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“Mobile Home Militia,” Retail/Production Sources, Sound Alarm Against Clayton Homes, CMH, New “Anti-Competitive Practices” Allegation

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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The Daily Business News on MHProNews were sent messages about allegations regarding Clayton Homes targeting Regional Enterprises, based in Brandon, MS.

 

One tip stated as follows:

Clayton manufacturing just effectively cut off their largest independent dealer relationship in the country because he invested in a factory that took some of their people. Truly anti competitive behavior.”

 

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“…Clayton met with Heath Jenkins of Regional enterprises and informed him they would no longer be paying him rebate (essentially cutting them off without having to repurchase) Regional purchased $40m from Clayton in 2018, making Heath their largest retailer. Why would Clayton do something like this? Because he opened a plant and hired some of their people. If they would purposely go out and rape their largest dealer, what chance do the rest of us have? Clayton has convinced hundreds of independents they are your business partner, but make no mistake, they are your largest competitor.”

The post opened with the words: “It’s not just a T-shirt to us,” an apparent reference to the meme, posted below.

That same post ended with the words, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

MHProNews has reached out to Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage Corp officials for comment. We have been unable to reach Regional Enterprises’ Heath Jenkins by phone, but have left a voice message encouraging his response.

Connie at Regional Homes of Bonifay, FL was also asked to insure Jenkin’s follow up, which she assured MHProNews that she would pass on to him our message and request for comment on the allegations.

Another contact in management at Regional was also asked by MHProNews to get Jenkin’s to reply.

It should be noted that even if true, Regional Enterprises may have their own reasons for not wanting this sort of news to leak out.  That’s part of the vexing nature of the purported “Moat” of Clayton, 21st, Berkshire, et al. Fear over the economic impact, embarrassment with one’s own team, concerns sparked with other suppliers, actions by other competitors, and a range of other possible motivations enter into the mix that may cause a purported ‘victim’ company from going public.

 

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Part of a Pattern?

This is not the only time this sort of allegation against Clayton Homes, CMH – their manufacturing division – or their affiliated lenders, such as 21st Mortgage Corp have been made.

MHProNews will post a follow up report, which will include any comments provided by Clayton Homes, Berkshire Hathaway, the Monopolistic Housing Institute (err, Manufactured Housing Institute or MHI), or other relevant related brands.

Multiple sources have made this allegation to MHProNews.  If true, is this part of a broader market pattern?  The answers are found in the linked related reports, further below.   It should be noted that there have been multiple news tips this week, some have already been reported and are included in related reports, further below.

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Why are so few manufactured homes being sold?  Why have the numbers of independents been contracting for years? Don’t reports like this one, and those below, help answer those questions?

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Independent Clayton Retailers – Insiders, High Cost of Going Along to Get Along?

January 31st, 2019 Comments off

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Sources who retail homes produced by CMH and/or are connected to Clayton Homes in other ways have told MHProNews about wholesale customer experiences that have caused independents concerns.

 

Anecdotal stories will illustrate the various concerns of independents who sell CMH product.

 

I get [retail] customers who shop us, and have or will shop a Clayton owned company retail store,’ said an experienced manufactured home seller to MHProNews.

They [retail customers]see the Clayton brand on our display home, and obviously also the Clayton[vertically integrated] dealership. Some say nothing, but some will ask, ‘Why should I buy this [Clayton] home from you when I can get it directly from Clayton Homes?’

Another anecdotal instance further exemplifies a related point. This one is as or more common than the first.

Clayton [says a retail customer to an independent] has me approved with Vanderbilt [Mortgage and Finance], and the terms they’ve offered me are better than what you have [with 21st Mortgage].’ Commenting on that example, the retailer tells MHProNews,How do you compete with them [Clayton] on financing and on price or products, especially if you carry some of the same brands?’

An interesting point. A fair follow up question is, how many sales do retailers in such a circumstance lose monthly? Would such independent retailers be better off with a producer that they aren’t in direct vertical retail competition with?

 

State Execs Viewpoint

State association executives come in several types. Some are MHI-Clayton-21st toadies. Others may ‘play their game,’ but will provide MHProNews with useful news tips, feedback, and insights – all of which are valued and yield a better news product for Daily Business News readers.

Among the latter group of state executives are those that point out that between Clayton, 21st, and VMF, some 60 to 70 percent of the new HUD Code sales flow in various states. ‘That’s dues leverage that they have to get what they want,’ some execs have said to MHProNews.

It’s a very similar point to the “Gold Rules” prior tips.

 

 

Independent retailers, communities, suppliers, financial and other service providers, this is your latest wake up call.

This is part one of yesterday’s presaged two part report – Who are you going to do business with?  But what may be the far starker concern for some independent retailers are those who floorplan with 21st. Watch for that report.

