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New Inductees Into State’s Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame Announced

March 1st, 2019 Comments off
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Dennis Adams, Timberline Homes, Southern Lifestyle, with AL Manufactured Housing Association Hall of Fame plaque.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews was contacted recently by Lance Latham, Deputy Director for the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association to share the following announcement of two new inductees into their state’s Hall of Fame.

 

The release was accompanied by the photo shown at top and below.  Of course, the text at top and below was added by MHProNews, and the selection of order was determined in an impartial manner by us editorially.  The AMHA release stated the following.

 

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Dennis Adams, Britt Richards Inducted Into Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame

 

Hamilton, AL – The Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry has inducted Dennis Adams, President of Timberline Homes, Inc., and Britt Richards, Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Clayton Home Building Group, into the industry’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on the campus of Bevill State Community College.

“To be nominated by the members of our industry and chosen by those who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame is a special honor, and it means more to me than they will ever know,” said Mr. Adams. “I’m grateful to all the hardworking men and women at Timberline Homes, without whom our success wouldn’t have been possible. I’m proud to work with them each and every day, and proud to have helped over 28,000 families find a quality, affordable home. This is a special industry, and to receive this recognition is a special honor that I will always cherish and be proud of.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award and be recognized among an elite group of business associates,” said Mr. Richards. “I am grateful to work with an amazing team at Clayton Homes where everyone truly embraces the vision of elevating the industry. The thing I value most are the friendships and relationships I have developed over the past 31 years in this business. This is truly an honor I will cherish forever.”

Each year, nominees for the Hall of Fame are submitted to the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association from members of the manufactured housing industry. The nominees are then voted on by all past Hall of Fame inductees who are still living. The two nominees are then formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Hamilton, Alabama. The requirements for being nominated are:

  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the industry or owned, managed, or been a part of a successful business that contributed to the manufactured housing industry.
  • The nominee must be active in the manufactured housing industry in Alabama for at least 10 years.

Including Mr. Adams and Mr. Richards, there have been 50 inductees into the Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was first established in 2001.

Mr. Adams has been in the manufactured housing industry for 34 years. He opened Southern Lifestyle, Inc. in 1984 and Timberline Homes, Inc. in 2001. He owns and operates multiple retail sales centers throughout the southeast and has integrated Timberline Homes Insurance, MH Logistics, Timberline Construction Group, Timberline Equipment Company and C.B.A. Housing into his manufactured housing company. In addition to manufactured housing, Mr. Adams is involved in the land and timber business, as well as the hotel and restaurant business.

Timberline homes has retailed over 28,000 homes  and has worked with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to install temporary and permanent housing units to approximately 8,000 presidentially declared disaster areas throughout the United States.

Mr. Richards began his career in the manufactured housing industry after graduating from the University of North Alabama, where he played baseball. He joined Southern Energy Homes in the spring of 1988 as a sales representative at the LifeStyle & Hospitality Division in Addison, Alabama. He has since dedicated more than 30 years of his career to the home building industry. In 1995, he was elevated to Sales Manager of two Southern Homes facilities, and soon added two more. In 2000, Mr. Richards became General Manager of two Southern Homes facilities, adding Estates in 2003 and Southern Energy in 2006.

Since 2010, Mr. Richards has served as an executive for the Clayton Home Building Group, first as a Regional Vice President and currently as Vice President of Operations and Marketing. In this role, he oversees 10 facilities in Alabama, Texas and Tennessee, which includes over 2,300 team members.

 

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Governor Declares May 6th-12th “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week”

May 2nd, 2018 Comments off

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Governor Kay Ivey has signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 6th through May 12th to be “Manufactured and Modular Housing Week.”

 

The proclamation was issued in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the national Fair Housing Act and the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA).

In a release to the Daily Business News about the Alabama Gov. Ivey’s declaration, the AMHA added, “We are grateful that Gov. Ivey has chosen to recognize our industry and the industry’s contribution to the state’s economy,” said AMHA Chairman David Brewer. “Our industry in this state creates thousands of jobs, pays millions of dollars in tax revenue and, most importantly, helps millions of people throughout the country achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”

One out of every six Alabamians lives in a manufactured or modular home,” said the AMHA to MHProNews.

Alabama also consistently ranks among the top four states in the nation for manufactured housing production. Alabama’s 13 manufactured housing plants create around 4,000 jobs, while thousands more jobs are created by the industry’s service providers, retailers, installers, community owners and finance companies,” per the AMHA.

