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Ag Commissioner, Gubernatorial Candidate Adam Putnam Tours Palm Harbor Plant

February 7th, 2018

MarkKellyPalmHarborFMHAFLAGCommissionerAdamPutnamDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) and Palm Harbor Homes hosted Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate, Adam Putnam, in Plant City, FL on January 16.

It was a very positive experience for everyone involved, said Mark Kelly with Palm Harbor Homes, in a release to the Daily Business News.

Putnam’s office is a statewide elected position, and “his subsequent tour of the manufacturing floor proved to be eye-opening for him, and it is fair to say that Commissioner Putnam was amazed by the high end appointments and overall quality of the models he toured. He took time to introduce himself and talk with construction crew and other employees about their particular experiences and concerns as well.”

 

The Orlando Sentinel indicated that “2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam delivers remarks during a campaign stop…Putnam is on a 10-day, 22-city campaign swing across Florida.”

Kelly is the current FMHA president.

 

He made the points that the “FMHA maintains a steady effort to connect with government officials to forge positive relationships. Educating political figures in state and local government will undoubtedly elevate the stature of manufactured and modular housing – the more of them that see and understand, the more helpful it can be to our causes. Other legislators and officials in many states have been surprised to learn about the homes we are producing, especially by how much they look like site-built homes both on retail lots and increasingly within communities.”

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At the heart of FMHA’s efforts is raising awareness that manufactured and modular homes are the only affordable options for home buyers looking to spend under $200,000, especially for the two biggest markets: millennials often weighed down with debt looking for a first-time home, and boomers looking to downsize and live off sometimes meager retirements. As the economic impact of Florida’s MH industry’s increases, so does our power to achieve significant goals through legislative changes and regulatory reform.”

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Commissioner Adam Putnam, standing, speaking with some workers in the Palm Harbor production center in Plant City, FL.

The FMHA’s release noted that “The Commissioner commented on several things that appealed to the industry, including the need to promote technical education.  The demand for skilled tradespeople is high and many young people may be more successful learning a trade rather than incurring enormous debt for a four-year college degree that often does not lead to a higher paying job.  This is a priority initiative for the industry’s homebuilders that are struggling to hire enough workers to increase production capacity.”

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Kelly touted their “Hand Built Homes” campaign and noted that it’s gaining interest beyond Florida’s borders. An FMHA video can be viewed as part of a new related report on the durability of modern HUD Code manufactured homes in windstorms, found on MHLivingNews, at the link above. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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