|Cavco providing 30 homes for homeless Staten Islanders|
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
One of 30 manufactured homes moves along the assembly line at Cavco Industries in Rocky Mount. The homes will be transported to New Milford, Conn., to provide housing for families left homeless by Superstorm Sandy.
Friday, December 14, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Three manufactured homes left Cavco Industries in Rocky Mount early Thursday morning for New Milford, Conn., where they will provide shelter for Staten Islanders left homeless by Superstorm Sandy.
The three single-wide homes are among 30 that are being built by Cavco Industries to be transported to the storm stricken area, according Bill Craig, sales manager for Factory Expo Home Center, which obtains sales contracts for Cavco.
Fifteen of the homes will be delivered before Christmas, Craig said.
The three delivered Thursday bring the number delivered so far to six, according to Tom Satterwhite, Cavco general manager.
The manufactured homes were ordered by a foundation named for Stephen Siller, a firefighter who died at the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, Satterwhite said.
Contractors "picked us up on the internet, and with several phone calls and negotiations, it was agreed that Cavco would build and ship the manufactured homes," Craig said.
The contract for the 30 manufactured homes includes $300,000 in discounts off the suggested retail cost, Craig said.
"We all thought it was for a good cause," he said.
"We are set up to build three homes a day with our assembly line approach," Satterwhite said.
The homes are 14 feet wide by 48 feet long and have about 672 square feet of living space, Satterwhite said.
Each home features a living and dining area with two bedrooms and one bath.
The homes are equipped with a stove and refrigerator, he added.
Once at their destination, volunteers and others will furnish the homes with furniture and do the hookup work for utilities, such as electrical and sewer," Satterwhite said.
Cavco currently has about 74 employees.