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

May 16th, 2018 No comments

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Keith Tucker West, Jr, rest in peace.

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Howard Walker, Equity Lifestyle Properties Vice Chair, Passed Away

April 14th, 2018 Comments off
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In a message to members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) begins, “It is with great sadness that I inform you that industry leader Howard Walker, Vice Chairman of Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) and MHI Treasurer, passed away Wednesday morning.”

Bloomberg said, “Mr. Howard Walker has been a Co-Vice Chairman of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. since February 2013 and was its Vice Chairman from May 2003 to February 2013. He has been a Director of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. since November 1997. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties,” prior to assuming that role.

Mr. Walker “was a frequent presence at MHI meetings and events, having served on the MHI Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as Treasurer and an Investment Committee member since 2013. He also was active in other roles at MHI over the years, including serving as Vice Chair of the National Communities Council Board of Governors and a member of the Government Relations Committee,” said MHI’s statement.

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Howard Walker, 78 Beloved father of Dina (Blake Crousore) Walker and Gordon (Patricia Ni) Walker. Cherished grandfather of Mia and Beckett Walker. Dear brother of the late Shirley (the late Seamen) Peltz and the late Robert Walker. Fond uncle, cousin and friend to many. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 14, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at The Drake Hotel, (Camellia Room) 140 East Walton Place, Chicago. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to your [favorite charity] would be appreciated” said Legacy.

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MHProNews wishes to extend its sincere condolences to all of those who are touched by his passage.

 

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Bennie Moore Sr., Manufactured Home Industry Pioneer Passes, Loss Mourned

February 7th, 2018 Comments off

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Such sad news. I thought the world of Bennie. He was a great man. My prayers are with family and many, many friends,” said a post by Angela Ackerson with the GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission.

 

The industry mourns the passing of manufactured housing pioneer Bennie Moore,” said a Facebook post by the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC). “Mr. Moore was one of our state’s earliest retailers and highly respected throughout our industry.”

Mr. Moore was CEO of Southland Homes in Greenwood which he and his family have operated for over 60 years.”

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His sons Sid Moore and Marion Moore are both industry and association leaders,” said the MHISC. “He and Mrs. Moore operated his business, Southland Homes, for over 60 years. All of us join in holding the Moore family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Bennie Sidney Moore Sr., 88, of 412 Pine Tree Drive, Greenwood, husband of Wygenia Rush Moore, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Self Regional Health Care,” said the Index Journal.

Bennie Moore was born August 28, 1929 in Due West, SC, to the late James Sitton and Willie Strickland Moore.

DeepCondolencesMHProNewsMr. Moore was one of the last great self-made men,” said the Index Journal (IJ). “He left school after the 8th grade to help support his family. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. In the 1950’s, he developed an interest in cars and became a mechanic and eventually owned and operated several gas-service stations in Greenwood under the Gulf, Atlantic & Esso trade names and also operated a wrecker service. As a hobby in his younger days, he raced stock cars on the local racing circuit.”

In the early 1960’s, local media says Moore began moving mobile homes and in 1966 open his own Mobile Home Sales Business that is known today as Southland Homes, where he was the CEO.” 

Southland Homes is also the longest running Independent Manufactured Home business in South Carolina,” per IJ.

Moore and “his wife, Wygenia, worked in all of their businesses as co-owners for 60+ years. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and farmer. In his later years he enjoyed relaxing in his little cabin by his pond every afternoon while watching Judge Judy and enjoying happy hour. He was proud of all of his children and his grandchildren where the apple of his eye.”

He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church…Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday at Main Street United Methodist Church with The Rev James McCoy-Bruce officiating,” said the IJ.

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Richard William Pettet Dies in Manufactured Home Installation Tragedy

December 6th, 2017 Comments off

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Richard Pettet was pronounced dead at the scene,” per the Vinton Courier

The incident involved a new home he was installing at 63718 Route 50, with us son, per the Vinton County Sherriff’s Office.

Fire department, Vinton County EMS, Vinton County Sheriff’s Office and rescue workers responded to the scene, located near Vinton County Middle School and the intersection with Locker Plant Road.

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The fire department is actually trained in order to do that type of close-quarter rescue,” Lt. Bill Bowden said.

Bowden said this wasn’t the first such tragedy in recent years.

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Richard was a member of Laborers Union 423, the McArthur VFW, and the McArthur Eagles.

His parents, sons, James (Holly) Pettet of Wilkesville and Timothy Pettet of The Plains; grandchildren, Jaclyn, Logan and Ellie; brother, Roger Pettet of Cincinnati; his friend, Lisa Bay and the mother of his children, Rebecca Pettet of Zaleski were among the survivors.

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Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home, 201 W. High St., McArthur, with Rev. Bob Jividen officiating.

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Rest in peace.

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U.S. Army, Manufactured Home Industry Veteran, Passes

December 5th, 2017 Comments off

USArmyManufacturedHomeIndustryVeteranPassesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsRobert D. Galazia, 84, passed away the morning of Nov. 23, 2017, at his son’s residence,” the Vindy tells the Daily Business News.

