Entekra LLC, an off-site construction startup, will locate its new $35-million manufacturing factory in Modesto, California.
According to company officials, the new 200,000-square-foot facility will be the most technologically advanced construction-related factory in North America and will facilitate the servicing of residential housing developments from Bakersfield to the California-Oregon border. The move is expected to boost annual production capacity by 3,000 units and create 250 new jobs.
"Expanding our operations within the greater Modesto community, which has been supportive of our efforts from Day 1, will allow Entekra to effectively capitalize on the tremendous interest in transitioning to FIOSS from the inefficient and labor-intensive method of stick-framing houses on site," said Entekra CEO Gerard McCaughey.
Entekra will begin installing automated equipment in the Modesto facility in June and anticipates that the first FIOSS houses will be off-site manufactured and ready for rapid on-site assembly in July.
"The City is honored that Entekra chose Modesto for its flagship state-of-the-art off-site building factory. Entekra is both a leader in its industry and a great fit in Modesto's strong manufacturing sector," said Modesto City Manager Joe Lopez.
"We are proud to coordinate with the Stanislaus County Office of Education and Opportunity Stanislaus to answer Entekra's workforce requirements, and look forward to anchoring its North American success," Lopez added.
According to Opportunity Stanislaus, the Modesto factory construction represents $61.6 million total impact on the local economy, with the project employing approximately 400 individuals directly and indirectly.
Company officials explained, while relatively new to the U.S. market, FIOSS has been leveraged for more than a half-century to build homes in Europe and Asia. It has a proven track record for reducing overall build time by as much as 33 percent, while also reducing skilled labor needs by more than 40 percent, a key consideration given the ongoing labor shortage that has plagued U.S. builders.