What Happened to the "Best Little House Builder in Texas"?


Article Link: Fast Company

Now this is an old article, from 1996, about a “lean” home builder in Austin TX. Doyle Wilson homes was also featured prominently in the book Lean Thinking.

I can't figure out what happened to the company though. Their old website is now a generic home buying ads page (the web address was purchased in 2002 by some Florida company).

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  1. 10. Homebuilding irony. While last year’s housing market was so hot it fairly sizzled, all was not well at the offices of Doyle Wilson, a leading Austin homebuilder and one of the few survivors of the real estate bust of the Eighties. Wilson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, leaving a slew of contractors and owners of unfinished homes in the lurch.

  2. The bankruptcy Chapter 11, filed in 1998, was converted to Chapter 7 in 1999, leaving most of his creditors in the lurch. Doyle Wilson was back in the home-building business in Austin in 2000, according to a Knight-Ridder article, doing business as Sausalito Homes.

    Lean Thinking was updated in 2003 and included follow-ups on most of the companies used as examples, with the notable exception of Doyle Wilson Homes.

  3. Doyle Wilson starts up companies, files for bankruptcy, and leaves the buyers and the contractors in the dust. Most being small businesses.


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