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Governor Signs 18’ Wide Single-Section Bill

May 3rd, 2019 Comments off


The first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature completed its third month last week as the Senate and House completed hearing bills on the floor of their respective chamber by the April 25 deadline,” said the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO).


Governor Kevin Stitt has signed the bill that makes 18’ single sections legally transportable in Oklahoma.

On [April] the 26th Governor Stitt signed HB 1217 which will allow homes not exceeding 18 to be transported upon the Interstate/Defense Highways, effective November 1st,” said the MHAO.

An 18’ wide single section can rival the size of a modest multisectional, without additional installation costs needed for two sections.



An example of an 18’ floorplan is shown.

Governor Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders are continuing to negotiate the FY20 state budget and an agreement could be announced in the very near future. Sine Die is May 31 by 5:00pm, however depending on the timing of the budget agreement, it is possible legislators will adjourn earlier than that day,” said MHAO.

That said, and while this is useful, the industry is still down from 2018.  See related reports, further below.

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Warning – Number 1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas – Reports Month Over Month Rise, Year over Year Shipment Decline Continues

Newly Published Regional State Data Reflects Gainers, Losers in New Manufactured Homes Shipped







Bill Beneficial to Manufactured Home Industry

April 18th, 2017 Comments off

(Deanna Fields image credit: LinkedIn)

An article in Tulsa World notes that Senate Bill 91 in the Oklahoma State Senate specifies that if personal property taxes become delinquent on a manufactured home situated on property not owned by the owner of the home, and the county treasurer places a notice in the local newspaper, then notice must also be submitted to the owner of the property.

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Deanna Fields, executive director of the Oklahoma Manufactured Housing Association (MHAO), said the bill is good for the MH industry and is set to be signed by the governor. She said previously, the land owner of the home site was not bound by law to be notified of the delinquency of the MH owner.

She said the land owner is not obligated to pay the tax, “..but if the home goes up for auction after 3-5 years of delinquent taxes the land owner will be notified. It’s a good bill!” ##

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Fire Safety in the Modern Manufactured Home

November 2nd, 2015 Comments off

nfpa logo  wikipedia commons creditA report by the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) John R. Hall, Jr., entitled Manufactured Home Fires documents that manufactured homes (MH), built after 1976 when MH production fell under the dictates of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are more fire-resistant than comparable site-built homes. The study also discloses they are three times safer than pre HUD Code mobile homes from 40 years ago.

In Keeping the Home Fires From Burning: Fire Safety and the Modern Manufactured Home, award-winning consumer reporter Jan Hollingsworth

considers the debate over mandatory sprinkler systems and human no-nos that contribute to most house fire_station__modular_delray_beach_florida__m_space_modular_buildingsfires. Non-functional smoke alarms, overloaded electrical circuits and improper use of cooktops and ovens for heating are primary causes of seasonal home fires. HUD Code manufactured homes now include escape windows, flame resistant wall coverings and tough construction standards that reduce fire chances.

Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma, says consumers can have sprinkler systems installed. “Some of our factories incorporate sprinkler systems in certain areas of the house, such as the kitchen or furnace, if the consumer wants to pay for it.

As pressreleaserocket tells MHProNews, Hall is a part of NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division, and states, “A manufactured home is not a motor home or a trailer, and although it is often called a “mobile home,” it is not that either.

For Hollingsworth’s complete story about fire safety, please click here. ##

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Passages: LaDonna Smith

March 25th, 2015 Comments off

LaDonna_Smith_obit_March_2015__legacyLaDonna Sue Smith, wife of Stephen Smith of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away suddenly March 20, 2015. An innovative hairdresser, LaDonna was a Bible study leader, involved in prison ministry, and sang in a band called AudioSilver. Her husband, Stephen, is vice-president of Durham Supply, a leader in the manufactured housing industry and longtime supporter of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO). MHProNews sends its deepest condolences to the Smith family. ##

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On-site Attached Garages Raises HUD Flag

October 20th, 2014 Comments off

garage_to_mfg_home___google_com__creditThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expressed concern to the manufactured housing industry that some on-site attached garages may violate compliance with the federal construction standards and regulations if completed when the home is finished.

The Oklahoma Industry Insight  from the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) tells MHProNews  that blocking a window or door with the garage, or altering the support structure of, or adding any stress to, the manufactured home would prohibit the sale of the unit by HUD under the code.

