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Clayton Celebrates 65 Years of Opening Doors to a Better Life

CEO Kevin Clayton interviews Jim Clayton, his father and company founder, to reflect on the past six decades

December 28, 2021

MARYVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 28, 2021 – Clayton, a national home builder of site-built and off-site built homes, celebrated 65 years since the business first opened its doors. Clayton opened its first store in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1956 and has reached a milestone many companies do not achieve.

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Current CEO Kevin Clayton sat down with his father Jim Clayton, 89, founder of the company, in an interview to discuss the biggest lessons and accomplishments the organization has achieved over the last six decades. The video interview includes personal stories, leadership principles and how the company will remain successful and true to its purpose.

“We could never have achieved all we have today without the support and dedication of our valued team members and partners throughout the years,” said CEO Kevin Clayton. “As the company looks to the next 65 years, we will stay true to our values while being a force for good in our communities. We remain dedicated to moving the industry forward through sustainable building practices and creating positive team member and customer experiences.”



In their candid conversation, Jim and Kevin discuss several core values and principles that continue to guide the company’s culture:

  • Democratizing affordable housing for all

  • The value of family and taking care of people

  • Building with sustainability in mind

  • Innovation

  • Teamwork and collaboration

Jim Clayton first started the company as a “mobile home business” in the 1950s. Back then, it was a small store location that hosted local country music performances and family events. 65 years later, it has grown into a diverse housing provider of both site-built and off-site built homes of almost every price level. In 2021, the company is projected to build more than 60,000 homes for individuals and families of all backgrounds across the country.

Read the interview and watch video clips of Kevin and Jim Clayton here: “65 Years: Kevin Clayton Reflects on Company’s History and Innovation”.

About Clayton
Founded in 1956, Clayton is committed to opening doors to a better life and building happyness® through homeownership. A Berkshire Hathaway company, Clayton is a leading single-family, values-driven home builder dedicated to attainable housing, sustainable practices, and creating a world-class experience for customers and team members. The company’s portfolio includes a comprehensive range of site-built, modern manufactured, Tiny, CrossMod® and modular housing. In 2023, Clayton built more than 52,000 homes across the country. For more information, visit
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