The founder of Rochester Homes, Inc., Milam Anderson, started his company with the help of 30 employees in 1972. They aimed to build HUD code homes, often referred to as mobile or modular housing, and ship them around the Midwest so that people could have affordable houses. As the Anderson family and the team grew the business, RHI learned to apply production techniques and systems building methods to produce IRC code homes placed on a permanent foundation. Often called Volumetric Modular Construction, today’s homes are built to the same exact code as any site or “stick” framed house.
VP of Sales Alex Berlin says, “I worked on stick framing crews when I was in high school and college. The first time I walked into Rochester Homes, I was amazed at what they could accomplish off-site. The production facility and assembly line take away all the things that slowed us down on-site—weather delays, the difficulty of working on ladders or lifting heavy items without machinery, and just the simple idea of having tools at each workstation. reach home buyers who are interested in building their quality, affordable, and custom home.”
Now with a staff of over 130 people, RHI focuses on bringing their customers quality homes that last a lifetime. The company evolved from mobile home manufacturers to specializing in modular construction techniques that produce quality homes treated the same as any site or stick-built home by banks, realtors, appraisers, inspectors, and tradespeople.
“I have grown up around this business and have seen everyone that it has impacted in a very positive way.” says GM Tyler Anderson. “Ever since I was a kid I have always said that this is what I wanted to do. The main reason I have always wanted to do this Is because I have always looked up to my Dad, I knew very little about the potential of RHI At the time. The more hands-on I have gotten with the product as I have gotten older the more I have realized what we do makes sense. adapt. A production line that builds homes has several moving components such as the jigs we build on, hinged trusses, subassembly components, transportation carriers, home setup, and most important the people on that production line assembling the product. the field with a home, our builders have the ability to talk to me or Alex directly which in turn we can adjust a building technique on the production line. possible home with real-life experience we have created over the years knows what works in a modular setting. We build within systems, for example, all of our structural components are pre-designed so when a customer is after a certain look we may have to make some minor adjustments. The reason we make those adjustments is to control the complexity and give the people on the line some similarity so we aren’t always re-learning things, this ensures when that home with all of its complexity’s gets set on a job site it’s consistent. “
The Anderson family prides itself on being family-owned and operated for the 50 years of the company’s existence. Milam Anderson transitioned the company to his son Kenny Anderson in the ’90s. Kenny completed two factory additions to grow both the volume and modular capability of RHI.
“I like to look back at the history of Rochester Homes and think about all the lives we have touched” says Kenny Anderson. “This business has supported not only the Anderson, Berlin, and Rochester Homes families, but also all of the builders who buy our product and suppliers who furnish our materials. I knew that transitioning the company to the next generation and carrying on a tradition of supporting families around the Midwest was the only way to go.”
Kenny transitioned the business in 2015 and said goodbye to RHI after retiring at the end of 2021. The next generation of leadership took over when Kenny’s son, Tyler Andersonand son-in-law, Alex Berlin, acquired ownership in 2015, after both working at the company for around ten years. Since then, Rochester Homes has continued to be one of the leaders in changing how the world views constructing homes and promoting the modular method of building homes.
Everyone at Rochester Homes understands how meaningful it is to celebrate a half-century in business. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that for every 100 homes built, 419 jobs are created. After RHI constructs the modules for each project, the local builder then employs contractors and subcontractors to excavate, pour foundations, install HVAC and plumbing mechanicals, build garages, build porches, and much more. Each home is an economic boon to its community. By the end of this year, Rochester Homes will have built over 8,500 homes total, or around 170 homes per year. RHI has averaged around 250 homes per year for the past ten years, ranging in final retail price from $135,000 to $1,000,000+ (not including land). The leadership team is truly grateful for the many people involved in this milestone.
See a full timeline of the company’s history at rochesterhomesinc.com/history.
About Rochester Homes, Inc.
Rochester Homes, Inc. is a modular home manufacturer at the forefront of the next generation of homebuilders. The business model is to build modules for homes at their production facility based in Rochester, IN. Builders all around the Midwest choose to use RHI products as one of the methods to complete their custom projects for the retail customer. Builders will typically design a home, and use RHI to construct the modules, which can be completed up to the cabinet and countertop installation and even the first coat of primer on the drywall. The builder then ships to the job site and installs the modules on a permanent concrete crawlspace or basement, and then finishes garages, porches, flatwork, and landscaping. The combination of the volume of RHI and the local dedication from builders around the Midwest makes quality, customized home building possible while keeping it affordable. The company takes pride in providing homes to the Midwest alongside our building partners. Without them and the wonderful RHI team, these past 50 years would have not been possible. RHI currently services Indian, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowaand Ohio. For more information, visit www.rochesterhomesinc.com or email [email protected].
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