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Record Numbers of Manufacturers Are Optimistic, Per New Reports

March 6th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Two sets of media releases to the Daily Business News on MHProNews reflects the following data, that should be of keen interest to all segments of the manufactured housing industry.

 

First, the following.

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Manufacturing in the United States is on the rise, and manufacturers are confident about the future. Empowered by tax reform and regulatory certainty, manufacturers are investing in our communities and in our people. But to keep up this momentum, we have to get serious about infrastructure investment and attracting, recruiting and training our people for the high-tech, high-paying modern manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow. As laid out in the NAM’s ‘Building to Win’ blueprint, a bold infrastructure plan will help secure American prosperity, job creation and our leadership in the world.” – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons

 

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While this is for all manufacturers, not factory-builders, it nevertheless reflects how other sectors of the economy are faring.  So why is manufactured housing still dragging?

 

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More on that, further below the White House press room’s latest to MHProNews.

 

From the White House Press Room:

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The nation’s top manufacturers have for the ninth consecutive quarter given the Trump economy a thumbs up, setting record industry optimism of the economy and predicting positive growth unseen during the Obama administration,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner. “The past nine quarters . . . have seen record optimism, with an average of 91.8 percent of manufacturers positive about their own firm, compared to an average of 68.6 percent during the last two years of the Obama administration.”

 

U.S. employers need to enhance the skills of their current and future workers for the economy to remain on its robust growth trajectory, said Ivanka Trump, ahead of a meeting Wednesday with prominent business executives, educators and governors,” Eric Morath writes in The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Trump will convene the first meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board this afternoon.

 

Yeah, This Looks Like a Border Crisis

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the southern border illegally last month, the highest number in 12 years. So much for all those media ‘fact checks’ arguing that there’s no emergency to justify President Trump’s wall,” the New York Post editorial board writes.

Why are they coming in such vast numbers? Because smugglers have put them wise to how to take advantage of recent court decisions to claim asylum and remain here indefinitely.”

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Over the past several years, technological advancements like electronic health records (EHRs), cloud computing, and connected smart devices have made the long-held vision of improving patients’ access to their medical records a genuine possibility,” Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell, and CMS Administrator Seema Verma write in Fortune. “A new rule issued by President Donald Trump’s administration will help turn this vision into reality.”

 

 

First lady Melania Trump is challenging journalists to cover the opioid crisis as often as they publish ‘idle gossip and trivial stories.’ She made the request while speaking in Las Vegas Tuesday at an event with conservative commentator Eric Bolling, whose 19-year-old son died from an overdose in 2017,” Caitlin Yilek reports in the Washington Examiner.

 

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In an era where news is often weaponized to fit a narrative or agenda, it is useful to see insights from a variety of sources that may not get the same level of national attention.

 

While the Trump Administration has been more business friendly by far than the two preceding administrations, there are still several vexing issues that manufactured housing professionals have to navigate.  That’s normally done by trade associations.

But not all trade groups are alike.  To learn more, see the related report linked below the bylines, email and other offers, and notices.

 

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HFFLP Arranges $400M JV in US Properties, NAM Update$

February 28th, 2018 Comments off

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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP (HFFLP) announced the arrangement of a programmatic joint venture between a real estate investment trust and an institutional investor for the acquisition of approximately $400 million of core industrial properties in the Western U.S.,” the company said Tuesday, per Law 360.

 

HFF has managed a number of deals involving the manufactured home and RV community spaces.

But what makes this non-MH project noteworthy for manufactured home pros and investors is that it’s yet another big signal that industrial production in the U.S. is experiencing a revival.

Industrial development mean more “good jobs,” which in turn are factors cited by publicly traded manufactured home operations that lead to more new factory-built home sales.

Since 1998, HFF LP’s website states they have closed some $450 billion in over 17,900 commercial real estate related transactions of all kinds, including deals involving numerous manufactured home communities.

 

Manufacturing in America – By the Numbers

More than 90 percent of the National Association of Manufacturers’ 9NAM) 14,000 members are small to medium-sized businesses,” says NAM’s website.

