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2019 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced by RV/MH Heritage Foundation

January 18th, 2019 Comments off



The RV MH Hall of Fame is an annual event that honors members – living or deceased – for their distinctive service within their respective industries.


According to their website, “The RV/MH Heritage Foundation began its operation in 1972 and operates today as the RV/MH Hall of Fame and the Northern Indiana Event Center. It is a 501c-3 public not for profit.”

It goes on to state, “In the past five and half years we have made great strides in improving the financial stability and reducing the debt of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation to a position of debt-free by the end of 2018.”

The organization states their mission as follows.


  1. To maintain a Hall of Fame to honor the leaders of our Industries. Today we have over 400 members in the Hall called the “Wall of Fame”
  2. To archive our history. Today we have a great library with over 20,000 industry publications
  3. To create a display of historic products. Today we have a one of a kind museum with 100 year old RV’s
  4. To aid in promoting the RV/MH industries. Today we have the GoRving Hall for New RVs and the new Manufactured Home display for MH.
  5. To provide a first class event center. Today we operate the Northern Indiana Event Center (NIEC) with over 35,000 sq.ft. of space available in seven different areas.

The hall has been featured numerous times on MHLivingNews and here on MHProNews as well, one example, is found from the linked text/image box below.

Return to the RV/MH Hall of Fame to see the new manufactured home on display in Elkhart, Indiana – US Destination



The influence of Clayton Homes, along with other manufactured housing industry firms and associations, has been noted previously, and is made visible from the following, which is not a reflection on the RV side of the museum and foundation. 




Their release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews reads as follows.




The RV MH Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes:


2019 RV Inductees




































































































Manufactured Housing Inductees










































































































The Class of 2019 will be officially inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremonies and dinner on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Elkhart, Indiana. 



Then and Now – 1954 Spartan Mobile Home & 2014 Fairmont Manufactured Home – 60 Years of Progress Displayed at RV MH Hall of Fame, Elkhart, IN

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Manufactured Home Retailer Draws Positive Media, as Affordable Housing Crisis Hits Local Market Hard

August 29th, 2018 Comments off


In markets across the country, the effects of the affordable housing crisis are easy to find. In the Reno-Sparks area, local media reported just how bad the housing crunch has become. In that same market, local media has spotlighted a prominent manufactured home retailer for how business has become crazy busy.


Some bullets from the first video posted could be rounded off with these summary numbers:

  • 3500 families are on federal housing assistance
  • Another 2100 families are on a waiting list
  • About 1000 are in homeless shelters
  • Some 200 are homeless, without shelters

The video is insightful, in part, because it provides a sense of how such studies would often apply to local housing markets in an area near your location(s).

Now we may add the video interview in that was done at Craftsman Homes, Leo A. Poggione’s outfit. Poggione is the Secretary for the Executive Committee of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

It is not our intention to reveal any location-specific results. But if you read and watch the local media’s report, you would think that new homes are flying off the shelf.  But a look at the June 2018 new home shipment data for IBTS tells a different story.

The first IBTS shipment data column below reflects statewide single section shipments.  The next are multi-sectionals, the third are total shipments into NV for the month, and the last column reflects the total floors shipped.


There is little doubt that Craftsman or others in Nevada are doing better than a few years ago.  But ‘better’ from the industry’s historic bottom, is that something to brag about?  As our publisher recently said, with 20 years since our industry’s last peak, there are thousands of industry professionals who’ve never experienced a true boom.


What this story tells us are many things, that regular, detail-focused Daily Business News readers – and/or MHProNews client companies – already know. Namely, that the industry should be doing many times more sales than what it’s experiencing.

Fresh Facts, Figures, Future of Affordable Housing -Comparisons- Conventional Site-Built v Mobile/Manufactured Home Industry Data


Per News 2 Reno…

Over his 27 years in the business,” said John Potter for News 2, “Tim Richardson at Craftsman Homes in Sparks has seen his industry’s ups and downs. These days, it’s definitely up. As he told me, “Business is good John. Business…oh we’re swamped.”

Tim and dealers like him are part of the comeback for manufactured homes,” wrote Potter, “deliveries of which have been on the rise since 2009…and are primed for more growth in the face of high, high prices for local site-built houses. Tim says home prices now in Reno “are crazy, and I really don’t know how people can afford them.”


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6 years of steady price gains have put owning a traditional house, out of reach of many Nevadans. And with affordable housing in such short supply, there aren’t many alternatives. Reno’s average price for a single family home is now $400,000.” Potter asks, “Tim’s price for a double wide? “You can get a multi-section home for right around $65,000. So your payment will be under $1,000 a month, which is less than renting an apartment.”

