Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on Maine taking the lead in modular homebuilding, with

Authors

Joshua F. Moore

Source

Down East

Date

3-1-2008

Pages

19-22

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on Maine taking the lead in modular homebuilding, with about 15 percent of the state's new homes using prefab technology, compared to 3 percent nationwide. The speed of building a modular home is a consideration, given Maine's short building season. The economic impact of the homes is a unique problem, since many come from out-of-state and don't provide the trickle-down dollars to contractors that a stick-built home would. In 1886, the pieces of Thomas Edison's summer home were built in Maine and sent to Fort Myers, Florida, where they became the nation's first prefab home. This year, the Maine State Housing Authority will start a program to replace all pre-1976 mobile homes with modern ones, because they cost the state less in heating-oil assisstance and other welfare programs.

Subjects

Houses, Prefabricated

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