Similarly, restricting the soffit ventilation system or damaging the weatherproofing of the home are two other examples of what might break the federal code. In addition, the garage needs to meet all local regulations.  Contact your state manufactured housing association for more details. ##

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Major MH Event draws praise and launches new Video

November 1st, 2011 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that praise for the new early March show date and support for the Great Southwest Home show continues to grow.  “The Great Southwest Home Show is one of the best investments we make each year. We have fun while we work.” said Mike Harrison, President of QuikBrick. Triad Financial Service Regional Manager, Julie Dwyer, said Time and time again, the Great Southwest Home Show has proven to be a strong supporter for the manufactured housing industry. “ Dwyer added, “Growth and prosperity in this industry will continue with the dedication and commitment from industry manufacturers and exhibitors that showcase their products and services  to businesses across the region.” Retailer Bo Radley, President of Aspen Homes stated that “Attending the Great Southwest Home Show does help me keep in contact with key people in the industry and meet new contacts that I otherwise wouldn’t have met.  Most of the people I do business with today are people I met at trade shows. The Tulsa show features trade days March 1st and 2nd, followed by public days March 3d and 4th, where homes are sold direct to the public and hundreds of leads are created for exhibitors. Last year’s attendance was up over the previous year, and over 2000 attended public days. The video shown was just released, and more information on the show can be found at this link. Tulsa’s annual show has become one of the top 4 major Industry events for the year, an ongoing achievement by all those involved.

(Video credit: Great Southwest Home Show and MHAO)


TX State Exec for the departing Thayer Long’s post?

October 31st, 2011 Comments off

DJ_Pendleton_Executive_Director_Texas_Manufactured_Housing_Association_TMHA_credit_MHProNewsMHProNews asked DJ Pendleton, the Executive Director for the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), to comment about his being approached by MHI’s leadership to fill the role by the departing Thayer Long.  “I was exceptionally flattered to be mentioned as a potential replacement for Thayer, especially after I saw the list of other names of incredibly capable, passionate people much smarter than myself. I am continuously challenged and have a long list of goals I have not yet achieved in Texas. For both personal and professional reasons, coupled with the tremendous support of my TMHA members, the best place for me is to continue to zealously advocate and protect our industry’s interests in Texas.  I look forward to continue my participation with MHI and work to advance our industry’s collective national efforts.” Pendleton said.  From the north side of the Red River, came this comment comment that echoed the praise of Pendleton’s work in the Long Horn State: “DJ would of been a great asset to MHI if he accepted the position.  I’m being selfish, but I’m thankful he declined because Texas needs him! “ said Deanna Fields, Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) and recent winner of MHI’s State Association Executive of the Year. In response to a previous question about published and unpublished names considered for the interim/permanent MHI leadership role, MHI PAC Chair Rick Rand said, “There are some extremely qualified association execs. This is something that the MHI Executive Committee is obviously working on, and I’m confident they have or will explore all of the best candidates.”  When asked about DJ Pendleton, multiple award winning MHI member Doug Gorman had this to say: “From what I have been able to observe from a neighboring state, DJ Pendleton has done an excellent job as the Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association. I am sure that DJ would have carried those same leadership qualities with him to MHI had he chosen to accept that role in the industry.”  Others have shared similar sentiments about DJ Pendleton’s strengths as a leader among Manufactured Housing Executives.

(Editor’s note: Friday, October 27th was Thayer Long’s last day at MHI. Please join us in wishing him all the best in his new career.  Long is going to the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) as Executive Vice President, where he begins on Nov 1. Long previously worked for the National Association of Home Builders and American Chemical Society in Washington, DC.

There are hints from sources that a GM has been at MHI and an announcement is pending, but a different source with ties to MHI has denied this or that an announcement for a new/interim/permanent president for the Manufactured Housing Institute will come soon.)

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Oklahoma Communities to Receive Sample Emergency Plan

February 17th, 2011 Comments off
The Tulsa Beacon reports Oklahoma state Rep. Pat Ownbey announced the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma Board of Directors’ acceptance of his recommendation to help provide sample emergency plans for manufactured home communities to prevent deaths in the event of a tornado or other disaster. The Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma will partner with the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association and implement a program to get the word out to the estimated 600 communities throughout Oklahoma. The organizations will be sending a sample emergency plan to each community.