Huge Agreement $135,000,000, Recently, the company had entered agreement with PN&N Enterprise, a Jamaican developer consortium, to set up a manufacturing plant in Jamaica to construct 1,500 houses, valued at around $135 million, over 7 years. Financing for this project does not form part of the Goldendale, WA initiative described herein. The agreement calls for financing to be acquired from other sources specifically for the venture.
Auscrete Corporation intends to position itself as a major supplier in the affordable housing market. Housing is generally considered "affordable" when its cost does not exceed 30 percent of the median family income in a given area. In many parts of the country, housing costs have shown signs of adversely affecting corporations, workers and local economies. Yet still the availability of affordable housing is becoming increasingly scarce. The company is promoting a product that will not only make housing affordable but also offers some luxuries as well, such as incorporated heat pump air conditioning that would not be available in other houses at such comparable pricing. By constructing with the Auscrete aerated concrete building system, those luxuries will result in lower cost utilities and a comfortable 'feel' to the living environment, as can be achieved with a product offering excellent thermal and soundproofing qualities as well as superb fire resistance.
Developers and contractors will offer the homes as complete ready constructed site built units on suitable land. They will not be offered under the banner of such categories as 'pre-fabricated' or 'factory built' homes. They are just plain good value masonry homes built of a time proven product, concrete. The company is establishing its expanded operations and manufacturing facility in the Industrial Estate area of Goldendale, WA. Goldendale is a city of around 4,500 people about 110 miles east of Vancouver, WA.
Construction of phase 1 of the plant should take 5-6 months. The advantage of Goldendale is it is located very close to 2 main highways, I-84 east/west and I-97 north/south. The location will help considerably with the delivery of the pre-cast panels initially to the Northwest area and will also simplify the delivery of raw materials to the facility. It is anticipated that in the initial year the company will be able to produce enough panel sets for the construction of over 30 homes.
Auscrete can economically deliver whole house panel sets as far away as New Mexico or Alberta, Canada. However, with a planned future facility to be set up in San Antonio, Texas, further efficiencies will be achieved by servicing a fast-emerging market in this above average (for affordable housing) growth area. Additionally, a plant in Texas could quite easily address the Arizona and New Mexico market, now that the market recovery in those areas have taken effect. The company plans on selling most of its output to developers, contractors and builders who will purchase the complete set of wall, roof and interior panels from Auscrete and use their own construction crew to construct the house.