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Invitation and 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Updates

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

H:\1 SK MHMSM\1 DBN\kmhi-ky-manufactured-housing-institute-reception-mixer-2014-louisville-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-.pngPre-registrations for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are up over 50% over the same time frame as last year. So state the facts supplied by Show Ways Unlimited, who manage the show for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).

Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. reports that in 2013, “Louisville in 2013 we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community and owners/operators, representing 573 different companies who attended.”

If that 50% increase in registrations for the industry’s largest event trend holds, that would mean that over 2,000 attendees would arrive in Louisville in 2014. Combined with exhibitors, it could yield a total attendance of over 3,000, compared to some 830 that go to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) fine annual Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It is an interesting comparison, but frankly it’s not exactly apples to apples.” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, industry veteran and point man for the online promotion for the Louisville Show.

“Louisville will have 48 new model homes on display.” Kovach explained. “These decorated models will include manufactured homes and modular homes. MHC owner/operators will find Community Series Homes (CSH) on display. Retailers and builder/developers will see residential style and entry level multi-sectional and single section homes. MHI’s annual Vegas event is terrific, I love to go there too. Both Louisville and MHI’s Congress and Expo (C&E) have educational seminars and booths. MHI’s C&E by contrast has more educational events. But having homes on display ads a very different dynamic to what happens in the climate controlled Kentucky Expo Center, where the all-indoor 2014 Louisville Show is held.”

Speaking of MHI, Kovach added that the MHI staff – including their NCC division – will be very visible at Louisville in 2014. “Dick Jennison’s and his colleagues will be co-hosting a mixer with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). Betty Whittaker does a great job with that and combined with MHI’s presence, it ought to be terrific.”

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members often have a private meeting during the Show.

“Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years.” said Gary Boerner. “I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Skyline Homes’ Terry Decio indicated they will display 4 homes in the KEC’s East Wing, next to the “Show Me the Money!” Seminar room. Enthusiasm is high, with sold out show space and the large boost in early registrations.

“The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is an excellent showcase…With many networking opportunities and a well laid out exhibitor area, we look forward to the 2014 event as an opportunity to grow our manufactured housing business.” said Sherrie Clevenger, NADAguides. ##

For more information,

please see Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr.’s report:

http://www.MHProNews.com/home/featured-articles/december-2013/138-general-manufactured-housing-industry-topics/6692-why-will-the-louisville-2014-show-you-the-money

And/Or go to:

http://www.LouisvilleShow.com for a complete list of free business building and finance seminars, networking events, exhibitors/manufacturers and KMHI-MHI mixer.

Interviews we’ve done that mention the Louisville Show include:

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio

A Cup of Coffee with…Wally Comer

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

A Cup of Coffee with…Dick Ernst

Louisville Day 1: Attendance rises

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that the first day of the Louisville Show revealed a rise in attendance. 1,233 attendees of all types arrived on January 23, which already exceeded the total attendance 2012’s 2 1/2 day total. Exhibitors and attendees alike reported an upbeat mood, and a willingness to invest in new inventory, products and services. The Show runs until noon on Friday, January 25th. Attendees who want to sign up at the door need to bring a business card along with photo ID. LouisvilleShow.com for more information.

At Louisville: Industry Execs Meet the Press

January 18th, 2013 Comments off

In a Meet the Media Morning at the Louisville Manufactured Home Show Thurs. Jan. 24, from 9-11 AM, the press has been invited to see the quality of factory-built homes for themselves to dispel the misconceptions about the industry and the product.
Top-named officials in the industry, companies associations and professionals from across North America will engage with the media after they tour some of the 39 homes installed in the Kentucky Exhibition Center.

Although closed to the general public, some 1700 professionals from across North America will be in attendance at what has become the largest indoor trade show in the nation, perhaps beyond.

The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) is the parent body for the Louisville Show. MMHF Chairman Ron Thomas says, “We at the Louisville Show want to treat the media to a spectacular array of dozens of new homes, to see the products and services our industry offers, all under one climate controlled roof.”

Louisville Show promoter and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach says, “There are so many myths and misconceptions out there, that the best way for the media or anyone else to understand the truth about factory built housing is for them to personally see the homes.”

Members of the media seeking admission should contact Dennis Hill, Show Manager, 800 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway, Suite 140, Roswell, GA 30076, Phone: (770) 587-3350 and be prepared to show media credentials.

(Photo credit: A kitchen in one of the 39 homes at the Louisville Show.)

Planning Commission Moves Beyond Jurisdiction

September 8th, 2012 Comments off

The vagazette informs MHProNews compassion led the Planning Commission in James City, Virginia to take a step beyond the legal border of the Public Service Area (PSA) and recommend extending sewer service to residents of the Greensprings Mobile Home Park. The two-and-a-half hour meeting saw several of the 80 residents in attendance overwhelmed with emotion as they described their plight of dealing with the failing septic system. Greensprings owner John Franklin is willing to pay $600,000 to run the sewer lines into the community, but a special use permit is required. County planning staff recommended denying the request out of concern for setting a future precedent. The Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of the permit and rezoning application and sent it on to the Board of Supervisors for review.

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MHI Sluggers come to Louisville, Part I

January 16th, 2012 Comments off

In speaking to a packed room at the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Jan. 12, Joe Stegmayer, CEO of Cavco/Fleetwood and MHI Chairman told attendees about the ongoing efforts of MHI to advance the Industry’s agenda in Washington. Stegmayer spoke of the critical nature of involvement by state associations, because “all politics are local.” Stegmayer said MHI and MHARR have been working together on some issues coming out of Washington. Both organizations participated in a conference call Nov. 22, 2011 with Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Commissioner Carole Galante and Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s program manager Henry Czauski. They discussed tight credit, a non-career administrator for the MH program, and representation on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). Stegmayer said he hopes they can work even more closely with each other in the days to come. He said MHI is carefully looking for a replacement for Thayer Long, and suggestions on a possible replacement should be sent to jboehlert@mfghome..org. Sources tell MHProNews that the goal is to have a replacement for Thayer Long in place on or before March 2012. Some of the biggest names in the Industry were in attendance for Stegmayer’s address, along with a healthy dose of ‘mom and pop’ operators who make up the majority of the players in the Manufactured Housing Industry today.

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum Still Going

December 26th, 2011 Comments off

RVTimes tells MHProNews.com the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, has managed to keep its doors open despite a debt of nearly $5 million as of last April when Tom McNulty took the reins as executive director. He says, “There are some good things happening and actually our cash flow is better than it’s been in a couple of years. Attendance during the summer was 100 to 150 people a day and we are seeing greater returns from our convention center.” Noting that while continuing to operate in the red, he adds, “At times we think we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but then someone turns off the switch. It’s very frustrating to say the least.” The museum has a $900,000 line of credit with First Source Bank. The family of the late Boots Ingram, who founded Teton Homes, loaned the museum $3.1 million. Both loans were made when the economy was in better shape. Bill Garpow, chairman of the Hall of Fame, says discussion is ongoing with the Ingram family to help resolve the debt, and the convention center already has $100,000 in bookings for 2012. He notes, “The good news is that it’s hard to find anybody that doesn’t say we need the hall, that we need to support it, that it’s a good endeavor. That tells me that if people start feeling better about their situation, then our situation could also improve.”

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum)