Clayton Nabs Largest Homebuilder in KC

The company acquired all operating assets of Summit Custom Homes.

by Laura Calugar

One of the houses offered by Summit Custom Homes, Kansas City, Mo.
One of the houses offered by Summit Custom Homes, Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City, Mo.—Clayton Properties, the site-built division of the Clayton home building group, purchased its third homebuilder in the past year, Summit Custom Homes of Kansas City, Mo. The Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary acquired all of the operating assets of Summit Custom Homes, which include approximately 1,200 lots in the Kansas City metro area.

Summit Custom Homes was founded in 2002 and it’s the largest homebuilder in Kansas City. The company has 54 team members that develop communities from the ground up.

“As we expand our site-built operations, acquiring companies like Summit Custom Homes, which is a leader in its market, is a crucial part of our strategy,” said Keith Holdbrooks, president of Clayton home building group, in a prepared statement.

Founded in 1956, Clayton recently sold its 500th site built home this past month. The company first entered the site-built business in the fall of 2015 with the acquisition of 81 lots in Atlanta. The Clayton home building group provides affordable homes, traditional site-built homes, modular homes, manufactured housing, college dormitories, military barracks and apartments. In 2015, Clayton built more than 34,000 homes.

“Both companies share a passion for building a best-in-class product, delivering an outstanding customer experience, fostering a family-focused rewarding workplace for our team members and a commitment to community involvement. Our partnership with Clayton will allow Summit to build upon an already successful track record as the leading new home builder in Kansas City and accelerate our growth, both locally and regionally, all while maintaining our brand identity and existing team, ” said Fred Delibero, CEO of Summit Custom Homes, in a prepared statement.

Clayton Homes is the largest builder of manufactured housing and modular homes in the U.S. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Maryville, Tenn.

Image courtesy of Summit Custom Homes