Ohio but does expect to grow in the area, said Doug Brown, D.R. Horton North Region president.
“Westport will continue to operate as a separate division within D.R. Horton, with anticipated growth in homes closed in 2019,” Brown said. “The company expects to continue selling current home plans, but may introduce new plans in the future to meet market demands.”
Westport is developing
18 central Ohio communities, many of them in outer suburbs such as Lancaster, Lithopolis, Delaware and Marysville.
Horton, based in Forth Worth, Texas, operates in 81 markets in 27 states. Through the 12 months ending Sept. 30, the company sold 51,857 homes, making it by far the nation’s largest builder.
This would be Horton’s first foray into Ohio and its third Midwest market after Minneapolis and Chicago.
“We welcome Westport Homes to the D.R. Horton family,” said Board Chairman Donald R. Horton
in a news release. “Their well-established building operations make Westport a great fit for D.R. Horton as we expand our footprint in the Midwest.”
Horton’s acquisition of Westport means three of the nation’s four largest homebuilders will have a presence in central Ohio: Horton, Pulte (which acquired Dominion Homes in 2014) and NVR, which sells Ryan homes in the region.
Central Ohio’s largest locally based homebuilder remains M/I Homes.