There is a catch…you also need to get the land you need. Tim says, “We have land packages in the low $200’s for an 1800-2000 square foot house,” says Potter, who closed by saying, “Bottom line, the manufactured home business is growing…while houses here aren’t getting cheaper.”

All of that rings true. But investors and professionals with sharp minds – and sharper CFOs – want to dig behind the headlines.


The Facts Don’t Lie

The data – properly understood – should spark ‘inspirational dissatisfaction.’

Circumstances are getting better, but there are also headwinds and road-bumps ahead too.

Significant Slowdown of New HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Growth in June, Per Latest Data

Per our publisher, “Leo at Craftsman is a genuinely likeable gent.” He should be happy about the media plug.

LeoPoggionePresidentCrafsmanHomesDevelopmentConsultantDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsBut there’s a very different story than just a brief spark of local media recognition.  For those who look at the facts with clear eyes and minds, they ought to desire an understanding of what a report like this could mean for them in their own markets.

The industry is just scratching the surface of its potential. As Rick Rand told MHProNews recently, we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg.


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But even with all of the opportunities, the facts don’t lie.  The home buying public has serious questions.

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MHI announces their new Executive Committee board members, Award Winners

October 3rd, 2016 Comments off

MHI’s annual meeting was held at the posh Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach, CA. MHI logo and the photos shown are used under fair use guidelines.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) informs MHProNews that they have elected a new board of directors at its annual luncheon on September 26th. Members voted and approved the following officers for 2017:

  • Chairman: Tim Williams, CEO of 21st Century Mortgage Corporation
  • Vice Chairman: Joe Stegmayer, Chairman and CEO of Cavco Industries
Tom Hodges, Howard Walker, Tim Williams and Joe Stegmayer. Credit:, MHI, LinkedIn, MHProNews

Top left to right, Tom Hodges, Howard Walker, Tim Williams and Joe Stegmayer. Credit:, MHI, LinkedIn, MHProNews.

  • Treasurer: Howard Walker, Vice Chairman of Equity Lifestyle
  • Secretary: Tom Hodges, General Counsel of Clayton Homes

MHI also honored four individuals they cited for outstanding achievements, dedication and service to the association and the industry at their annual awards dinner.


Leo Poggione. Credit MHI

Leo Poggione, President of Craftsman Homes in Reno, NV received the MHI Chairman’s Award. Poggione, who is also an MHI board member, has also held positions at the National Retailers Council, in addition to work on numerous MHI committees.

Jeff Legault, Director of Product Design and Engineering for Skyline Corporation in Elkart, Ind., received the Frank Walter Standards Award, which is selected by the MHI Technical Activities Committee.


Jeff Legault. Credit: MHI

Mark Brunner, Executive Director of the Manufactured and Modular Home Association of Minnesota (MMHA) received the State Association Executive of the Year Award, selected by a peer group of manufactured housing state association executives.


Mark Brunner. Credit: MHI

Brunner was successful with getting legislation passed that changed Minnesota’s modular home sales higher tax rate to be in line with new manufactured and site-built homes.

Brunner recently commented on the granny pods legislation reported by the Daily Business News, linked here.

Rick Robinson, MHI’s Senior Vice President of State and Local Affairs, received the Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award from the Manufactured Housing Executives Council (MHEC).

This award was created to honor Jim Moore, the long-time executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association and a tireless promoter of manufactured housing.

Robinson, an author, was previously featured in an interview on MHProNews, linked here.


Rick Robinson Credit: MHI

MHI is one of two manufactured housing focused national trade organizations. The association is based in Arlington, VA.

MHI members include HUD Code manufactured housing and modular home builders, financial services, home retailers, community owners and managers, suppliers and other professionals affiliated with the industry, including dozens of affiliated state organizations.

In 2015, MHI says the manufactured home industry produced over 70,000 homes, which is approximately 9 percent of new single-family home starts, down some 300,000 units from its peak in 1998, but with shipments rising for over 5 years. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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HUD Announces Members of Manufactured Housing Concensus Committee

February 5th, 2015 Comments off


On February 4, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the newly appointed members of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee for 2015 as well as those appointed to a second term.

Robin Roy, Chris Flannery, John W. Weldy, and Joseph L. Anderson II will serve as new committee members while Mark Mazz and James Demitrus will begin their second three-year terms.

