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Dramatic, But Misleading? Manufactured Home Marketers Eye-View of Recent Tornado Deaths in Oklahoma, Alabama

May 27th, 2019 Comments off



Still from ABC News video, further below.

The manufactured home industry will arguably not achieve its potential until education becomes a core element of the industry’s ‘marketing.’


This column won’t go into the de facto challenges caused by a lack of proper engagement from the industry’s post production sector with the mainstream media to debunk misconceptions, other than to link to a summary report on that topic from earlier today.

There are a variety of marketing and sales methods, which yield a range of results. They are utilized because someone thinks them worthwhile, and likely believes that it is producing enough business to meet their goals and desires.

This report will spotlight an issue that live audiences from the east to west, from north to south have told our publisher is one of the biggest fears that cause someone from buying a manufactured home.  It’s fear of storm-related deaths.



Indeed, if you watch reports like the one above, and here comments like a ‘mobile home park was leveled,’ it makes the public’s concern understandable.

Which is why one report every so many years by MHI isn’t enough.

What’s worse is our follow up on reports by media and researchers routinely reveal that MHI has not contacted them to correct the record or provide a factual and evidence-based context for losses.





So, once more, MHLivingNews has issued a new report that specifically deals with this issue, based upon facts, evidence, third-party research, and common sense. See that, linked below.



While this can be successfully addressed at the local level, the industry nationally will not break free of its lethargy until such issues are routinely addressed and repeatedly corrected, so that the public grasps reality instead of the fear that ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ headlines engenders. With 7 months of declining new manufactured home shipments during an affordable housing crisis, isn’t it time for state and MHI association members to ask for a shakeup in how things are being handled?

By the way, the report linked here and above has a far more responsible mainstream news video from CBS News, plus a broad fact check that addresses the concerns of millions, head on with the evidence.  It is produced for sharing with the general public.  By the way, note who is leading the way on reports that debunk the tornado concerns?


Hint. It’s MHLivingNews. We do, while others posture.

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

May 2nd, 2018 Comments off


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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Manufactured Housing Community Helps to House Students

April 28th, 2017 Comments off

Inside of the Troy Villages homes. Credit: Troy Village.

As the messages about the quality, affordability and efficiency of manufactured housing continues to make its way into the mainstream, more and more groups are taking a deeper look.

That also goes for colleges and universities.

According to TropNews, Troy Villages at Walnut Creek, which provides off campus housing for Troy University in Troy, Alabama, is already utilizing manufactured homes to help with the flood of students looking for housing due to Troy’s increasing enrollments.

The university has the capacity to house 2,348 students in its residence halls, including in the fraternity and sorority houses,” said Sara Jo Burks, assistant director of housing and residence life.

We have not started the wait list for returning students. We won’t start that until the first week of May.”

And Troy Villages is preparing to fill that gap.

We prepared to buy 100 mobile homes [sic] if necessary,” said Todd Swindall, co-owner of Troy Villages.

We currently have several new mobile homes [sic] but have space for at least 50 more mobile homes [sic] without issue. We are prepared to house as many students as we can. We are not limited to how many mobile homes [sic] we can put in.”


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Co-Owner Brad Jones agrees, and says the plan is to continue to grow the community as more students become interested.

We just wanted to do so much more,” said Jones. “We saw this as an opportunity to work with the university to help students.”

Swindall says that all of the homes are being bought new and are fully furnished.

Monthly rates for the homes range from $325 per month for shared rooms, to $500 for single rooms. All rents include water, power, sewage, internet, cable, garbage pickup and lawn care, in addition to a CrossFit Gym and a soccer field.


The Solution, Hiding in Plain Sight


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The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

The ability to significantly cut down on production time, provide a high quality product to federal standards, all at a lower price point serves as the ideal solution to inventory and housing challenges. The titans of business recognize the opportunity as well, as giants and independents alike are actually “doubling down” on the industry.

