Posts Tagged ‘model home’

UMH Opens Regional Manufactured Housing Sales Center

August 1st, 2014 Comments off

umh-sales-center-port-royal-belle-vernon-pa-manufactured-homes-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-UMH Properties, Inc. has announced the opening of a new Regional Manufactured Home Sales Center located in Belle Vernon, PA. The center is adjacent to Port Royal Village, one of the public traded company’s many communities. Bob VanSchuyver Jr., Assistant V.P. Sales for UMH Properties, Inc., said: “ The premier sales center features 6 fully decorated model homes featuring Champion (Redman), Skyline and Eagle River homes. The grand opening and ribbon cutting included members from the Rostraver township Chamber of Commerce and the Rostraver Township Board of Commissioners. Patrick Egros, board Chairman presented a letter welcoming the UMH Sales Center to Rostraver Township.” As MHProNews knows, UMH has been on a strong 5 year growth track, more than doubling the size of their portfolio during that time. UMH now has more than 15,000 home sites, after their most recent acquisitions closed. ##

(Photo credit: UMH Properties, Inc.)

2014 Louisville Show Forecast; Cool, Busy!

January 18th, 2014 Comments off

louisville-show-onsight-registration-posted-masthead-blog-manufactured-housing-pro-news-.jpgThe tough winter of 2013-2014 has not slowed the record pace for pre-registertions for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. The long range weather forecast for the Louisville Manufactured Show are for lower than normal temperatures, with highs during the show generally in the mid to upper 30s. But the all-indoor show will be busy, with red-hot pace record numbers of retailers, community, installers and builder/developers pre-registering.  2400+ industry professionals are expected ‘all in,’ based on record pre-registration numbers and past historic trends. Those keen to grow their business and profits in 2014 will find 48 model homes, some 80 exhibitors, deal making, networking, mixers and special incentives to do business. “Show Me the Money!” Seminars and workshops include the latest programs offered by top industry lenders, marketing, sales, CRM and business development, lessons learned by community professionals, community lending and more. Most professionals can attend free with a business card and photo ID, more information at this link. Go to the for details. MHProNews will be in attendance, at booth #115. ##
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Invitation and 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Updates

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

H:\1 SK MHMSM\1 DBN\kmhi-ky-manufactured-housing-institute-reception-mixer-2014-louisville-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-.pngPre-registrations for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are up over 50% over the same time frame as last year. So state the facts supplied by Show Ways Unlimited, who manage the show for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).

Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. reports that in 2013, “Louisville in 2013 we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community and owners/operators, representing 573 different companies who attended.”

If that 50% increase in registrations for the industry’s largest event trend holds, that would mean that over 2,000 attendees would arrive in Louisville in 2014. Combined with exhibitors, it could yield a total attendance of over 3,000, compared to some 830 that go to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) fine annual Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It is an interesting comparison, but frankly it’s not exactly apples to apples.” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, industry veteran and point man for the online promotion for the Louisville Show.

“Louisville will have 48 new model homes on display.” Kovach explained. “These decorated models will include manufactured homes and modular homes. MHC owner/operators will find Community Series Homes (CSH) on display. Retailers and builder/developers will see residential style and entry level multi-sectional and single section homes. MHI’s annual Vegas event is terrific, I love to go there too. Both Louisville and MHI’s Congress and Expo (C&E) have educational seminars and booths. MHI’s C&E by contrast has more educational events. But having homes on display ads a very different dynamic to what happens in the climate controlled Kentucky Expo Center, where the all-indoor 2014 Louisville Show is held.”

Speaking of MHI, Kovach added that the MHI staff – including their NCC division – will be very visible at Louisville in 2014. “Dick Jennison’s and his colleagues will be co-hosting a mixer with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). Betty Whittaker does a great job with that and combined with MHI’s presence, it ought to be terrific.”

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members often have a private meeting during the Show.

“Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years.” said Gary Boerner. “I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Skyline Homes’ Terry Decio indicated they will display 4 homes in the KEC’s East Wing, next to the “Show Me the Money!” Seminar room. Enthusiasm is high, with sold out show space and the large boost in early registrations.

“The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is an excellent showcase…With many networking opportunities and a well laid out exhibitor area, we look forward to the 2014 event as an opportunity to grow our manufactured housing business.” said Sherrie Clevenger, NADAguides. ##

For more information,

please see Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr.’s report:

And/Or go to: for a complete list of free business building and finance seminars, networking events, exhibitors/manufacturers and KMHI-MHI mixer.

Interviews we’ve done that mention the Louisville Show include:

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio

A Cup of Coffee with…Wally Comer

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

A Cup of Coffee with…Dick Ernst

Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Draws Praise and Enhanced Interest

October 9th, 2013 Comments off

louisville-manufactured-housing-show-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The early sellout of model home floor space for the 2014 Louisville Show is one of many signs that the trade show is on a strong track. Last year set a post 2010 record for attendance, making Louisville the best attended manufactured housing industry event.

Attendees MHProNews has spoken to often mirror what Bob and Janet McDonald said, “The Louisville show is a MUST see. I was very impressed at the last show and I can’t wait to see the exhibitors at this year’s Louisville show.” Exhibit space is also almost sold out, for reasons highlighted by Ralph Metcalf from CuttingSystem who stated that “The Louisville Show is an excellent venue to introduce your products to the manufactured housing community. Manufacturers, dealers and set up personal all have a chance to view your offerings. We have been very successful at this show and highly recommend it.’”

