Mattamy Homes Gives "Home Delivery" A Whole New Meaning



    MILTON, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - 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."


    
    Fact Sheet

    Mattamy Homes

    Stelumar Advanced Manufacturing Inc. (SAMI)

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             Mattamy Homes Is Committed To Customer Satisfaction

    -  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
    -  Mattamy Homes is using its innovative Whole Home Manufacturing
       technology to produce new homes complete in almost every respect,
       including plumbing, wiring, cabinetry, windows, roofs, interior
       painting and more at its new Stelumar plant in Milton
    -  Whole Home Manufacturing avoids bad weather - helping with on-time
       delivery. It ensures consistent high quality and energy efficiency
       through the latest building technology, and contributes to worker
       safety in part because roofs are built at floor level, then hoist into
       place

       Environmental benefits of Stelumar-built homes include:

    -  Using about one quarter less wood through efficient CAD value
       engineering. In the Milton subdivision, approximately one thousand
       homes will be built by Stelumar over four years. These advanced
       techniques will save some 12,000 trees or roughly 100 acres of forest
    -  Less waste associated with manufacturing process
    -  More reuse of large off-cuts (wood scraps)
    -  Manufacturer recycling of unusable small off-cuts
    -  Better insulated walls and roof
    -  Even the Stelumar plant will be disassembled later and then put
       together again and re-used elsewhere

       Stelumar building facts:

    -  Stelumar homes are from 1,500 to 3,300 square feet in size and the
       largest weigh up to 30 tonnes
    -  The homes are moved carefully to their lots on a powerful,
       sophisticated transporter operated by remote control and lowered into
       place with hydraulic jacks
    -  At its site, the home receives brickwork and service connections
    -  Stelumar homes are completed at the rate of one each working day
       (approximately 250) a year and at any given time, 10 homes are in
       various stages of production
    -  It takes 10 days to build a home, compared with 16 to 20 weeks using
       traditional building methods
    -  The average price of a home manufactured at Mattamy's Stelumar plant
       in Milton is $350,000
    -  The plant has 120 employees including highly trained home assemblers
       and office staff
    -  Mattamy has invested tens of millions of dollars in developing Whole
       Home Manufacturing Techniques and has refined and expanded upon
       methods used at the first Stelumar plant in Cambridge
    -  Cambridge remains vital to Mattamy's operations because highly
       engineered wallboard and floorboard is produced there for all Mattamy
       homes
    -  Whole Home Manufacturing delivers 95 percent completed homes to sites
       - quite different from modular techniques that involve pre-building
       sections then connecting on site and continuing building
       conventionally
    -  Stelumar homes receive the CSA stamp of quality as they leave the
       plant

       Advantages of building homes in a climate-controlled environment
       include:

    -  Improving on-time delivery by eliminating delays caused by weather
       problems and the winter months
    -  Achieving consistently high quality results
    -  Creating a safer, more efficient and more comfortable workplace
    -  Employing advanced building techniques and materials such as
       engineered floors, creating optimum conditions for painting and dry-
       walling and the use of advanced insulation materials
    

    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.




For further information:

For further information: Hal Vincent, Associate, CorpWorld Group Ltd.,
103 Richmond St. East, Toronto, ON, M5C 1N9, tel: (416) 966-7560 x 429, toll
free: (800) 439-3092, fax: (416) 966-7560, halv@corpworldgroup.com,
www.corpworldgroup.com


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