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NBC News Today Show report shows Manufactured Home did as well as Conventional On-site Construction in hurricane high winds test

July 23rd, 2014 Comments off

homes-vs-hurricane12-winds-test-credit=nbc-today-show-posted-mastheadblog-mhpronews-com-Regarding this previous portion of the test, IBHS indicated: “When one of these high wind-rated HUD-Code homes is installed on a permanent foundation, in most of the country, it would end up resisting wind storms better than surrounding site-built homes.”

So stated a MHI President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison in a longer report to MHProNews. While part of the test was to show how superior a Wind Zone III home is to a standard HUD Code manufactured home in durability, Jennison said: the director of the IBHS (Julie Rochman, President) told the crowd how impressed she was at the performance of the Zone I home itself.”

MHProNews has been told that we will have additional information in the days ahead. More information on the specifics including stills and the video are found at this link, and a pre-broadcast report that provides more information and a related video is linked here. ##

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Rain and Clouds Don’t Dampen Ohio Manufactured Home Show’s Strong Public Attendance

May 19th, 2014 Comments off

shoppers-manufactured-homes-eastern-ohio-home-show-credit-omho-ribbon-cutting--posted-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com300xCool, cloudy and rainy weather failed to dampen the solid turnout of the public who came by the thousands to see modern manufactured and modular homes on display during the Eastern Ohio Home Show. Tim Williams, executive director for the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association, provided MHProNews with these officials totals:

Public Show Attendance for Friday, May 16th, 2014 (56 degrees, intermittent rain, hours 4 PM – 8 PM) = 337

Public Show Attendance for Saturday May 17th, 2014 (54 degrees, rain, Hours 9 AM – 6 PM) = 1,149

Public Show Attendance for Sunday May 18th, 2014 (63, partly cloudy hours noon to 5 PM) = 1,010

Total of 2.5 days of public Show Attendance = 2,496

Industry Day Attendance (Friday May 16th, 9 AM to 3:30 PM) = 397

Total of all three days and both industry and public attendance = 2,893

Richard “Dick” Jennison said, “Tim, On behalf of myself and the entire MHI membership, I would like to extend a resounding round of applause to you, the Board of Directors of OMHA and the legion of volunteers who made the inaugural Eastern Ohio Home Show such a huge success!  Having the public see and tour our affordable and quality homes is an idea long overdue and a show format for others to emulate.  Great Show and a Great Job to all!” ##

(Photo Credit = Ohio Manufactured Homes Association)

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

Manufactured Housing Institute Head to Keynote RV/MH Induction

July 10th, 2013 Comments off

Dick Jennison, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), will be keynote speaker at the annual RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner for the Class of 2013 Aug. 5 in Elkhart, Ind. With a background in advocacy and management, Jennison was chosen to lead MHI in Feb. 2012, as MHProNews learns from rvbusiness. Earlier in the day, the 2013 Annual Golf Classic fundraiser will tee off beginning at 7 AM at the Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart.

(Photo credit: rvbusiness–Dick Jennison)

MHI & MHARR Begin Joint Project

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)  informs MHProNews at their  Board Meeting Feb. 25, president and CEO Richard Jennison presented the three issues which MHI is newly collaborating on with the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR): 1) have a non-career head of the MH program at HUD; 2) have two non-lobbyist representatives on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC); 3) and reform GSEs so there are more financing options for MH. And from their newsletter: “The Federated States Division recommended that MHI consider protection of retail sales centers from the CFPB definition of a loan originator through commercial speech laws. It was noted that the Finance Lawyers Committee is exploring options at this time. The Dodd-Frank/CFPB Task Force recommended that MHI’s financial services policy priorities be focused on reforming three key areas of CFPB regulation that would, both individually and collectively, significantly limit the availability of credit in the manufactured housing market. They are: 1) HOEPA High Cost Mortgage Triggers; 2) HPML Appraisal Requirements; and 3) Loan Originator Compensation Exclusion for Manufactured Home Retailers.”

