Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Washington’s Hidden Gem Tiny House Factory

While helping Express Modular Franchising at their booth for IBS2020, I met a lot of interesting builders, manufacturers and vendors but the most memorable was Derek Huegel, owner of Wolf Industries in Washington.

He asked if we could talk over lunch in the bright mid-day sun of Vegas. He said they don’t often see that big ball of bright light in the Pacific Northwest in the Winter and it was great to bask in its warmth.

Derek Huegel, Owner of Wolf Industries

From that you can tell this man was very down to earth and when he talked about his Tiny House business, Wolf Industries, which he founded just two years ago, I knew anyone who meets him would find him interesting and dedicated to modular.

His company, which he operates along with his brother Travis, builds IRC tiny houses with no wheels. We talked about his company’s growth, which is impressive, and his typical customer.

Not what I expected! Women over 65 wanting to live in the natural beauty of Washington state comprise a large portion of his business and that business is good.

Unique among tiny house/ADU builders, he builds everything to IRC code. His company is totally vertically integrated from working to design the home, obtaining all necessary permits to producing the home, shipping, setting it and doing everything for the customer so he can simply hand them the key to a completely finished home at closing.

Located between Vancouver, WA and Mt St Helens Volcano, he ships to both ADU buyers and tiny house/cabin buyers.

Not often I am impressed with a Millennial starting a modular tiny house factory but Derek is a one in a million guy that works tirelessly for his customer and his employees.

If I were ever to retire to the state of Washington, his Wolf Industries would be my first stop.

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