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Champion Homes Purchases Former Excel Homes Facility

November 7th, 2016 Comments off

Credit: Champion Homes.

Champion Homes has announced that it will purchase and reopen a recently vacated manufacturing facility formerly operated by Excel Homes in Susquehanna Township, Penn.

With the reopening, Champion Homes plans to create 246 new jobs over the next three years.

Champion was drawn to this opportunity by the strength of the Excel Homes brand and the capability of the Excel workforce to build custom homes with unparalleled quality,” said Champion CEO/President Keith Anderson. “We look forward to building on that tradition of excellence to meet the needs and expectations of builders and developers in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.



Ribbon cutting ceremony for Champion Homes Kentucky plant. Credit: Woodworking Network.

This move follows the recent announcement of a Champion Homes facility opening in Kentucky, which the Daily Business News covered here.

As regular readers already know, Champion Homes was founded in 1953, producing more than 1.7 million factory-built pre-HUD Code mobile homes, post-HUD Code manufactured homes and modular homes or buildings throughout the United States, in the United Kingdom and western Canada.

According to Area Development, state officials said the company is committed to investing $4,830,000 in the project, which will include the purchase and renovation of the site, procurement of new equipment, and acquisition of IBS’s intellectual property.



Credit: Champion Homes.

As an incentive, Champion Homes has also received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development that included a $300,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $492,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $81,000 in funding for employee training.


Governor Tom Wolf. Credit: Twitter.

Champion is not only reopening a site that closed in May 2016 and putting it back to good use, but it also hopes to hire many of workers who lost their jobs when the previous company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “On behalf of the commonwealth and the local communities affected by this project, I applaud Champion for its decision to expand operations in Juniata County and thank it for its outstanding contribution to the region’s economic well-being.

Daily Business News writer Matthew Silver covered the closing of multiple Excel Homes facilities here. ##

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Pre HUD Code Home brought in Illegally

December 29th, 2015 Comments off

new_mexico_riograndesun__jeff_tucker__creditIn New Mexico, Michael Baca’s appeal to keep a pre HUD Code home was denied by the Torrance County Commission by a 2-1 vote Dec. 23, although it did pull at the heartstrings of the commissioners to essentially deny a family a place to live. Mr. Baca, with two kids, a wife and his mother, said he spent all he had for permits and fees and moving costs, and cannot afford to move the 1973 model.

The nay voter, Commissioner Julia DuCharme, said,At this holiday season it breaks my heart to basically make this family homeless,”according to mvtelegraph.

My heart says let them have the trailer but my head says that it is wrong because we have a law against it,” commented Commissioner Jim Frost.

Commission Chairman Leroy Candelaria gently suggested Baca could have looked at rules and regulations online before moving his home to a different county and wound up in this situation. This is one of the saddest things that we have to do as a commission,” Candelaria said, to which Baca responded, “I know now that I didn’t do this right or I wouldn’t be here.

MHProNews has learned Baca was notified he has 60 days to move the home. ##

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Couple Questions Tax Increase on pre-HUD Code Home

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

manuf home  van go  leoncountytoday dot com  creditA couple in Hermiston, Oregon who own four manufactured homes saw their property tax increase 65 percent from 2013 to 2014 on one of the homes, a 1970 Golden West model at Vista Park Mobile Home Park. Umatilla County Tax Assessor Paul Chalmers says it was an anomaly, that the tax for 2013 on Karen Haga’s property was too low, as eastoregonian tells MHProNews.

He says Oregon law requires counties to submit sales records for all types of property to the state. The state then does a study and sets the tax rolls accordingly. A couple of years ago the state changed from basing the assessment on components of a property, like the number of toilets, to square footage of a property.

Chalmers states the value of the pre HUD Code home in 2012 was nearly $14,000, so based on the state’s calculations, it should have been valued at $15,000 to $16,000 in 2013. Haga does not think she can sell it or move it to another property, which she says would cost around $5,000; and because of its age, it would not likely withstand being moved anyhow.

However, Rachael Reynolds, an analyst in the county assessor’s office, states three homes similar in age and size to Haga’s home sold for $14,000 to $25,000. ##

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Montana County Tightens Restriction on Manufactured Homes

March 31st, 2015 Comments off

mh foreclosure   gfhomesandland creditMHProNews has learned from mtsandard the Butte-Silver Bow Planning Board in Montana voted 5-0 that no more pre-HUD Code homes (MH) be allowed to site in the county, although those already existing would be grandfathered in and allowed to stay.

MH built between 1976, when the federal government mandated construction standards, and 1994 could only be sited in licensed manufactured home communities. Planning staff said the recommendations are based on safety considerations and a 2006 Montana state report.

Commissioner Jim Fisher said restrictions on older homes exist in other cities, but not in Butte, and that is why many older ones are locating here.

Additionally, under the proposed revisions, any multi-section home built after 1994, when construction standards were updated, could be sited in any residential zone. Single section homes built after 1994 “would be allowed in mobile home zones, suburban mobile home zones and other residential zones if they meet certain conditions. These “conditions” were not specified in the proposal. All changes must be approved by the full council before they take effect.

County commissioners in November, 2014 blocked a couple’s plans to establish a six homesite community despite the planning department’s opinion that all zoning regulations had been met. The couple decided the expense of challenging the ruling would be too great, although they had already spent thousands on utilities and land preparation for the sites. ##

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Non-Profit Mammoth Receives $1 Million Grant

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

mammoth-lakes-housing-logo=credit=posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Mammoth Lakes Housing (MLH) has just received a grant from the California Department of Housing to assist with mortgage and the rehabilitation of manufactured housing. The private non-for-profit proudly announced the news and plans to use the $1 million for the purchage and the rehabilitation of pre-HUD Code mobile homes as well as older manufactured homes, and to assist with mortgages.