ELS Chairman Sam Zell has been famously quoted as correcting misconceptions about the industry, saying during this interview, “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.

For more on manufactured housing being the solution that’s hiding in plain sight, see MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach’s insight into the opportunity linked here. ##


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MH Factories May Get New Life

March 1st, 2017 2 comments

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In Carbon Hill, Alabama this week, the City Council heard about a possible plan from developers to use a couple of old manufactured home plant facilities to make small-sized homes, aka “tiny houses.

Charles Phillips, his son, Charles T. Phillips, and Jim Clark spoke to the council about their plans.

According to the Daily Mountain Eagle, Mayor Mark Chambers indicated the developers have not asked for financial help from the council for the business, which could employ as many as 500 over a 10-year period.

Really, all they would need from the city council would be approval to sell them the permit to build the homes,said Chambers. “They just need approval of a business license or whatever.

In addition to providing jobs, Charles Phillips shared additional details on the vision for the homes.


Charles Phillips at the council meeting. Credit: Daily Mountain Eagle.

What we’re proposing is to build little tiny houses. It is not a mobile home [sic]. It is an actual house that will be built. We have foundation specs that they will be set and an anchored to,” said Phillips.

So it is not a mobile home [sic]. It is not a Jim Walters home. It is a prefinished tiny home for low-income people, disabled people and people who want to rent them out to people.

Phillips also noted that city officials reviewed rough drawings of the plans during the meeting, but that blueprints are not ready yet.

Basically, we are looking at getting the Dover building, or possibly the Arrow building, and employ to start with maybe 120 people by the end of the year,” said Phillips.

That would create a lot of jobs in the Carbon Hill area. We’re looking at all the labor and people from Carbon Hill to help income in Carbon Hill.

The trio of developers looked at several other cities, including Jasper, Oakman and Townley Parrish.

They feel Carbon Hill is the answer.

Here is really where we want to do the business at,” said Phillips.


A map of the area. Credit: Google.

While they are actively developing plans, the developers approached the council now to see where they can go at this point.

I would like, once this is up and running, would like to have at least 500 people working. It is like Mr. Phillips said, everybody going to Jasper,” said Clark.

All of the outlining communities are being left out.

City officials said the 500 figure could also depend on various factors, including how many local residents will work and how many will want to commute to the plant.

The developers are officially calling the homes “efficient living houses,” with the smallest homes, designed for the homeless and the veterans, measuring 16×12, while larger units will measure 394 square feet.

For more on the “tiny house” movement, including a proposal to utilize the homes as an affordable housing solution in Chilmark, Massachusetts, click here. ##


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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Continues Growth, December Report

February 6th, 2017 Comments off

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Washington, D.C., February 6, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, per official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during December 2016.

These just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 6,995 homes in December 2016, a 23.6 percent increase over the 5,657 HUD Code homes produced during December 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 was 81,136 homes, a 15 percent increase over the 70,544 HUD Code homes produced during 2015.

MHARR has provided cumulative annual industry production figures since 2008 for reference:

  • 2008 – 81,457 homes
  • 2009 – 49,683 homes
  • 2010 – 50,056 homes
  • 2011 – 51,618 homes
  • 2012 – 54,881 homes
  • 2013 – 60,228 homes
  • 2014 – 64,334 homes
  • 2015 – 70,544 homes
  • 2016 – 81,136 homes

MHARR’s analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through December 2016 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated, are as follows:


The latest information for December 2016 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

MHARR says that while continued growth in manufactured housing production levels since 2010 is encouraging, given the high and growing demand in the United States for affordable housing and home ownership and other factors, annual production levels should be in the hundreds of thousands of homes.

The full report is linked here.

For the MHProNews preview of the HUD housing numbers, click here.

