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About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of Fortney Homes, Inc. is to provide quality manufactured housing for families, to conduct business in an honest,
professional and courteous manner and to maintain a high reputation with our customers, manufacturers and the community in which we
live.

History

In 1947 Dan and Fran Fortney founded Fortney Trailer Sales, Inc. in their hometown of Morgantown, WV. The homes at that time were eight feet in width and thirty some feet long. These homes could be pulled behind a pick up truck! Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball (who were the main characters in a hit TV show "I Love Lucy") starred in a movie, "The Longest Trailer" around that time. The Fortneys displayed a home like the one in the movie in the center of town where crowds of people flocked to see the novelty!

In 1954 Dan and Fran moved to Hagerstown, MD and set up business next to the Washington County Airport. Dan was an avid pilot thus chose to put the sales center very near the airport. They were drawn to Hagerstown because of the strong economic growth stemming from Fairchild Industries. A great deal of radio advertising was done. A closing tag on the commercial had the roar of an airplane and a familiar voice saying "And remember, if you don’t hear airplanes, you're not at Fortney's!" Fifty years later we have customers who remember this radio ad! The business prospered and by the early 60’s a larger sales center was necessary. At that time the present location south of the airport on Rt. 11 was purchased. Soon a manufactured housing community was built close to the sales center.

In 1984 Dan Fortney died. In 1996 he was posthumously inducted in the Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame. Denise Fortney Pennington and her husband, Bill Pennington, Jr. took over the business. The manufactured housing community was expanded to 57 home sites.

In 2010 we are celebrating 63 years of business.