These first- and second-term committee members are joining existing members Steven T. Anderson, Debra Blake, Ishbel Dickens, William Freeborne, Dominic Frisina, Rick Hanger, Jeffrey T. Legault, Michael Lubliner, Timothy J. O’Leary, Leo Poggione, Manuel Santana, Gregory K. Scott, Timothy Sheahan, David Tompos, and Richard Weinert.  HUD expresses its appreciation to departing members, Michael Wade, Theresa Desfosses, Mark Luttich, and Frank Walter.

Established in 2000, the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee advises HUD’s Secretary on manufactured housing construction and safety standards. The Committee also provides advice on federal procedural and enforcement regulations for manufactured housing.  The new appointments include:

Robin Roy, Ph.D.

Roy is currently employed with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and has served as the director of Building Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Strategy since 2010.  He has worked for three decades to help meet society’s need for secure, economic, and environmentally sound energy. Over the past year, Roy has immersed himself in the manufactured housing sector by working with the industry, consumers, utility, and efficiency groups to understand their perspectives and build support for strong, workable, and affordable efficiency standards as required by federal regulations.

Chris Flannery

Flannery currently serves as the Supervising Inspector for the State of Nevada Manufactured Housing Division (MHD). As the Supervising Inspector, Flannery collaborates with building officials, members of the public, and other staff members, and also represents the Division as the prime point of contact for inquiries from local jurisdictions.  Prior to serving as the Supervising Inspector, Flannery served as the state of Nevada’s Building Official and Planning Director for eight years.

John W. Weldy

Weldy, currently employed with Clayton Homes, Inc., has served as the Director of Engineering since October 2005.  As the Director of Engineering, Weldy directs activities of the engineering department and coordinates projects from the design state to successful construction by leading a team of approximately 30 professionals.  Prior to joining Clayton Homes, Weldy served as the Director of the Design Approval Plant Inspection Agency (DAPIA) Services at NTA, Inc. where he was responsible for all outgoing DAPIA approvals and DAPIA correspondence with states, HUD, and IBTS.

Joseph Lee “Jody” Anderson

Anderson is the owner of Timberland Mobile Housing, LLC, and has been a manufactured housing business owner for 28 years as a Texas licensee for manufactured housing retail. He is also a manufactured housing community owner.  In addition, he is an active member of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), a non-profit trade association representing the interests of a variety of businesses involved in the manufactured housing industry.

Mark J. Mazz

Mazz has served on the MHCC as a member of the “User” category since 2010. Mazz is a licensed architect with significant knowledge of accessibility design. He provides accessibility consulting to property owners, developers, construction managers, contractors, civil engineers, architects, other design professionals, HUD, DOJ, advocates, and attorneys.  In 2005, Mazz assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in developing requirements for accessible emergency housing and co-wrote “Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing.”

James Demitrus

Demitrus has served on the MHCC as a member of the “User” category since January 1, 2012. He is a manufactured home owner and resident of Ohio, where he currently serves as the Commissioner for the Ohio Manufactured Home Commission (OMHC). He is also the President of Lakeside Terrace Homeowners Association in Ohio.  Demitrus retired from General Motors Corporation in Parma, Ohio, and is currently self-employed as an electrician. ##

(Graphic Credit: HUD)

Article submitted by Sandra Lane to – Daily Business News – MHProNews.


MHI Members Scour Capitol Hill for Support

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

One of the highlights of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) Winter Meeting Feb. 9-11 was the day manufactured housing professionals from the entire spectrum of the industry visited Capitol Hill to speak directly with their Congressional representatives. After a breakfast/pep talk with Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and supporter of HR 1779, MHI members fanned out, seeking support for the industry in nearly 100 meetings with Senate and House members. The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, S. 1828, garnered six Senate co-sponsors: Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-KY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Dan Coats (R-IN). understands 108 members of the House have already signed on as co-sponsors of 1779.

Leo Poggione, President of Craftsman Homes said, “It is always more effective if your representatives hear your voice in a face-to-face situation. We are probably in the midst of one of the biggest turning points of our industry in the last 20 years and Hill visits are absolutely vital to our survival as an industry.”

Said Brad Shechtman of AMHC Management: “The most important aspect of our visits to the Hill are the stories we can tell about ordinary folks trying to buy affordable quality homes that our industry offers. It was refreshing to see how the congressional staffers and lawmakers thoroughly enjoyed the education, statistics and information we provided about manufactured housing. When we are successful at painting the picture for our friends on the Hill, it is more likely we can influence policy.” ##

(Image credit: Manufactured Housing Institute)