The Daily Business News also recently covered MHARR’s statement that President Donald Trump’s regulatory orders will have a direct impact on manufactured housing. That report is here. ##

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HUD Code Manufactured Housing Production Continues Growth

December 6th, 2016 Comments off

mharr-hud-manufacturedhousingmonthlyproductionreport-manufacturedhousingindustryshipmentsdailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWashington, D.C., December 5, 2016 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports to MHProNews that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), manufactured housing industry production increased once again during October 2016.

Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,154 homes in October 2016, a 4.5% increase over the 6,846 HUD Code homes produced during October 2015.

Cumulative industry production for 2016 now totals 67,043 homes, a 13.8% increase over the 58,907 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2015.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through October 2016  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2016) and prior year (2015) shipments per category as indicated are as follows:


The latest information for October 2016 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

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MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

The Daily Business News has covered a flurry of commentary recently from MHARR and Association President and CEO, M. Mark Weiss, including calls for a moratorium on critical legislation during the last days of the Obama Administration and the MHARR November Washington update.. ##

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Clayton Homes Inaugurates Birmingham Home Show

May 12th, 2016 Comments off

ClaytonEmploying 2,142 team members from 10 supply operations and seven home building facilities in Alabama, as well as having built 5,734 homes in the state, manufactured home builder Clayton Homes will host its very first Birmingham Home Show May 17-19, 2016, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

Showcasing 27 homes, Keith Holdbrooks, president of the Clayton Home Building Group, said, “We are thrilled to celebrate our retailers and display Clayton’s latest innovations in home building in the great state of Alabama. Seven of our eight Southeastern facilities are located in Alabama, and we are honored to give back to the state that is home to a large portion of our team members and facilities.”

The private event, drawing over 300 people, is limited to Clayton-approved and prospective partners, and will highlight Clayton’s newest technologies, which include a 360 degree virtual tour and a 3D home tour, MHProNews has learned.

Additionally, Clayton will present a check for over $100,000 to Hope For The Warriors®, a non-profit organization that provides services for wounded war veterans and their families. In 2015 Clayton agreed to contribute to Hope for each Clayton Patriot Home sold, which is now numbering 964 homes built. Clayton anticipates it will receive more orders. To learn more, click here. ##

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Deer Valley – Manufactured and Modular Homebuilder – CEO Retires

January 7th, 2015 Comments off

deer-valley-homebuilders-corp=credit-manufactured-home-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-Deer Valley Corporation (DVLY) Guin, Alabama, on January 6 announced on the retirement of Charles G. Masters, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President, effective December 31, 2014.

Yahoo! Finance tells MHProNews the Company does not presently intend to hire a replacement for Masters.

In January 2006, he led an investment group that acquired Deer Valley Homebuilders, Inc., from its founders and then was merged with a public entity. The consolidated company was subsequently renamed Deer Valley Corporation.

In response to the negative effect of the credit crisis in 2009, Masters led the company to establish Deer Valley Financial Corp. to provide financing for the company’s retailers.

Later, this service was expanded to include bridge financing for certain retail manufactured housing buyers.

Masters led his company through some unsettling times, but always believed in its success. “The factory built housing industry has been a major factor in providing affordable housing to average Americans with modest incomes or special housing needs,” he said. “In the last several years, the industry has been severely challenged by our nation’s credit crisis and high unemployment. Nevertheless, this is an industry filled with success stories of individuals or groups of individuals who have pooled resources and with honest effort, intense dedication and personal integrity built great companies. The men and women who have built Deer Valley are outstanding examples of such individuals. It has been my privilege to work alongside them for the past nine years as we have endeavored to build a company that would make a positive impact in an industry where the products truly are ‘Made in America.”

Google Finance lists the following as other key officers of Deer Valley:

John Steven Lawler – CFO, Executive Vice President, Director; Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Deer Valley Homebuilders, Inc..

Joel Stephen Logan II – Chief Operating Officer, Director; President and Director of Deer Valley Homebuilders, Inc, Director.

