Cardinal plans moving forward

Published 4:22 pm Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Cardinal Homes Inc., a modular home construction company located in Wylliesburg, that was sold in February has hired additional workers and, while most businesses are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction company is continuing to build. 

Kituwah, LLC, an economic development company wholly owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina, purchased Cardinal Homes for $5.8 million.

Cardinal Homes was acquired during bankruptcy proceedings that began in December 2019.

Cardinal Homes currently employees 60 workers in full-time positions and five part time positions, according to Kituwah, LLC CEO Mark Hubble.

“We have hired about 10 additional positions since purchasing the business,” Hubble said. “We currently have openings in many of the general trades areas.”

According to Hubble there has only been one layoff since the purchase and that was due to the position that was no longer needed.

Hubble said the pandemic slowed the inquiry stream of houses a little in March but that the number of new home inquires have now started to pick up once again.

“Based upon mostly anecdotal evidence, modular home sales seem to still be strong as housing demand still seems to be strong.” Hubble said.   

Cardinal Homes was established in 1970 and, at one time, employed 266 people.