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We've helped people just like you buy manufactured homes since 1934, building more than 1.5 million homes and winning multiple awards for design and construction. We build, sell and insure manufactured and modular homes as well as relocatable commercial and educational buildings. We have 12,000 team members, 35 home building facilities and more than 1,000 home centers. Clayton Homes also owns and operates 18 subdivisions. In 2003, Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. acquired Clayton Homes.

Our headquarters are in Maryville, Tennessee, but our hearts are in your home.

1934

Your neighbors since 1934.

Clayton's experience runs deep in the manufactured housing business. Looking back reminds us how far we've come. Here are the high points through the years.

1934: Your neighbors since 1934.

1966

Opening the first Manufactured and Modular Home Center.

Jim Clayton opened the first Clayton Homes Home Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Within a matter of months, the family business, with Mom and Dad Clayton joining in, was off and running. In a few short years, Clayton grew from this single store to a company.

1966: The first Clayton Home Center opens.

1983

Going public.

Just 17 years since its start, Clayton becomes a public company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1984. This offering sparks 20 years of consecutive growth for the company.

1983: Clayton Homes goes public.

1988

Construction keeps building.

Keeping all facets of the business integrated, Clayton Homes opens its 10th manufactured home building facility.

1988: 10th homebuilding facility opens.

1994

New homebuilding facility, new idea.

Continuing a long tradition of innovation, Clayton debuts a new state-of-the-art homebuilding facility in Norris, Tennessee, increasing quality and flexibility while reducing waste.

1994: New building facility. New idea.

1997

Vertical integration.

Having expanded and integrated all facets of the business during the previous decade – building, selling and insuring manufactured and modular homes – Clayton grows its business by delivering a superior home buying experience.

1997: A $1 billion milestone.

1999

Lending expansion.

Board of directors elects Kevin Clayton president and CEO, continuing the legacy started by founder, Jim Clayton.

1999: A family tradition.

2001

Housing leadership.

Clayton Homes receives its first of many leadership awards in home building with its MHI Manufacturer of the Year award.

2002: A $5 billion milestone.

2003

Attracting the attention of Mr. Buffett.

Clayton Homes becomes part of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., the holding company founded by legendary businessman Warren Buffett. The merger broadened Clayton’s stability. Joining forces with Buffett meant big things for the future, but it also kept Clayton’s local roots intact, with management, headquarters and 7,000 loyal team members staying in place.

2003: Warren Buffett takes notice.

2004

Growing opportunities.

Clayton acquires Oakwood Homes.

2004: Clayton keeps growing...

2005

Building on success.

Clayton acquires Freedom Homes and Karsten Manufacturing.

2005: ...and growing...

2006

Expanding in new directions

Clayton acquires Southern Energy Homes and forms Wimbledon Properties, starting with four subdivisions.

2006: ...and growing...

2009

Living innovation.

With more than 35 home building facilities and more than 1.5 million homes built, Clayton Homes is the leading manufactured and modular home builder in the country.


Years of research and development and tireless commitment to innovation culminate in Spring 2009 with the unveiling of a new modular home design, the i–house, built for a new era of sustainable living.

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