Grand Opening of Our New Production Facility

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  • 24

    APRIL

    2018

Tedd Benson speaking at

Bensonwood's new production facility

Sarah Kossayda

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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Sarah Kossayda

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Bensonwood and our sister company, Unity Homes, celebrated the grand opening of our new panel production facility in Keene, New Hampshire, on April 20. More than 200 guests came for the celebration from as far away as Germany, Tennessee and Utah. The production facility produces insulated enclosure systems for high performance buildings.

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Bensonwood, in the business of building off-site high-end custom homes and non-residential buildings for the past 45 years, will use the new facility to better serve commercial clients and the multifamily sector, in addition to the single family custom home market.  Unity Homes, a six-year-old spinoff of Bensonwood that was founded to bring high performance homes to a broader market, will realize similar benefits from the new facility. As demand for Unity Homes has grown, the need for increased production capability has become increasingly apparent. Unity will utilize the manufacturing facility to serve more clients in a wider range of markets, including residential developments of high performance homes. Company founder and steward Tedd Benson summed up the significance of the new facility:

“This facility heralds a new era in our ongoing quest to demonstrate a better way to build,” he said. “It builds on the foundation of experience and know-how that we have developed over decades, and it positions us to remain a leader in housing innovation for many years to come.”

TEDD BENSON

FOUNDER OF BENSONWOOD

World-class manufacturing

The manufacturing lines at the newly opened facility use automated equipment from Germany, Austria and France while the timber fabrication equipment, located at their Walpole, New Hampshire facility, is a robotic timber processing machine from Germany. Its precision, six-axis capability and machine efficiency expands the capabilities to work with mass timber and larger timber frame structures.

“It just makes sense that siding would be installed here in the shop, rather than by someone dangling off a ladder on a job site and that bathrooms would be completed on an efficient assembly line, rather than in the chaos found on most job sites.”

TEDD BENSON

FOUNDER OF BENSONWOOD

Off-site production

Once the components of the home or building are manufactured at the facility, they are transported and assembled on-site using a construction system they call “Montage,” as opposed to modular or prefab. This method, according to the company, removes time and costs from building design and construction; Bensonwood has been successfully using its method of off-site manufacturing and Montage construction for its custom homes for decades.

“Between this new building enclosure facility, our timber fabrication, architectural millwork, and our design expertise, we are now uniquely positioned in the building market, we offer a range of service that is unparalleled in North America.”

TEDD BENSON

FOUNDER OF BENSONWOOD

Increased capcity creates new job opportunities

In addition to expanding production capacity, both Bensonwood and Unity Homes plan to expand the scope of work that is completed in the facility prior to being sent to the job site. In the near future, wall panels will be sent to job sites with wiring and siding preinstalled, and eventually completed bathrooms will be delivered as “pods”, or pre-built volumes. Now that the new production facility has opened, the company expects to create 15 to 20 new jobs, said Benson. The new jobs are more than manual labor positions, he added.

“This type of off-site fabrication of homes and buildings brings a much-needed high technology into the building trades. It introduces career paths for the next generation of the construction workforce, it also fosters new levels of respect for the building trades by introducing sophisticated machinery and processes to an industry that hasn’t seen much real innovation.”

TEDD BENSON

FOUNDER OF BENSONWOOD
BENSONWOOD & UNITY HOMES now offer

Public tours of our facility

Sign up to take a tour of our new 110,000 sq ft. panel fabrication facility.

Our expanded vision

This new facility is part of an expanded vision for the company that includes concurrently launching a brand to serve the industry more broadly and initiating a joint development agreement with a multinational company to develop new technology.

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