Posts Tagged ‘Alberta Canada’

The Hill’s Angels Ride Again

June 9th, 2016 Comments off

Canada__Jandel_Homes_edmonton__alberta__creditOne of Western Canada’s largest modular home retailers, Jandel Homes is once again sponsoring the Hills Angels MS Bike fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, as they ride from LeDuc to Camroe, Alberta, Canada, just outside Edmonton which is Jandel’s home base. MS Bike has been critical to the MS Society’s fundraising efforts for over 20 years.

Scheduled for Sat., June 11, the riders raise funds to promote research as well as to provide supportive services for those 100,000 Canadians living with the disease, their families and caregivers.

As MHProNews understands, Jandel Homes has been retailing manufactured and modular homes and structures for more than 40 years. #

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Officials in Alberta’s Fire-whipped Fort McMurray Considering Modular Homes

May 12th, 2016 Comments off

Canada__Alberta__wildfire__reuters_chris_wattie_5_2016Following a story MHProNews last posted May 5, 2016 regarding the wildfires that have engulfed Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of 90,000 residents and destroying ten percent of the city, Mayor Melissa Blake said the first priority is to get temporary housing so the shuttered oil companies can get back to pumping one million barrels of oil daily.

Noting most of the infrastructure is still intact, she said this will offer an opportunity to right-size the city since the energy slump left it with many vacant houses and high unemployment, resulting in the likelihood of many who were burned out to seek housing and work elsewhere.

Workers were drawn to the region with their families several years ago when the oilfields were booming. If energy companies cannot house workers and their families quickly, the workers will not stay.

Suncor Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Williams said the energy companies will support efforts in rebuilding the hospital, pipelines and the electrical distribution center, according to reuters.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said officials have to complete their assessments of the damage, set up transportation, and secure food and supplies before people can return. “There are hazardous materials and broken power lines. Basic services, gas, water, waste disposal, healthcare and much more needs to be re-established,” she said.

Troy Ferguson, CEO of modular work camp builder Redrock Group, said he has been contacted about the kind of housing he can supply and the timeline for installation.

Marc Roy, who was chief of staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Katrina, said officials need to allocate resources carefully long term because some residents will likely not return. “Are you building with the hopes that you build a field of dreams and people come to fill it, or are you using your resources as wisely as you possibly can at the moment?” he said. “You just can’t put it back exactly like it was and make that your plan. That does not work.”

If a resident decides not to repair or rebuild, they will receive cash value for the home at the time of the loss, which could be less than homeowners expect since the oil downturn decreased values. ##

(Photo credit: reuters/Chris Wattie–Fort McMurray burned out in Canada)

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News May 1-May 8, 2016

May 8th, 2016 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

Possible American Dreams! Engineer Skip VanZant on Evolving U.S. Housing

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Innovative Building Systems said to be filing for bankruptcy, closing Maine’s Keiser. UMH wins community award. Clayton defies criticism, turns $706M profit. Alberta fire pushing refugees into workforce housing. Warren Buffett sees no housing bubble. New modular home neighborhood will be affordable, net zero. Drew acquires Italian firm. Centerbridge acquires Cascade. MHRE expanding footprint south and north. Minneapolis residents trying to save manufactured home community. New manufactured home community considered for Alberta, Canada. HUD Code home production spikes in March. Meritus acquires MI MHC. And much more in news, views and information you can use.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

UMH Wins Manufactured Home Community of the Year Award

Friday, May 6

NAHB:Builder Confidence in 55+ Market Slips, yet Still on Positive Ground

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) 2016 Congress and Expo Flash Report

Innovative Building Systems filing for Bankruptcy, closing Keiser in Maine

Passages: Marcia Sinclair Carabell

All Active Tracked MH-related Stocks Gain in Today’s Trading, Skyline Leading

Clayton Underwrites Third Annual Asheville Home Show

Thursday, May 5

Clayton Weathers Storm, Turns $706M Profit in 2015, 2016 Looking Good

Architectural Firm and Builder Collaborate on Modern Modular Homes

Alberta Wildfires have Driven Residents to Safety in Workforce Housing

At Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett sees no Housing Bubble

