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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)

George Allen Fact Check: 6 Errors/Contradictions in one section alone (290/1)?

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

Caesar-Palace-main-fountain-at-night-in-Las Vegas-NV-WikiCommons-posted-on-mhpronews-comThe Washington Post famously hands out “Pinocchios” for false or misleading statements made by public officials they fact check, including notables such as U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other foreign or domestic public figures.

Since the MHIndustry’s George F. Allen boldly proclaims himself weekly to be a “reporter” and “communications resource,” let’s see in just one of the three parts (not counting his standard introduction, or “end notes”) in his recent post how many errors or contradictions this alleged “reporter” makes.

1) The first error/contradiction is found in the very first sentence in George F. Allen’s blog post (#290, section I); which is a typo of one of his own publication’s name.

2) When George Allen wrote;

“…NEVER EVER ENGAGE IN PUBLIC BACKSTABBING of MHBusiness associates online or anywhere else!”

…does Allen realize he violated that principle in that very paragraph, in his own blasting of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) popular Congress and Expo? Is it ‘Do as I say, not as I do?’ for Allen in Indy? Does Allen hold himself and his friends to this standard, or not?

3) The early bird special for Congress and Expo runs through Friday, April 4, so Allen has 2 fact errors in his second bullet point, and once more violates his own stated principle of “…NEVER EVER ENGAGE IN PUBLIC BACKSTABBING of MHBusiness associates online or anywhere else!” As a side note, when has MHI ever attacked Allen’s so-called Roundtable or other “meetings” publicly?

4) Allen’s paragraph five states registrations for MHI’s Congress and Expo in 2014 “…are up 30 percent over last year!” An MHProNews source at MHI puts that at up 39% increase over last year, as of 3PM ET, 3/31/2014. Doesn’t that fact-error contradict his bullet point 3, which boldly claims his location has become “the hub…” “…of 1) research, 2) resources, 3) communication, 4) networking, 5) deal-making, 6) PM training & certification, and when need be, 7) national advocacy…” What Allen himself has said in a prior blog post, that he agitatesagainst MHI seems accurate. If MHProNews grades errors and contradictions on the curve, that would be a sixth fact/contradiction error. But if you look at the fact that accurate research, business building resources, more (…and more accurate…) communications, some 5 times more networking at the Congress and Expo event alone, true testing and certification through MHEI’s ACM (Accredited Community Manager), those first 6 claims are all errors/contradicted, because he is clearly not “…the hub…” based solely on Allen’s own missive. As to Allen point 7), when has Allen last engaged in “national advocacy” on an issue with Congress, the CFPB, HUD or other Washington based regulatory agency? Should that self-proclaimed “reporter” get a total 6 or 13 fact errors/contradictions for that one section of his blog? Does the Scripture-quoting Allen recall Exodus 20:16?

With so many obvious errors in just section “I” of a single Allen post – a pattern of errors which allegedly occurs routinely with this self-described “reporter” and “community-investor” – is it any wonder that the New York Times has not called George Allen to have a reporter spend a week in his “land lease life style community?”

For those wishing to learn the facts about the MHI/NCC 2014 Congress & Expo to be held on April 29 – May 1, 2014 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas – or to save $200 on early bird special for the hottest ticket in the manufactured housing industry ‘business building, educational, networking and deal making’ with an estimated 1000 +/- attendees from companies of all sizes – please click here by Friday April 4 for the discounted rates.

MHI organizers say similar events in the home building or real estate industry often cost more, and tell us they have arranged for discounted room rates ‘while they last,’ but MHProNews – which will have a paying attendee of the event – encourages readers to check out the facts for yourself. ##

(Image credit of Caesar’s Palace main fountain at night in Las Vegas, NV: WikiCommons. Editor’s note: by way of disclosure, MHProNews’ parent company was hired by MHI to help promote this event, but we were not asked to comment or fact-check this George Allen article.)

Cavco Industries Shares Graded Up and Down

June 20th, 2013 Comments off

Shares of Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO) stock have been commented on by three different analysts, going in different directions each time, in the last seven weeks. On May 1 The Street downgraded Cavco from a buy rating to a hold rating; May 28 The Street upgraded shares from hold to buy; on June 3 analysts at Thomson Reuters/Verus downgraded the shares from hold to sell; and Mon., June 17 Sidoti upgraded Cavco shares from a neutral rating to a buy rating. Cavco Industries closed down -0.18% at 48.60 today, Wed., June 19, on a day when all housing stocks except one that we track closed down—and Cavco lost the least percent of those. According to, the company’s 50-day moving average is 46.15, the market cap is $338.1 million, and price to earnings ratio is 68.58. As MHProNews knows, Cavco is the second largest producer of factory-built homes in North America.

