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Polish Modular Builder Unibep Eyeing Sweden

June 24th, 2016 Comments off

Poland__Unibep_Group__modular_buildings__their_creditPresident Jan Mikoluszko of Poland’s modular builder Unibep said the company is pulling out of Germany and ending its presence in Russia as well because “there is no space for foreign general contractors.” The company will now turn its attention to entering the Swedish market, as wbj.pl tells MHProNews.

Mikoluszko said the company goal for the next 4-5 years is to close in on having revenues from imports comprise 50 percent of revenue as opposed to the current 25 percent. Total revenues for last year were PLN 1.24 billion zlotys ($310 million). Unibep is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE). ##

(Image credit: Unibep Group)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

Firm Resumes Modular Home Production

September 5th, 2013 Comments off

RSI’s modular home factory in Mira Loma, California has begun production once again, as pent-up demand, rising home prices, low for sale inventory and the need for affordable housing hits southern CA. Acquiring land during the housing downturn, the company has 100 lots in Orange County, plus numerous in-fill lots in the San Fernando and San Diego Valley markets, as well as scattered sites in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The modular homes without the lot sell for $89,000 to $148,000, similar to what a major remodel might cost. To keep a lid on expenses, customization is not an option, but granite counter tops, R-21 walls, tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances and cased dual pane windows are. As pe.com informs MHProNews, at full capacity the company expects to turn out components for four modular houses a day.

(Photo credit: merchantcircle–modular home being readied)

Twelfth Graders get Hands-on Experience

June 6th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from buffalonews students at Erie 1 BOCES’ Harkness Career and Technical Center in Cheektowaga, just east of Buffalo, NY, have completed a 1,200 square foot modular home that will be auctioned off Fri., June 7. “If you see this house, you would be surprised that twenty 17-year-old boys built it,” said Chris Burgio, the building trades teacher at Harkness. A second modular home, 1,300 square feet, is being completed at BOCES’ Potter Career and Technical Center in West Seneca and will also go on the auction block. Both homes have three bedrooms and two baths. A $30,000 grant in 1998 from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation kicked off the program leading to the subsequent building of 17 homes total between the two programs. Built by seniors, the modular houses have sold from $32,000 to $59,000 with the proceeds returning to the schools for next years’ projects.

(Photo credit: Oliver Jenkins/fosterdemocrat–Somersworth, NH student-built modular home)

Thailand Firm Building Modular Homes

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

TheNation reports the Stwo Group of Thailand will open a factory in Rangsit, Thailand in five months to manufacture modular homes and buildings following a 30 percent growth in residential development. Prerapat Srisakulpinyo, CEO of Stwo, says, “We expect to sell about 100 Aidol MYH-branded houses and buildings constructed under the modular system this year. Between 300 and 500 modular houses and buildings will be sold to our customers over three to five years.” Using technology from Germany, the new baht 150 million ($5.10 million) facility will employ 200, and the company hopes to expand its reach into neighboring countries in three years. MHProNews has learned Stwo also manufactures a full range of furnishings for the homes.

(Photo credit: aroundguides–dragon wrapped around building in Rangsit, Thailand)

Make Stick the Niche

February 21st, 2013 Comments off

As modularhomecoach tells MHProNews, in blasting the lack of positive PR for the modular housing industry, the blog says neither the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) nor the Modular Building Systems Association (MBSA) cares if Baby is left in the corner, but like Johnny says in Dirty Dancing, “nobody puts Baby in a corner.” We need to be like Johnny. The blogger writes, “We build houses. Modular houses. Green and energy efficient houses. We build some of the best damn houses in the US but who knows about us?” Noting the pickup in the housing industry overall, the modular industry is a niche market with an excellent product but information about the industry on a national basis is scarce, and lots of people are in the market to buy a home. “Coach”, as the blogger is referred to, says modular housing is likened to mobile homes, and that shipping containers converted to living quarters gets more coverage than the modular housing industry. Coach closes, “We are modular housing. We are the best housing choice and we don’t want to remain a niche entity much longer. Stick builders can be our niche market!”

(Photo credit: Custom Modular Homes of Michigan)

Houses as Durable Goods

October 4th, 2012 Comments off

Matthew Iglesias, writing in Slate magazine, notes that durable goods—appliances, furniture, vehicles, airplanes— are primarily mass-produced in factories because that is the most cost-effective way to produce the least expensive product for the consumer, and the highest wage for the worker. Some of these products occupy space in homes, which could be considered the epitome of durability. The typical new site-built home is in a neighborhood where the homes look like they came from an assembly line. As MHProNews has learned, the recent housing downturn resulted in part from innovations in mortgage brokering that consumers did not understand or benefit from, but returned a healthy profit for the lenders. Iglesias writes: “But while the technology exists to build houses in factories and then deliver them to the location, it remains marginalized in American life by negative attitudes and legal impediments. And yet there are a bunch of reasons to think that manufactured houses (and the related sector of modular houses) is a more dynamic sector with more prospects for productivity increases and wage gains than is conventional single-family homebuilding. It’s time to return to developing affordable housing the old-fashioned way: finding more efficient, cost-effective ways to make the houses, rather than more efficient ways to make the loans.” For the complete article, please click here.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia–new manufactured homes ready for shipment)

Modular Homes Rising in New Zealand

September 26th, 2012 Comments off

NZHerald tells MHProNews from New Zealand the Kitset home by Box Living utilizes the strength of Kiwi-made Glulam timber for a series of floor and roof cassettes to make their modular houses. The construction features a timber post-and-beam exoskeleton with stainless-steel cross braces that has been approved for seismic, wind and gravity load. “It means none of the walls need to be load-bearing which frees up the design in terms of window allocation. It’s engineered a bit like Bentwood furniture and is immensely strong,” says architect Nat Dorrington. Four years in the design phase, the four partners have developed flashings, corner junctions, and bracings that comprise about 50 percent of the design work. The customer’s input provides the other 50 percent for their modular dream home.

(Photo credit: Box Living/NZHerald)

Earthquake may lead to Modular Home Industry

August 21st, 2012 Comments off

RadioNewZealand reports the earthquake that rocked Christchurch, New Zealand Feb. 22, 2011 may lead to the development of a modular home industry as part of rebuilding the city that was so heavily damaged, with 10,000 homes that need to be replaced. The Dunedin City Council said a whole new industry could be created building modular houses. Thirty billion dollars has been earmarked for reconstruction efforts, and while the effort in rebuilding has gotten off to a slow start, a local school said enrollment in the trades has risen 15 percent. Dunedin, south of Christchurch but also on the coast, is just one community that hopes to benefit from the reconstruction efforts. As MHProNews has learned, firms outside Dunedin will need to find a partner company in Christchurch to work with.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia—Christchurch earthquake)