Born on March 31, 1934, in Youngstown, he was the son of the late John R. and Vera B. David Galazia,” the Vindicator’s report, datelined from Edinburg, PA, stated.

His wife of 17 years, the former Donna J. Litterini, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1999, are among the bereaved.

  • Robert graduated from the College of Wooster in 1956
  • He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army.
  • Robert followed in the family business of manufactured homes, established in 1946.
  • He owned Frank’s Mobile Homes and later launched Galazia Home Builders, with reportedly several locations in the Pennsylvania area.
  • He also co-owned a hotel in Punta Gorda, Fla. with his father and Chuck Tanner.

He belonged to Trinity Episcopal Church. Robert was a member of Moose Lodge 51,” said the Vindy.An avid sports enthusiast, he belonged to the Wabash Bear Bowling League and loved playing golf. Robert also enjoyed watching baseball and football.

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In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by children,

  • Maria Fortin and husband Michael Merriam of Maine,
  • John R. Galazia II and wife Cathy of New Galilee, Pa.,
  • David J. Galazia and wife Michelle of Edinburg, and
  • Joseph V. Galazia and wife Leigh A. of Wampum, Pa.;
  • stepsons, Curtis J. Carlson, Christopher J. Carlson and wife Nicole, and Craig J. Carlson and wife Christine;
  • grandchildren Robert Galazia II, Christie Galazia, Ashley Galazia, Kapeka Galazia, Kekoa Galazia, Olivia Galazia, Aaron Fortin, and Victoria Blackington;
  • great-grandchild, Riley Galazia;
  • and step-grandchildren, Isabella, Samantha, and Skylar.

MHProNews extends its condolences to all those who were touched by this loss.  May Robert D. Galazia rest in peace.

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Rich Attkisson Dies, Manufactured Housing Career, Life Remembered

November 27th, 2017 Comments off

RichardAttkissonPassagesManufacturedHousingTMHADailyBusinessNewsMHproNewsWe are sad to report that Rich Attkisson of R.A. Financial passed away Friday, November 24,” said the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA).

Rich and his wife Dorothy were always present at the Annual TMHA Conventions and you could almost always find Rich on the golf course during the TMHA golf tournaments.  They were active members for over 30 years and very supportive of the Association and the industry as a whole.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dorothy the entire Attkisson family during this very difficult time,” per the association’s release to the Daily Business News.

Richard H. “Rich” Attkisson (aka “Big Daddy”) passed away on November 24th, 2017. Rich was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 8th, 1935 to John Attkisson and Eleanor Knittel Attkisson, the first of five children. The family moved to Elyria, Ohio, when he was young, where he grew up and graduated from Elyria High School in 1953,” per Caitlin Nauert, at the TMHA.

He joined the U.S. Air Force soon thereafter and proudly served his country for 12 years when he decided to try his wings in civilian life. His first civilian job was with Associates Finance Company, and he was in some type of financing the remainder of his life,” Nauert said.

R.A. Financial was primarily a used manufactured home lender, said the TMHA. The Associates was a significant new home lender in manufactured housing before pulling out due to the post-1998 industry meltdown.

Beyond sports, the TMHA noted that “Rich was very active in his Church, the Cibolo St. Paul Evangelical Church. He served on the Church Council, was co-chairman on the annual free Community Christmas Breakfast, and served monthly on the Church’s “Outreach Project”, serving free meals to needy citizens in the community.”

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Rich is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy “Dolly” Katt Attkisson; daughter Kristina Attkisson and son Richard, Jr., Arlington, Virginia; step-daughter and son-in-law Karen and Alfred Mitchell, San Antonio; step-son and daughter-in-law Keith and Joane Rylander Williams, Austin; four granddaughters: Alice “Ali” Attkisson, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Brooke A. Attkisson, South Carolina; Cara E. Attkisson, Fairfax, Virginia; and Kasey A. Johnson, San Antonio; sister and brother-in-law Eleanor and William “Bill” Parmenter; brother and sister-in-law Jack and Pam Attkisson; brother Robert “Bobby” Attkisson, all of Elyria, Ohio, and sister and brother-in-law Ruthann and Jim Nemeth, Wakeman, Ohio; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sylvia and Robert “Bob” Seiler, San Antonio, and sister-in-law Viola “Bootsy” Norwood, Abilene; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Ohio, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma,” wrote Nauert.

Rich is preceded in death by his parents and nephew William “Billy” Parmenter.

Visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home on Austin Highway, on Tuesday, November 28th.  It will be from 6:00 to 800 P.M.

Funeral Services will be held at Cibolo St. Paul Evangelical Church, 108 South Main Street, Cibolo, at 10:00 A.M on Wednesday, November 29th. The memorial services will be conducted by Pastor Jason Ford and Rev. Chester Sassmann.

