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Invitation and 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Updates

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

H:\1 SK MHMSM\1 DBN\kmhi-ky-manufactured-housing-institute-reception-mixer-2014-louisville-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-.pngPre-registrations for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are up over 50% over the same time frame as last year. So state the facts supplied by Show Ways Unlimited, who manage the show for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).

Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. reports that in 2013, “Louisville in 2013 we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community and owners/operators, representing 573 different companies who attended.”

If that 50% increase in registrations for the industry’s largest event trend holds, that would mean that over 2,000 attendees would arrive in Louisville in 2014. Combined with exhibitors, it could yield a total attendance of over 3,000, compared to some 830 that go to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) fine annual Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It is an interesting comparison, but frankly it’s not exactly apples to apples.” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, industry veteran and point man for the online promotion for the Louisville Show.

“Louisville will have 48 new model homes on display.” Kovach explained. “These decorated models will include manufactured homes and modular homes. MHC owner/operators will find Community Series Homes (CSH) on display. Retailers and builder/developers will see residential style and entry level multi-sectional and single section homes. MHI’s annual Vegas event is terrific, I love to go there too. Both Louisville and MHI’s Congress and Expo (C&E) have educational seminars and booths. MHI’s C&E by contrast has more educational events. But having homes on display ads a very different dynamic to what happens in the climate controlled Kentucky Expo Center, where the all-indoor 2014 Louisville Show is held.”

Speaking of MHI, Kovach added that the MHI staff – including their NCC division – will be very visible at Louisville in 2014. “Dick Jennison’s and his colleagues will be co-hosting a mixer with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). Betty Whittaker does a great job with that and combined with MHI’s presence, it ought to be terrific.”

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members often have a private meeting during the Show.

“Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years.” said Gary Boerner. “I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Skyline Homes’ Terry Decio indicated they will display 4 homes in the KEC’s East Wing, next to the “Show Me the Money!” Seminar room. Enthusiasm is high, with sold out show space and the large boost in early registrations.

“The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is an excellent showcase…With many networking opportunities and a well laid out exhibitor area, we look forward to the 2014 event as an opportunity to grow our manufactured housing business.” said Sherrie Clevenger, NADAguides. ##

For more information,

please see Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr.’s report:

And/Or go to: for a complete list of free business building and finance seminars, networking events, exhibitors/manufacturers and KMHI-MHI mixer.

Interviews we’ve done that mention the Louisville Show include:

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio

A Cup of Coffee with…Wally Comer

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

A Cup of Coffee with…Dick Ernst

Conference to Focus on Manufactured Housing Lending

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

The 2013 Western Housing Conference will be held at the Radison Fort McDowell Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona Nov. 7 and 8. The program will feature leaders in manufactured housing lending. Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage Corporation will keynote the conference Thurs. night speaking on the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act now before Congress. Friday’s Dodd-Frank lenders panel will include Williams; Craig Cox of U. S. Bank MH Finance; Don Glisson, Jr., Triad Financial Services; Ryan Howerton, 21st Mortgage Corp.; Cody Pearce, Cascade Financial Services; and Brad Waite of Land/Home Financial Services. Other presentations will deal with specialty and community lending, as MHProNews has learned. For more information, please contact the Arizona Housing Association at

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Passages—John Swecker

September 10th, 2013 Comments off

John Swecker, Hall of Fame member of the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association (VAMMHA), has passed away. He was General Manager of Clayton Homes at the Henderson and Oxford plants. MHProNews extends its deepest sympathies to the family.

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Modular Shipments continue to Rise

August 28th, 2013 Comments off

national-modular-housing-council-logo-posted-daily-business-news-manufactured-home-pro-news-com- (1)The National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) reports that actual shipments of 3,838 new modular homes occurred in the second quarter of 2013, up 10.6 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Relative to Q2 2012, state shipment results for the second quarter of 2013 showed increases for 22 states and reductions in 12 states. Iowa Manufactured Housing Association Joe Kelly tells MHProNews that “Iowa ranked 4th in the U.S., among 34 states surveyed, in the growth of business in the second quarter of this year, compared to last year’s second quarter.  149 modulars were ordered by Iowa retailers and builders in the second quarter, compared to 103 last year.” For the first half of 2013, 244  modulars were ordered, ranking Iowa 6th highest among the 34 states.” Modular shipments still trail manufactured housing shipments nationally by a significant margin, although there are jurisdictions where mods rival HUD Code manufactured housing shipment numbers. ##


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IBTS Inc Gets 25 Million Contract from HUD

