WARREN BUFFETT: 'MORE WILL COME' Home building's mergers and acquisitions acquirers include Berkshire Hathaway, builder of 5% of America's new homes.
By. John McManus, BUILDER Shortly before he agreed to become one of Clayton Properties' charter members of a thus-far exclusive club of three site-built operators within a manufactured housing empire, Kansas City-based Fred Delibero took a trip up to one of the Clayton manufacturing plants in Andersonville, Tenn., about 38 miles due north of Clayton's Maryville headquarters. There, he got a first-hand look at how six to ten 2,000 sq. ft. homes a day start from nothing, and proceed along an eight-station assembly line, before they roll off the line, ready to truck to a designated home site. "If the workers at each station hit their productivity and quality assurance goals for the day early, they go home early," said Keith Holdbrooks, president of Clayton's home building operations.