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Monday, April 25, 2016

Nationwide Expands Factory to Meet Demand for Modular Housing

Nationwide Custom Homes is planning to expand its production and create approximately 59 new jobs at its Martinsville, VA facility. 


Nationwide President Andy Miller said the two-phase, $986,342 project involves up fitting one of the four plants at the Rives Road site to extend its production line. This expansion will increase production by about 35 percent to accommodate growth in demand for the company’s modular housing.

“The housing market is much better than it was. Last year was good. This year is equally as good and I think it will get even better,” Miller said.

Phase 1 of Nationwide’s project is expected to begin in 90 days and take about six weeks to complete, Miller said. The second phase will take four weeks to complete, likely in the fourth quarter of this year. The company already has added 15 employees to its 190-person work force. It expects to hire 20 more for Phase 1 of the expansion project and another 24 for Phase 2.

The company needs people with construction skills, such as in carpentry, drywall, finishing, electric and plumbing. “We’ll train the right people,” Miller said. “We will take unskilled people and train them.” Interested persons should apply at Nationwide’s Rives Road plant.

Nationwide produces modular housing for the single- and multi-family residential markets. It also serves commercial markets with apartments, hotels, student housing and rental cottages. Its customers primarily are in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Tennessee, as well as some in South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio. 

It is an operating division of Palm Harbor Homes, which is part of the Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cavco family of manufacturers.

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