NAMPA, ID – Factory built housing firms see a rise in demand, fed in part by rising domestic oil and gas production. As worker enclaves spring up at shale oil and gas fields, demand for speedily built housing is being filled by firms like Fleetwoood Homes.
A total 100,000 jobs will be created in the fields, reports the Wall St. Journal, many in the rural Midwest in sites with no local housing stock. In Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields, exploited through fracking, local wood firms complained last year that payroll was rising as they competed with high hourly wages in the energy industry.
Fleetwood Homes says it received a call for 300 units of housing for oil workers in Williston, ND. This has been followed by a steady pick up in manufactured housing, much of it built with oriented strand board panels, then fully outfitted with cabinetry and furnishings before it is shipped out on trucks.
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