Plant Prefab Is Opening the U.S.’s First Automated Factory Dedicated to Sustainable Family Housing

published Jan 1, 2022
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Prefabricated design and construction company Plant Prefab has announced plans to open the nation’s first automated factory devoted to efficiently and sustainably building multifamily developments and custom single-family homes.

Serving as Plant Prefab’s third factory, the new 270,000-square-foot facility will be situated on 17 acres in the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center 25 miles south of Bakersfield, California, and will be purpose-built to efficiently manufacture custom-prefabricated panelized and modular building components. It will serve as Plant Prefab’s first regional production hub, expanding the company’s service area to the entire Western United States and employing up to 440 people. Construction on the $30 million factory is slated to be completed in late 2022.

“The launch of our hub is a critical milestone in Plant Prefab’s broader mission to make architectural, sustainable housing more accessible, as it allows us to expand our capabilities from single-family and small multifamily housing into high-volume, large-scale developments – including student, affordable, and market-rate housing for real estate, hospitality, and corporate developers,” said Steve Glenn, Founder and CEO of Plant Prefab, in a press release announcing the news. “Materially expanding the end markets we serve helps address critical housing issues in supply- and labor-constrained markets. Our expanded capabilities will allow us to provide an even faster and more predictable, repeatable and sustainable building solution for both developers and consumers.”

Plant Prefab’s Tejon Ranch production hub will be capable of producing 900,000 square feet of living space per year—the equivalent of 800 dwelling units. 

“We are pleased to welcome Plant Prefab to the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center,” said Joseph N. Rentfro, Tejon Ranch Co.’s Executive Vice President of Real Estate. “We offer a state-of-the-art commercial/industrial center strategically located between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with efficient access to the Interstate 5.  Given the location, Plant Prefab will be able to reach the entire Western U.S. and have room for future growth.”