Champion, GR’s Urbaneer in tiny home partnership

TROY–Champion Home Builders, a subsidiary of Troy-based Skyline Champion Corp., and Grand Rapids-based Urbaneer Inc., announced a development agreement to co-brad a new line of tiny homes called Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs — small homes intended for properties that already have a single family home on them.

The interior of the Urbaneer 510. Skyline Champion illustration.

The new line, to be branded the Urbaneer 510, will be unveiled at the International Builders Show Jan. 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The agreement also grants Skyline Champion access to interior components designed by Urbaneer for use in the new co-developed ADU line and its non-co-branded modular and manufactured homes. Two of these components—a moveable wall with wireless power that allows for reconfiguring of the ADU’s spaces, and a fold-down wall bed—have been integrated into the design of the Urbaneer 510.

“Innovation is key to our success, so we’re thrilled to collaborate with housing visionaries like Urbaneer and bring their expertise in designing small living spaces to our customers,” said Mark Yost, president and CEO of Skyline Champion Corp. “Combating the affordable housing crisis requires multiple viable solutions. Skyline Champion believes placing ADUs in America’s backyards is one powerful, practical and cost-effective step in the right direction.”

In addition to the design and building of the co-developed ADU line, both companies agreed to jointly market ADUs across the 48 states.

“The partnership between Urbaneer and Skyline Champion creates a powerful team focused on solutions for housing attainability. We see our co-branded compact homes providing more options for consumers who seek to live in locations and at price points they desire,” said Bruce Thompson, Urbaneer co-founder and CEO.

Another view of the interior of the Urbaneer 510. Skyline Champion illustration.

Skyline Champion (NYSE: SKY) was formed in June 2018 by the merger of Skyline Corp. and the operating assets of Champion Enterprises Holdings LLC. The combined company employs about 7,000 people and is the largest independent, publicly traded, factory-built housing company in North America. Skyline Champion offers manufactured and modular homes, park models and modular buildings for the multi-family, hospitality, senior, and workforce housing sectors.

Skyline Champion also operates a factory-direct retail business, Titan Factory Direct, with 21 retail locations spanning the southern United States, and Star Fleet Trucking, providing transportation services to the manufactured housing and other industries from several dispatch locations across the United States.

Skyline Champion builds homes under some of the most well-known brand names in the factory-built housing industry, including Skyline Homes, Champion Home Builders, Athens Park Models, Dutch Housing, Excel Homes, Genesis Homes, Homes of Merit, New Era, Redman Homes, Shore Park, Silvercrest, and Titan Homes in the U.S., and Moduline and SRI Homes in western Canada.

More at www.championhomes.com, www.skylinehomes.com, www.genesishomes.com, and www.championcommercial.com.

Urbaneer offers intelligent homes and patented interior components that use innovation and technology to create multifunctional spaces that offer maximum flexibility and efficiency of use. More at www.urbaneerspaces.com.

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