TatumTek Opens New Modular Home Building Facility in Dallas

Led by founder and CEO Edwin Tatum—a former pro basketball player—Dallas-based TatumTek says its new facility will be equipped with "advanced manufacturing technologies, robotics, and a dedicated team of skilled professionals to streamline the construction process."

A modular home manufacturing company founded by a former pro basketball player has opened a new factory in northwest Dallas—aiming to meet what it calls “the growing demand for affordable and environmentally friendly housing solutions.”

TatumTek, led by founder and CEO Edwin Tatum, says its new facility at 10857 Denton Drive, will be equipped with “advanced manufacturing technologies, robotics, and a dedicated team of skilled professionals to streamline the construction process, thereby reducing the cost of construction.”

“This facility serves a key purpose for TatumTek while we finalize the designs of the best-in-class facility we plan to move into next year,” Tatum said in a statement. “This production line allowed us to iterate our production process to better serve customers. This expansion reflects our commitment to providing innovative housing solutions that address the evolving needs of our customers.”

A rendering of a TatumTek home. [Image: TatumTek]

First home from the facility going up now in Austin

Tatum told Dallas Innovates that TatumTek is currently delivering its first home out of the new facility to a site in Austin, calling it “the first of several in the North Austin area.” 

He added that his company expects to obtain “full certificate of occupancy” for the home right after the 4th of July.

Founded in 2017, TatumTek currently has under 20 employees but is looking to grow its staff to 150 within the next two years, according to the firm’s human resources director, Fresh Avila.

The company’s headquarters is located at One Arts Plaza in the downtown Dallas Arts District. 

From the Aguascalientes Panthers to modular home building

Edwin Tatum, founder and CEO of TatumTek. [Photo: Edwin D. Tatum]

A former pro basketball player with the Mexican team Aguascalientes Panthers, Tatum was previously CEO of Smiley Dental & Orthodontics before launching TatumTek. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of DETATE, a real estate development firm, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Tatum’s company notes that modular homes have gained growing popularity due to benefits including reduced construction time, enhanced quality control, and sustainability. TatumTek says its modular homes have an edge by being “built with more material, engineered strength, resulting in high quality and greater value.” Focused on “democratizing home affordability,” the company says its homes offer durability, energy efficiency, and a “seamless blend of functionality and aesthetics.”

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