Louisiana Pacific Gains almost 4.5%; MHCV Slips -1.06%

New Modular Vermont Neighborhood will be Net Zero

Wednesday, May 4

Drew Wastes no Time Moving on Europe

MH Lender Cascade Financial Services Acquired by Centerbridge

Sun Communities Gains the Most, Affiliated Managers Drops

MHRE Expanding its National Footprint

Trump’s Opponents Spent over $75 Million Trying to Defeat Him

MH Community Residents Organizing to Prevent Closing of Lowry Grove in Minnesota

Tuesday, May 3

New Manufactured Home Community Considered for Alberta, Canada

Manufactured Housing Production Spikes 26.9% in March

Only one MH-related Stock Gains in Trading Today

Home Prices Continue to Rise Faster than Wages

Guerdon Modular Picks up where Zeta Communities Dropped

Results of Comparable Energy Efficiency in Manufactured Homes Revealed

Monday, May 2

CFPB Contemplating Clarifying TRID

Rising Home Prices Partially Negate Low Mortgage Rates

Universal Forest Products Gains +8%; MHCV moves up to 1343.8.

Calif. Resident-owned MHC Obtains Freddie Mac Financing

Michigan’s Meritus Acquires Lake Villa MHC, Plans Upgrades

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News April 24-May 1, 2016 ##

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Alberta Wildfires have Driven Residents to Safety in Workforce Housing

May 5th, 2016 Comments off

modular camp canada    global regina creditWhile the wildfire engulfing Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada has burned 1,600 buildings and forced 80,000 people to flee their homes, stocks for companies that produce temporary accommodations have shot up as much as 35 percent, according to what bloomberg tells MHProNews, although Andrew Bradford of Raymond James, Ltd. says there is absolutely no evidence of profiteering as evacuees are being housed in available workforce housing in the area.

One of the issues the market is grappling with is the degree to which some of the idle assets that all camp providers own right now will be redeployed into the Fort McMurray area to house people for the rebuilding process,” said Bradford.

WesternOne Inc., a Vancouver-based company focused on acquiring and operating businesses in the construction and infrastructure industries, rallied as much as 41 percent.

The stock for Horizon North Logistics Inc., a Calgary-based support-services company, which markets both temporary, movable modular structures and permanent full-service guest lodges, was up 35 percent in trading. Horizon has two lodges 19 miles north of the fort. CEO Rod Graham said from the company headquarters in Calgary their first concern is the safety of residents in the area.

No deaths or injuries have been reported yet. The Alberta government evacuated two communities over 21 miles south of Fort McMurray. Bradford added, “So far none of these companies that are housing evacuees are invoicing anybody as far as I can tell. But I don’t think companies will do that forever, by any stretch of the imagination.”

Morgan Stanley estimates oil production has fallen by 400,000 barrels a day as producers have opened their modular workforce housing to refugees from the fierce blaze. ##

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Luxury Modular Apartments Rising in Alberta, Canada

June 9th, 2015 Comments off

calgary_herald__modulars_at_Fox_Creek_alberta_canadaModules for a 700 unit apartment complex set for Fox Creek, Alberta, Canada will be built in a company-run factory near Shanghai, China and assembled on site, with the first phase of 48 suites, each 980 square feet, to be ready for occupancy in early 2016. Calgary’s Stack Modular is partnering with New York City’s Primco Holdings, according to calgaryherald.

The population of Fox Creek is only 2,113, but there is a shadow population of 8,000 temporary residents, mostly energy and forestry workers, prompting the city to dramatically raise business license rates for hotels. MHProNews has learned the business license for one hotel, the Timber Ridge Inn & Suites, has increased from $75 a year to $100,000 a year.

The luxury modular apartments will be fully furnished with lighting, appliances and a wall-mounted TV, and rents starting at $3,400 a month. David Weiss of Primco says, It’s a great product to be delivering to the market. It’s not intended to supplant or to replace the hotels and the worker camps. There are instances where the man camps make more sense. There are instances where the hotels make more sense.

