Dave Valenti, owner of Wyoming Homes on Route 315 in Plains Township, is adding 10 new employees, including truck drivers, salespeople and laborers.
When hiring is complete, he
will have 12 employees.
also plans to open another sales location and a warehouse center on Route 61 outside Pottsville in early 2012 that will add another 15 jobs.
said home sales have tripled at his
business this year since many other manufactured home dealers have closed and Wyoming Homes
is one of the last remaining retailers in the area.
"We had seven stores at one time.
We're down to one," Valenti
"Although we have downsized, there are less dealers now than there were two years ago.
Most of our competitors are gone.
We are doing better by default."
Manufactured home dealers are listed among 10 key dying industries in a recent report from industry research firm IBISWorld.
Ten years ago, Valenti
said the manufactured home industry sold about 300,000 homes across the United States, about 25 percent of all homes.
Last year, less than 50,000 manufactured homes were sold, he
A number of companies which manufactured homes have filed for bankruptcy.
"The industry took a nose dive, a bad nose dive.
It was hard to survive through it," Valenti
, 58, of Moosic, has been in the manufactured home business since he
was 18 and ran Wyoming Homes