Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Affinity Modular Opens Its Doors to the Future

Recently Affinity Building Systems, a huge modular home factory located in Lakeland, GA, opened its doors to high school students from Lanier county, GA.

Leadership Lanier Youth Program is the inaugural leadership class serving twenty students in grades 10 through 12. The students were nominated by their teachers for their leadership potential.

The program will run over four months, one day a month culminating in a graduation in April. The students will visit all areas of our community from health services to government services, law enforcement and educational opportunities. The whole time we want them to notice possible employment opportunities right in their hometown.

The goal of the program is to take these very capable young people and expose them to all the opportunities in our community in hopes they will finish their post secondary education and return here to live and work and become leaders in our community.

One of the businesses chosen to visit was the Affinity Modular Homes factory.

In the past I have given my fair share of tours to both builders exploring modular construction as an option and to builder’s customers wanting to see their home on the line but giving a tour to high schoolers with very little knowledge of housing, especially modular housing, is probably not for the faint of heart. I'm happy to see so many young women on the tour as they will be a huge part of modular housing's future.

Judging from the pictures of the students, I don’t think that was a problem as they look like they’ve just been dropped into a world which will give them an entirely new way of thinking about their future in housing.

Starting their tour in the engineering department where the latest in design and CAD programs are used and then unto the areas where enormous amounts of material are warehoused and finally to the production must have been an amazing journey for them.

The Affinity folks that gave these students a tour of what the future can hold told me they asked a lot of questions about the entire modular process. Many were surprised by how much computers were an integral part of homebuilding.

Here are some of their questions. Many are quite insightful!
  • How long does it take to build a modular home in the factory?
  • What customization options are available to customers?
  • What is the cost of building a modular home?
  • What is the maximum size a module can be to be safely transported?
  • Can modular homes be built on a solid slab?
  • How do the modules move down the production line?
  • What were the different roles in the company?
  • What were the different roles in the manufacturing plant?
  • What are the standard features of our modular homes?
  • Did everyone in the plant work on the house at some point?
  • Do the workers move stations with the house, or do they specialize in one area?
  • Where are most homes built here sent to?

Here's a Modcoach “Tip of the Hat” to Affinity Building Systems for a great job of exposing these young people to careers in modular housing! Contact Dusty Noles and let him know Affinity Modular did a great job.


Dusty said...

Incredible article Gary! Very flattering!

Marta said...

Thank you for posting this. We are very proud of the attention and direction the young people of Lanier County are getting. There is an adult version of this leadership program that I am an alumnus of, as are most of the leaders in this community. Big shout out to those that lead this program and to you Gary, for taking the time to recognize its impact.

Unknown said...

As the facilitator of the Leadership Lanier Youth program, I toured Affinity with the students. We were all so impressed with skills and knowledge required to build the homes, the professionalism and knowledge of the Affinity tour guides who led the students and the close attention to detail the workers had as the homes went through the line. It was a wonderful experience for the everyone!

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