Skyline Champion recently debuted its newest manufactured housing facility in Leesville, La., the only factory-built housing facility in the state of Louisiana, according to Skyline, and the 38th operated by the company. The 127,000-square-foot plant will produce homes that meet the standards of the HUD code for manufactured housing and offer an array of amenities. The plant is expected to:
- Create 200-plus jobs over the long term
- Increase capacity to meet growing demand for attainable housing
- Deliver quality homes to customers in Louisiana and neighboring states
The plant’s first house – a well-appointed, single-section home – will also be revealed this week. This home, as well as all other homes to be produced at the plant, was constructed using wall and floor component automation equipment. New to Skyline Champion, this innovative equipment and process will help improve quality, production efficiency and material usage.
“Continuing to innovate and improve our manufacturing processes is one of the company’s primary focuses for all of our facilities,” said Mark Yost, president and CEO. “Not only will this improve the value and quality of our homes for future homebuyers, it will also improve the safety and work environment for our employees.”
“We are so pleased to be opening our new manufactured housing facility in Louisiana and to bring these exceptional homes directly to the great people of this state,” said Wade Lyall, executive VP of business development. “We’re also honored to collaborate with state and local officials, Louisiana Economic Development, and the talented Leesville workforce to continue to grow and offer hundreds of new jobs.”
The Leesville facility makes the sixth production line added by the company nationally over the past three years.
The grand opening event was celebrated with special guests Don Pearson, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development; Rick Allen, mayor of Leesville; representatives from the local chamber of commerce; plant employees; and the management team.