AEDC awards job creation incentive to Clayton Athens

By Sherri Skeeters/AEDC Business Development and Marketing Director

Athens Economic Development Corporation officials presented Clayton Athens with an $80,000 incentive check for year two job creation on Thursday.

Clayton’s operations began in Athens in October 2016, after purchasing an existing facility on Highway 31 West. The 168,000-plus square foot, first-of-its-kind facility is one of the largest of Clayton’s 40 home building facilities in the United States.

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Today, Clayton Athens employs 186 people with plans to hire 240 full-time employees over a five-year period.

In addition to the Athens team members, Clayton employees from other home building facilities will visit the Athens location, further boosting economic development in our area.

“Athens has proven to be an ideal location for our state-of-the-art facility and AEDC has been a valuable partner in our growth,” Clayton Athens General Manager, Michael Williams, said. “As a company committed to answering the affordable housing needs of our country, we’re looking forward to a strong future in Athens.”

“Clayton continues to grow and far exceeds the economic development performance agreement’s terms for job creation,” said Lisa Denton, AEDC executive director. “We’re proud of the success they’ve built in Athens and AEDC is excited to be a part of that growth.”