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Clayton Celebrates 60th Year as a Manufactured Housing Company

National homebuilder has proud past of providing housing to families across America since 1956

April 12, 2016

MARYVILLE, Tenn., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Clayton, one of the largest homebuilders in America, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a milestone built upon dedicated customer service and a commitment to providing quality, innovative homes.

Founded in 1956 by Jim Clayton, the company has since grown from a small retail center in East Tennessee to one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S. It was acquired by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in 2003. During the past six decades, it has continued to provide affordable, quality housing to hardworking American families. Even as the Clayton family of brands has expanded, the principles it was founded on remain firmly in place 60 years later.

"Ever since my dad sold his first home in 1956, he instilled in all of us a foundation of taking care of the customer and this is what drives us today," said Clayton Homes CEO Kevin Clayton, who has been leading the company since 1999. "Throughout our company's history, we have upheld this commitment of providing families with more for their money while maintaining outstanding customer care."

The modern manufactured home has undergone a complete evolution compared to the original models that were being built in the mid-1950s. Today, Clayton customers can customize their homes with contemporary floorplans, innovative designs and brand-name appliances. They can also benefit from a variety of energy-efficient features available in the company's Energy Smart Home upgrade or from integrated technology home features, like programmable thermostats and charging stations.

"Today's modern manufactured and modular houses are an incredible place for anyone to call their home," Kevin Clayton said. "I'm so proud of the level of quality and innovation our homes have attained over the last 60 years. This year we predict over 34,000 families will trust us to help them find the best home for their lifestyle and know that we will be there long after their purchase."

Learn more about the company and the features available in its manufactured homes at To see a history of the modern manufactured home, check out this white paper.

About Clayton
Clayton was founded in 1956 and is proud of its history of providing affordable, quality homes. The Company is a diverse builder offering traditional site-built homes, modular homes, manufactured housing, "tiny" homes, college dormitories, military barracks and apartments. In 2015, Clayton built more than 34,000 homes. For more information, visit