This Week In Manufactured Housing News: December 3rd – December 10th

Innovation and manufactured housing go hand-in-hand, and this week’s roundup of stories from around the globe reflect the far-reaching impact of prefab housing. Ready to hear reports from England, Baltimore and a serious blast from the past? Read on!

A (Manufactured) Mid-Century Marvel. Last week, a Northern New Jersey community celebrated one of its most historic houses—which just so happens to be an increasingly-rare, mid-century Lustron manufactured home—with a 1950s cocktail party. “The name Lustron was derived from the term ‘luster on steel.’ The homes were built from surplus steel and marketed specifically to returning World War II veterans looking for a simple and affordable house.” Could a company comeback be in the works?

Farmhouse Fresh. In the latest example of just how diverse manufactured housing architecture can be, Clayton has rolled out a new line of farmhouse-inspired homes.

IPO of Interest.
Legacy Homes will officially go public this week. Potentially of note for investors, according to those in the know, is that that Legacy’s directors own a more than 57 percent stake in the company.

British Invasion! Across the pond, two new prefab home manufacturers are now up and operating in Yorkshire, England, offering manufactured homes as low as 65,000 pounds. “Experts have hailed it a revolution in British housebuilding that would slash the 40 weeks it could take to build a traditional home to just 10 days.”

Community Pride in Baltimore. And the Baltimore Sun reports that the addition of pre-fab homes to an East Baltimore community is doing far more than providing affordable housing—it’s buoying neighborhood pride. “This project gives us hope. Hope is better than nothing, nothing positive, nothing to make the community better. People who remain here need something to be proud of and this give us something to build on.”

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