It’s the busiest time of the year for Highland Manufacturing, as peak selling season is still underway.
And, according to a Globe report, it’s about to get busier. On Oct. 16, the Worthington, Minn.-based modular home builder will shift its production almost entirely to building houses for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Highland’s parent company, Champion Home Builders, is one of the “big three” manufacturers in the modular home industry, along with Clayton Homes and Cavco Industries. The companies will build a majority of the homes FEMA has requested.
Daryl Muzio, general manager at Highland Manufacturing, got the call Aug. 27 after Harvey hit. He was told that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had put out a request for 4,500 housing units, and by the following Friday, Muzio had already agreed to build more than 150 units.
“We were expecting it as soon as Harvey hit,” Muzio said. “And we’re ready for it. It’s got us all on FEMA overtime, we call it.”
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