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Attorney General Sues Manufactured Home, Modular Housing Company, and owner Stanley Hall

May 28th, 2018 Comments off

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New York “Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced an order directing Walker’s Manufactured Housing, Inc. (“Walker’s”) and its owner, Stanley Hall, to explain their failure to sit for testimony as required by the Attorney General’s subpoena,” said in a release to the Daily Business News.

 

My office will aggressively investigate retailers of manufactured home and land deals who shirk their legal obligations to provide homes that are safe, durable, and suitable for occupancy,” Attorney General Underwood said. “Transparency and fair dealing is necessary in every transaction involving New York State consumers.”

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Underwood is the acting AG in New York. She took over the role recently, after a scandal forced the resignation of her predecessor earlier this month. 4 different women alleged that prior AG Eric Schneiderman sexually assaulted and abused them, per the New York Times.

Following multiple consumer complaints, the Attorney General’s office opened an investigation into the company’s business practices and issued a subpoena for Stanley Hall to appear for questioning,” the state tells MHProNews.

Mr. Hall refused to answer questions, improperly asserting a blanket Fifth Amendment privilege, and terminated the hearing. The order issued by Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky of Jefferson County compels Walker’s and Stanley Hall to explain why the Judge shouldn’t further order their compliance with the Attorney General’s investigation, per the NY AG’s office.

My office will aggressively investigate retailers of manufactured home and land deals who shirk their legal obligations to provide homes that are safe, durable, and suitable for occupancy,” Attorney General Underwood said. “Transparency and fair dealing is necessary in every transaction involving New York State consumers.”

Multiple consumers in Jefferson County filed complaints with the Attorney General’s office regarding the advertising, sales, and installation practices of Walker’s Manufactured Housing, Inc.,” stated the attorney general’s office.

The Attorney General issued a subpoena to Stanley Hall to appear for questioning.  But Hall refused to answer any questions and terminated the hearing, per the AG’s release. The order announced gives Walker’s and Mr. Hall until late June to explain their failure to properly provide testimony to aid the Attorney General’s investigation.

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Mr. Hall said he has never received any complaints of incomplete buildings, delays, not following design specifications or other similar accusations in 52 years of business. When asked why he asserted his Fifth Amendment rights during the conference, Mr. Hall said he was following his attorney’s advice,” per the Watertown Daily News.

There’s a lot of false information; a lot of false accusations” from the AG’s office, Mr. Hall told local media.

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Mistake in Local Reporting?

Some mainstream media reports have apparently misunderstood the fact that Walker’s is a retailer, not a manufactured or modular home builder.

Satisfaction Guaranteed,” states part of the Walker Manufactured Housing website, which makes it clear that the firm sells housing built by Champion Homes, and/or other producers of factory-built housing.

We ensure complete satisfaction every step of the way. Whether you are a first time buyer or a returning customer, the process is always the same and we will take into consideration budget and availability for your Watertown sectional home. We guarantee our services and get you the best value for your money.”

MHProNews has reached out to Hall for a comment, and will update and monitor the case as it develops. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and expert commentary.)

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$100s of Billions Will Pour into U.S. in 2018, How Much of that Capital Will Deploy in Manufactured, PreFab Housing?

January 6th, 2018 Comments off

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Executive Summary

The combination of the new tax law, a growing economic boom, and talk by Apple and other tech giants of bringing back to the U.S. some $200-$400 Billion dollars in 2018 alone will create a search for valuable ways to deploy that capital.

With the affordable housing crisis widely publicized, housing is a trillion-dollar a year sector that is poised for even more growth.

As real estate and investment mogul Sam Zell has observed, when others are looking right, go left. Where is “left” in the housing industry?

A sector that has drawn – arguably for the wrong reasons – resistance and pushback.  Who says?   Harvard, among others.

There are already billionaires – including Zell and Warren Buffett – plus thousands of others deeply involved making plays in manufactured housing.  That said, it’s still very much a ’boutique’ industry compared to others.