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In a recent news release, NAM’s Chief Economist Chad Moutray noted that the anticipated increases by the FED are being adapted to by traders, and are only brining rates back towards the level seen prior to 2008.

ChadMoutrayChiefEconomistNAMNationalAssociationManufacturersPhotoLogoMore importantly, the forward-looking measure of activity for the next six months soared from 29 to 38, an all-time high in the survey’s 17-year history.”  Additionally,

  • More than 60 percent of respondents anticipate higher new orders, production and shipments in the coming months,”
  • with 46 percent and 48 percent seeing more employment and capital spending, respectively.”

Meanwhile, existing home sales decelerated for the second straight month, down 3.2 percent in January. Sales of existing homes declined from 5.56 million units at the annual rate in December to 5.38 million units in January, the slowest pace since September,” per Moutray’s report.

Despite some easing in the past two months, the good news is that existing home sales remain not far from November’s rate, which was the fastest since February 2007. There were 3.4 months of supply in January, up from 3.2 months in December but down from 4.2 months in September. As such, supplies have trended generally lower, helping to raise list prices. The median existing home sales price was $240,500 in January, up 5.8 percent from one year ago,” said NAM.

What the NFFLP deal, NAM’s data and hundreds of billions in new capital reportedly coming into America, the economic outlook remains strong.

Recent surveys indicate the public mood towards the Trump Tax Cuts has swung in his favor.

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The stage is set for a revival of manufactured housing.  The regulatory and industry/political issues are what need to be addressed to secure the future that other economic sectors in the U.S. are enjoying since the Trump Administration took the reigns.. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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“Competing to Win” Manufacturers Confidence Report

February 20th, 2018 Comments off

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What’s true of American manufacturing in general also largely applies to manufactured housing producers.

 

Many of the policy decisions made over the last eight years have been extraordinarily difficult for manufacturers. Now it’s time for a reset—and a better direction. “Competing to Win” is a policy roadmap that expresses the priorities of manufacturers in the United States,” says the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

The head of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) praised the administration of President Donald Trump, saying its policies have given manufacturing more confidence. “Today, we’re going for the gold,” Jay Timmons, president of NAM (Washington) said during a speech at the Troy, MI per Advanced Manufacturing.

While manufactured housing producers face a unique blend of construction related and manufacturing related challenges, there are insights to be gleaned from NAM reports.  The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – which represents independent producers of manufactured homes – has periodically referenced NAM research in their own statements and news releases.

One of the bottom lines from interview tee up and the video with Jay Timmons, president of NAM is that manufacturers are confident again.  He credits tax reform, and President Trump’s regulatory relief program.  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Latest Manufacturing Report from ISM, with NAM, Other Industry Insights

July 4th, 2017 Comments off

ManufacturingDataLatestUSReportGraphicChartsResearchManufacturedHomeIndustryNewsDaillyBusinessNewsMHProNewsManufacturing employs some 12.3 million workers in the United States.  That represents about 9 percent of the workforce, says the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) tells MHProNews that American factories powered up in June, 2017.  Production centers are at their fastest pace in nearly three years, per the ISM data.

Robust advances in production, orders and employment indicate a firming in the economy, states the ISM report.

As the manufactured housing industry awaits the latest HUD Code new home shipment totals for manufactured housing for May 2017, every sector of the industry is impacted by the overall economy.  So more jobs naturally spells more opportunities.

The most recent month – April 2017 – cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 30,568 homes, an 18.5% increase over the 25,790 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016 (to see the full, most recent report, click here).

Thus, the report from ISM is promising for increasing opportunities for factory-built housing industry professionals.

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The Tempe, Arizona based ISM released their data as part of its Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The report included statements by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M. Fiore is the chair of the ISM’s Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

The June PMI® registered 57.8 percent, an increase of 2.9 percentage points from the May reading of 54.9 percent,” Fiore said.

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Anything above 50 is an indicator of growth, below 50 means a decline.

The Employment Index registered 57.2 percent, an increase of 3.7 percentage points from the May reading of 53.5 percent,” Fiore stated.

