Modular Home Company Plans To Set Up Shop In Pascagoula

Crews worked all day Thursday cleaning up the old Knight's Piping factory on Industrial Road in Pascagoula.

"It's been shut down for about two or three years. It's just been in a state of disrepair," Hurricane Homes Inc. President Butch Savage says.

Savage says the company bought the property hoping to soon turn it into a modular home building machine, a factory Savage says will produce livable, durable, and affordable homes.

"Modular home simply means it's a stick-built, constructed-type home built inside of a factory where the environment is controlled," Savage adds.

To build, they start with the basic building techniques and add on some special features.

"We've added some of our concepts to it that strengthens the siding of the building and the structural frame of the building."

Savage says that makes for a higher quality-- stronger-- home.

"Essentially our homes with withstand in access of 175 miles per hour winds," Savage says. "A modular home is day light and dark from a mobile home."

Once this factory is up and running, Savage says it will roll out two to four homes a day at a price most people can afford.

"This model is $98,000," Savage says pointing to a high end house. "We're going to do our best to try to furnish the area that's been devastated, give them first priority."

Although Hurricane Homes has already received dozens of calls from interested buyers, Savage says the company is still waiting on approval to open the factory from the Pascagoula City Council.

Pascagoula's Economic Development Director Frank Corder says modular homes will be quick way to get hundreds of homes rebuilt in Pascagoula.

If the city council okays the factory at next Tuesday's meeting, Hurricane Homes hopes to have the first one in finished by March.

The company will employ two to three hundred people.