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Preferred Building Systems

Thinking
Ahead
Preferred Building Systems builds its
reputation by producing high-quality
modular homes. BY BIANCA HERRON

Preferred Building Systems' parent company, Lavalley
Building Supply, was launched in 1962 as a building materials supplier firm. In 2006, the New Hampshire-based company decided
to enter into the modular construction segment of the business,
acquiring a 160,000-square-foot photo album factory, in Claremont, N.H., and revamping it to manufacture energy-efficient
modular homes.
"We began tooling and decided what we were going to build
there," Vice President Bryan Huot says. "At the time, oil prices
were rising, amongst a number of other affordable home market
challenges, and our existing customer base through Lavalley were
asking if there were better ways to deliver affordable homes to
help address onsite labor costs."
Out of that concern, Preferred Building Systems was born because the company believed there was a preferred way to build
homes, according to Huot. "We set out with two goals," he says.
"To build a very - if not the most - energy-efficient product on the
market and to make the houses we build break out of the stereotypical modular concept. I'm pleased to report that 10 years later
we're actually doing that - building homes that are very energy
efficient by being superior on the thermal envelope details."
Lavalley Building Supply also acquired New England Homes, a
modular home company, in 2011. The company has consolidated
the production of both brands - Preferred Building Systems and
New England Homes - into one facility. "We've been successful
integrating those brands and we are five years into that," Huot says.
"At the moment, we don't have any plans to acquire anything else,
we're just focusing on continued growth with the two brands."

Preferred Building Systems' goals are to build the most energy-efficient product on the market and
design its homes so they are superior to the typical modular concept.

" We aim to be good stewards of what
we have as well as help make our builders successful. If we make them successful, then we're successful.

"

BRYAN HUOT, VICE PRESIDENT

CONTINUING A LEGACY
As a third-generation member of the family owned company, Huot
grew up around Lavalley Building Supply and took an interest in
the company at an early age. "I've been around the company since
I was old enough to pick up a piece of wood," he says, chuckling.
"So I've been working at the company in many different facets in
my life, including helping builders by making lumber truck deliveries to currently being the vice president/general manager at the
modular home facility."

PROFILE
PREFERRED BUILDING SYSTEMS
www.preferredbuildings.com /
Headquarters: Claremont, N.H. / Employees: 85

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