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Congressman Barr Defends Manufactured Housing, While Controversies Brew

March 11th, 2017 Comments off
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In a new video-laced report, Congressman Andy Barr has taken a strong stand in the House of Representatives in favor of reforming Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations that he says are harming would be manufactured home buyers.

The report provides a video of his congressional testimony, along with other information on pending issues that face the manufactured housing industry in a changing climate in Washington, D.C.

Cited in the report are Doug Gorman, an award winning MHI retailer, Betty Whittaker, Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI), and several other industry voices.

To see the full video-laced report, click the link here. ##

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MH Industry Execs attend Mortgage Roundtable at White House

March 21st, 2014 Comments off

Doug Gorman, President of Home-Mart, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Lois Starkey, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, attended the March 11th White House Green Mortgage Roundtable. Focusing on renewable energy underwriting issues, especially related to the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) Energy Efficient Mortgage and other FHA mortgage products, the (MHI) was invited as the result of a discussion of energy efficient and EnergyStar rated homes that was held during the Federated States Division meeting in February. MHProNews.com has learned Kevin Stevens, Acting Director of FHA Single Family Program Development, arranged for MHI to attend.

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Passages: MH Sales Professional Thomas Dies

February 27th, 2014 Comments off

M.J. (Michael Joshua) Thomas passed away this past Saturday, Feb. 22, after being hospitalized for breathing issues. M.J. had been living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and began his manufactured housing retail career in Tulsa, OK. Thomas had made arrangements to attend the Tunica Manufactured Home Show just before being hospitalized. Retailer Doug Gorman said, “We were stunned and saddened to hear that he died during the day on Saturday.” MHProNews publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach said, “I met MJ at the Tulsa Show and thought he was a talented man. We are saddened by the loss and wish his loved ones well.” Moore Funeral Home in Owasso, OK will be handling the arrangements. Viewing will be available all day today and a memorial service will be held at the Moore Funeral Home in Owasso at 6 PM Feb  28. ##

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TX State Exec for the departing Thayer Long’s post?

October 31st, 2011 Comments off

DJ_Pendleton_Executive_Director_Texas_Manufactured_Housing_Association_TMHA_credit_MHProNewsMHProNews asked DJ Pendleton, the Executive Director for the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), to comment about his being approached by MHI’s leadership to fill the role by the departing Thayer Long.  “I was exceptionally flattered to be mentioned as a potential replacement for Thayer, especially after I saw the list of other names of incredibly capable, passionate people much smarter than myself. I am continuously challenged and have a long list of goals I have not yet achieved in Texas. For both personal and professional reasons, coupled with the tremendous support of my TMHA members, the best place for me is to continue to zealously advocate and protect our industry’s interests in Texas.  I look forward to continue my participation with MHI and work to advance our industry’s collective national efforts.” Pendleton said.  From the north side of the Red River, came this comment comment that echoed the praise of Pendleton’s work in the Long Horn State: “DJ would of been a great asset to MHI if he accepted the position.  I’m being selfish, but I’m thankful he declined because Texas needs him! “ said Deanna Fields, Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) and recent winner of MHI’s State Association Executive of the Year. In response to a previous question about published and unpublished names considered for the interim/permanent MHI leadership role, MHI PAC Chair Rick Rand said, “There are some extremely qualified association execs. This is something that the MHI Executive Committee is obviously working on, and I’m confident they have or will explore all of the best candidates.”  When asked about DJ Pendleton, multiple award winning MHI member Doug Gorman had this to say: “From what I have been able to observe from a neighboring state, DJ Pendleton has done an excellent job as the Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association. I am sure that DJ would have carried those same leadership qualities with him to MHI had he chosen to accept that role in the industry.”  Others have shared similar sentiments about DJ Pendleton’s strengths as a leader among Manufactured Housing Executives.

(Editor’s note: Friday, October 27th was Thayer Long’s last day at MHI. Please join us in wishing him all the best in his new career.  Long is going to the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) as Executive Vice President, where he begins on Nov 1. Long previously worked for the National Association of Home Builders and American Chemical Society in Washington, DC.

There are hints from sources that a GM has been at MHI and an announcement is pending, but a different source with ties to MHI has denied this or that an announcement for a new/interim/permanent president for the Manufactured Housing Institute will come soon.)