Data from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform confirms the AMHA point.

MHARRTop10ManufacturedHousingProducingstatesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAlabama’s manufactured housing industry also plays a role in responding to the nation’s natural disasters by providing temporary emergency housing.  Those HUD Code “FEMA units” are built at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for those who have lost their homes as a result of tornados, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

A lot of people don’t realize just how important Alabama’s manufactured housing industry is to our state and our country,” said AMHA Deputy Director Lance Latham. “This proclamation is a great way for us to raise awareness about our industry and the homes we build. We appreciate Gov. Ivey taking the time to recognize our industry and honor those who are involved in the industry or live in one of our homes.”

Manufactured homes are the only type of housing that is built to a national standard.

All manufactured homes must be built to construction and safety standards established by the national Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Manufactured homes are inspected by government-contracted personnel during construction.

All “manufactured homes that are installed in Alabama – including pre-owned homes – must be inspected by the state and meet the state’s federally-approved installation standards,” said the AMHA.

Along the coastal region of the state, manufactured homes must meet Wind Zone 2 standards, meaning they can withstand sustained winds of at least 100 miles per hour,” said the release, while the rest of the state is Wind Zone 1.

Manufactured homes are built using many of the same materials that are used in site-built homes.  That said, they “are less expensive because manufacturers save money by buying materials in bulk and building the homes inside a plant using a more efficient process that allows manufacturers to avoid costly weather delays and higher labor costs that can increase the price of a site-built home.”

Census Bureau data suggests that manufactured homes are about half the cost of conventional construction, on a per square foot basis, with land costs not included in either case.  ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

 

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Association, Members Respond to Hurricane Harvey, FEMA and Related Manufactured Housing Efforts

September 8th, 2017 Comments off
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With tens of thousands of households left homeless after Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is preparing for what administrator Brock Long believes could be years of work to get people back into homes.

  • As the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has previously reported,
    FEMA,
    the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
    as well as manufactured housing industry professionals,

are all gearing up for the biggest housing relief efforts seen in the United States to date.

The DBN has also reported on an urgent call from FEMA for manufactured homes.

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Now the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has informed MHProNews that many of the 4,500 requested emergency housing units will come from Alabama.

A lot of our retailers and manufacturing plants are already FEMA contractors, and they have a great deal of experience with building these homes,” said Alabama Manufactured Housing Association Deputy Director, Lance Latham.

“Alabama is Uniquely Prepared to Meet this Need”

There are some twelve manufactured housing plants in the state of Alabama.  Those production centers reported have nearly 4,000 employees. In 2016, those manufactured home plants produced more than 11,000 homes.

That total, sources say, does not include units made specifically for FEMA.

Our industry is very strong in Alabama, and because of that we are in a position to help,” said Latham. “As one of the top four states in the country for producing manufactured housing, Alabama is uniquely prepared to meet this need.”

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FEMA manufactured homes that were used in Minnesota after flooding. Image credit, FEMA.

FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) can be between one and three bedrooms, and must be handicap accessible. The MHUs are built and inspected to the same HUD Code for manufactured homes, but have specific features that FEMA desires for emergency relief use.

During the recent urgent call for manufactured homes, FEMA will be taking all homes up to three bedrooms, and no larger than 16 X 72, per Federal Business Opportunities.

While FEMA gathers up existing manufactured homes for survivors of Harvey in Texas or Louisiana, manufacturers will need to replenish their inventory. Builders are striving to keep up with existing sales from retailers, communities and developers.  But they are also striving to prepare for the possibility of major hurricane destruction in Florida and the southeastern Atlantic, as Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall.

Disruption in the Supply Chain Could Stall Production

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Supplies like plywood could see a shortage due to Hurricane Harvey. Image credit, Love To Know.

Sources in Alabama have told MHProNews that there could be a temporary disruption of supplies as many of the suppliers are in the Houston metro area, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall less than two weeks ago.

Disruption in the supply chain is expected to affect both manufactured housing and the conventional housing industries, as well as remodelers. The first things expected to see a price hike are plywood and OSB.

According to the same sources, several manufacturers are already announcing the rise in prices to retailers, communities and developers.

The price of fuel is also temporarily up, which will tend to lead to a fuel surcharges.

All these potential shortages can affect the efficiency of the production of additional manufactured homes for FEMA.  Still, the response time using MHUs or other manufactured homes is likely to be much more rapid than conventional construction, because similar factors will impact ‘stick builders.’

Regardless, AMHA states that manufacturers in Alabama are prepared, and that “the plants can easily switch over to doing FEMA units,” per AL.com. ## (News.)

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Clayton Homes Dealership Named 2014 Best Retail Sales Center in Alabama

February 11th, 2015 Comments off

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The Alabama Manufactured Housing Association has announced that Clayton Homes of Northport, Alabama, is the winner of the Association’s 2014 Best Retail Sales Center Award.

The Clayton dealership in Northport was chosen from entries submitted by manufactured home sales centers throughout Alabama. This award was created to recognize retailers who display professionalism, integrity and outstanding performance.


Clayton Homes’ Award-Winning Sales Team
L to R: Clint Lamb, Apryl DeCorte, Morgan Robinson, Jacob Lamb

A panel of judges made up of past winners considered each of the following criteria for receiving this award: appearance of the retail center, signage, quality and type of advertising, and customer service. Clayton Homes of Northport received high marks in all these areas.

This sales center has been in business for 10 years and Sales Manager Bob Dawson has been in the manufactured housing industry for 45 years. Clayton Homes maintains approximately 30 homes in stock at this location for viewing. Each home is fully decorated and furnished, providing a pleasant buying environment for the customer. This center has been one of the highest achieving sales centers in the region for the past five years.

The sales team is well trained and provides extensive product knowledge and superior customer service throughout the entire sales process and after the sale. The sales center advertising and marketing includes ads in newspapers and television across Alabama, in addition to their website. ##

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CIS Financial Dedicates new Office

December 13th, 2013 Comments off

The Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) informs MHProNews city dignitaries were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the expanded facilities of CIS Financial Services in Hamilton, Alabama to honor company found Paula Reeves. She began the company in 1991 with two employees and has now grown to 78 employees financing manufactured and modular homes, as well as site-built homes in 27 states. Her company also services loans they originate and acquire, and sells insurance. CIS supports community charities and fund-raising events, and encourages its employees to do the same. Ms. Reeves serves on the AMHA Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Both she and her firm have received honors and accolades.

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MH Weather Radios Bill coming up on the Hill

August 11th, 2011 Comments off

Weather_Radio_given_away_by_FEMA posted Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.com MHProNews.com Sources reported to MHProNews.com that the House Financial Services Committee approved legislation (H.R. 1751) some weeks back sponsored by committee chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) that would require all new manufactured homes be equipped with NOAA weather radios (legislation and committee report are available below as downlaods).   The measure is expected to come up for floor consideration soon under suspension of the rules in September, a legislative tool to provide swift floor consideration of bills that may then be passed by unanimous consent decree. The Alabama Manufactured Housing Association and MHI have conducted outreaches to Congressman Bachus and his staff to press for revisions in the bill and to underscore the potential burdensome impact this mandate could have on an already struggling industry. While Rep. Bachus has been a consistent supporter of the manufactured housing industry and its efforts to reform both the Dodd-Frank and SAFE Acts, the weather radio issue is one of considerable personal concern to him.  The Chairman, while sympathetic to the industry’s reservations, has been unwilling to make the changes to the bill MHI has requested. To help communicate the industry position to industry members, as well as your Congressmen, Senators and their staffs, MHI has developed sample talking points on this weather radio issue (see downloads below).

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City Ordinance Prohibits FEMA Homes, Despite Emergency Need

May 20th, 2011 Comments off

WBRC MyFoxAL reports from northern Alabama that dozens of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) homes are available for victims of the tornadoes, but not in Cordova, Alabama, in Walker County because the city ordinance prohibits single section homes inside city limits.  Mayor Jack Scott says double-sectionals are allowed in certain areas of town; he fears the FEMA homes will reduce property values in town, and he is trying to attract young professionals.  However, the people needing homes in many cases cannot afford the added upkeep of a multi-section, and some residents are complaining about the mayor’s stance.  He says he is looking for alternative solutions such as abandoned homes, and he is also consulting with a modular home builder.  Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association, told MHMSM.com that on May 19 Mayor Scott was exploring areas just outside of town with FEMA officials as possible sites for the FEMA homes.  She also noted city hall had been destroyed in the tornado and the mayor is now using a FEMA home as his office.