Plus, some of the ways the industry is being pursued are controversial, and feed into the negative narrative and perspective.

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Click to read report, and see the Guardian video.

It is precisely because of the mistaken understanding and several arguably problematic practices that can make manufactured housing of interest to those willing to pursue the industry in a best practices, professional, and ethical fashion.

Why Are Billionaires Attracted to Manufactured Homes?

In an industry which for decades has focused on short term thinking, and short term plays, positive and promising reports are often overlooked, and quickly forgotten.

“Po-Dunk” Performer Kid Rock, Eyes Senate Run, Makes Manufactured Home Living Hip

So manufactured housing isn’t a quick buck.

Rather, it should be seen as a long term play, as Buffett’s has been.

Warren Buffett, “the Moat,” Manufactured Housing, Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt, Wells Fargo, NAI…

A general overview of housing growth, and expectations of capital pouring into the U.S. are summarized from CNBC reports and a video, below.

That’s followed by quotes, comments, and links that lay out facts – including the just-announced merger of manufactured home producers Champion Home Builders and Skyline Corp (SKY). Their stock surged on the news.

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Per CNBC

Apple, tech companies to bring back $400 billion in overseas cash to the US: Estimate,” reports CNBC.

In another report form them yesterday, the following.

By all measures, a construction boom is shaping up for 2018

  • The construction industry added 30,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department.
  • That brings the sector’s 2017 gains to 210,000 positions, a 35 percent increase over the previous year.
  • Construction spending is also soaring, up to a record $1.257 trillion in November, according to the Commerce Department.
  • Optimism among construction contractors is also at a record high.”

 

Voices within Manufactured Housing, Plus Reports that Point to Potential

As the leading source for manufactured home industry trade news – which also uniquely provides proven and praised professional servicesMHProNews is a useful resource for seeing the reasons why the industry’s potential has not been fully tapped.

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Or as Sunshine Homes President John Bostick – a client company whose experienced serious growth at a pace far higher than the industry at large has said – “Easy doesn’t pay well.”  But intelligent, sustained effort can yield, as it has for them, growth rates that are more than double those of the industry at large, and in the more attractive residential product side.  That’s where the biggest opportunities are in manufactured housing, without ignoring the that there is also growth potential for commonly pursued ‘entry level’ manufactured homes.

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Investor Take Away

This is one of those ‘look left’ opportunities within the manufactured home industry. While much of the industry pursues ‘entry level,’ or ‘shade and shelter’ product, the results being achieved by Sunshine and others using more upscale product reveals what real estate research also reveals.  This is where arguably the growth opportunities are in manufactured homes today.

This isn’t easy, but smart money is deployed and being attracted in manufactured homes and communities, using this approach.  An example is shown in the video below.

Third Party Reports, Quotes that Point to far Greater Potential

Recent concerns over housing affordability for low-income households appear to be difficult to resolve by developing policy options that focus only on traditional single-family owner-occupied dwellings and/or rental apartments. In terms of developing a housing policy that would improve the quality of housing for lower income families, it seems appropriate to explore the merits of an often-ignored alternative, namely manufactured housing. – Eric Belsky, Harvard.

“Credit is the lifeblood of housing”.Eric Belsky, Harvard.

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At the time Belsky made this prediction, manufactured homes were selling over 250,000 new units per year. This year, MH won’t reach 40,000 of that total. What happened?

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ELS’ Sam Zell – Compliance Costs Destroys Smaller Businesses = Consolidation

The National Association of Realtors’ ™ (NAR) Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, estimates the immediate need for 8+ million housing units.

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NAR’s findings are similar, but from a different perspective, than the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s research revealed.

NLIHC CEO Responds on HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Report, MH Leader Reacts

Several tech sector giants are making related plays in PreFab or Modular housing – precisely for the kinds of reasons that Belsky cited. But they have not yet made announced moves into far more affordable manufactured housing ‘done correctly.’