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The data dovetails with other positive economic indicators previously reported by the Daily Business News.

NFIB, NAR and NAHB are all among those organizations which have issued positive data and statements recently, as reported at each of those links as shown.

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MHARR has been cautiously optimistic about the Trump Administration, while noting the various regulatory and intra-industry challenges that need to be navigated.

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The Daily Business News industry connected stock market report also has recently produced a 1 year market snapshot.  That report indicated that almost every tracked stock has been growing since Donald Trump won the race for the Oval Office last November.  That 1 year, post-election snapshot report, is linked here. ##

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NAHB Report – High Cost of Regulations Impact Housing – and Manufactured Housing

August 29th, 2016 Comments off
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A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicates that an average of some 24.3 percent of the price of a new house can have that cost traced back to regulatory impact.  The NAHB study reflects costs of regulations from all levels of government: local, state and federal.

14.6 percent of the final price of a house is caused by regulations imposed during development of a home’s lot. 9.7 percent is caused by costs incurred by the builder beyond the costs involved in the lot.

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Source, NAHB study, linked as download, below.

When these facts are considered against the backdrop of a previous NAHB study MHProNews has referenced – their “Priced-Out” report, which shows how many tens of thousands of buyers are knocked out of qualifying per $1000 in price increase – the impact on potentially millions of home buyers becomes more clear.

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Source, NAHB study, linked as download, below.

As MHProNews has observed in previous reports, a similar principle would hold true for factory-home builders.

While manufactured housing as an industry lacks some of the detailed studies and reports that other, larger industries have, the charts below from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) provides useful insights for HUD Code manufactured and modular home builders.

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Source, NAM.

As has been previously noted on the Masthead, housing has historically been a driver of economic activity and post-recession recoveries.

The relatively tame recovery since 2009 – and the harm done most notably to people with lower or middle class incomes, black or Hispanic ethnic groups and others – makes this information timely and important considerations in the upcoming 2016 election.  In following the lead from the Bush-Obama years, the Clinton campaign generally favors more regulations, while the Trump campaign has pledged to cut burdensome regulations to spur economic activity and job growth.  Trump’s video address to home builders is linked here.

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Source, NAM.

The download of the entire NAHB report cited above, is linked here.

The download of the NAHB Priced-Out report, is linked here.

It should be noted that zoning – one of the forms of regulation NAHB is referencing – has also been cited as contributing to the affordable housing crisis.  Recent examples of that directly impacting manufactured housing are linked as follows in Lowell, MA and Georgetown, SC.

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Ed Schafer, of the South Carolina Manufactured Housing Institute, in commenting on the Georgetown zoning case linked above, said: “…the South Carolina association’s focus is to move beyond killing bad zoning proposals and working to reopen areas that have been closed to manufactured homes for many years.”

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In some areas it’s been easy,” explained Shafer. “Progressive planning officials in several towns have been very interested in using manufactured homes for “urban” infill.”

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Shefer went on to state, “Here’s a case where the people of Georgetown actually petitioned to allow manufactured homes.  Sometimes citizens have a better understanding of the role manufactured homes can play in meeting local needs for work-force housing than many officials.” Schafer’s entire statement, is linked here. ##

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Business Organizations Dismayed by Obama

October 1st, 2012 Comments off

WashingtonExaminer says a poll of manufacturers and small business owners commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) reveals 55 percent would not have started their businesses in today’s economic climate. Additionally, 69 percent say President Obama’s regulatory policies have hurt their business and 54 percent say China and India are more supportive of small business and manufacturers than the U.S. Sixty-seven percent report there is not enough stability to expand their businesses. Jay Timmons, president of NAM, says, “There is far too much uncertainty, too many burdensome regulations and too few policymakers willing to put aside their egos and fulfill their responsibilities to the American people. To fix this problem, we need immediate action on pro-growth tax and regulatory policies that put manufacturers in the United States in a position to compete and succeed in an ever-more competitive global economy.” MHProNews has learned NFIB president Dan Danner notes the government has erected too many barriers to growth that increase the cost of doing business.

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