Champion Modular Inc. purchases Excel Homes

Approximately 250 new jobs available

LIVERPOOL — Nearly 250 new jobs will be created over the next three years as Champion Modular, Inc. has purchased the former Innovative Building Systems’ Excel Homes in Liverpool, according to a press release.

Champion Modular, a custom producer of homes and commercial structures with 28 manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, will purchase and reopen the 120,000-square-foot vacant manufacturing facility in Susquehanna Township, Juniata County, according to a statement released by Gov. Tom Wolf on Nov. 2.

“Champion is not only reopening a site that closed in May 2016 and putting it back to good use, but it also hopes to hire many workers who lost their jobs when the previous company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations,” Wolf said in the statement. “On behalf of the commonwealth and the local communities affected by this project, I applaud Champion for its decision to expand operations in Juniata County and thank it for its outstanding contribution to the region’s economic well-being.”

In order to develop a manufacturing site, as well as a technical center for engineering, design, sales and support services for the company’s locations in other states, Champion will invest $4,830,000 in the project, which will include the purchase and renovation of the site, new equipment procurement and acquisition of IBS’ intellectual property.

“Champion was drawn to this opportunity by the strength of the Excel Homes brand and the capability of the Excel workforce to build custom homes with unparalleled quality,”  Champion CEO and President Keith Anderson said in the release. “We look forward to building on that tradition of excellence to meet the needs and expectations of builders and developers in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.”

Champion received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $300,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $492,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $81,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training, according to the press release.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.