$58,000 PreFabs, Videos, Updates of More Hi-Tech Backers

Google’s Going Modular Housing

Plans for Floating Modular Cities, “Seasteading” is Becoming Reality

Are Americans Hunting for the Single Sectional Manufactured Home Alternative?

Survey Top 2017 PreFab, Modular, Tiny and 3D Printed Housing News Stories

How Other People’s Pain (Artificial, Accidental, and/or By Design), Creates Opportunities, and
Why What Looks Like Headwinds Can Be Reversed With Bold, Long Term Strategies

Killing Off 100s of Independent Manufactured Home Retailers, Production Companies – Tim Williams/21st Mortgage “Smoking Gun” Document 2

Applying Zell’s mantra of looking where others aren’t as focused, and exploring the causes of why manufactured homes aren’t already soaring yields some surprising insights for those willing to make the long term plays, as Warren Buffett and Sam Zell have done.

But it is arguably precisely by ignoring some of the problematic parts of the Buffett dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) moves that the greatest opportunities may be found.  Because they are either clumsy in carrying out their own agenda, and/or clever in setting the table in a way that is choking off smaller firms that is leading to an accelerated consolidation of them by larger ones.

Manufactured Housing Institute VP Revealed Important Truths on MHI’s Lobbying, Agenda

Duty To Serve, “Complete Waste of Time” per Tim Williams, CEO/21st Mortgage; POTUS Trump, Warren Buffett Insight$

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Enhanced preemption is precisely, combined with other advantages found in manufactured homes already, that makes manufactured housing so attractive.

Thus, when the truly bold ‘move’ for growth by the giants are finally made – and they themselves are signaling that they are close to doing so – the big money can be earned.

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Lavin is an MHI award winner, and a success story in communities, retail and finance.

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Accelerated growth is already being earned in local markets.

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Smart players are already in, and going deeper in.

Sam Zell, Randy Rowe, John Bostick, Terry Decio, Joe Stegmayer, Marguerite Nader, Barry Noffsinger – Manufactured Home Industry Interviews

Terry Decio, Skyline Homes, “The Secret” – The Rest of the Story

2018 Outlook-Crisis Spell$ Opportunity, Per Leonard Kiefer, Freddie Mac Data

With hundreds of billions coming into the U.S. expected in 2018, will some of that find its way into MH?  Would it surprise anyone if it does, given that billions have already gone into community and other acquisitions?

Bloomberg, HousingWire, Realtor and Fox all suggest Manufactured Homes as Important Solution for Affordable Housing in America

“The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight”

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The next Monday Morning Sales Meeting will have more on what current players – even modest ones – can do in their local markets to tap into the solution for the affordable housing crisis hat is hiding in plain sight. That will be published Monday, January 8th. “We Provide, You Decide.” ©
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Public Official, Senators Tour Manufactured Home Community, Production Center

October 17th, 2017 Comments off

NewYorkHousingAssocTourChampionTitanManufacturedHomeProductionCenterMHProNewsNew York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, Senator Betty Little, Senator Joseph Griffo and their staffs spent the day visiting the Champion Home Builders Titan Homes Division factory in Sangerfield, N.Y. and Jensen’s Cherrywood Community in Clinton, N.Y.,” the New York Housing Association (NYHA) said in a release to the Daily Business News.

The officials asked great questions and received excellent answers from the Titan staff,” per the NYHA release.

Besides meeting Champion’s Titan division leaders, “the officials toured the entire factory, beginning at the frame building department, continuing through each station in the building process. In the finishing department the officials were able to enter a few home sections that were being cleaned and prepared for shipment.

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Titan Homes had just finished their Fall Retailers Factory Show and still had two finished and decorated homes,” stated the NYHA. “The officials had an opportunity to tour each of the manufactured homes on display.”

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Following the Titan Homes factory tour, the officials were escorted by NYHA Executive Director Nancy Geer and NYHA Legislative Counsel Mark Glaser to Jensen’s Cherrywood Community in Clinton, N.Y.,” NYHA explained.

