Clayton Homes working with Clinton Foundation in Haiti

KNOXVILLE — Clayton Homes Inc. is partnering with the Clinton Foundation to ship modular classrooms to Haiti as part of the effort to rebuild the country after its devastating earthquake several months ago.

Clayton Homes, a division of the Berkshire-Hathaway Co., said it has reduced the cost of the classrooms and plans to discount the cost of modular homes the company also plans to ship to Haiti. The Blount County-based manufacturer, which is the largest U.S. maker of modular and manufactured houses, wants the project to be a model for assisting other countries with housing and school building needs.

“We have dozens of production facilities all across the U.S. We hope to use that expertise to help developing nations learn the quality, cost and eco-friendly benefits of this building process,” said Clayton Homes CEO Kevin Clayton.

Clayton Homes said it contacted Bill Clinton after the former president was named to head the Haiti relief effort. The company called the Clinton Foundation with an offer to assist, which led to its involvement with the United Nations and the foundation.

“We are delighted to work with the Clinton Foundation in participation with the U.N., Red Cross, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank to help rebuild Haiti. This program will help get children back in school and create much needed Haitian jobs,” Clayton said.

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