Author: 
Sherri Skeeters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 29, 2017

Home building industry leaders convene at Clayton Athens facility open house
Company recognized for creating jobs at innovative, team member-centric home building facility 

ATHENS, TX: Clayton home building group, a national home builder and Manufactured Housing Institute’s 2017 Manufacturer of the Year, hosted an open house in Athens last week to showcase its newest, most innovative facility and discuss topics impacting the home building industry.

The 160,000-plus square foot Clayton Athens home building facility was designed to transform industry standards with a focus on team member experiences, sustainability and innovation.

“As the preeminent company in our industry, we have a responsibility to lead the industry,” said Rick Boyd, Chief Operations Officer for Clayton home building group. “What we wanted to do was create an environment that showed the best way to lead our team members, to treat our customers and to build our homes.”

Jeaneane Lilly, Board President of Athens Economic Development Corporation, was on hand to recognize the facility for bringing 185 new jobs to the area, exceeding the terms for job creation in their first year. 

“We are pleased that Clayton chose to build a home of its own here in Athens,” said Lilly.

Clayton Athens was also recognized by the Texas Workforce Commission as an Employer of Excellence after being nominated by Workforce Solutions East Texas. Robert Haberle, Chair of East Texas Workforce Development Board presented the facility with their award.

Phillip Smith, Regional Director from the office of Congressman Jeb Hensarling was also on hand to read a personal letter from the congressman.

“This facility will not only affect the lives of your customers, but the community as a whole,” stated Hensarling’s letter. “In a time when it’s essential to our state and our cities to experience growth and prosperity, it’s heartening to know that Clayton Homes is successful and I wish you great success in the future.”

Industry leaders and influencers were on hand to discuss topics impacting today’s home building industry. Among them was Gay Westbrook, VP of Political and Public Affairs for the Manufactured Housing Institute who spoke on the industry’s ability to provide a viable solution to the affordable housing shortage.

“This premier facility illustrates the innovation in the manufactured housing industry, and Clayton…[is] leading the way,” said Westbrook. “Their commitment to excellence is one of the reasons they are elevating our industry – it’s one of the reasons they were named Manufacturer of the Year nine times by the Manufactured Housing Institute.”

With environmentally sustainable building practices, along with the company’s focus on providing not only a world-class customer experience, but also a world-class team member experience, Clayton’s President and CEO Kevin Clayton explained how facilities like Clayton Athens are elevating the entire manufactured housing industry.

“It is so inspiring to see how much we’ve done here,” said Clayton. “You don’t have a chance at delivering an incredible customer experience until you put your team members in a great atmosphere, and a great environment with great leadership— that’s when great customer experience happens—and for that I’m very grateful.”

About Clayton home building group
Founded in 1956, Clayton is committed to opening doors to a better life and building happiness through homeownership. As a diverse builder committed to quality and durability, Clayton offers traditional site-built homes, modular homes, manufactured housing, tiny homes, college dormitories, military barracks and apartments. In 2016, Clayton built more than 42,000 homes. Clayton is a Berkshire Hathaway company. For more information, visit claytonhomes.com. 

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