Being awarded this competitive grant is a particularly important for the company as MHProNews learned from The Sheet ;

We’re pretty excited,” said MLH Executive Director Jennifer Halferty at the October 6 their board meeting. “I don’t know of any other programmatic grant, to administer ourselves as a non-profit, that MLH has received.”

As Larry Johnston stated in his congratulation message, the grant was the results of the company’s sucess in other programs it has been involved in. Mammoth is expected to use this oppotunity to work on further projects featuring manufactured homes around California. ##

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Challenged MHC in California Transformed with Public Space

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

An hour east of Palm Springs, California, in the eastern Coachella Valley, where manufactured housing communities (MHC) dot the landscape of farmworkers who are sometimes living in dilapidated pre-HUD Code homes, lies St. Anthony’s Trailer Park, says The community’s sporadic clean drinking water (arsenic has been found in the well) and electricity are improving since non-profit Pueblo Unido community development corporation assumed management in 2010. During the rainy season the dry desert would turn to mud. Enter Chelina Odbert, the 36-year-old co-founder of the nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative, based in Los Angeles. Although her effort did not mend the 42 percent poverty rate, she worked collaboratively with the residents to develop a community space including a playground, an outdoor stage, a shaded area for people to sit and chat, and a community garden at a cost of $45,000. After over a year of planning and permits, old railroad ties form the foundation for the zocalo, a traditional town square for this community of 570, as MHProNews has learned.

Ms. Odbert and her five co-founders were involved with disaster relief following Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina, and developed a sanitation system for a dense slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Over a dozen universities in the U. S. now offer a degree in public interest design, and more than 1,000 architectural practices have committed one percent of their time to pro bono work. Kounkuey, however, obtains ideas for the space from the residents, and then works with them to develop income generating efforts such as selling produce from the garden, or weaving baskets to sell through a co-op. Changing from a trash-strewn lot to St. Anthony’s park has added a social cohesion to this MHC. “It had a really bad look,” said Janet Mandujano, a 30-year-old mother of three who grew up here. “Children grow up thinking it’s normal. You get used to it because it’s the only place you have.” ##

(Photo credit: Monica Almeida/–dancers enjoy the Fiesta to dedicate the new community space.)

Board for Board, Factory-Built Housing Shines

May 27th, 2014 Comments off

Calling it the “best kept secret in America,” Sheri Koones understands the precision that goes into the manufacture of every factory-built home and especially appreciates the sustainability of its energy-saving features. The author of five books on prefabricated housing, she delineates between the pre-HUD Code homes and the manufactured and modular homes in today’s market that are far superior to the ones made 40 years ago. Calling it “a miracle,” she became fascinated with factory-built housing when a friend had a modular home built.

Tim Williams, executive director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA), says people would be surprised by the quality and affordability of new off-site built homes if they would take the time to visit one. They are not like the poorly built tin cans of olden days, according to what tells Noting that it is conceivable that manufactured homes (MH) can be moved after being sited, he says most on private property are affixed to a permanent foundation. Williams also notes that a factory-built home costs $42 a square foot as opposed to a stick-built that averaged $95 per square foot in 2013. ##

(Photo credit: Manufactured Housing Institute–MH in production)


Bluffton, SC on Track with New Modular Homes

May 16th, 2014 Comments off

Following a story posted May 6, 2014 regarding a proposal to replace pre- HUD-Code homes in Bluffton, South Carolina with new affordable modular models, supports the project but with reservations. Noting the city got in over its financial head with a $1.2 million previous plan that replaced dilapidated structures with six new modular housing units that took too long for the city to sell, the new project of 24 replacement modular homes requires the qualified applicant to buy a home plan. Having found nearly 60 pre-HUD Code homes that need to be replaced, the town will seek grants to underwrite the project. Stressing the importance of the work low income residents perform in this high tourist area, applicants who earn no more than 120 percent of the area’s median income would qualify for assistance in buying one of the homes. The city of Bluffton will not own property or the homes, but its previous experience with a similar project, as reports, will help in guiding the new proposal. ##

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Modular Homes may Replace pre-HUD Code Models

May 6th, 2014 Comments off

A proposal before the Affordable Housing Committee in Bluffton, South Carolina would replace 24 pre-HUD Code homes with new modular homes, ranging from a one-bedroom, 600 square foot home to a four bedroom model with 2,000 square feet. According to, prospective owners could make no more than 120 percent of the area’s median income in order to receive funding through the Affordable Housing Initiative. A family of four would have to earn under $80,400 annually in order to qualify for a 1,520 square foot, three-bedroom, two bath home that costs $84,000. The price does not include site preparation and utility hook-ups, for which the buyers would have to pay 60 percent plus the cost of demolition of their old home. Upon approval of the committee, as has learned, the town council would then have to give it their stamp of approval in order for it to move forward. ##

(Photo credit:–Residents plant gardens around new modular homes in Bluffton, SC under a prior program.)

Tiny House, not ok’d for Manufactured Home Community

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

tiny-house-Bob Pritt’s 208 square foot home is only 208 square feet, cost him about $20,000 to build, but Anderson County can’t say yes, because his home is not a HUD Code certified manufactured home, so it can’t be placed in a manufactured home land lease community. Pritt’s had his home titled as an RV, WBIR tells MHProNews. But as community owner-operators in many parts of the U.S. know, manufactured home communities are often only allowed to have pre-HUD code mobile or post HUD Code manufacured homes in them, no RVs or tiny houses are allowed. It is interesting to note that Pritt’s tiny house, on a cost per square foot basis, is about 3 times the price of many 16×80 single section manufactured homes. ##

(Image Credit: WBIR)