Red Lake Falls housing firm touts $6 million expansion
Homark Homes has announced a $6 million expansion that will add 19 jobs at its manufactured- and modular-home factory in Red Lake Falls, Minn.
The employee-owned company will expand its product line to include multi-family modular housing over the next three years. The new jobs will pay an average wage of $16 per hour, according to a news release.
The company will receive $456,000 for the project through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, with the funds coming from the state's Minnesota Job Creation Fund, if it meets performance goals.
The funding was part of $24 million in business incentives approved in the 2013 legislative session.
Homark, which started as a mobile home manufacturer in a former flax processing plant in Red Lake Falls, has built more than 36,000 homes since the 1960s.
When the company went up for sale in 1991, 46 Homark employees pooled their finances and bought the building. The homes are built inside a climate-controlled facility and shipped throughout North America.
More recently, Homark has developed an expertise in modular "man camps" and hotels for the expanding oil industry in North Dakota and Canada.
The Minnesota Job Creation Fund is a new pay-for-performance program that provides up to $1 million to businesses after they meet certain criteria, including minimum requirements for job creation and private investments. Under the program, businesses must create at least 10 full-time jobs and invest at least $500,000 to be eligible for financial assistance.