The first apartments will be 980 square feet, two bedroom, two baths, in-suite laundry and balconies. Fox Creek Mayor Jim Ahn says, “Apartment living is ideal for company employees regardless of their length of stay, but what I like is that it provides families the opportunity to be together and experience our community. It’s like a gateway and families can then decide if this is the community where they want to stay and buy a home.

Fox Creek is 140 miles northwest of Edmonton. ##

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LA Modular is Building of the Month

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

star_apartments_modular__ourmidland_com__creditThe Modular Building Institute has awarded Star Apartments in Los Angeles, California as the Building of the Month. The 51 modules by Guerdon Enterprises LLC of Boise, Idaho for the Skid Row Housing Trust provides 102 apartments, each about 350 square feet, created with a community-minded open design with rooftop spaces for recreation and pedestrian traffic. The 92,000 square feet complex features energy-efficient appliances, low-VOC finishes for air quality, bicylce storage in the building’s garage, and earned LEED Platinum Certification, according to The apartments were constructed above an existing retail building which was gutted and renovated to provide support for the modular apartments. Last month’s Modular Building of the Month was Ruth Lake Lodge in Alberta, Canada, as MHProNews reported Sept. 18, 2014. ##

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Modular Housing Development Denied

April 8th, 2014 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews last posted April 4, 2014, regarding a modular housing development proposal in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, the city council declined the housing recommendation from the Municipal Planning Commission for 85 modular homes. Voting 7-1 against, the council said the area is too close to an industrial site and would hinder future industrial development, according to The modular developer says the 15 acres have been vacant since 1976 and are only drawing farm tax at the moment, which is not very high. Bring in a community and you receive more tax revenue. Who knows when industrial expansion may occur. Councilwoman Julie Friesen, saying she is concerned about putting residences in isolated areas near industrial sites, adds, “It would only be a matter of time before those residents came to the city asking for noise cessation, sidewalks, parks … and they would have every right.” ##

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Black Diamond Shareholders to Meet

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

Modular workforce supplier Black Diamond Group Limited (TSX:BDI) will hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Thursday, May 8 at the Calgary, Alberta, Canada Hyatt Regency, according to Through its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, Black Diamond rents and sells modular workforce housing, and provides associated support services to a wide spectrum of industries, often in remote locales, through 19 locations in Canada, the U. S. and Australia, as has learned. ##

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Former Manufactured Housing Plant Bustling with Modular Workforce Units

January 20th, 2014 Comments off

Taking over a one-time manufactured housing plant in Johnstown, Colorado, PTI Group has converted the 113,000 square-foot facility to constructing modular workforce housing for the oil, gas and mining industries in Canada. Based in Alberta, Canada, PTI scouted 78 cities before choosing the Denver area because of the availability of skilled and technical labor that lost their jobs during the recession. As informs, although their original intention was to hire 250 workers within five years, they already employ 353 after 18 months. An affiliate of Oil States International, PTI is planning a 5,000 worker facility for the $13 billion SunCor Fort Hills Project, and workforce accommodations for 2,000 at the Kitimat Liquified Natural Gas plant in British Columbia. Among other projects, PTI provided housing for the Vancouver Olympics.

(Photo credit: Josh Polson/–Thomasine Azure works on modular unit at Johnstown plant.)

Factory-built Homes Covered by New Mandatory Warranty

January 15th, 2014 Comments off

Alberta, Canada’s New Home Buyer Protection Act will offer more consumer protection when the mandatory warranty protection takes effect Feb. 1, 2014. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Alberta initially offered coverage on new homes beginning in 1974, and the new act ensures all builders meet the same standards. Modular and manufactured homes are included in the coverage, unless they will be used as purpose-built rentals, social housing, Habitat for Humanity, hotels or motels. According to, materials and labor are covered for a year, utility systems for two years, defects to the building envelope for five years, and structural defects for ten years. The single-family home limit is $265,000 and $130,000 for a multi-family unit. As MHProNews has learned, homeowners have a responsibility to notify the warranty provider within a reasonable time and take steps to prevent additional damage.

(Photo credit: Champion Homes–new manufactured home being delivered)