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Hurricane Irma Disaster Survivor Describes Her Experience

September 12th, 2017 Comments off

WashingtonPostFloridaLostPowerManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsSandy Canard braved the winds of Hurricane Irma inside her manufactured home in a manufactured home community in Melbourne, FL.

Very scary,” she said of her experience Sunday night. “My whole house kept shaking all night. But, thank the Lord, we made it,” per Florida Today.

The water rose quickly, coming into her driveway, she said.

But it receded really fast,” Canard said.

The woman credited recent drainage improvements along John Rhodes Boulevard.  She felt that kept the flooding from being worse.

Stories are pouring into news rooms in Florida and nationally with stories of significant damage, destruction, courage, and survival.

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As the skies clear, and water recedes, damage assessments will begin.

As was reported yesterday evening, insurers believe that they dodged a bullet.

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While damage is extensive, had the storm track hit the east coast in Florida vs. shifting towards the west, the losses would have been greater.  To learn more, click here. ## (News.)

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Bipartisan Praise for Hurricane Irma Preparation, Behind the Scenes Look

September 11th, 2017 Comments off
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Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), state and federal officials are praising the pre-storm response coordination for Hurricane Irma per reports on Fox News and USA Today.

Nelson speaking on Fox, called the federal response, “seamless” with state, local officials and first responders.

Irma is reportedly one of the largest if not the largest hurricanes in a century to hit the United States.

An estimated 6 million plus Floridians were under some level of evacuation orders.  As of 10:12 PM ET, Fox was reporting 3.3 million without power. That total was expected to rise.

Law enforcement has imposed curfews in several cities, such as Miami and Orlando, attempting to suppress looting and other dangers.

MHProNews on the Scene

As MHProNews was moving north on I75 in Florida Saturday, as a steady stream of vehicles were moving south that were pre-positioning for storm response.

Ambulance, fire, law enforcement, tree services, electric services, and generators were all moving south.

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While the traffic wasn’t bumper to bumper, there was a steady stream of emergency and service vehicles that were moving south to stage to pre-hurricane impact zones on Saturday and into Sunday night.  Credits, MHProNews.

Law enforcement presence was heavy on the northbound side of I75.

North of the toll road, about every 1/3 miles, a state trooper vehicle was stationed. When a breakdown occurred – which was not common on Saturday where MHProNews traveled – troopers and service vehicles were able to quickly respond.

Fuel supplies were good in most stations.

Traffic was steady, but not bumper-to-bumper as had been previously reported on Friday.

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A classic Rolls Royce, Mercedes and BMWs were traveling north, along with vehicles by American, European, and Asian car makers.  What wasn’t evident was older vehicles.  Perhaps many with older vehicles were unwilling to risk a breakdown, and opted to shelter in Florida instead?

Unlike Super Storm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina, the response to Harvey and now Irma seemed far better prepared. As was reported previously, FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU) are reportedly among the assets that are being pre-positioned for post-storm housing needs.

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Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) designed for FEMA, will be an expected part of the FEMA response. Will FEMA may reach out to retailers, as they did during post Harvey? Those retailers who want to consider that should note that previously the time line for such calls from FEMA were short, see a report last week, linked here. Photo credit, WAFB.

MH Communities Preparing, Days in Advance

Community operators told MHProNews that they were preparing for days in advance of the storm.  Knowing that flying debris is one of the threats from such storms, making sure that items outdoors around homes that could become projectiles were a focus for them to dump, secure, or put away.

With tens of billions in damage anticipated, numerous manufactured housing supply impacts and opportunities are expected.  The early fatalities being reported have included first responders.  But all over the state, and in neighboring states, church and civic organizations have already been responding to those in need.

The storm could track into parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, but more will be known tomorrow.

MHProNews’ team offers its prayers and best wishes to all those in the impacted areas.

(Update at 7:54 AM ET, Now over 6 Million reportedly without power, according to Florida Power and Light.)

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Historic Hurricane Season as Hurricane Irma Approaches the Florida Coast, Can FEMA Keep Up?

September 6th, 2017 Comments off
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In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.”

Less than two weeks have passed since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm, leaving a mass of destruction in its wake.

Now, a similarly terrifying storm is making its way through the Atlantic, with enormous potential to make landfall in southern Florida.  While not a record, Fox News said that it could be the first time in 102 years that two category 4 hurricanes make landfall in the U.S.

Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 hurricane, making landfall in the northern Caribbean Islands. The storm is expected to downgrade to a Category 4 before potentially making landfall in southern Florida, per AccuWeather.

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Potential impact zones for Hurricane Irma. Image credit, AccuWeather.

At this time, it is too soon to tell where or if it will hit in Florida.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott. Image credit, Wikipedia.

But given the computer models, Governor Scott has already declared a State of Emergency for all counties in the state.

He has also activated the Florida Air and Army National Guard, with 100 members called to duty immediately.

All 7,000 members of the state’s guard are expected to report Friday morning, per the Orlando Sentinel.

Our state emergency management officials are working with our federal and local partners to prepare for any potential impacts from this dangerous storm,” Scott said. “And it is crucial that we have access to every available resource to protect our families and communities.”

Emergency measures that may be taken include shoring up beach dunes, building emergency beams, and plans for potential evacuation.

It is incredibly important that all Floridians pay attention to this incredibly dangerous storm,’’ Scott urged residents. “Do not sit and wait to prepare. Prepare now.”

Residents, both new and life-long, are not taking chances when it comes to this storm. According to the Herald Tribune, keeping water on the shelves was nearly impossible for stores on Tuesday.

Since the storm isn’t expected to reach the state until sometime Friday to Sunday, residents have time to plan.“Time is definitely on our side,” said Matt Bragaw, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Melbourne. “It’s definitely daunting, but it’s times like this where being calm and collected are a necessity.”

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Carrie Morse of Sarasota stocks up on hurricane supplies at Circle A Food Place in Sarasota, FL. on Tuesday. Image and captaion credit, the Herald Tribune.

Even for those who will not experience a direct impact with Irma there will be high winds and heavy rains over the weekend.

This is definitely a serious situation for everyone in the Florida peninsula,” Bragaw said. “If [the storm] steers east or west, we’ll still feel some impacts.”

FEMA Could Pre-Position Manufactured Homes, Buy Others from HUD Code Home Sellers

As the Daily Business News report linked from the graphic below stated, now is a good time for manufactured home sellers to contact FEMA officials, who are already seeking manufactured homes in disaster impacted Texas and Louisiana.

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It is unknown at this time what effect, if any, a weather related disaster may have on planned manufactured housing industry events in Florida.

Can FEMA Keep Up With Two Category 4 Hurricanes?

Since FEMA and other government resources will be strained due to last week’s destruction in Texas, more preparation and storm aftermath may rest on individuals, Myers said. It may be crucial to evacuate ahead of the storm, so preparation is key,” per AccuWeather.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is already working around the clock in Texas to help get the nearly 40,000 people who lost their homes out of shelters, and into a more permanent form of housing. Just yesterday, the agency issued an urgent call for manufactured homes for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

In Texas, relief efforts came quickly because President Trump declared a State of Emergency ahead of time, as the Daily Business News has previously reported.

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In preparation for Irma, President Trump has done the same – declaring a State of Emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday, per Fox News.

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Three of many possible paths Hurricane Irma can take over the weekend. Image credit, AccuWeather.

However, with relief efforts only beginning in Texas, will FEMA be able to keep up with the needs of Americans if Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane?

The U.S. has not sustained a direct hit from two Category 4 or above hurricanes in more than 100 years,” Evan Myers, AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer, said.

Readers from Florida – as well as anyone who wants to keep track of where Hurricane Irma is headed – can keep watch with the livestream below.

If there is an evacuation order in your area, please follow it,” Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday. “We can rebuild your home but we cannot rebuild your life.” ## (News.)

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Bernie Sanders, Steve Forbes, Prager U – Tax Reform, Facts, Fiction, and Fake News

July 14th, 2017 Comments off
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If you listen to Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Hillary Clinton or her supporters – such as Warren Buffett – you’d think that the rich aren’t paying enough in taxes.  Their answer?

Raise them.

Tax the rich sounds easy, especially when there are fewer of them to vote against the tax hike.

On the other side are those who believe that “The power to tax is the power to destroy,” as Supreme Court Justice John Marshall famously said.

Raise taxes too much, and capital flees.  The evidence?

Just look at the trillions parked overseas by big U.S. companies, say tax reform proponents, and you’ll see their point.

In fact, Sanders – who famously honeymooned in the Soviet Union – should realize that those socialistic programs ultimately fail.  A look at a satellite photo of Florida and Cuba, or North and South Korea, makes those points.

