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Canadian Park Model Builder Cries “Foul”

October 24th, 2013 Comments off

An ongoing dispute between the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) in Canada and modular home builder Riske Creek Manufacturing and its owner Andy Tower has resulted in a recall of the company’s homes by the BCSA, which alleges the park model homes do not comply with gas and electrical certification standards and may be hazardous to occupants’ health. Tower says his homes do not fit into any particular British Columbia (BC) building code, and instead fall into a grey area between recreational vehicles and homes, alleging his homes are built beyond the demands of the Park Model codes. While castanet.net says the BCSA did not respond to questions prior to this article, one BCSA safety manager said the uncertified installation of gas appliance could pose a fire and carbon monoxide risk. Tower alleges over the past two years BCSA has slandered his reputation, threatened him and cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars, MHProNews has learned. “I ask for direction on what to do, how to do it and so on and they choose not to respond to me. And the latest development has been this recall,” notes Tower. “I have an issue with their business practices. I have brought this up numerous times and they choose to ignore how their inspectors deal with people in the field.” He adds while his reluctance to deal with inspectors has compounded his problem, he has done a number of the corrections already.

(Photo credit: castanet.net–Riske Creek’s Park Model home)

ELS to Announce Financial Results for Q3

October 21st, 2013 Comments off

Zolmax.com reports Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) will announce its financial results for the third quarter of 2013 Tuesday, Oct. 22 during a conference call at 11 AM. Analysts anticipate ELS will post earnings of $0.38 per share and revenue of $173.38 million for Q3. With a market cap of $3.055 billion and a price to earnings ratio of 33.15, analysts expect the company will post earnings of $2.25 earnings per share (EPS) this fiscal year, and $2.64 EPS next fiscal year. MHProNews knows ELS owns 380 manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities in North America.

(Photo credit: Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.–Lake Haven, Clearwater, Fla.)

Drew Director Sells Shares

October 4th, 2013 Comments off

Board Chairman Leigh Abrams of Drew Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DW) sold 10,000 of the company’s shares on the market at an average price of $44.09 for a total haul of $440,900.00. Abrams now owns 73,287 shares with a value of $3,230,827, according to northforkvue.com. Dated Sept. 26, the transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). MHProNews reported yesterday, October 3, of the ceremony welcoming the move of Drew’s headquarters to Elkhart County, Indiana. Through its subsidiaries, Lippert Components, Inc. and Kinro, Inc., Drew supplies a variety of components to the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle markets.

(Image graphic: Drew Industries, Inc.)

Drew Celebrates Move to Elkhart County, Indiana

October 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence attended the ceremony welcoming Drew Industries’ move of its headquarters from White Plains, New York to Elkhart County, IN. The parent company of Lippert Components, Inc. and its sister company, Kinro, Inc., Drew has 50 factories in the U. S. and 5,500 employees nationwide—4,500 in IN—and touts itself as the largest supplier to the recreational vehicle industry, according to RVBusiness. Commenting on the move, Drew CEO Jason Lippert says, “Our customers are here, our facilities are here, our employees are here — and, now, our national headquarters is here.” Says Gov. Pence, “This is a real success for Elkhart County, and for the state and people of Indiana. This ribbon-cutting reaffirms that the RV market is coming back stronger than ever — and it will be centered here in the state of Indiana for generations to come.” As MHProNews knows, Drew is a major component supplier to the manufactured home industry.

(Photo credit: Bruce Hampson/rvbusiness–l-r, Ind. Gov. Mike Pence, Goshen City Council President Jim McKee, and Drew CEO Jason Lippert))

North Dakota Oilfield Camps in Jeopardy of Being Closed

August 7th, 2013 Comments off

Williams County commissioners in Williston, North Dakota are denying two Conditional Use Permit (CUP) extensions for workforce camps built to service oilfield workers. The extension for Rik Ostert was denied because he did not build a road he agreed to three years ago, and then rented space on his property for a commercial business after the commissioners denied his request to do that. Ostert was given 60 days to remove his seven modular homes. The extension for Stallion Oilfield Services was denied because the company is using 52 skid trailers and recreational vehicles for housing instead of modular units, and rented space to another company. Stallion was also given 60 days to vacate, as MHProNews has learned from willistonherald.com. In addition, Target Logistics owes over $1 million in fees, including $608,000 for 2013, and back fees for 2012. With over $3 million still owed to the county, those in arrears were given one week to pay their fees or risk having their facilities shut down.