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Their release said that, “Jensen’s Cherrywood Community is a 55+ Community with many amenities near Utica, N.Y.”

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New York Housing Association’s award winning executive director, Nancy Geer.

As longtime Daily Business News readers know, once public officials are exposed to the product, the response tends to be a good one, for an example, click this linked report here, and here.

Geer and her colleagues have arranged other similar educational events.  For a prior example, click this link here.  Champion Homes was recently featured in another report about their newest production center, linked here.## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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New HUD Code Manufactured Home Factory Opening, State Announces Hundreds of News Jobs

October 10th, 2017 Comments off

ChampionHomesOpeningNewManufacturedHomeFactoryLeesvilleLAMHProNewsGovernor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) office tell MHProNews that Champion Home Builders Executive Wade Lyall announced “the company plans a $1.3 million capital investment to build manufactured homes in Leesville,” LA.

Champion plans to create 200 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $35,000, plus benefits,” the LED statement said. “Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 218 new indirect jobs, for a total of 418 new jobs in Vernon Parish and the Central Louisiana region.”

The report says that the production center is expected to be open in early 2018.

Manufacturing accounts for a substantial portion of Louisiana’s economic output, and we are happy to add Champion Home Builders to that roster,” Gov. Edwards stated. “Leesville and Vernon Parish will provide a good home for this national company, and the jobs created by this project will be filled by a talented workforce in Central Louisiana. Champion is a leader in its field. We congratulate the company on its continued growth, and welcome Champion to Louisiana.”

Industry, Corporate Context

As the Daily Business News has been reporting, manufactured home production have been rising. As that link reflects, total production may be the highest in a decade by years end.

Other producers are expanding and opening too.  A recent report of another new production center breaking ground is linked here.

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Earlier this year, Champion announced they were taking over a Skyline production center, see that story, linked here.

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Champion Homes and Skyline Homes announced earlier this year that the later was turning over their Mansfield production center to Champion.  Sources tell MHProNews that other future moves by Champion are in the works. 

This is a tremendous opportunity to produce Champion’s award-winning manufactured homes in Louisiana, the third-ranking state nationally in manufactured housing sales,” said Lyall, the Southern Region vice president for Champion. “We’re thrilled to serve the great people of Louisiana, as well as to tap into the impressive legacy of Leesville’s workforce. Without the hard work and support from the teams at Louisiana Economic Development and the City of Leesville, we wouldn’t have secured a new home in ‘the best hometown in the world.’”

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To secure the project, LED states they offered Champion a competitive incentive package that includes the comprehensive solutions of LED FastStart®.

LED says they’re ranked as the No. 1 state workforce development program in the nation.

In addition, “Champion will receive an Economic Development Award Program grant of $500,000,” per the statement to the Daily Business News. “The company also is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.”

I am very proud for the City of Leesville, as well as the surrounding communities,” Leesville Mayor Rick Allen said. “The jobs that this company will provide are desperately needed. We have worked to lease the Industrial Park, not to just anyone, but to partner with the right company. I truly believe that Champion Home Builders is the right company. They will provide stable, good-paying jobs that we so badly needed. The truth is that God has had his hand on the whole deal and He deserves the credit.”

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Champion Homes will be a great addition to Leesville and Central Louisiana,” said CEO Jim Clinton of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. “Congratulations and thanks to Louisiana Economic Development, Mayor Rick Allen and our other partners in Leesville and Vernon Parish who are so vital to making this happen. Champion joins a growing group of manufacturers in Central Louisiana where “We Make Good Stuff.’”

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Champion Home Builders Snapshot

Per the joint release, “Founded in 1953, Champion specializes in a wide variety of manufactured and modular homes, park model RVs, and modular buildings for the multifamily, hospitality, senior, and workforce housing sectors. Champion started as a single manufacturing facility in rural Michigan and grew to offer factory-built housing and other structures throughout the U.S. and western Canada. The company operates 28 manufacturing facilities throughout North America and employs more than 5,200 people worldwide.”  ##  (News, analysis, context.)