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George Mason University study revealed that the cost of compliance and economic costs of the current tax system total hundreds of billions of dollars – every year. Forbes argues for tax reform to change a system that favors the rich, who alone can navigate a 10,000,000 word tax code. Image credit, still from a video posted on this page. Image credit, Prager U.

Resource rich Venezuela, after a decade of socialist leadership, is teetering on the edge of political and economic chaos.  That, say pro-free market, limited-government believers, is a current example of what America faces if changes aren’t made under the Trump Administration.

SouthFloridaCubaNorthSouthKoreaSatelliteNightSocialismFreeMarketsManufacutredHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsLess than two weeks ago, Millennial Julia Granowicz wrote a foundation commentary that set the stage to examine economic freedom, taxation, and other issues, and how they impact American businesses – including, of course – manufactured housing.

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Yesterday, the Daily Business News reported on concerns that Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) expressed that forces on the left, and also from ‘the right’ – the GOP – were threating tax reform.

Prior GOP candidate for president, publisher and billionaire Steve Forbes has sounded the warning on taxes this week too.


In the two videos on this page, one tees up his general thinking on where tax reform should ultimately head, and why.

Forbes promotes the flat tax as the fairest, most pro-business, pro-jobs, pro-growth way to drain the swamp, even before that term was coined or mentioned.


The second video with Forbes expresses his concerns about tax reform.

For fair and balance, we share the video with Bernie Sanders, who lays out his vision.

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We Provide, You Decide.” © See which vision makes the most sense in the real world.  Ask yourself, why would so many billionaires say they support tax hikes, and then watch as they shift their wealth to foreign countries with lower taxes?

Why do so many of the ultra-rich – like Facebook’s founder – and soon to me factory built housing entry? – Mark Zuckerberg – promote “universal income,” and then use tax loopholes to minimize his own taxes and maximize his own power and wealth?

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RC Williams called that “The Evolution of Poverty Pimping.”

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There is fake news in manufactured housing, and fake news about manufactured housing, reported RC Williams.

The taxation issue is one that it is time to dig into and deeply understand.

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North Carolina manufactured home, credit, Zillow. To see that report, which step by step documents how that fake news attack on manufactured housing was done, click the picture above.

MHProNews will be bringing you periodic stories as part of the effort to get to the root causes of what is holding back not only our industry, but also the majority of Americans.  Buckle your seat belts, and hang on for the ride. ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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Proposed Manufactured Home Community Faces Hurdles

June 1st, 2017 Comments off
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In a Washington State community, NIMBY is raising its head.

According to the Sequim Gazette, a proposed gated 55 and over manufactured home community, is drawing the ire of Carlsborg residents.

The group, which cites environmental and traffic impacts, says that it has collected 163 signatures on a petition, hoping to delay the project or kill it all together. A hearing on the property is scheduled for today, where community residents will be able to share their concerns.

Clallam County Senior Planner Donella Clark recommended approving the project, with a number of mandates and recommendations ranging from widening the road the community will be on, to installing berms to blend the property in with the neighborhood.

Chris Anderson, owner of CA Homes Inc., says that he intends to build a total of 73 manufactured homes, called CA Homes Mobile Home Park, in three phases over three years.

If I can get it approved, the first phase would include 42-43 homes,” said Anderson.

This is my first foray into modular [sic] homes in my 28-year career.”

Anderson says that when he began operating his business, he was building higher end homes, but when the recession hit, he switched to affordable housing.

And, he sees a huge opportunity in Carlsborg.

There’s a lack of senior living here,” said Anderson.

We’re a retirement community and almost 70 percent of our clientele are retired. There aren’t solutions readily available to them.”

The homes would range from 1200 to 1700 square feet, and sell for between $125,000 to $150,000.

NIMBY Rises

Neighbors who are around the project site say they learned about it from a sign posted on the property earlier this month.

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There’s a perception (by neighbors) that some of the laws have not been followed closely so I think it’s fair for us to point out those discrepancies,” said area resident Charles Meyer.

The more we got looking (at recent planning documents), the more unbelievably inaccurate everything was,” said area resident Debra Stevens, a retired city planner.

Neighbors say that Anderson’s State Environmental Policy Act application is inaccurate, because it doesn’t have up-to-date information on the property.

In Anderson’s application, he states an environmental review for a 21-lot subdivision was completed by the previous owner Tony Glavin in May 2007, which reviewed and agreed upon a study in February 1995 because no development had occurred.

