Monday, November 21, 2016

Former Excel Factory Will Begin Production in January

Excel's Liverpool plant prior to filing bankruptcy 
The former Excel Homes factory in Liverpool, PA, will reopen in 2017 to begin production of single-family modular homes and commercial modular buildings. It will be part of Champion Modular, a division of Champion Homes, a leader in manufactured and modular housing.

Former Excel employees are being rehired with many of the top slots being filled by the same people that were in place under the former IBS Excel name.

Dave Reed, a veteran of the modular housing industry in the East and a former GM for IBS was named Vice President of Champion Modular.

With some of the former employees already returning, production is rumored to begin during the first week of January, right after PA’s two week deer season and the Christmas Holidays.

Champion has pledged renovations and improvements to the former Excel factory of upwards of $4.8 million and hire about 100 employees before production begins. Initial reports of one floor a day production for the first month have been floating about for some time now with increased production afterwards.

A major commercial project is scheduled to be produced at the factory in early 2017 which will give the new team a shot in the production arm.

Production at the site will be focused on modular buildings for commercial sectors such as hotels, dormitories, apartments and townhouses and homes for their new builder network.

No official word yet on what will become of the other four factories acquired in the IBS buyout; All American Homes factories in Iowa and Indiana, Mod-U-Kraf in Virginia and Keiser Homes in Maine. Each of these factories will need lots of renovations after years of being part of bankrupt IBS.

Here’s wishing Dave Reed and the rest of the Liverpool Champion Modular team the very best. Can’t wait to start seeing modules leaving on transports for East Coast destinations once more.


Anonymous said...

Good luck to the new leadership and company! Excel Homes getting up and running and back to what they were producing, prior to the end, is a good thing for the industry. If most of the team that made Excel great comes back on board this could be a wonderful situation for most.

Unknown said...

We sure hope the Dyersville Factory opens again soon. We really miss homes being built in this part of the country. All American was a good sound factory for many years with great employees and good builders. Wishing you the best.
First Galena Corp.

Anonymous said...

Why would they open back up with most of the same leadership that couldn't get the job done in the past?

Anonymous said...

It was not the leadership at factories that failed. It was top executives at Excel that ran this company under !!! With the checkbook of Champion and the unsurpassed skill of the former Excel workforce, this new entity will be a force to be reckoned with for sure !!!!