Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ritz-Craft Homes Expanding Workforce



Ritz-Craft Custom Homes in Mifflinburg, PA announced plans Wednesday to hire dozens of employees to reopen a dormant manufacturing facility in Mifflinburg.

Myles Biggs, director of marketing, said up to 60 production employees will be hired to manufacture modular homes, including tradesmen in the fields of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing and drywall.

On-the-spot interviews will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 at Ritz-Craft’s offices, 15 Industrial Park Road. Applications also can be submitted online at www.ritz-craft.com/employment.

“People can come, bring a resume, fill out an application and get an interview right away,” Biggs said.

Ritz-Craft sells directly to home builders. An upswing in orders, specifically for builders constructing homes in residential developments, spurred the firm to reopen its third facility, Biggs said.

The firm employs about 400 workers and has been in business for more than 60 years. It does business in 26 states and Ontario, Canada.

“We are seeing an exciting shift in the market,” said Paul D. John, president and chief executive officer. "Buyers seem to have a greater appreciation for the benefits we provide through the use of a more technologically advanced building method.”

The modular home industry is among the major employers in the Susquehanna Valley. While business at Ritz-Craft is increasing, the hiring announcement comes nearly three months after 280 employees of Excel Homes in Liverpool lost their jobs when the company filed for bankruptcy. Excel Homes had been operating since 1984.

Ritz-Craft picked up some of Excel's business. Biggs said his employer hopes to hire some of its former employees.

"There were people that were working for Excel, and we’re hoping they would want to stay in the industry," Biggs said.

From an article in the Sunbury Daily Item

1 comment:

Fuller Modular Homes and Offices said...

Hopefully this brings some relief to some of the Excel employees who are out of work.