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As of this week, the county says that neighbors have submitted more than 40 comments to the county’s Department of Community Development.

Anderson says that he’s worked closely with Clallam County and other agencies to follow their recommendations.

I understand the neighbors aren’t happy with it,” said Anderson.

I’ve accepted phone calls from people who have called me directly. Neighbors all got to do what they wanted to do on their properties, but I understand I’m not going to make everyone happy.”

In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities lead to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Also, there are instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians–and the residents who re-elect them–seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities, as most recently shown in Palm Beach County, Florida. ##

 

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When You Manage a Community Long Enough

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
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Both residents and operators of manufactured home communities will tell you that, if you’re around long enough, you may see anything.

That was the case this past weekend in the hometown of MHProNews, Lakeland, Florida.

According to The Ledger, a 19-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle while speeding on a state road, and crashed into an unoccupied manufactured home in Lakeland Harbor.

Officials from the Lakeland Fire Department say no one was at home at the time of the incident Sunday morning, and the driver was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center with minor injuries.

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Other Recent Strange, But True MH Stories 

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In our Daily Business News periodic series, we’ve covered a number of strange-but-true stories, including the case of a theft in Purcell, Oklahoma, for a man and woman charged in McClain County District Court with knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tana S. Lang, 41, and Michael G. Slay, 43, are accused of stealing appliances from a model home on the Mid-State Manufactured Housing retail sales center during a June burglary. A Whirlpool refrigerator, range and dishwasher were taken.

Other strange but true stories include:

 

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NIMBY in the Bayou – Manufactured Housing in Danger?

May 18th, 2017 Comments off
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In Louisiana, the Livingston Parish Council could soon be considering a ban on manufactured homes in single-family subdivisions.

According to The Advocate, Councilman John Wascom called for the conversation during an Ordinance Committee meeting last week, proposing an ordinance that would outlaw living in a manufactured home in any named subdivision that was designed to have only single-family homes.

The ordinance was referred to the full council on a 4-0 committee vote.

Wascom originally called for the conversation in response to some constituents who had expressed concerns about declining property values after neighbors replaced existing houses with “trailers.”

Legally, there’s nothing to stop someone from putting a mobile home [sic] in the middle of a subdivision with high-end houses,” said Wascom.

Trailers [sic] are sometimes moved onto subdivision lots after the original home burns or floods. We’ve always said there’s subdivision restrictions, but most aren’t enforceable.”

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Wascom noted that he had no objections to emergency ordinances that would provide temporary exceptions in case of hardships.

But this would give our executive branch the ability to not give a permit for a mobile home [sic] smack-dab in the middle of a subdivision,” said Wascom.

Right now, they don’t have that choice.”

Councilman Shane Mack wanted to clarify that the intention is to protect property values for people who buy or build in subdivisions, not to prevent people from living in manufactured homes.

I do think there are places within Livingston Parish where mobile homes [sic] are welcome,” said Mack.

A lot of our elderly retire in mobile homes [sic]. And a lot of the younger generation starts off in mobile homes [sic]. But this is about developing subdivisions designed and intended to have certain-sized houses in it and to protect the people who want to live in, and who paid to live in, that type of neighborhood.”

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For Taryn Creekbaum, an outspoken critic of waivers for manufactured homes, things are very clear.

The council should rely more on subdivisions’ restrictive covenants, which should be considered valid and enforceable until a court rules otherwise,” said Creekbaum.

The council has a way to restrict the placement of mobile homes [sic] in named subdivisions, through the parish’s process for granting exceptions to its mobile home park [sic] regulations.”

Councilman Garry Talbert argued that the ordinance would only come into play when more than one home would be put on a single parcel.

If you want to put a mobile home [sic] on a lot that has no residence at all on it, those don’t apply,” said Talbert.

The parish’s Permit Office does not enforce subdivision restrictions, which leaves no recourse except by lawsuit for those residents who believe their neighborhood covenants are being violated by the addition of mobile homes [sic]. 

John is trying to create an environment where people don’t have to hire an attorney to sue because a lot of them don’t have the up-front money to do it.

While the proposal was moved to the full council, it was deferred to a later meeting to allow the legal adviser for the parish to review it.

 

NIMBY Rears Its Ugly Head?

