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RV/MH Hall of Fame Head saves over $600,000

October 22nd, 2015 Comments off

rv mh half of fame in Elkhart INDDarryl Searer, chairman and president of the Recreational Vehicle/Manufactured Housing (RV/MH) Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana has announced that a 12-year loan taken out to purchase the David Woodworth antique RV collection has been paid in full— in just 2½ years, saving the Hall $565,000.

Searer successfully renegotiated the $1.165 million loan down to a $600,000 cash settlement, borrowing the money from 1st Source Bank. By negotiating the loan from a 4.5 percent interest rate down to a 3.5 percent rate, Searer saved the Hall an additional $50,000, as elkharttruth tells MHPronews.

When Searer took over the helm in 2012, the Hall was in danger of closing due to financial problems, but Searer has managed to turn the situation around. “There’s light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. The debt elimination challenge, initiated by Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes, which is a competition between the MH and the RV industries to each raise $1 million, has resulted in more than $715,000 raised to date. ##

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$54,000 Raised Towards Eliminating RV/MH Hall Debt

September 25th, 2015 Comments off

rv_mh_hall_of_fame_south_entrance__rv_business_creditThe Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) informs MHProNews that Darryl Searer, president and chairman of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana reports $54,000 was raised toward Kevin Clayton’s Debt Elimination Challenge at the 4th International Networking Roundtable for Land-Lease-Lifestyle Communities in San Diego, California.

Champion Home Builders, Inc. donated $50,000 of the amount, bringing the total raised to $605,000 toward eliminating the RV/MH Hall’s $2 million in debt. The campaign was established to end the debt in three to five years. Both the manufactured housing and the recreational vehicle industries have commited to raise $1 million each. ##

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Clayton Homes offers Incentive to Buy Energy Efficient Home

June 10th, 2015 Comments off

Cclayton_homes___creditonsumers who purchase an Energy Smart Home™ from Clayton Homes between now and Aug. 29 will receive up to $3,000.00 towards their first year’s utility bills, according to what virtualpressoffice informs MHProNews. Clayton CEO Kevin Clayton said, “We’re going to give consumers a jumpstart on those savings by providing an incentive that they can use toward paying their utility bills for the first years.

Features of the Smart Home include a programmable thermostat, low emissive double pane windows that prevent ultra violet rays from entering the home, R-33/11/22 insulation and additional sealant around seams and ductwork that further insulate the home.

As CEO Clayton said, “The Energy Smart Home™ is going to give you more money to spend on your own family, instead of your power company.

Clayton is the largest producer of manufactured homes in North America. ##

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RV/MH Foundation Issues Challenge for Debt Elimination Campaign

March 27th, 2015 Comments off

rv_mh_debt_elimination_challenge_thermometerIn response to the Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Campaign challenge established last September to help the RV/MH Heritage Foundation become debt free in five years, donors to the manufactured housing sector have raised $522,573, following Clayton’s kickstart pledge of $200,000.

With a goal of $1 million, Clayton has issued a challenge to the RV (recreational vehicle) industry to match the $1 million MH commitment. The prize for whichever industry reaches the million dollar goal first is to dump buckets of ice on the head of foundation president Darryl Searer.

Searer says, “Just the thought of it runs shivers up my spine, but it’s for a good cause and will be worth it to finally see the Foundation debt free. So far, as MHProNews has learned, the MH industry is far ahead of the RV’s $45,500.

Searer joined the Foundation three years ago when the debt was $5.5 million and the future was questionable. As a result of his leadership, the debt has been reduced to $2 million.

He says, “As the generosity of the RV and MH industries continues, these last two fundraisers will finally put us over the top and guarantee the Foundation’s long-term sustainability. For the first time since we started down this road, we can finally see the finish line.

To make a pledge, contact the Foundation at ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Challenge Advances

November 10th, 2014 Comments off

RV-MH-Hall-of-Fame-posted-on-mhpronews-comDarryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame tells MHProNews he’s encouraged by early support of the “Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge” fund raising campaign.  The money being raised and/or pledged is to eliminate remain debts on the Hall.

Searer said, “Our goal is to raise $1 million in this campaign over the next 3 to 5 years.  These new pledges, plus Kevin Clayton’s initial pledge of $200,000, means that we are more than 35% there in only a few weeks since the campaign was announced.”  

Kevin Clayton’s $200,000 in pledges, plus others made by Gary McDaniel of Yes! Communities, Joe Stegmayer of Cavco Industries, Barry Cole, MH Insurance Services, Debra Pizer of Zeman Homes, Senco Brands and Fairmont Homes round out the top initial pledges. To see the breakdown of donations/pledges and more details, click here. ##

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German University pre-fab housing researchers tour U.S. manufactured home facility

November 7th, 2014 Comments off

clayton-factory-hard-hats-ourmidland-posted=daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-With prefab homes gaining popularity in Europe, a pair of German university researchers came to the U.S. to study manufactured housing. Christopher Hellmann and Maximilian Offizier, who are production researchers at Technische Universitat Munchen (Technical University of Munich), toured the Clayton Appalachia Home Building Facility in Andersonville, Tenn., PR Web tells OurMidland and MHProNews.