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Sparks fly on NFPA Report on Fires and Manufactured Homes: We provide, You decide

October 27th, 2011 Comments off

 

MHProNews.com We Provide You Decide2MHProNews has received press releases and statements/reports from and about the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) on the topic of fire safety in HUD Code manufactured housing. The differing press releases from MHI and MHARR are closely tied with the subject of fire sprinklers, preemption and the very nature of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). The NFPA has issued a correction on their report from last summer, including a statement that their report concludes that the rate of fire injury and the incidents of fires for manufactured home occupants is lower than for occupants of other single family homes.

“This report concludes what the industry and our customers have known all along.  Manufactured homes are built with consumer safety considerations first and foremost, and manufactured homes are built to high quality, stringent standards to keep customers safe,” said Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President Thayer Long.  MHI’s position also stated, “MHCC members also heard from industry representatives, including a third party inspection agency and several state regulators, that the current fire safety standards for manufactured homes are more stringent than for site built homes constructed to the International Residential Code (IRC). Flame spread, egress, and smoke detector requirements are three examples.” Click here to read  the entire MHI press release.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) resent a previous release, that took the NFPA to task for misstating the facts in their summer reports, and essentially called upon the NFPA to correct the errors in their report, which the the NFPA has now addressed.

MHI’s statement began with this sentence, “Last week, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) testified before a federal advisory committee that occupants of manufactured homes are no more likely to die from a fire in their home than occupants of other single family homes. ” This phrasing “federal advisory committee” (emphasis added in the above) has caused concerns in the past, as some MHCC members read the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA of 2000) not to have created a typical “federal advisory committee” at all. An informed source stated, “The 2000 law does say that the MHCC is an “advisory committee,” but then goes on to provide specific powers, authority and procedures for the MHCC that go far beyond those of run-of-the-mill federal advisory committees; powers that are extraordinary. HUD has sought to downgrade and ignore the unique role and powers of the MHCC by claiming that the MHCC is a run-of-the-mill advisory committee and by trying to shoehorn it into strict compliance with the Federal Advisory Committees Act, which generally governs the existence and procedures of federal advisory committees, but states that its provisions are super-ceded by more specific federal law – in this case the specific authority of the MHCC under the 2000 law.  So, what we don’t want to conceded (is) that the MHCC is a typical or run-of- the-mill federal advisory committee. It is an advisory committee with a unique role and extensive, specific authority delegated directly by Congress.”  Those powers are designed to make the MHCC a check on HUD’s regulatory authority, to keep the agency from imposing unrealistic, unduly burdensome or overly costly regulations on HUD Code manufactured home builders.

Downloads from the various parties are available at the links below. An Industry Voices Guest Blog post by long time MHCC member Doug Gorman on a related topic can be found at this link.

Manufactured Home Fires
MHARR letter to NFPA on its firestudy 8-3-2011
National Fire Protection Association July 2011

 

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Long leaving Manufactured Housing Institute

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

Thayer_Long_outgoing_MHI_Executive_Directo photo credit_MHProNewsMHProNews received a statement from Cavco CEO and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman Joe Stegmayer, announcing the departure of Thayer Long as MHI’s executive director. Per Stegmayer’s statement, “As announced today at the MHI Board Meeting in Phoenix, Thayer Long will be leaving MHI to pursue another opportunity. Over the next several weeks, we will be working with Thayer, the MHI leaders and our excellent staff on a smooth transition of Thayer’s duties. The MHI leadership will also begin the search for Thayer’s replacement. Rest assured, MHI has extremely capable and professional staff.  They will continue to move the priorities of the association forward and will continue to serve our members well.” An MHI source stated Long would remain through October before departing. “This is what life is like in the association (world),” an MHI staffer said, who wished Long well while expressing confidence in the future.  In a typical comment, MHI member/retailer Doug Gorman said, “I have admiration for Thayer.  He stepped into the position at a time that was very challenging. Revenues were in decline.  He rose to the occasion, stepped up to the plate and performed remarkably well…He probably saw something that was good for him, and he will succeed because he is hard working.  I absolutely wish him well.” MHI PAC Chair, Rick Rand of Great Value Homes said, “Very happy for Thayer, he chose to make a career move.  Thayer has been with the association for years, and has been a great asset, stepped up all the time in his duties with MHI.  It was great to work with him. I am sorry to see him go, but that is the nature of this business.  We can only wish him the very best.”  A multi-decades veteran industry contacted MHProNews, speculating that Long’s departure was due to his seeing ‘the hand writing on the wall.’  When asked, Rand’s reply to that comment was, “We (MHI) are now in better financial shape than we have been in years, MHI is in a great position.  As is the MHI PAC.” Rand pointed to the MHI leadership, saying “We need to remember to give credit to the executive committee; Joe Stegmayer, Don Glisson, Jr., Kevin Clayton, Nathan Smith and Ken Cashin, the immediate past chair.” “I talked to Thayer several times during his tenure at MHI.  He was always professional, pleasant, and cooperative.  We wish him and MHI well during this time of transition” said John Bostick of Sunshine Homes and MHARR Chairman. MHProNews will continue to bring you updates on this and related developments.

