Troy, Michigan-based Champion Homes has opened a 100,000-square-foot facility in Benton, Ky. The facility represents a $6.3 million investment for Champion and is expected to create 150 new jobs.
“At Champion, we’re driven to produce the highest-quality affordable housing in part because we understand the special feeling our customers have when they first move into their new home,” said Keith Anderson, president of Champion Homes.
“This is a day we’ll cherish for years because we’re experiencing that same feeling here today in Benton. The heart and soul of today’s celebration is really about what this new location means for our customers: better access to affordable housing, remarkable Champion value and increased convenience. We’re thrilled for them and look forward to what our collective futures hold.”
Anderson added that the strong craftsmanship skills of the Benton workforce was the driving factor in the decision to select the location.
As many Daily Business News readers are aware, Champion Home Builders was founded in 1953, producing more than 1.7 million factory-built pre-HUD Code mobile homes, post-HUD Code manufactured homes and modular homes or buildings throughout the United States, in the United Kingdom and western Canada.
According to Woodworking Network, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved tax incentives up to $2.25 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program to encourage investment and job growth in the community.
The performance-based incentive allows Champion to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments, by meeting job and investment targets. Champion is also eligible to receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network, which offers free job placement and recruitment services and customized training incentives at a reduced cost.
The Champion Homes facility was an existing modular home plant in which Champion made renovations and added equipment. The facility will produce manufactured and modular homes for retailers in Kentucky and other states.
The Daily Business News covered Champion Homes and their original plans for the Kentucky facility here. ##
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