(Photo credit: Cavco Industries, Inc.)

Modular Housing for Vets Up in the Air

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from a planned 38 unit modular housing complex to accommodate 112 homeless veterans may be scuttled by the Veterans Administration because the Alachua Count Housing Authority (ACHA) has made “minimal progress toward completion,” according to a letter received by the authority from Jeffrey L. Quarles, director of the VA’s Grant/Per Diem Program. The letter said the project was supposed to be completed by May 1, 2013, but ACHA Director Herbert Hernandez says he became director in Feb. of this year and cannot find documents purporting to show the completion date. He has until May 10, 2013 to explain why the VA should continue with the plan, noting the paperwork has been finalized to break ground. While the exact date for completion has been a matter of uncertainty for the housing authority, Hernandez says he has heard second hand that completion must be by Aug. 1, 2013 because the VA cannot fund projects after that date due to fiscal year concerns. Chairman of the housing authority, Kali Blount, says the problem may stem from inaccuracies on a form submitted to the VA. ACHA has appealed to elected officials to help save the $20 million project, which is designed to provide transitional housing for veterans to help rebuild their lives, and includes funding for 20 years of programming.
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RV/MH Hall of Fame Nears Goal

April 3rd, 2013 Comments off

In honor of Fleetwood Enterprises founder John C. Crean, the Crean Foundation has donated $60,000 to the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s “Burn the Bank Note” initiative to raise $150,000 by April 30, 2013, according to information MHProNews has received. The Robert “Boots” Ingram’s family challenge grant of $50,000 requires the Hall to raise $100,000. Combined with other recent donations, the Hall needs just under $30,000 to reach the challenge by the deadline, and pay off the 1st Source Bank note by May 1. A $10,000 donation came from Lyle D. & Nellie R. Reed Charitable Foundation to honor the memory of Clarence Fore, founder of Foretravel; $2,000 by Ace Fogdall RV to honor the memory of its founders Ace & Florence Fogdall; and $1,000 by Michael A Schneider, MAS Associates. Hall president Darryl Searer said, “Time is running out for us to qualify for the Ingram Family’s $50.000 challenge grant. It would be a shame to leave that amount on the table and miss the opportunity to pay off our bank note.”

(Photo credit: RVBusiness—RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum, Elkhart, Ind.)

NY Governor Proclaims Factory-Built Home Days

March 27th, 2013 Comments off

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed April 27 – May 5, 2013 as Factory-Built Home Days across New York State, coinciding with the New York Housing Association’s 2013 Spring Symposium and Legislative Summit April 30-May 1 in downtown Albany, NY. In his proclamation, the governor states manufactured housing is a source of quality, affordable housing. Opportunities to learn about manufactured homes will be targeted toward legislators and the general public by industry officials and seminar leaders. MHProNews has learned in addition to a legislative reception, on the Empire State Plaza just outside the Capitol will be sited a two-bedroom, two bath manufactured home by Schult Homes and hosted by G & I Homes. For more information contact

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Over $62k has been Raised

July 3rd, 2012 Comments off

RVBusiness reports the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum has garnered $62,740 since the initiative began May 1 in its fundraiser goal to meet the Ingram family’s $100,000 Challenge Grant. June donations totaled $6,800 including $2,750 in the Hall’s “Walk of Fame” Brick Program donations. Darryl Searer, president of the Hall, says, “Even though contributions ranging from $5 to $2,500 continue to come in, we will need an ‘angel’ or two who will follow the example of Marcus Lemonis (chairman of Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC) and Don Wallace (co-founder of Lazydays RV Super Center) who each donated $25,000.” The additional $37,260 needs to be raised by Aug. 31 to meet the Ingram’s challenge and pay down the loan at 1st Source Bank. MHProNews has learned tax deductible donations can be made through the Hall’s website

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PA Legislature Voting on MH Bill

April 30th, 2012 Comments off

A bill up for second consideration today (April 30) by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, according to the Newtown-Pa.Patch, would require the Department of Community and Economic Development to establish regulations for relocating manufactured homes. SB 1141 (Sen. Charles Mcllhinney, R-Bucks/Montgomery) also defines “manufactured housing.” MHProNews has leaned the third consideration for the measure is set for the following day, Tue. May 1.

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