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Tax Credits for Factory-built Homes Reinstated

January 2nd, 2013 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute informs MHProNews that the passage of the legislation by Congress to avert the “fiscal cliff” included extension of tax credits for Energy Star manufactured and modular homes. The New Energy Efficient Home Credit expired at the end of 2011 and has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013. It provides builders of Energy Star-qualified manufactured homes with a tax credit of $1,000 (per home) and builders of modular homes with a credit of $2,000 (per home). MHI President and CEO Richard Jennison stated that “MHI is very grateful that Congress and the Administration recognize the importance in ensuring that energy-efficient Energy Star manufactured and modular homes remain affordable for millions of low- and moderate-income families across the nation. Extension of this vital tax credit guarantees that manufactured and modular homes can remain on the cutting-edge of energy efficiency without sacrificing their affordability.” He added MHI will continue seeking resources for builders of energy efficient HUD Code and Mod homes.

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Kelli B. Nelson, new MHI Director of Government Relations

October 1st, 2012 Comments off

Richard Jennison, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has announced the appointment of Kelli B. Nelson as the new Director of Government Relations. Her responsibilities will include promoting the manufactured housing agenda to Congress and the executive branch, as well as directing MHI policy and utilizing state association contacts with members of Congress in furthering MHI legislative priorities. Formerly a Senior Legislative Assistant/Financial Services Policy Advisor to Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-Ill), Ms. Nelson was staff member of the House Financial Services Committee, including the Subcommittee of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Jennison said, “Her experience working on Capitol Hill, coupled with her working knowledge of the House Financial Services Committee, will add significantly to our legislative team and our effectiveness in advancing issues key to the manufactured housing industry.” MHProNews has learned Rep. Manzullo is co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus.

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MHI Selects Jenny Hodge as Veep of National Communities Council

August 30th, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) announces Jenny Hodge has been selected Vice President, National Communities Council, with the responsibility for creating, managing, and developing programs to advance the interests of manufactured home land-lease community owners, managers, developers, lenders, brokers, and service/suppliers. Formerly Vice President of Marketing for the American Integrity Insurance Group, Hodge previously worked with the manufactured housing industry on a variety of insurance-related matters for American Modern Insurance Group. MHProNews has learned Richard Jennison, President and CEO of MHI, said “We are pleased that Jenny Hodge will be joining MHI and the NCC due to her extensive background and knowledge of the manufactured housing industry over the last decade and the industry knowledge she has gained during that period.”

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MHI to Announce Staff Changes

May 18th, 2012 1 comment

Sources tell that MHI will announce a staff change today. Rae Ann Bevington, who has filled the role of Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), MHI-PAC director and other duties is leaving to take on a new association role with ACA International, an international association of credit and collection professionals, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her new position, Bevington will be responsible for raising the association’s profile and brand on Capitol Hill. When asked about the change, MHI President Richard A. “Dick” Jennison confirmed the fact and said they are sorry to lose Bevington, who has served MHI well for some 5 years. “Any departure from any key employee is a tough one.” Jennison said. “She will be missed. We are actively looking for replacements to fill her role.” Jennison made it clear that Bevington is leaving on good terms, and that she has offered to help in the recruiting process for her replacement. Jennison was also asked to confirm who is filling the role of Lisa Brechtel, Vice President and Executive Director of MHI’s National Communities Council (NCC). Jennison confirmed that Bruce Savage has been filling Brechtel’s role, while she is on maternity leave. “Bruce knows the industry, so there is no learning curve.” Jennison said. He added that the NCC role is “too important” to leave unfilled during Brechtel’s leave.

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MHI Honors MH Supplier

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)’s “Supplier of the Year” award was presented to NTA, Inc. of Nappanee, Indiana at the MHI National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing in Las Vegas, April 11. Sys-Con tells NTA has a cadre of engineers, draftsmen, technicians, and consultants who do code compliance, inspections, and certification for the HUD Code and MOD industries. Winners of the prestigious industry award are selected by industry peers. MHI President Richard Jennison said, “NTA is an industry role model and we are proud to recognize their ongoing contributions as a supplier to the manufactured and modular housing industry.” David Tompos, president of NTA, Inc, said, “NTA values its partnership with MHI and its members to work for the betterment of the industry.”

(Image credit: NTA,Inc.)