Modular Builder may enter Oil Boom Fray

Prairiebizmag reports Red Lake Falls, Minnesota based Homark Homes is building two dormitory-style man camps for a Goldcorp, Inc. gold mine near Musselwhite, Ontario, Canada. Built to house 76 workers, each building consists of 16 modular units connected to form a two-story residence hall 28 feet wide by 282 feet long.  Employee-owned Homark’s primary business has been in modular home construction.  This $3.6 million project may be a jumping off point to become more involved in the housing stampede that has taken western North Dakota by storm due to the Bakken Formation oil boom. James Hassel, Homark’s sales manager, noting the company is working with developers in the area, says, “Our costs are too high to compete, because of our quality. We build homes that are as good as or better than stick-built houses built on site. What we’re trying to do is find niches and areas where people want communities built.” MHProNews has learned Homark began in the 1960’s building mobile homes and now has 100 employees.

(Photo credit: prairiebizmag/Eric Hylden—Homark Homes factory)

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