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HUD accused of ‘end around’ that poses threat to manufactured housing companies

August 18th, 2011 5 comments

G:\MH Merchandiser.com\Daily Business News\MHCC_committee_meeting_in_April_2010_Manufactured_Home_Marketing_Sales_Management_MHMSM.com_MHProNews.com__001.pngMHARR and other sources reported on the August 17th MHCC conference call with HUD. The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) release provided a brief history on how HUD moved from “voluntary compliance” on expanded in plant inspections which was later deemed “not optional” by HUD. This was done in-spite of past opposition at the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) and without further consultation by the MHCC. Sources state this subverts a key purpose of the MHCC, which was created as a check on regulations created by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA 2000). Sources tell MHProNews.com that without reasonable controls of HUD regulators and their contracted agents, smaller manufacturers can be regulated out of existence, especially when shipment levels are at historic lows. This in turn can cause higher prices for retailers, communities and consumers. As Doug Gorman and others who have served on the MHCC have previously reported to MHProNews.com, this is precisely the types of efforts MHARR takes on that the industry needs. Gorman noted that the MHIA of 2000 requires HUD to do a cost benefit analysis of such regulations, which is also the position of MHARR. A link for the full MHARR press release is here.

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Editor’s Note: While most of our blogs and feature articles have the ability to post comments, Daily Business News stories do not often get posted comments.  That said, this one has already had two posted.  Click the comments tab, and within the bounds of civility and common sense, readers comments are welcome and encouraged.  Naturally, no ‘spam’ is allowed.  MHI issued their own report on this subject one day after MHARR’s, which is part of the MHI Week in Review at this link.

Tulsa OK Trade Show Will Welcome Home Buyers April 29-May 1

April 18th, 2011 Comments off

The Daily Oklahoman reports the 2011 Great Southwest Home Show (GSWHS) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, begins Thursday, April 28, at 9 AM, open to the trade until 1 PM Friday.  At 3 PM Friday, April 29, the doors will swing open to the public for FREE, through Saturday and Sunday.  The QuikTrip Center at Expo Square will display 29 different models retailers can buy and then sell to the public, or take orders.  Doug Gorman, Home-Mart, Inc. retailer in Tulsa, in his third year as chairman of GSWHS, says the new homes have the quality and features you previously saw only on site-built homes, inside and outside.  Traditional builders tell people $90-100 a square foot.  Gorman says he quotes them $30-40 a square foot for a factory-built home.  If the buyer does not have a site yet, Gorman says: “If a guy wants to go find a piece of land, we can pin it all together in one note.”  This marks the third year for the show in Tulsa.  As Leon Russell says in his song: “I’m going back to Tulsa one more time, I’ve got home sweet home Oklahoma on my mind.”  For more on the show, see The Great Southwest Home Show 2011.

Intense Manufactured Home Industry Response to IBISWorld Report

April 16th, 2011 Comments off

In response to the IBISWorld report on manufactured homes sounding the death knell for manufactured housing, MHMSM.com received responses from many long-time industry professionals disputing their conclusions. Industry vets Paul Bradley, Thayer Long (MHI), Danny Ghorbani (MHARR), Doug Gorman, Otis Orsburn, Bob Stovall, Ken Rishel, Derek Thompson and Dustin Youngdahl are all represented in the exclusive Industry Voices Guest Blog IBISWorld Special Report. And in The Masthead, Publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach answers Why Buffett Bets Against IBISWorld on Manufactured Homes.