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Champion Homes Expanding Operations in Kentucky

April 30th, 2016 Comments off

champion_homes__creditChampion Home Builders will invest $6.3 million in a manufacturing plant in Benton, Kentucky, leasing a 100,000 square foot facility and create up to 150 jobs for production of manufactured homes, according to kyforward.

As encouragement to the investment in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has initially approved up to $2.25 million in tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment program. Champion will also be eligible to receive job placement services, reduced-cost customized training as well as job training incentives through the Kentucky Skills Network.

Starting as a single manufacturing plant in Troy, Michigan in 1953, Champion now operates 28 manufacturing facilities throughout North America and Europe, employing over 4,200 people. MHProNews understands the company makes manufactured, modular and park model homes as well as modular buildings for the multi-family, hospitality, senior and workforce housing markets.

Benton’s Mayor Rita Dotson said, “I am pleased to welcome Champion Homes to Benton, Kentucky. We are all very excited to see new opportunity created for our citizens. Congratulations Champion Homes and welcome to our community.” ##

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Modular Multifamily Apartments is a Growing Attraction for Urban Areas

April 17th, 2015 Comments off

modular_apartment__nreionlin__credit_April_17Construction of modular, multifamily apartment building Hilltop House began in mid-summer, and 7 1/2 months later it was open for occupancy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Champion Home Builders, Inc. built the 52 modules in 36 days, and it took eleven days to site the 65 apartments in an historic neighborhood downtown, according to nreionline.

Another 1,000 units are planned for the downtown area within the next few years, much like Hilltop, developed by HTBT Properties, and the modular method may give advantage to staying ahead of the competition.

The multifamily housing market is poised for strong growth in the upcoming year,” says Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute (MBI). “Modular construction is ideal for this market as it shortens the overall construction schedule allowing for earlier occupancy and quicker return on investment.

The quality of construction benefits from being in a controlled environment, reduces the cost of labor, and can often save 20-30 percent in time. In addition, many construction companies folded as a result of the housing downturn that began in 2008, forcing construction workers into other labor markets.

One major drawback is some of the more desirable multifamily development sites are in urban areas where young professionals want to live. MHProNews understands moving a flatbed truck loaded with a 40-60 foot module through congested traffic for a crane to offload it at the site can sometimes lead to costly delays. ##

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Champion to Partner with Winnebago for RV Park Models

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

park_model_rv_by_champion_home_buildersManufactured and modular home (MH) and Park Model recreational vehicle (RV) producer Champion Home Builders, Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with RV maker Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO) to manufacture a line of Park Model RVs.

Champion will introduce the first Park Model RV at Winnebago’s Dealer Days in Las Vegas this April, as cnnmoney informs MHProNews. The models will be sold at Winnebago dealers and at Park Model RV dealerships in the U. S. and Canada.

We are very excited about this unique licensing opportunity and see the Park Model RV business as a natural extension of our Winnebago brand,” says Chad Reece, Director of Marketing at Winnebago. Dick Grymonprez, Director of Park Model Sales at Champion Home Builders, says, “Champion’s Winnebago branded products will provide our customers with the quality and affordable design choices they want when creating their dream vacation home.

One of the largest manufacturers of factory-built homes and buildings for residential and commercial use, Champion was founded 60 years ago, and employs over 4,400 people at its 30 facilities in the U. S., Canada and the United Kingdom. ##

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Latest GIA Reports Show Consumer Preference for Factory-Built Homes

February 27th, 2015 Comments off

magnolia-home-henry-stahla-scottsbluff-nebraskaThe increased need for affordable housing in today’s market along with concern about the present economic climate is influencing consumers to be wary of spending heavily on site-built homes. These conditions lead to increased consumer preference for houses that can be built quickly with cost efficiency, and factory-built homes can meet that need. These homes are available at a price about 20 percent lower than traditional site-built homes.

A new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) reveals that shipments of factory-built housing in the United States are projected to reach 133,000 units by 2020, driven by the strong demand for eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes.

