For the second consecutive year, building-systems manufacturers and suppliers hit the road, this time to visit modular, timber-frame and log home facilities throughout New Hampshire and upper Massachusetts on the annual BSC Mega-Tour.
An evening welcome reception kicked off the event on Sunday, April 27. Attendees gathered over cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres at the Manchester Radisson Hotel.
Day 1 of Mega-Tour
The next morning, attendees gathered on a luxury charter bus and headed to modular home building company, Epoch Homes of Pembroke, N.H. Epoch Homes designs and delivers fully customized modular homes nationally and internationally. Attendees were able to tour their manufacturing facility and model home.
The second stop of the day took the group to Saugus, Mass. to check out a model home by Westchester Modular Homes. Westchester is seeing an uptick in business in New England and especially on the shores after the Hurricane Sandy devastation.
After a lunch catered by Westchester, attendees rode over to Wayland, Mass. to tour a $2.2 million modular spec home, also by Westchester. The spec home included three floors of customized, luxury features including marble countertops, beautiful crown molding and wood wainscoting, a sauna, a home theater, a gym and more.
The final stop of the tour on Monday was at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Merrimack, N.H. Attendees met and took photos with the world-famous Clydesdales before embarking on a brewery tour and enjoying a tasting.
Day 2 of Mega-Tour
On Tuesday morning, the group headed up north to Woodsville, N.H., to check out the large Coventry Log Homes facility and model homes. Coventry Log Homes builds with eastern white pine due to the species' abundance throughout New England. Eastern white pine is durable, can produce long logs and grows quicky. Coventry laid out a great BBQ spread for the group, and sent everyone off with homemade maple syrup!
Attendees then got back on the bus to head south to Bensonwood, a timber frame and building systems company in Walpole, N.H. Bensonwood uses state-of-the-art machinery and CAD software to cut and design their timber and panel system to precision.
Mega-Tour concluded Tuesday night with a reception at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball game. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and dinner and were able to network one last time before heading home the next morning.
Everyone agreed that this was another great opportunity to network and create business deals, as well as discuss with other companies in their industry new code changes, obstacles they are facing and solutions they are creating.
Thank you again to our 2014 Mega-Tour sponsors and we hope to see you all on the bus next year!