100 jobs to be created at new manufacturing plant

A North Carolina company will open a

modular home manufacturing facility in Prentiss.

"This is a big shot in the arm," Prentiss Mayor Charlie Dumas

said Friday.

The city agreed to lease 75,000 square feet to Coastal Modular

Building Systems.

By next March, the company will begin turning out the home

pieces and taking them to sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama

and the Florida Panhandle, where they will be used in the homes'

foundations, said company president Mike Zangardi.

Zangardi said the homes are engineered for high-wind zones and

corrosive environments. He said the company will adapt the

buildings to fit in with local styles.

"We plan to embrace the local architecture with our designs,"

Zangardi said.

A modular constructed home is partially assembled in a

factory-controlled environment, but built with the same materials

and to the same local building codes that govern site-built homes.

Once shipped to its final destination, a modular home can be set on

its foundation in less than a day by a small team of workers.

Finish carpentry can quickly be completed with the home available

for occupancy within one month.

Coastal Modular Building Systems plans an initial work force of

50 employees, Zangardi said.

"As we bring the factory up to speed, we will employ 100,"

Zangardi said.