As stated by the GIA new market research report, prefabricated housing is re-emerging as a one-stop solution for affordable, eco-friendly housing in the United States, after years of sluggish growth. Single-section manufactured housing is expected to witness the highest growth at a projected CAGR of 5.4%.

PR Web tells MHProNews that each year, more homebuyers are beginning to realize that manufactured, modular, panelized, and precut homes are desirable and affordable housing solutions available in the United States. Manufactured housing represents the largest market segment accounting for the bulk of shipments. While manufactured homes are built according to HUD building code, modular, panelized, and precut homes are built per the state and local building regulations.

Other advantages offered by factory-built homes include better quality and durability because building processes are carried out in controlled environments, reduced raw material waste, and economies of scale in purchasing building materials and components. Given their huge order quantities, manufacturers of factory-built housing have greater bargaining power with material suppliers. The production cost benefits from factory-built homes are passed on to the homeowner, making these homes more affordable.

Manufactured housing communities are projected to increase from 28.6% of the market in 2013 to 30.7% in 2015.  Manufactured housing on private property is projected to decrease from 71.4% of the market in 2013 to 69.3% in 2015.

GIA names Clayton Homes, Cavco Industries, and Champion Home Builders as the top three in the industry, comprising approximately two-thirds of the business.  Other companies make up one-third of the chart.

Other companies mentioned in the report include American Ingenuity Inc., American Homestar Corporation, Palm Harbor Homes, Commodore Corp., Deltec Homes Inc., Endeavor Homes, Gastineau Log Homes, Innovative Building Systems Inc., All American Group LLC, Excel Homes Group LLC, Lindal Cedar Homes Inc., Muncy Homes Inc., New Panel Homes Inc., Pacific Modern Homes Inc., Pleasant Valley Homes Inc., Professional Building Systems Inc., Ritz-Craft Corporation Inc., Signature Building Systems Inc., Skyline Homes, Southland Log Homes, and Wisconsin Log Homes Inc., among others. ##

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Penn. Women Awarded $60k over Mangled Modular Home Deal

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

david_valenti__mark_moran__the_citizen_s_voice__creditIn a story MHProNews has been following since earlier this year, and last posted an article July 30, 2014, regarding Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti being charged with theft for selling modular homes and not delivering, a Freeland, Penn. women was awarded $59,060.28 in damages for a home that was delivered late and in disrepair. Geraldine Kale paid for the home in full in March, 2010 to be delivered by May 22 of that year, but it did not arrive until Dec. 2010, damaged, after she had paid to store belongings and live in hotels following the sale of her previous home. Luzerne County Court Judge Thomas F. Burke, Jr. awarded her lawyer $11,000. Neither Valenti nor any representation appeared at the proceedings, according to timesleader.com.

Valenti is facing theft charges in other similar cases, as well as an attempt by the state attorney general to permanently close the business. Champion Home Builders filed a five count lawsuit in county court last week alleging Valenti and his company have not made payments on manufactured homes, seeking $59,400 on each count. Additionally, the IRS filed a $6,450.25 lien against Wyoming Homes earlier this year. ##

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Michigan MH Residents Prepare for Summer Storms

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off

michigan manufactured housing association logoThe Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) reminds occupants of system-built homes that potentially damaging summer wind and rain storms are at their peak and residents should ensure that roofs are in good condition and rainwater is directed away from the foundations. While manufactured homes (MH) are built to strict federal standards under the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Code), they also have to meet the Michigan Residential Building Code standards, which apply equally to site-built homes for safety and energy efficiency. According to marketwired.com, Bobby Campbell of Champion Home Builders, Inc. says MH must pass third-party review throughout the construction process, an inspection not required for site-built homes. “The Engineered Wood Association did a report after Hurricane Andrew hit Florida and found that when the manufactured home was properly installed, it withstood the hurricane force winds better than most stick-built homes,” Campbell says. For an MHProNews video of MH withstanding gale force winds, please click here. ##

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