Companies in this industry are engaged in manufacturing prefabricated wood buildings, as well as wood sections and panels for prefabricated wood buildings. Major companies include American Homestar, Cavco, Champion Home Builders, Clayton Homes, and Skyline (all of the US), as well as Fertighaus Weiss (Germany), GriffnerHaus (Austria), Honkarakenne (Finland), and Matsushima Rinko (Japan).
Demand is driven by population growth and the availability of credit. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and effective marketing. Large companies have advantages of scale in purchasing and marketing. Small companies can compete by serving local markets or by specializing in niche products. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for about 65% of industry revenue.
Products, Operations & Technology
Major products include prefabricated wood houses (or modular homes), log cabins, garages, garden sheds, and storage buildings. Other products include prefabricated wood sauna rooms, farm buildings, chicken coops, corn cribs, and wood building panels.