Manufacturers have praised the show too. Gary Boerner from Norris Homes frankly observed: Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years. I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Wally Comer from Adventure Homes radiated praise for the Show, as well as for Ron Thomas Sr. – Show Chairman – and Dennis Hill – Show Coordinator – in his exclusive interview linked here.

Publisher and industry consultant L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach said, “From ‘mom and pops’ to mid-sized operations along side the largest players in the industry flocked to Louisville last year. More pros seeking to grow are bound to come in 2014. The strategies to move from survive to thrive will be showcased in the free educational offerings. Want to grow? Be there!”

Pre-registration is open along with many more details found at the Louisville Show website. ##

Modular Homes Replacing Beachfront Bungalows

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

In Ortley Beach, New Jersey, adjacent to Seaside Heights, where 2,200 of 2,400 bungalows were damaged or wiped out by Hurricane Sandy, builder John Westrum is beginning to replace some of them with modular homes, recently completing a model home. He says many of the bungalows are 60-years old and have such outdated wiring, plumbing and old walls it makes more sense to build new rather than repair. In order to qualify for federal flood insurance the pilings the homes sit on have to be nine feet high. Simplex Homes of Scranton, Pennsylvania built the modules for the model home, according to He offers homes from 750 square feet to 2,000 square feet, with prices of $109,900 to $289,900. He says all the infrastructure and streets are already there, as MHProNews has learned, and he expects to sell 50 homes a year.

(Photo credit: Emile Wamsteker/The Wall Street Journal–beachfront modular)

Systems Build Homes Celebrated in Nation’s Capital

August 6th, 2013 Comments off

August 4-10 is being hailed in Washington, D. C. as National Building Systems Week, with demonstrations and model home and factory tours to educate consumers about the merits of off-site built housing. Sponsored by the Building Systems Council (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the event includes modular, concrete, panelized and log homes that can save time and money compared to a traditional-build home. In addition, as realestaterama informs MHProNews, their energy efficiency can be unparalleled, and computer-assisted design (CAD) allows unlimited customization of the structure. “Another great quality of systems-built homes is that once they are completed they are indistinguishable from their traditional site-built cousins,” says BSC Chairman Kevin Flaherty, vice president of marketing for Genesis Homes and Champion Home Builders, Inc.

(Photo credit: National Association of Home Builders–modular home in progress)

Home Show Features HUD & MOD

February 12th, 2013 Comments off

The seattletimes reports with the 2012 median price of a house up seven percent since 2007, the Seattle Home Show will have its first full size home at the show in six years. Built by Fleetwood Homes, the 1,365 square-foot Rambler will take the place of 800 square-foot model homes that were the fare in recent years, according to what Mike Kalian tells MHProNews. He says, “We would have featured a large model home if we could have gotten one. But (housing manufacturers) just couldn’t afford to put a model home in. It’s not a cheap operation.” In addition, a mini cabin built by Coast Cabins of Marysville, Wash. will be on display. Coast offers customized modular cabins, sheds and playhouses in Canadian spruce in many sizes that can be assembled with a rubber mallet. The show runs Feb. 16-24 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

(Image credit: Fleetwood Park Homes)

Modular Components Custom Made to Order

August 9th, 2012 Comments off

enewschannels reports NeoPod Systems, LLC of Sunrise, Florida has teamed with Second Street Capital, Inc. to provide builders with modular kitchens and bathrooms that can be readily integrated into the construction process of multi-family, military, medical clinic, and dormitory-type projects. The modular units include framing, fixtures, painting, and connections as individual entities delivered ready to install into a variety of building structures from wood frame and poured concrete to masonry block, SIP panels, and steel frame. Envisioned as a product to integrate into the affordable housing market, MHProNews has learned Second Street Capital plans to construct a model home in Fort Lauderdale later this year.

(Image credit: Neotrope News Network)

Modular Home Builder Acquires Competitor

February 13th, 2012 Comments off

ModularHomeCoach informs Canadian modular home builder Alouette Homes has been acquired by Quebec modular homes manufacturer Bonneville Homes. According to Danny Bonneville, co-president of Bonneville, “This acquisition will double the size of our production facilities and allow us to move forward with the ambitious growth program we introduced a few years ago.” While the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Bonneville, the largest producer of factory-built homes in Quebec, will be able to produce 1,000 homes a year. With 300 current employees, Bonneville will take over Alouette’s model home site at Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby and the plant at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle.

(Photo credit: Bonneville Homes—shown Bonneville home office)

More New Homes, Seminars and Exhibits at 2014 Louisville Show

September 3rd, 0005 Comments off

show-me-the-money-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Inquiries about the 2014 Louisville Show to MHProNews serve as a good reminder to share updates about the manufactured housing industry’s best attended trade event in 2013. Website updates are complete, but tweaks and ongoing announcements will be added at the site in the months ahead.   As previously reported here, there will be 48 new model homes on display, and show space on homes is sold out, says show coordinator Dennis Hill. Exhibitor space is also approaching a sell out, 4 months before the show begins. “These are among the many good signs for the continued growth and success of the Louisville Show since its come back in 2011” Hill said.   The updates for the Louisville Show will be completed today, as the online registration link was scheduled to go live sometime on September 3. This website’s Louisville Show blog has other news and show updates. The blog is found at the bottom of virtually every page on the website, as is contact information for show management. ##

(Image Graphic: 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show theme)