard and kitchen design showroom.

This site is the hub of continued economic development, is highly visible, and offers access to numerous destinations and corridors, including I-95, the company said.

This latest location will be the company’s 15th, adding to its existing network of lumberyards, kitchen design showrooms, eastern white pine sawmills, a truss manufacturing facility and its home office in Casco. Hancock expects the site to be fully operational by spring 2020.

In a statement, Hancock Lumber said that the Saco location will position the company to better serve all of its builders, remodelers and homeowners in southern Cumberland County and northern York County.

“Hancock Lumber has been working with builders and homeowners in the greater Saco community for decades – our focus continues to be Southern and Coastal Maine, so this new Saco location is a perfect fit,” said Kevin Hancock, Hancock Lumber president. “We aren’t trying to cover a state-wide or multi-state market. We are more interested in relationships, reinvestment, and excellence within the communities we already serve. Our new store will allow us to serve those clients even better and connect more broadly with the construction industry in the region.”

Hancock has about 550 employees been named as one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine” for 5-straight years.

All of Hancock’s locations are in Maine with the exception of its North Conway, N.H. yard and design center.

REPORT: Home Depot downsizing installed services

Retailer is exiting roofing, siding, insulation and gutter services.

BY HBSDEALER STAFFFebruary 8, 2019

The Home Depot is eliminating several of its installed services program the company has deemed as underperforming.

According to reports by The Street and The Atlanta Business Chronicle, the move impacts about 1,000 employees and involves a shutdown of the retailer’s roofing, siding, insulation and gutters installation programs.

The decision includes employees in California, Florida, Georgia, New England and Wisconsin. A thread on TheLayoff.com is dedicated to The Home Depot exiting a portion of its services.

Some employees are expected to be moved to other departments within The Home Depot. Overall, the company employs more than 450,000 people.

The Atlanta-based retailer provides a number of installed services programs including flooring, countertops, electrical work, bathroom remodeling, windows and doors, electrical work, and handyman services, among others.

NAHB and NKBA Partner to Raise Awareness of the Skilled Labor Fund at Design & Construction Week

Panel discussions, networking events and a fundraising celebration to raise awareness of the skilled labor shortage planned at Design & Construction Week 2019.

Feb 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – The Skilled Labor Fund, designed to address the lack of skilled labor entering the residential construction industry, will partner with SGC Horizon, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) at Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas, February 19 – 21, 2019 to bring several events at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to raise funds for this important initiative.

NKBA is hosting a panel of experts on its KBISNeXT Stage, located in the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 3:00 p.m. The panelists include Norm Abram and Jeff Sweenor from This Old House; Kate Campbell, host of HGTV’s Customer Builder and Nathan Gilbert, also from This Old House. Following the panel discussion, a reception titled Cheers for Trade Careers will be held from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to continue the discussion and networking.

“As we continue to see the impact of labor shortages throughout the kitchen and bath industry as well as the larger macroeconomy, the NKBA is committed to collaborating with our partners to address this problem head-on. We will work together to build programs for the next generation that lead to viable career paths in skilled labor, design and the many related and important professions,” Bill Darcy, CEO, NKBA.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Professional Builder Show Village Silver Lot just outside the main convention center doors, a Skilled Labor Fund Fundraiser will be held from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Music, beer, prizes and an opportunity to meet students enrolled in trades programs across the country will be featured along with appearances from This Old House’s Norm Abram, Tom Silva, and crew members. Register here. One hundred percent of the $50 ticket price will go towards the next generation of skilled labor workforce.

“The Skilled Labor Fund is committed to funding programs that train our youth to fill rewarding careers in residential construction,” said Ted Mahoney, chair-elect, National Housing Endowment. “Through fundraising efforts (with matching funds), we hope to continue this important work.”

Business to Business publisher, SGC Horizon (Professional Builder) along with NAHB, NKBA and NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) first launched the Skilled Labor Fund at the International Builders’ Show in 2016. Since then, it has grown to serve close to one thousand high school students across the country with access to student programs, funding student fees and elements of the HBI (Home Builders Institute) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT).

“The relaxed outdoor exhibit is a perfect environment for donors to hear how funds have benefited students entering the field and for potential donors to understand how their dollars will be used,” said Tony Mancini, group director and principal, SGC Horizon. “We look forward to seeing many of our valued partners and those associated with the industry at this important event.”

The non-profit 501(c)(3) Skilled Labor Fund is designed to address the lack of skilled labor entering the residential construction industry. The fund’s main purpose is to raise money, promote the fund, and distribute funds directly to accredited trade schools and training facilities within the U.S. It is administered within the National Housing Endowment/Skilled Labor Fund and operates as a separate entity. All donations are tax deductible; please consult your tax advisor for more information. The fund’s mission is simple: Building a stronger future to ensure the future of the building industry.

AHBP at the 2018 BMSA Show

Arndt and Herman along with our sister companies East Coast Mouldings & Crown Heritage Stair Parts, had a great showing this week in Hickory.
The BMSA show was great this year with many great both and a great attendance on both days.

This year AHBP was showing off Intex Millwork, Digger specialties Westbury Railing, 2 Grandview Flooring, Certa-Trim PVC, and our Newest manufacturing partner Fiberon Decking.