We are currently doing a research study about the prefabrication of houses in the U.S. and other countries at the Technical University in Munich,” Offizier said. “It was a pleasure to be able to visit what can be viewed as a benchmark company in the worldwide housing industry.”

Offizier and Hellmann looked at every aspect of the Clayton Homes process, from design, to construction and shipment. The researchers studied production methods, energy-efficiency features, economies of scale achieved from bulk purchasing materials (e.g. carpet, insulation, etc.) and consumer education for marketing purposes.

We were honored that they chose to tour our facility,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes. “We were pleased to share with them the quality and detail that is built into a Clayton home from start to finish, and hope that this information will help shape the growing manufactured housing industry overseas.”

Regular MHProNews readers know that Clayton Homes is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, a stock tracked in the Daily Business News market reports and is the largest factory home builder – and home builder of any kind overall – in the U.S.. ##

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Clayton Homes Rolls Out Video of Construction Process

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

clayton_homesManufactured housing builder Clayton Homes of Maryville, Tennessee has developed an interactive tool that outlines the construction process of their homes, providing informative photos of the construction methods from top to bottom, including all the steps and the variety of materials and band name products that go into each home. “We listened to our customers, and found that they wanted to learn more about our home quality,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, according to As MHProNews knows, Clayton Homes began in 1956, and is the largest producer of manufactured homes in North America. ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Kicks off New Fundraiser Challenge

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

rv mh half of fame in Elkhart INDDuring the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) 78th annual meeting, Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Barry Cole, president of MH Insurance Services and past chairman of the Hall, urged assistance from the attendees to help retire the Hall’s debt, which has resulted from prior unfulfilled pledges. To that end, Searer unveiled a five year fundraiser to take on the debt, which is less than $2.45 million, having been reduced by $3 million over the last 30 months, as informs MHProNews. Cole, noting that Searer has been a volunteer president for the past two-and-one-half years, said the idea resulted from his conversation with Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, who pledged $40,000 a year for the next five years after learning of the Hall’s improved financial position. The fundraiser will be called the “Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge” in honor of his generosity. Cavco Industries, Inc. President Joe Stegmayer said, “We are presently reviewing the amount Cavco will be contributing to this worthwhile cause and will announce our pledge in October.” ##

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Super Bowl Tix are Top Prize in Clayton Sweepstakes

September 11th, 2014 Comments off

photobucket_creditThe winner of Clayton Homes’ Enjoy Life Sweepstakes will receive two tickets to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona Feb. 1, 2015, including air fare and a four-day, three-night stay in a hotel. To be eligible you must enter by noon, Sept. 30, according to

The second prize is a seven-day, six-night Alaskan cruise for two that includes air fare and a $1,000 gift card. Entries for this drawing must enter by noon Oct. 31 to win.

For the third prize, enter by noon Nov. 30 to win an all inclusive seven-day, six-night Caribbean vacation and a $1,000 gift card.

Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, says, “One of our main goals at Clayton Homes is to help people enjoy life by offering high-quality, affordable homes. In the spirit of helping others enjoy life, we’ve created this sweepstakes to give people a chance to win a dream vacation with their special someone.” To enter, visit and fill out an entry form. No purchase is necessary. MHProNews understands Clayton Homes, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is the largest producer of manufactured homes in North America. ##

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Boomers are Zoomers, Kevin Clayton says in latest PR Image Campaign announcement

August 26th, 2014 Comments off

sitting-with-si-robertson-duck-dynasty-kevin-clayton-homes-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-“Our customer research has revealed to us that this generation wants a home designed for entertaining and hobbies,” Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, says to MHProNews. “In fact, contrary to what some might think, this generation of retirees is very active and social. That is why they are referred to as ‘Zoomers.'”

PRWeb  routinely runs Clayton Homes announcements, such as their sponsorship in racing, tying in with Si Robertson/the Duck Dynasty craze or being America’s largest home builder. The steady stream of public relations releases, social media and YouTube videos produced by Clayton Homes are clearly their ‘private labeled’ industry image campaign.

“We’ve done a lot of research to figure out what Zoomers want and expect in a home,” Clayton said. “We will continue to offer more homes that are designed for the needs of our different generations, so that we will have a home to match any lifestyle.”

The Zoomer focused Clayton Homes Holland model reflects features Clayton believes will appeal to boomers, including a bragging wall, handy but hidden entertainment, hobby area and accessible laundry.

As regular MHProNews  readers know, Berkshire-Hathaway owned Clayton Homes has roughly 50% of the market share of new HUD Code manufactured home building. ##

(Editor’s note: Insights into Kevin Clayton’s history with Clayton Homes are found in this exclusive video interview with Jim Clayton, linked here.)

(Photo credit of Si Robertson and Kevn Clayton: Clayton Homes)