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Manufactured Home Industry Finance Executive Died, Services Today

October 16th, 2017 Comments off

WilliamBrillFrostAllianceCreditDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWilliam “Bill” Frost, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at his home, per Legacy and Vindy.

Frost was a graduate of Youngstown State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Bill was a member of the Simpsonville, KY, United Methodist Church. He served there in many capacities, including former treasurer, former finance chair and had more recently served as chairman of the board.

He was a retired regional manager of Alliance Credit, LLC and was a member of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute, those media sources told MHProNews.

After his retirement in 2016, Frost had worked at Crumpler Stables as an assistant trainer.  He had a passion of working with Saddlebred horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Alice Wright Frost and nephew Ben Ollis.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Bobbi Frost of Simpsonville; brothers George Frost (Marilyn) of Clifton, N.Y. and Rev. Thomas Frost (Carol) of Virginia; sisters Sharon Ollis (Pete) of Phoenix and Lori Gastin (Brian) of Mt. Vernon; goddaughter Reyna Vargas Alvarez (Luis) of LaGrange; uncle Ed Wright (Lucille); cousin Thomas Bach of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at the Shannon Funeral Home in Shelbyville, KY.

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In lieu of flowers, the family has said that expressions of sympathy may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 42501-0301; or Ronald McDonald House Charities, 550 S. First St., Louisville, KY  40202.

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September 1st, 2017 Comments off
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A mother, grandmother, and aunt, SueAnne (Sosinksky) Howery, 63, of Indio, CA, has passed after a lifetime battle with numerous life-threatening medical conditions.

SueAnne was survived by her children Kevin Kennedy and Kelly Cardarella, grandchildren Hailey and Ivy Kraft, step-daughter Cassie (Howery) Galbraith and her fiancé, John Roling, brother Kevin (Gael) Sosinksy, and sisters Mary Kay (James Barthels) Rathe, Kelly (Bruce Schroeder) Matteson, and Amy (Brad) Bliss.

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Amy Bliss, executive director of Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Image credit, Housing Alliance.

Amy Bliss is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Bliss was instrumental in the founding of the Tomorrow’s Home Foundation.

Born Jaunary 27, 1954 to Alois & Monica (Ennis) Sosinksky, SueAnne enjoyed music, dancing, card games, fishing and collected Raku pottery and art.

Through battles with juvenile diabetes, breast cancer, a kidney and pancreas transplant, a brain tumor and many other illnesses, Howery lived a full life.

A graduate of Wonewoc-Center High School, class of 1972, she also attended WWTI in LaCrosse with a focus on business. She was also a dedicated employee at Affiliated University Physicians and General Medical Laboratories.

Through all of the illness, SueAnne still loved life, friends and family, and managed to smile through it all. She adored her dog Cali, who was with her until the very end of her battle with lung cancer.

SueAnne will be remembered as “Wonder Woman without a cape.”

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Passages, Rodrick Dennis ‘Monty’ Montange

July 24th, 2017 Comments off
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Navy veteran, musician and manufactured housing industry professional Roderick Dennis “Monty” Montange, 80, has passed at his home on Friday July 7, 2017.

Montange was born to parents Rodrick and Evelyn Montagne on August 23, 1936 in Fargo, North Dakota – per the Billings Gazette.

It wasn’t until after his time in the Navy, where he met his wife, Beatrice Joanne Borsvold, that he moved to Montana where he lived out the rest of his life.

Though he served in the military, it was in manufactured housing that “Monty” said was his favorite career.  That was reflected in the fact that it was also the industry he spent the most time in.

Along with working in the manufactured housing industry, Montange also enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing his guitar.

He played local venues with other local bands and musicians, though he enjoyed it most when the opportunity arose to sing with his wife.

Survived by Montange is his wife Beatrice, their three sons Dennis, Roderick and Donald, brothers Pierre and Gary, and sisters Sandra, Linda and Margret, as well as his brother-in-law, Robert Borsvold, and a number of both grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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July 4th, 2017 Comments off
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Thomas D. Smith, an attorney with a real estate, manufactured housing and development background, died Tuesday in an automobile accident.

Smith, says Topix, was 83.

The Toledo Blade stated that Mr. Smith, of Waterville Township, became a partner in a group that developed and owned manufactured home communities in Toledo, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

He was driven to make his mark and be his own boss,” his son Mike said.

As much as anything he was entrepreneurial himself. He wanted to do more on his own,” his son Jeff – who became part of his law firm – said. “He was highly intelligent and a very accomplished and respected lawyer in town, and he brought the overall organizational aspects to any deal — to think how things would be best structured among partners.”

His son Mike said he became a devoted member of Waterville Community Church. He was also a board member of Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry.

He was a political guy and a conservative guy, but he didn’t want to run for anything,” son Mike said. He served in the ROTC, and in the Air Force. 

Surviving Smith are his wife, the former Sandra Sue Brown, whom he married Dec. 29, 1956; sons, Michael and Jeffrey Smith; five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. MHProNews extends its sincere condolences to all who are touched by this loss. ##

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