Friday, March 3, 2017

Owner Gets OK to Build New Modular Home Factory in Maine


The once-booming modular and manufactured home industry, which provided hundreds of jobs in the Oxford, Maine area a decade ago, got a boost last week when a businessmen presented plans that many hope will strengthen the job and housing market.

A preliminary site plan application for construction of a 70,088-square-foot building on Route 26 across from the New Balance Factory Store has been presented to the Oxford Planning Board. The building will be named ABS Modulars.

According to information provided to the board Feb. 23, former KBS Building Systems Manager Ray Atkisson of Norway, operating under Gemma Enterprises and Capital Holdings LLC, has a sales and purchase agreement with Steven McNally to purchase 14.7 acres across from Industrial Drive.

According to Code Enforcement Officer Joelle Corey-Whitman, if approved, the new business may add as many as 80 new jobs to the area. Additional jobs may also be on the horizon following approval of a site plan application for another new manufactured housing business in Oxford.

Construction for ABS Modulars is anticipated to begin this spring with a completion date of about year, according to the preliminary site plan application.

Atkisson incorporated his business with the state in January. He worked as general manager for KBS Building Systems in Paris until a year or two ago and was production manager for the now defunct Keiser Industries from 1996 to 2002.

This news comes on the heels of the shutdown of Keiser Homes in Oxford last year. In May 2016, at least 120 workers were displaced.

From an article in the Oxford Hills Sun Journal

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