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In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities lead to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in nearby Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Also, there are instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians–and the residents who re-elect them–seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities, are also prevalent, most recently shown in Palm Beach County, Florida. ##

 

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Minority Manufactured Home Builder Helps Sandy Victims

May 15th, 2017 Comments off
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In New York State, the Governor’s office of storm recovery (GOSR) has been hard at work assisting property owners who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

According to BlackNews, the Poospatuck Reservation, the smallest reservation in the state, is one of those groups, having eight families that were in needed.

For Walter Oden, owner of Oden Development LLC, a certified manufactured home dealer and developer, he felt the need to jump in. Oden has his own experience with devastation from Hurricane Andrew in Florida in 1992. Oden assisted eight families with new manufactured homes, leveraging storm mitigation strategies to ensure survival for future storms.

Manufactured housing makes so much sense, especially here in New York,” said Oden.

Manufactured homes are typically more affordable than site-built homes. Constructing the housing structure off-site provides the inherent and economic advantages of a shorter build time, limited inspections, and energy efficiency. There is hardly any other construction method as versatile, practical, and applicable for any situation and environment.”

For Poospatuck Reservation Chief Harry Wallace, extreme gratitude was high on his list.

Those eight families selected Oden Development to rebuild their homes, ultimately because Walter has a great heart, his team cares and it shows in their craftsmanship!” said Wallace.

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Oden says that he committed to replacing homes on the Poospatuck Reservation with manufactured homes as opposed to traditional stick-built homes, to expedite the speed to market. His team also has another project in Brooklyn under development, utilizing intermodal shipping containers.

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The entrance to Ba Mar MHC in Stony Point, New York. Credit: Bayshore Home Sales.

Other recovery efforts in New York State involving manufactured housing include the Ba Mar Manufactured Home Community in Stony Point, New York.

In that case, limits on what can be offered and spent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is capped, but under the new proposal, those with a family of four or more would receive up to $125,000; three people, up to $115,000; for one or two people, up to $105,000.

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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Rises Sharply

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during March 2017.

These just released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,245 homes in March 2017, a nearly 16 percent increase over the 7,110 HUD Code homes produced during March 2016.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 23,384 homes, a 22.4 percent increase over the 19,101 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through March 2017 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated, are:

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The latest information for March 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

In its most recent edition of “Issues and Perspectives,” a newsletter that focuses on items relevant to the manufactured housing industry, MHARR tackled key issues, including the new tariff on Canadian soft lumber.

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MHARR President & CEO, Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

After threatening to impose trade duties on goods imported from China and Mexico during the presidential election campaign in 2016, the administration announced its first new tariff on imported goods in a statement issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on April 24, 2017,” says MHARR in the report.

While the imposition of the Canadian lumber tariff caps a period of serious economic uncertainty for the residential construction industry, increases in home prices driven by higher supply costs for basic raw materials, such as wood, will have a magnified impact on the highly-priced sensitive manufactured housing market.”

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Baird Homes Affected by Fire, Under Investigation

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Baird Homes office in Seymour, Indiana. Credit: Baird Homes.

An early morning fire at the main office and workshop of a Baird Homes location in Seymour, Indiana this weekend caused major damage, but didn’t stop the company from moving forward.

According to the Tribune, the blaze caused an estimated $250,000 damage, and firefighters spent two hours battling the fire.

There was nothing to salvage,” said Fire Chief Brad Lucas. No one was hurt in the incident.

Once the ceiling and roof collapse, you can’t get to the fire. You just have to wait until they burn.”

For manager Chris Beverly, he said the plan is to handle the clean-up this week, so that the office can be replaced at some point this month. But, that doesn’t mean that business simply stopped.

We moved an office in Sunday,” said Beverly.

We’re in business. We have homes unlocked and ready to go.”

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Firefighters battle the blaze. Credit: The Tribune.

While Beverly declined to comment about the cause of the fire, Lucas was able to provide additional details.

Investigators found multiple origins of fire inside the office and shop,” said Lucas.

That’s an indicator that the cause of the fire is suspicious.”

Baird Homes is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and has had an office here for 30 years,” said Beverly.

The Seymour Fire Department is asking anyone who was in the area early Sunday morning and may have seen something suspicious, to contact Seymour police at 812-522-1234 or Seymour Fire Department at 812-522-2598.

Baird Homes, based in Fruitland Park, Florida, has sales centers located throughout Florida and Indiana, and has been family owned and operated since 1947.

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