History and Milestones

Ritz-Craft Custom Homes Company History

 

Paul and Eric John - Ritz-Craft HistoryPaul John & Eric John

From a humble beginning in Argos, Indiana, Ritz-Craft opened its doors in 1954 and first produced a line of travel trailers.  As the company grew in size, our product lines grew to offer system-built homes.  In 1976, Ritz-Craft relocated to Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania and began focusing primarily on system-built homes.

A leadership succession in 1991 established current Ritz-Craft owners Paul D. John and Eric John as President/CEO and Vice-President of Operations.  Since then, the company has been vertically integrated, adding Legacy Crafted Cabinets, Legacy Building Products, Ritz-Trans, and Heritage Aviation to the family of Ritz-Craft companies.  By controlling more steps in the home building process, Ritz-Craft is able to deliver better quality products at reasonable prices.

1954 – Ritz-Craft is founded and the first plant is built in Argos, Indiana.  Production begins on a line of “travel trailers.”

Late 1960s – Ritz-Craft is acquired by Wickes Corporation (known today as Wickes Lumber).  Wickes provided the market and financial backing for expanding the product line to include system-built homes.

1976 – Paul R. John, Don Ritzenthaler, Glenn Cunningham and Bob Roney, four original Ritz-Craft managers purchased the company from Wickes, and consolidated operations to a centralized headquarters and manufacturing plant in Mifflinburg, PA.

1991 – A formal succession plan is established and names Paul D. John as President/CEO and Eric John as Vice President of Operations.

1995 – Designer Homes of Pennsylvania, a division of Ritz-Craft Corporation is founded and acts as an official Ritz-Craft builder in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

1998 – Legacy Crafted Cabinets is established and begins operations in 65,000 sq. ft. facility building kitchen cabinets.

2000 – A manufacturing facility is built in Jonesville, Michigan.  Operations begin in the 175,000 sq. ft. facility.

2005 – A manufacturing facility is built in Hamlet, North Carolina.  Operations begin in the 200,000 sq. ft. facility.

2006 – Ritz-Trans trucking company is established for the shipping of system-built homes.

2008 – Legacy Building Products becomes the direct distributor of building products to Ritz-Craft Corporation.

2009 – Legacy Crafted Cabinets purchases 250,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing capacity that was formerly owned by Yorktowne Cabinets.

2011 – After a $2 million renovation, Legacy Crafted Cabinets begins operation in new manufacturing facility.

2012 - Ritz-Craft delivers their first modular home to Ontario, Canada. 

2013 - Ritz-Craft's "Grand Teton" model receives the 2013 Jerry Rouleau Award for Excellence in Home Design from the Building Systems Council and the National Association of Home Builders.

2014 - Ritz-Craft celebrates it 60 year Anniversary.

2014 - Ritz-Craft receives five of the 2014 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design from the Building Systems Council and the National Association of Home Builders.  Ritz-Craft wins Professional Builder Magazine’s “Best of the Best” System-Built Modular Award.

2015 - Ritz-Craft earns seven National Awards from the 2015 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design from the Building Systems Council and the National Association of Home Builders.

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