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Modular Builder Acquires Retailer, Misconceptions Corrected

February 7th, 2017 Comments off

A Nationwide Home model, like the ones sold at Silverpoint Homes. Credit: Triad Business Journals.

Silverpoint Homes, a West Virginia-based company that specializes in the sale and construction of modular houses, is the new owner of the former Nationwide Homes of the Triad in Whitsett, North Carolina.

According to Triad Business Journal, this is the second location for Silverpoint Homes in the state, with the other located in Lincolnton. 

Most of the business will remain the same as it has been for more than a decade. Silverpoint will continue to sell nothing but Nationwide Homes,” said Adam Peterson, general manager of Silverpoint’s Whitsett location.

Silverpoint will retain former employees, including three sales representatives, a site coordinator and an administrator. We hire subcontractors for construction work, which includes building foundations, porches and completing interior work once a modular home has been placed.

We’re very busy,” said Peterson. “The real estate market is very good at the moment.


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Peterson also shared his thoughts on many people not understanding the difference between modular and manufactured homes, which included incorrect statements made by Peterson himself.

Modular homes are built inside a factory in modules, which are then trucked to construction sites. Cranes are used to set the modules on permanent foundations. Construction of modular homes must comply with the N.C. Residential Building Code.” said Peterson.

By comparison, manufactured houses are built on a non-removable steel chassis and are held to a less-stringent building code. They’re typically referred to as ‘mobile homes.’”

As Daily Business News readers already know, Mr. Peterson is making statements that are incorrect and require clarity.


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Manufactured homes are held to strict federal HUD code for building standards, and they are also constructed in a factory. Also of note, a mobile home has not been constructed in the U.S. since June 15, 1976.

The misconceptions about “mobile homes” are, in most cases, a result of comments like those made by Peterson, which media outlets continue to run with.

Modern manufactured homes, as mentioned prior, are built to strict federal housing guidelines, and in many cases look, feel and function just like a site built or modular home.

Also of note, Peterson said, “the cost of buying a modular home is about 20 to 30 percent less than a similar site-built structure. Both appreciate in value and a modular home can be ready for occupancy in about three-to-five months.

It should be noted that while modular homes offer savings over site built homes, manufactured housing is often 25 to 30 percent cheaper than modular housing, due to the extra costs related to onsite assembly.

For a detailed and accurate comparison of manufactured and modular homes, click here. ##

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Tornadoes, Severe Weather Ravage South, Misconceptions Abound

January 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Conventional housing destroyed on the left, reported ‘mobile home’ on the right. Credit: FOX News.

The southern U.S. was severely affected this weekend, as tornadoes and storms destroyed homes, injured dozens and killed 16.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a tornado blew through a manufactured home community in rural Cook County in southern Georgia causing damage and killing seven people.

The tornado leveled the park [sic] before dawn Sunday,” said Coroner Tim Purvis.

Emergency responders searched for survivors for hours after the twister struck.”

Purvis also said the community had about 40 manufactured homes, and roughly half were destroyed.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, officials, news agencies and the general public continue to specifically point out manufactured homes and communities – often identified incorrectly as “mobile homes” and “mobile home parks” – vs. site-built homes in damage reports.

On average, about 1 in 5 structures identified as “mobile homes” by the media are in fact pre-HUD code mobile homes.  They are routinely the ones that suffer the most damage, because HUD Code manufactured homes are more durable by design.

Where a storm strikes determines if more site-built housing is destroyed than factory-built homes.  See the related report, linked here. For example, in Joplin, MO, the deaths reported in 2011 were in conventional housing.


Damage to a site-built home in Cook County, Georgia. Credit: Chicago Tribune.

As the video below shows, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters do not discriminate between site built homes, manufactured homes, apartments or any other structure. It should also be noted that properly installed manufactured homes that are built to HUD code are designed to withstand the same elements as site-built homes.  For an interview related on that topic with a former federal official, please click here.

Proof of Parity

Not far from the manufactured home community, Jenny Bullard, injured and wearing a sling on her arm, combed through the rubble of her family’s site built brick house.

All that remained standing Sunday afternoon was the master bedroom and parts of the kitchen.

It’s a horrible tragedy,” said Bullard.

But all this stuff can be replaced. We can’t replace each other. We’re extremely lucky.”


Jenny Bullard picks up the pieces in her family’s damaged home. Credit: Chicago Tribune.

Per the Tribune, Bullard said she awoke before dawn Sunday to the sound of hail pounding the roof. When she went outside her bedroom door, a collapsing wall in the hallway knocked her down.

She managed to get up and found her father calling for her, trapped under a pile of debris.

She pulled him free, and they found her mother in the master bedroom. They escaped by climbing over piles of furniture and debris where the wall to their home office once stood. Their home was one of many.

A number of homes appeared to be destroyed along a road within about two miles of the manufactured home community, with cinderblocks scattered on the ground, and pine trees uprooted and snapped in half.

President Donald Trump said that he spoke with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Sunday and expressed his condolences along with his commitment to help.

Tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong, and they suffered greatly,” said Trump. “So we’ll be helping out the state of Georgia.

An in-depth report that corrects the record on tornadoes, hurricanes, conventional housing and manufactured housing is linked here. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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At Louisville: Industry Execs Meet the Press

January 18th, 2013 Comments off

In a Meet the Media Morning at the Louisville Manufactured Home Show Thurs. Jan. 24, from 9-11 AM, the press has been invited to see the quality of factory-built homes for themselves to dispel the misconceptions about the industry and the product.
Top-named officials in the industry, companies associations and professionals from across North America will engage with the media after they tour some of the 39 homes installed in the Kentucky Exhibition Center.

Although closed to the general public, some 1700 professionals from across North America will be in attendance at what has become the largest indoor trade show in the nation, perhaps beyond.

The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) is the parent body for the Louisville Show. MMHF Chairman Ron Thomas says, “We at the Louisville Show want to treat the media to a spectacular array of dozens of new homes, to see the products and services our industry offers, all under one climate controlled roof.”

Louisville Show promoter and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach says, “There are so many myths and misconceptions out there, that the best way for the media or anyone else to understand the truth about factory built housing is for them to personally see the homes.”

Members of the media seeking admission should contact Dennis Hill, Show Manager, 800 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway, Suite 140, Roswell, GA 30076, Phone: (770) 587-3350 and be prepared to show media credentials.

(Photo credit: A kitchen in one of the 39 homes at the Louisville Show.)

Kevin Flaherty of Champion Homes Picked for Trustee Position

March 20th, 2012 1 comment

The National Association of Home Builders tells the Board of Trustees for its Building Systems Councils (BSC) has chosen Kevin Flaherty as its vice chairman. A 28-year veteran of the building systems industry, Flaherty is vice president of marketing for Genesis Homes and Champion Home Builders in Troy, Michigan. He led Champion’s entry into the modular sector in 2002, and now is responsible for national marketing initiatives and support services for 21 Champion manufacturing plants. The BSC represents the concrete, log, modular and panelized building system industries. “There are plenty of misconceptions in the public about the building systems industry, and the BSC council members and Board of Trustees will continue to address those misconceptions and promote the industry,” said Flaherty. Dwight Hikel, president and CEO of Shelter Systems Limited in Westminster, MD, was chosen as BSC chairman. Jason Blenker of Blenker Building Systems in Amherst, WI will serve as second vice chairman.

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