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Public Official, Senators Tour Manufactured Home Community, Production Center

October 17th, 2017 Comments off

NewYorkHousingAssocTourChampionTitanManufacturedHomeProductionCenterMHProNewsNew York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, Senator Betty Little, Senator Joseph Griffo and their staffs spent the day visiting the Champion Home Builders Titan Homes Division factory in Sangerfield, N.Y. and Jensen’s Cherrywood Community in Clinton, N.Y.,” the New York Housing Association (NYHA) said in a release to the Daily Business News.

The officials asked great questions and received excellent answers from the Titan staff,” per the NYHA release.

Besides meeting Champion’s Titan division leaders, “the officials toured the entire factory, beginning at the frame building department, continuing through each station in the building process. In the finishing department the officials were able to enter a few home sections that were being cleaned and prepared for shipment.

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Titan Homes had just finished their Fall Retailers Factory Show and still had two finished and decorated homes,” stated the NYHA. “The officials had an opportunity to tour each of the manufactured homes on display.”

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Following the Titan Homes factory tour, the officials were escorted by NYHA Executive Director Nancy Geer and NYHA Legislative Counsel Mark Glaser to Jensen’s Cherrywood Community in Clinton, N.Y.,” NYHA explained.

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Their release said that, “Jensen’s Cherrywood Community is a 55+ Community with many amenities near Utica, N.Y.”

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New York Housing Association’s award winning executive director, Nancy Geer.

As longtime Daily Business News readers know, once public officials are exposed to the product, the response tends to be a good one, for an example, click this linked report here, and here.

Geer and her colleagues have arranged other similar educational events.  For a prior example, click this link here.  Champion Homes was recently featured in another report about their newest production center, linked here.## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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MH Industry Perturbed by NY State Administrative Agency Position

October 29th, 2015 Comments off

new_york_state_buidling_and_standatrds_codesPrior to the opening of the NY Housing Association’s 65th annual meeting, manufactured housing industry circles took a bit of umbrage at the remarks of George Moorehouse, a NY Code Enforcement Official who allegedly said “In ten years there will be no more new manufactured housing placed in the state of New York.

Moorehouse has taken on the position vacated by Tim King, the previous team leader of the State Administrative Agency (SAA) of New York, who left for health reasons. King had approved foundation systems in his duties to follow HUD’s directive for a state agency to carry out the standards as set forth by the federal government. Alternate foundations are allowed by HUD Code, but must be approved by an engineer.

Moorehouse, who passed the state’s training requirements for Code Enforcement Officials, now questions alternate foundation systems approved by King, as well as systems going back over a 30-year period of failure-free service. A recall on manufactured homes? The costs to retailers and community owners, as well as to owners, would be astronomical.

MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach states this is a challenge to the MH industry and must be met head-on, lest it ripples into other states.

Friday morning at the NYHA meeting, New York State Building and Standards Code (BSC) Director Ronald Peister, Moorehouse and Assistant Director for Regional Services, Brian S. Tollisen, P.E., appeared in person to address industry leaders. While Peister complained of staffing problems, he insisted BSC is acting in accordance with HUD Code, that he wants to work with the MH industry and totally supports affordable housing.

New York Housing Association Executive Director Nancy Geer pointed out that the HUD Code is and has been performance-based, not prescriptive-based. Former HUD Code Manufactured Housing program director Bill Matchneer, in a video interview, speaks of the quality of new MH and also of the performance basis for the code. Matchneer’s office would have had contact with New York state’s Tim King.

When Peister was asked for copies of consumer complaints, he replied that would require a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), adding that transparency and following HUD’s guidelines was the agency’s aim.

The problems may stem from Moorehouse’s misinterpretation, or that it may be a leveling issue instead of a foundation issue, but Peister committed to a meeting within the month with HUD, MH industry members, and NY SAA. In the meantime, the NY SAA team left receiving “a first-hand sense from industry members of the range of frustration, anger and concerns their agency’s field agent’s posture had created.

Both sides understand they must resolve this issue. For the full report, click here. ##

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Improving Manufactured Housing’s Image to Increase Sales

June 18th, 2013 Comments off

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With image being a key component to selling more manufactured homes to cash and credit worthy buyers, that may explain the growing daily commentary in favor of the start of the ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com image campaign. Nancy Geer, Executive Director of the New York Housing Association said: “Manufactured Home Living Website is a great resource for homeowners and consumers.  It has a large content of articles and videos to please any interested reader.”

Steven Lefler, Vice President of Modular Lifestyles stated: Given our industry has had a history and the perception of an image problem…The efforts of the industry to change are just beginning…Your website begins the process, nice job!” Scott Stroud, of BuilderRadio applauded the effort with this comment: “Tony – Hats off to you for taking the lead with this great image-building website. Anyone who visits manufacturedhomelivingnews.com must be impressed with the true state of the MH industry today. I won’t say that “image is everything,” but this will truly take buyers perceptions to a new high. It’s good for the industry and everyone associated with it, and you set a bar that others will certainly strive to meet. A big THANK YOU from us all!” Previous comments published with the okay of those who made them are found in this news article, entitled Williams, Allen and others give thumbs up. The publisher of the new platform reminds readers that more pro industry, consumer focused articles, featured homes and other related plans are in the pipeline.##

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MH on the Move in New York

November 17th, 2011 Comments off

Uticaod reports from New Hartford, New York, just west of Utica, the town has issued more permits for manufactured housing this year than in the previous two years combined. There have been only seven permits for site-built homes this year. Noting the 31 permits for MH, New Hartford town Codes officer Joseph Booth said, “We’ve had a banner year building permit-wise. We did well this year despite the slow market.” After raising three children, Rosalie and Jim Gau moved from a large four bedroom house with high heating and maintenance costs to a 1,200 square foot new manufactured house in the Applewood Community in New Hartford. “We had a big house with a lot of space we didn’t need, so we downsized. We picked this community because its well kept and locally owned,” Jim Gau said. “There’s also a great community center with parties and activities for residents,” Rosalie Gau added. Nancy Geer, executive director of the New York Housing Association, said when the housing market finally does come back, the demand for manufactured housing might increase because of affordability. “No one is building huge houses anymore,” she said. The article notes manufactured housing is increasing because communities are springing up around in the area. According to the Census Bureau, occupancy of manufactured housing around the nation has declined from 80,500 sited homes in 2008 to about 50,000 today.

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