(Photo credit: associatedpress–modular mancamps at Williston, ND)

RV/MH Museum part of Lincoln Highway Celebration

June 21st, 2013 Comments off

Honoring the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road, the Lincoln Highway, convoys representing a variety and age of motorized vehicles will set out both from Times Square in NYC and San Francisco to meet at the Great Platte River Arch Museum in Kearney, Nebraska. Joining the trek will be a caravan of 25 vintage recreational vehicles that will stop at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. on June 24, and spend the night with the museum’s historic collection. As rvbusiness informs MHProNews, the Tin Can Tourists, as the early models are called, will be on display from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening. The Hall will host as many as 100 antique automobiles that are also part of the highway’s 100th birthday that same afternoon at 4 p.m.

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum–classic RV)

Nebraska Reduces Fees for MH and MOD

September 6th, 2012 Comments off

KTICRadio in Nebraska informs MHProNews the Nebraska Public Service Commission it will lower seal fees it charges manufactured and modular homes. Mark Lutich, Department of Housing and Recreational Vehicles director, says several years ago in the throes of the housing downturn when production was low, the department had to let some staff members go. At the same time, the seal fees were raised because the incoming revenue was similarly low, with the understanding when the market improved, the fees would be lowered. He says that time has come. Effective Oct. 1, the manufactured homes fee will be reduced from $225 to $140, and the fee for modular homes will drop from $.40 a square foot to $.18 a square foot. Similarly, the RV label fee will decrease from $45 to $22.50.

(Photo credit: Jeff Beierman/The World Herald–Nebraska MH producers)

City to Impose Fee on MH

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

The Brownsville Herald in Texas says the San Benito utility board will try to pass a $10 monthly fee on manufactured homes to help pay for a $17.7 million water and sewer plant upgrade in this city just north of Brownsville. Last year the city levied the fee on unmetered recreational vehicles (RVs) only to discover a law that prohibits that fee, and had to return the funds. Fun N Sun RV Resort’s 1,400 sites includes 300 MH sites which the city intends to collect on since they are permanent residences. MHProNews has learned San Benito also hopes to collect the fee from fixed RVs.

(Photo credit: Trulia–San Benito TX manufactured home)

City Trying to Comply with State Code

August 8th, 2012 Comments off

The StatesmanJournal reports from Aumsville, Oregon city officials are trying to comply with a state ordinance that permits recreational vehicles long-term stays in manufactured housing communities. Current city code prohibits long-term stays because chemicals in RV holding tanks kill bacteria that processes raw sewage in the city sewer system. State law was changed in 2005 to accommodate snowbirds who spend winters in Arizona and wanted an affordable option for the warmer months, as well as to provide more income for MHC owners who had available space. Mayor Harold White says, “One to two RVs would not make a difference. But as the scale becomes larger, it could wipe out all bacteria in our sewer system.” The city will try to inform RV users to use local dumpsites before hooking into city utilities. MHProNews has learned Aumsville city officials will also alter the code to allow RV visitors to park at private homes for up to ten days.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Skyline Corp. FY Results

July 30th, 2012 Comments off

Yahoo!Finance says Elkhart, Indiana-based Skyline Corporation reports for fiscal year (FY) 2012 net sales increased 13% from $162,327,000 FY 2011 to $182,846,000. Manufactured and modular housing sales comprised $109,157,000 of the 2012 total, an 11% increase over the $97,922,000 net sales for 2011. FY 2012 net loss was $19,365,000 as compared to a net loss of $26,627,000 for 2011. Of the housing net sales increase, domestic MH accounted for seven percent and domestic modular housing amounted to 22 percent. Net sales for Canadian manufactured housing fell 100 percent, and net sales for Canadian modular housing doubled. MHProNews has learned Skyline had produced over 870,000 homes and 460,000 recreational vehicles since its inception in 1951.

)Image credit: Skyline Corp.)