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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.

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