Thursday, April 19, 2018

PA Loses Another Modular Home Factory

Foremost Industries’ modular home and panel/truss plants near Greencastle Pa were sold recently but not to as a modular home factory.

Pennsylvania Cherry LLC closed on the purchase of the 52-acre parcel with three large buildings on March 30 and hopes to begin operations by January 2019. The company plans to hire 42 employees over the next three years.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Development said Pennsylvania Cherry's investment will total $15 million with land and building acquisition, infrastructure development, machinery and equipment purchase and job training.

Pennsylvania Cherry will receive cherry boards from mills throughout a five-state supply area, then grade and kiln-dry it and package it for shipment to China. The market for cherry in the United States is nominal however, in China, they really like cherry.

Proximity to ports in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York helped to draw the company to Franklin County.

The former Foremost property had been the subject of a legal battle over the sale of the company in 2016 and the ensuing bankruptcy complicated and delayed the purchase.

With modular’s growing popularity, especially for commercial work, it’s too bad this ‘ready to go’ factory and the accompanying panel and truss plant wasn’t snatched up for modular major hotel and apartment business. I guess investing in the future of our industry is still not a major priority.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We all knew that Foremost was gone but to lose a modular factory when we are risinf from the ashes of the recession is pitiful. What is happening at the ModUKraf, All American, DeLuxe and Keiser factories? Will they ever reopen? It seems like modular is going backwards in the east.