Charles (“Chet”) L. Murphree Jr. – Vice President, General Manager of Deer Valley Homebuilders Inc; Director. ##

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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Announces Manufactured Housing Class of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

December 30th, 2014 Comments off

RV MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart Indiana, posted Daily Business News, MHProNewsThe RV/MH Heritage Foundation in Elkhart, Indiana, has informed MHProNews of the names of those who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in August as the Class of 2015.

Foundation President Darryl Searer congratulated the honorees, saying “All of them have had or are having outstanding careers and are richly deserving of this high honor.”

Searer said the nominating committee faced a difficult task in choosing 10 finalists from the list of nearly 60 highly deserving candidates. He said, “I was especially impressed with the committee’s work for the diversity of this year’s class, not only in the inductee’s gender, but also in the diversity of regions within the U.S.” The honorees were also chosen based on industry segments such as suppliers, manufacturers, dealers and association executives.

The Manufactured Housing inductees are:

Patricia Fiederer
Latham Homes of Oneonta New York
MH Retailer and Manufactured Home Community Developer

Since 1972, Patricia has worked at Latham Homes of Oneonta New York and now serves as president.  She has also been the park developer of several MH communities.  Her volunteer work includes being a member of the New York Housing Association for 40 years and on its board of directors for 33 years.

Jerry James
Franklin Homes, Alabama
MH Manufacturer

Jerry founded Franklin Homes in Russellville, Alabama, and for more than four decades, he has been both a trailblazer and innovator, pressing manufactured housing forward to reach its full potential. His company offers homes that are not only affordable, but also renowned throughout the industry for their advanced designs and features. 

Joe Kelly
Iowa Manufactured Housing Association
Association Executive

As executive director of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) for more than 33 years, Joe is responsible for 114 changes to Iowa laws that support the MH industry and ensure access to safe, affordable housing for Iowa’s working class. Kelly has had an amazing track record of having legislation passed, blocked or modified in a way that benefited MH business owners and consumers.

Richard A Mendlen
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington DC
Government Administrator

Rick served with integrity and professionalism during his four decades of service at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  As the chief engineer in the Office of Manufactured Housing, Rick was the primary author of the HUD Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards, which became effective in 1976 and contributed immensely to the high quality and acceptance of manufactured housing as a significant source of single-family housing. 

Robert West
Fuqua Homes/ California Manufactured Housing Institute
MH Manufacturer and Association Executive

Robert’s laudable accomplishments cover nearly four decades.  As president of Fuqua Homes, and later, Westway Homes, in California, Robert’s products were not only known and respected for their quality and innovative designs, but also for their standard-setting commitment to customer service. 

RV Inductees included:

Bert Alanko – MBA Insurance of Arizona, Inc., Arizona, RV Rental Insurance.

Sherman Goldenberg – RV Business Magazine, Indiana, RV Journalist.

Paul Hanser –HWH Corporation, Iowa, Supplier.

Bill Thomas – Bill Thomas Camper Sales, Missouri, RV Dealer.

The Class of 2015 will be officially inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame at the Annual Induction Dinner on Monday, August 3, 2015, in Elkhart, Indiana.   ##

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Manufactured home builder expanding, creating 200 new jobs

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured-homes-ready-to-ship-credit=wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Governor Nathan Deal announced Monday that Live Oak Homes, a factory home builder, will expand to Broxton GA, creating 200 jobs and investing $1.4 million into the project over the next two years.

Forward-looking companies such as Live Oak Homes are excellent additions to our solid manufacturing network,” WTOC quoted Deal to MHProNews. This project underscores how well our existing industries are able to succeed, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s top-ranked business climate will help this company better service its growing customer base.”

We have outgrown our current production facility and feel blessed to have the opportunity to add this new plant in Coffee County,” said Joel Scholten, Live Oak Homes General Manager of Operations.

Live Oak Homes opened its first manufacturing facility in Waycross in 2007. They currently employ 200 at this location. The company says they have 88 retailers across six states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina. ##

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