Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A 2004 Article Tells of Pulte’s Original Venture Into Modular Housing

Almost as soon as I published my article about Pulte purchasing a wall and panel plant in Florida and wondered if modular could be their next logical step, Rob Ebbets sent me an article from the Washington Post dated 2004 about their previous attempt at modular.


Enjoy the original Washington Post article:

Home From the Factory

By Daniela Deane, December 11, 2004

The day is blustery, but at a new-home subdivision in Chantilly, no subcontractor for Pulte Homes Inc. is steeling himself against the wind trying to drive nails into wood studs. No one is pouring concrete for the foundation in bad weather, either.

Instead, a few miles away, a huge gray bridge is gliding overhead in a climate-controlled factory driving screws, cutting holes and marking wall partitions. Cutting machines are slicing wall panels into the shapes needed to go into the houses. Rather than wielding tools, workers are peering at computer screens for their next instructions.

Pulte Homes, the country's second-largest home builder and one of the top 10 in this area, has started experimenting with a new way of making houses. Instead of building on site, wooden stick by wooden stick -- the way most houses are made in the United States -- Pulte has eschewed the stick framing and started constructing homes in a computerized factory environment, much the way automakers put together new vehicles.

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