Saturday, April 17, 2021

Modular Factory Marks 50 Years of Service to Builders and Customers

Important milestones in business are a big deal and celebrating 50 years is a really huge deal, especially in the modular housing industry. 

Current Simplex Modular factory in Scranton, PA

Simplex Homes is celebrating 50 years in business this year. The family-owned company began building mobile homes as the modular housing industry as we know it today was just a glimmer of what it would become.

"My uncles and father had big dreams back in 1971," said Simplex President Patrick Fricchione, Jr.  "They decided to seek their fortune in the face of a very tough recession and very uncertain economic times." 

Patrick A Fricchione Jr.

                                           Dr. Patrick J Fricchione MD

Students of history will remember 1971 as the year President Richard Nixon imposed wage and price freezes and other dire economic measures to combat inflation that at one point stood at close to 6%.
 

With a workforce that stood at 23 employees and an ambitiously large 21,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Taylor, Pennsylvania, the Fricchione brothers turned out 111 high quality mobile homes during their first year.  


That success encouraged the brothers to further invest in their new business, adding employees, expanding capabilities and with plans for further growth.


While a recession could not slow Simplex down, a November 1973 fire stopped the company in its tracks.  The fire tore through their facility, leveling it and forcing Simplex to temporarily stop production.  It was a full year before financing could be secured  and Simplex was up and running, though in a smaller footprint.  A 12,700 foot facility began to turn out Simplex Mobile Homes.


The following years saw Simplex shift to custom modular homes and large modular projects. Single family home builders are the core of any custom modular factory and Simplex has never forgotten them. 


Their builder base includes the top custom modular home builders from Maine to Georgia.



A few years ago, Marriott started a movement to build a lot of their hotels using modular. Then developers wanted to get their projects done with modular construction and Simplex stepped up to fill that need with many projects.

Here are some examples of their projects over the past 10 years.











Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs. 

2 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful achievement and 2-10 proudly recognizes this companies many strengths within our industry. Our senior Risk Management Specialist Phil Dunlevy has been providing service to Simplex for over twenty years with our signature "PLANT 10" warranty, congratulations to the entire Simplex organization, we are proud to be part of your warranty administration!

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  2. Simplex Homes has a great group of people from the top ownership/management to line construction team members to their sales and warranty departments etc. They all take pride in their responsibilities knowing each one plays a vital part in the success in quality and customer satisfaction of each "unit" that leaves their factory. I have had the pleasure to work and get to know many team members both professionally and personally and am proud to call many friends. I commend Simplex and the entire team on the product they produce and know the dedication and pride that go into their products and service. A great organization from top to bottom that I would recommend to anyone who is just as dedicated a worker, with integrity, team player and quality oriented as Simplex Homes.

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