Every working day, at Mattamy Homes' innovative new Stelumar plant in Milton, a just-completed, high quality home glides out the doors of the high-tech facility.
From there a sophisticated transporter carefully moves each home, complete with cabinetry, flooring, painting, plumbing, and electrical fixtures, to a waiting concrete foundation. A powerful and highly flexible transporter gently delivers the home - up to 3,300 square feet and 30 tonnes in weight. Once in place, it receives finishing touches - brickwork, utility connections and a porch light.
Mattamy Homes has further demonstrated its industry leadership by investing tens of millions of dollars on the research and development of innovative methods of building entire homes in a climate-controlled manufacturing environment.
For the second year in a row, J.D. Power and Associates reports that Mattamy Homes ranks highest in new-home buyer satisfaction in the GTA. Our company continues to pursue ways of further improving the homeowner experience through enhanced product quality and increasingly reliable closing dates.
Among the guests at today's grand opening and official launch of the 76,000 square foot state-of-the art facility, were Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen, Halton Region Chairman Gary Carr and Milton Mayor and Regional Councilor, Gordon Krantz. Other guests included Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonette, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Burlington Mayor Cam Jackson and other elected officials, and Karen Kinsley, President and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
"This facility is another example of the initiative and resourcefulness demonstrated by Ontario's homebuilders," said Gerretsen. "Homebuilders continue to provide the leadership and innovation to meet the needs of Ontario families and build great communities."
The Milton assembly plant will build approximately 250 homes a year.
Mattamy Homes President and CEO Peter Gilgan pointed out some of the many advantages of the plant's fully controlled environment, "It eliminates delays caused by bad weather and the winter months, improves worker safety and creates high quality through advanced building techniques and materials such as engineered floors and polyurethane foam insulation.
Mr. Gilgan added, "There are also many environmental benefits. For example, Whole Home Manufacturing requires about 25 percent less wood by design. With about a thousand homes in this Milton subdivision to be built at the plant over the next four years, this will save about 12,000 trees or roughly 100 acres of forest. We also significantly reduce construction waste. Raw material off-cuts are reused and/or recycled. These homes are highly energy efficient and receive a CSA stamp of approval before they leave our plant."
In addition, showing further respect for the environment, after the Milton community is complete, the Stelumar plant will be dismantled and reused elsewhere. Even the asphalt it sits on will be recycled.
"There is going to be much more to this great story down the road," said Ron Cauchi, Mattamy's President of Stelumar Advanced Manufacturing Inc. "After pioneering our indoor home building techniques in Cambridge, and refining them in Milton, we're in the planning stages for additional manufacturing facilities in the markets where we operate, but no decisions have been made on locations."
Mattamy Homes - a national leader in homebuilding, is a privately-held company. The name "Mattamy" is short for the first names of Peter Gilgan's children Matthew and Amy and "Stelumar" is short for Stephanie, Luke and Marcus.