Hive 50 Honors

For inspiring its staff to “open doors to a better life” to restore the dream of homeownership to be within reach of more working people.

What You Need To Know

Clayton Homes comprises a national infrastructure of 40-or-so manufacturing plants—whose output sells through 350 retail outlets—a distribution network of 1,200 independent retailers, and an owned mortgage finance company, as well as home insurance, includes a vertically integrated building supply chain that produces and distributes 42% of the rough and finished components and products that go into the company’s homes. Clayton is in about every segment of housing that one can imagine: modular homes, tiny homes, manufactured housing, college dormitories, military barracks, and apartments. And now, it also features a robust, top 20–ranked single-family, site-built portfolio with operations flanking its heartland-focused manufactured home businesses in what land sellers might classify as B, C, and D lot markets and submarkets.

Who’s Involved

Maryville, Tenn.–based Clayton Homes’ Kevin Clayton, president and CEO; Berkshire Hathaway

Time Stamp

Founded in 1956 by Jim Clayton, Clayton Homes built manufactured homes and became America’s No. 1 producer of prefabricated homes; starting in 2014, Clayton has purchased nine private home building companies, as it integrates its off-site and on-site building strategies.