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Fatal Clayton Homes Maynardville Accident Fined, RIP Keith Tucker West Jr. of Hoyle’s Tire & Axle

May 16th, 2018 Comments off


Last February, a North Carolina truck drive died at Clayton Homes Maynardville plant.  The state and local media said little, pending the state’s investigation.


The initial Daily Business News report, is linked here.

Tragic Clayton Death Sparks Investigation, Background Others Missed

That state investigation is now complete, and here is what the findings are.

A North Carolina mobile home parts seller has been fined $2,000 by the state following the death of one of its drivers in February while making a delivery in Maynardville,” per WBIR 10 News.

The Tennessee State Department of Labor and Workforce Development imposed the fine against Hoyle’s Tire & Axle of Henderson, N.C. Hoyle’s has paid the fine, according to records.

State authorities found that Hoyle’s had “failed to ensure employees are protected from falling material when unsecuring a load,” records state.

Clayton’s plant was not fined in connection with the fatality.


RIP Keith Tucker West, Jr.


Smithfield, NC resident Keith Tucker West, Jr. died on Monday, February 12, 2018 from injuries from an accident at the Clayton Maynardville plant. West was born on March 3, 1974 in Vance County, NC. He was the son of Carol Faucette Harris of Henderson and the late Keith Tucker West, Sr.

Hoyle’s truck driver was Keith Tucker West, Jr. 43.  West was “struck and killed by falling axles after stopping to make a delivery Feb. 12 at a Clayton Homes manufacturing plant on Raccoon Valley Road,” according to WBIR. “The axles fell on West and crushed him as he was loosening straps on axle bundles.”

During the unloading process at Clayton’s Maynardville production center, it was the truck driver’s job to unstrap the load. Once the fasteners and straps were removed, records state, it was up to a forklift operator at Clayton Homes to remove the idler axes coming into the plant.

While in the process of unstrapping the load, a bundle of idler axles fell from the top tier of the trailer and struck Mr. West from above,” the Tennessee investigative summary states.

Hoyle’s, the Tennessee State Department of Labor and Workforce Development found, should “develop written procedures for safely unloading/unstrapping cargo and subsequently train all potentially exposed employees on the procedures.”

The West funeral photos are from Facebook, from his grieving friend Patrick Jackson.


Keith Tucker West, Jr, rest in peace.

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Jim Clayton Exclusive on Clayton Bank/FirstBank Merger to MHProNews

February 11th, 2017 Comments off

ClaytonbankandFirstbanklogo-=imagecreditaretherespectivefirmslogosusedhereunderfairuseguidelinesIn a story that MHProNews covered first in manufactured housing, Jim Clayton, Founder and Chairman of Clayton Bank and Clayton Homes, confirmed the “merger” of Clayton Bank and Trust and American City Bank (collectively “Clayton Banks”) and FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK), in a deal valued at $284.2 million.

This event involves a rare instance where Clayton, and FirstBank Chairman Jim Ayers, both owned nearly 100 percent of their respective banks pre-merger, and share a common interest in helping people.

Jim (Ayers) and I have been great friends for decades and have a lot in common, including being from rural West Tennessee,” said Clayton to MHProNews publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

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Our primary interests involve banking and giving back,” Clayton said. “Ayres is the most generous and creative person I know, building an amazing philanthropic foundation that has produced amazing benefits in education, health, and quality of life in Tennessee.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, and is subject to regulatory approvals, approval by shareholders, and other customary closing conditions.

The Clayton Banks have a great team and are two of the most profitable banks in Tennessee. They have a relationship-based customer service culture that blends well with our culture. We look forward to joining with Clayton Bank and American City Bank and their associates to expand our banking services throughout Tennessee,” said FB Financial President and CEO Chris Holmes, in a BusinessWire press release.

This was, in effect, a merger as shareholders of FirstBank (FBK – NYSE) now own shares of the combined banks,” Clayton told MHProNews. “Likewise, I own shares in the combined banks – my largest holding by far. I signed a multi-year contract as did the Sr. Management – including Kevin Kimzey (President) – who heads all MH (Manufactured Housing/Home) activities.”

KevinKemzey-ClaytonBankPresidentClayton told MHProNews that once the merger is completed, he and Ayers will be the largest shareholders of the combined entity.

We both love the mortgage business and Jim [Ayers] is thrilled to combine the Clayton MH lending with the very large FirstBank Mortgage portfolio,” said Clayton. “I, and all the MH enthusiasts at Clayton Banks, are thrilled to add 40 deposit-gathering branches to support the Clayton MH units.”

About the Clayton Banks

Clayton Bank is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The operation has assets of approximately $887 million. The bank has 13 branches across its markets in Knoxville, Jackson, Oakland, Covington, Henderson, Lexington, Friendship and Cookeville, Tennessee.


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American City Bank is headquartered in Tullahoma, Tennessee and has assets of approximately $308 million. It operates five branches in Tullahoma, Manchester, Lynchburg and Dechard, Tennessee.

About FB Financial

FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK) is a bank holding company headquartered in Nashville, TN, and operates through its wholly owned banking subsidiary, FirstBank, the third largest Tennesseeheadquartered bank. The company has 45 full-service bank branches across Tennessee, North Alabama and North Georgia, and a national mortgage business with offices across the Southeast.

FirstBank serves five of the largest metropolitan markets in Tennessee and has over $3.2 billion in total assets. ##

(Editor’s note: Additional details from Jim Clayton will be published soon.)

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