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Modular Homes Completed on Schedule

January 13th, 2012 Comments off

As a follow-up to our story Nov 8. 2011, has learned from MLive in Michigan that the first phase of the Smith Village Neighborhood development of 27 modular homes was completed as scheduled, Dec. 31, 2011. Champion Homes and Russell Building Group are constructing 83 dwellings in Flint, MI to replace dilapidated homes that were demolished. Half of the homes will be for low-to-moderate income families. The $16 million project is being funded by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The homes, with energy efficient appliances, will be ready for occupancy Feb. 1. Charles Young, of Smith Village Construction Services, says the next phase will be 20 site-built homes, scheduled to begin in March, weather permitting.

Photo credit: Ryan Garza/Flint Journal)

North Dakota Oil Boom Drawing Midwest MH Producers

December 15th, 2011 Comments off

Following up on a story we published Nov. 14, 2011, OmahaWorld-Telegram reports the oil boom in North Dakota continues to have positive repercussions for area MH producers. The York, Nebraska, Champion Home Builders plant has doubled its production staff since summer to 150, and intends to hire another 50 early next year. Champion General Manager Tom Tyree says, “It’s kind of like the good old days in the industry. Instead of buying one at a time and taking forever to get stuff done, they’re buying 20 at a time — or more.” Martin Huff, Executive Director of the Nebraska Manufactured Housing Association, says the producers in Nebraska are flourishing because in the immediate area, South Dakota has one manufacturer, and Minnesota and Montana only have a handful. Chief Custom Homes in Aurora, NE and Heritage Homes in Wayne, NE expect to add 30-50 percent more workers soon. Bering, NE-based Magnolia Homes sent a salesman to Dickinson, ND and he had to stay in a hotel 50 miles away. The population of Tioga, ND will expand from 1,300 to 5,000 once the two “man-camp” compounds are completed. As the need for more housing continues, Chief Custom Homes national sales manager Scott Fletcher expects MH producers from farther away to get a piece of the action. Some workers in Williston are currently living in tents in campgrounds, and RVs in parking lots.
Photo credit: Jeff Beiermann/TheWorldTelegram)

Champion Names Jack Lawless CEO

February 2nd, 2011 Comments off
championChampion Enterprises Holdings, LLC, announced Tuesday that John N. Lawless, III has been named its President and Chief Executive Officer. Since 2007, Lawless has been the President of Headwaters Construction Materials, Inc., a manufacturer of building products based in Wixom, MI. Prior to that, Mr. Lawless was President and Chief Executive Officer of Tapco International Corporation. Lawless received his B.S. degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College in 1983 and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. Chairman of the Board Timothy J. Bernlohr expressed his appreciation to CFO Phyllis Knight for her service as Interim CEO during the past eight months, noting her contributions during this transition were outstanding and the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her in her ongoing role as the Company’s CFO. The Champion family of builders produces manufactured and modular homes, as well as modular buildings for government and commercial applications.

Reports Indicate Champion Joining MHARR

December 9th, 2010 Comments off

It looks like Champion is joining the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). Two independent, reliable sources have told that Champion has applied to join the organization. According to its website, Champion is a leader in the manufactured housing industry and one of the largest modular homebuilders in North America.  Headquartered in Michigan, the company has 27 manufacturing facilities located throughout North America and Europe and employs more than 2,500 worldwide. Calls to the company this week have not been returned.