Area Development
Arizona-based Greenstar Building Systems, a custom modular building manufacturer, purchased a 67,000 square foot production complex in Weiser, Idaho, with plans to create 75 jobs.

Greenstar provides workforce housing mainly to oil, forestry and mining companies in remote locations with limited resources. The firm provides work camps with food services, security and recreational services, housekeeping, health care and camp management. The company, which will open its manufacturing center in the former Champion Home Builders site on Sunnyside Road, will be hiring production managers, carpenters, assemblers, painters, plumbers and electricians.

"With the growth in oil and gold mining, there is a strong demand for workforce housing and GBS is considered one of the rising companies within this niche market, said GBS chief executive officer Buddy Sutherland. Byron Blandon, GBS president said; "We are excited to expand our operational footprint in the US to better serve our customers as we see robust growth in the US and Canada. This Idaho plant will help us to effectively respond to the growing demand and will logistically place us to better serve the northern US and Canada which we believe will strengthen our overall position."

"The new site will increase our capacity, productivity and flexibility while complementing our Mesa, Arizona manufacturing operations that will continue to predominately serve the southwestern half of the US," he added.

Company officials said among their incentives to choosing Weiser was its location close to potential customers and finding an affordable building that is a good fit for its purposes.