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Tragic Clayton Death Sparks Investigation, Background Others Missed

February 13th, 2018 Comments off

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The victim’s identity has not been released, and was not a Clayton Homes employee, per a statement by Chris Cannon with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, per WBIR.

 

The victim worked for Hoyle’s Tire and Axle, based in Henderson, North Carolina, according to Cannon.

 

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an official investigation that may take between 10-12 weeks, Cannon said. Mainstream media sources revealed no other details about this tragic death at this time.

The Daily Business News wishes condolences to all touched by the loss, and will update this post as this developing story is updated.

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Safety First

Every manufactured or modular production center known to MHProNews has a safety first policy. While industrial accidents periodically occur, they rarely end in death. In fact, safety is one of the normally unspoken advantages of building in a production center, as opposed to traditional site building. Scaffolding is just one of several precautions found in a plant.

But death in manufactured housing occurs, as the installation death story linked below reveals.

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The tragedy at CMH’s Maynardville facility is set against the backdrop of several ongoing industry controversies.  The latest, is linked below in an in-depth exclusive report.

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Clayton Manufacturing Closes on New Plant

December 11th, 2015 Comments off

mhi  photo credit  mh under productionInformed sources tell MHProNews that Clayton Homes (CMH) has closed on a manufacturing facility in Athens, TX.

According to the source, the production is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016.

Athens Venture Capital, LLC was the seller to CMH.

The move signals the continued recovery of manufactured housing, as well as confidence in the Texas MH Market. ##

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Arizona Housing and MHIndustry firms uses AZ State Fair to showcase Manufactured Housing

December 9th, 2014 Comments off

arizona-housing-display-2014_state-fair-cmh-homes-credit-azhousing-org-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-According to the Arizona State Fair, approximately 1.14 million visitors came to their fair during the 18 days that a 2014 Manufactured Home model was on display there. While many didn’t tour the home, enough of the public did to generate 1,100 leads during that exposition.

Arizona Housing  tells MHProNews  that CMH’s nearby facility provided the use of a beautiful new manufactured home for fair visitors to tour.

The floorplan is one available from other AZ factory home builders, so in that respect, it was a trans-HUD Code builders’ display.

The model displayed was a 28’ x 52’ or approximately 1,386 sq ft with 2 bedrooms, a den that could be a third bedroom and 2 full baths. The displayed home boasted 9’ flat ceilings throughout. Other features included:

  • 80” Tall Windows with Full Panel Drapes,
  • 45” Tall Overhead Cabinets in Kitchen,
  • Raised Panel Hardwood Cabinet Doors and Frames,
  • 2” x 6” Exterior Walls,
  • Insulation levels were – floor R22, walls R21 and Ceiling R50,
  • The home also featured an 8’ x 28’ Covered Porch, and French Doors with blinds inside the glass.

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Four Arizona factories: CMH Arizona, Cavco Durango, Cavco West, and Champion Homes, all participated in staffing the home with volunteers from Arizona MH Retailers statewide. These included Clayton Homes, Bronco Homes, Cavco Home Centers, Factory Expo Home Centers, The Home Source, Pacesetter Homes and Rodeo HomeSales.

Arizona Housing explained that the event was designed to both boost the industry’s image as well as increase sales within the state. MHProNews applauds the association and all those involved in the event for taking a pro-active and valuable step to advance MH in their market. ##

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YES! Says “Yes” to Better Service for Community Residents

August 9th, 2012 Comments off

As follow-up to a story we published this Monday, Aug. 6 about YES! Communities purchase of 42 MHCs comprised of 10,500 home sites from American Residential Communities (ARC), also of Denver, the NewsObserver reports from North Carolina ten of the communities and 2,500 of the home sites are in Greensboro and the Triangle area. Andrew Luter of YES!, which launched in 2007 with equity partner Stockbridge Real Estate, says the company grew on the heels of the subprime lending crisis believing a need would emerge for affordable housing. A large portion of its portfolio came with the purchase in 2008 of CMH Parks, a subsidiary of Clayton Homes comprised of 65 MHCs covering 18,000 home sites. Noting a lot of the MHCs in North Carolina are small compared to the large communities in Florida and California, Brad Lovin, executive director of the North Carolina Manufactured and Modular Homebuilders Association, says, “They (YES!) certainly bring new capital to those communities and maybe they can help stabilize them or bring them up to today’s standards with the infrastructure.” Luter says, “Our classic tenants are pretty under served and, by and large, I think they’re talked down to a lot and they’re not treated great by landlords.” As MHProNews has learned, Lovin says a lot of the bad actors are gone. “I guess that’s one good thing of a shrinking economy,” he says. “The bad players seem to go out first.”

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