August 21st, 2013 Comments off

institute-building-technology-safety-ibts-logo-posted-manufactured-housing-professional-news-mhpronews-daily-business-news-The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on and its own website that it was awarding the
Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) Inc. the contract to perform “…assessment inspections, monitoring, and evaluation of the performance of private and state agencies responsible for oversight of design and construction of manufactured housing.” The contract award amount was stated as $25,006,546.00. The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has opined that this keeps HUD labels coming, but voiced other concerns as part of a commentary on this award that they have provided MHProNews, which is linked here. Details on the HUD contract award are linked here. ##


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Iowa Climbing Back from Low Manufactured Home Sales

August 5th, 2013 Comments off

While the manufactured housing industry continues to recover, it still has a long way to go, according to Troy Hames of Hames Homes in Marion, Iowa. Noting the company has sold manufactured homes for 44 years in east central Iowa, Hames says new home sales in the state were 2,200 in 1996 but only 220 in 2012 and are expected to rise to 280 this year. The company also owns five manufactured home communities with a 90 percent occupancy rate, about 1,200 families, but 80 percent of sales are for previously-owned homes, thegazette informs MHProNews. Joe Kelly, executive vice president of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA), states financing has always been tough for manufactured home buyers, but the economic downturn combined with consumers taking advantage of low mortgage rates to buy site-built homes has made matters worse. Kelly says while there is pending legislation in Congress to ease lending for manufactured homes, he does not expect matters to change anytime soon.

(Photo credit: Adam Wesley/thegazette–Troy Hames entering a manufactured home)

Factory-built Housing Rises North

July 30th, 2013 Comments off

Sales of factory-built housing are increasing in Manitoba, Canada as first-time buyers and those reaching retirement seek affordable housing. The Modular Housing Association reports annual sales of modulars nearly doubled from 260 units in 2007 to 492 homes in 2012 for the entire province. Sales of manufactured housing through the southern Manitoba area Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reveal they are up four percent, including a jump of 93 percent in May alone. Two Winnipeg real estate developers who build modular communities say the city turns down offers to build modular communities even though there is a growing need for affordable housing. According to what winnipegfreepress tells MHProNews, a city spokesperson says the developers wanted to build a modular community in an industrial area.

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TV Show no help to Manufactured Housing Image

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

The reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” about the backwoods family who started a lucrative duck call business and has now hooked up with Clayton Homes perpetuates the stereotype of people who live in manufactured homes (MH) as “rednecks,” an image the industry is trying to dispel. Kirk Walker of The Home Place, an MH dealer in Pinson, Ala., says, “I have family members that think I’m in the trailer business. And of course they’ve been in and looked and can’t imagine that this is what a manufactured home has come to.” He says while sales have been slow, the new homes are much more energy efficient than the old homes, and a new MH costs about half as much as a traditional home. While business in 2012 increased 20-25 percent over 2010, Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), says federal restrictions on loans for MH are still too tight. “We haven’t been able to sell the homes we would like because of the strenuous regulations that have been put on financing,” she says. According to, many people are still lured away by foreclosed homes that may be less expensive, but many of them need a lot of work. MHProNews knows Alabama has many manufactured housing producers throughout the state.

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Proposed Law would Cost Community Owners

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

A proposed law in the Massachusetts Legislature, MA H1116, would provide out of court dispute resolution and require water, septic and sewer inspections at each home, something the residents say is needed, but owners say it could sink them. Costing $300-$500 per septic tank, and nearly as much for the water system, Mark Asnes, vice-president of the Massachusetts Manufactured Housing Association, and the owner of 11 manufactured home communities (MHCs) in Mass. and Conn. says, “That might be half your profit for the year. It creates hardship. At the end of the day, we own businesses. The costs have to be passed down to the resident.” As MHProNews reported May 8, 2013, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley testified before the state’s Joint Committee on Housing that most of the complaints her office receives about MHCs concern water and sewage problems. President of the statewide residents group, Manufactured Home Federation of Massachusetts, Jesse Martinez says at some communities laws end where the water enters the property, and at others the systems pose a health and safety risk to the residents. Both Coakey and Martinez support the out-of-court dispute resolution portion of the bill, according to masslive.

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Passages: William Harold Stapleton

July 26th, 2013 Comments off

The CEO and owner of Harold’s Easy Livin’ Homes in Abingdon, Vir., William Harold Stapleton, 83, passed away at his home July 24, 2013. Called a “Living Legend of the factory-built home industry,” Mr. Stapleton earned numerous awards as the number one dealer of the companies he represented, and always ranked among the top ten independent dealers. He was a Hall of Fame member of the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association (VAMMHA), of Clayton Homes, and of R-Anell Housing Group. MHProNews extends its deepest sympathies to his wife and family upon his passing.

(Photo credit: Bristol Herald-Courier)