Posts Tagged ‘reputation’

Some State Residents Embarrassed by Beauty Pageant Contestant

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

At the Miss America Pageant, contestants were told to introduce themselves in a catchy way. The South Carolina entrant said, “ From the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile ’cause that’s how we roll, I’m Brooke Mosteller, Miss South Carolina.” Many of her fellow residents were evidently not amused, and let their feelings be known on social media, as informs MHProNews. While Mark Dillard, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC) did not think she was funny either, says, “I think our reputation is about 30 years behind the product itself. And actually, cases like this are an opportunity for us to get out the word and talk about that.” He adds manufactured homes are built to the same safety standards as site-built homes, including fire safety standards; and in the interest of accuracy, 17.9 percent of homes in SC are factory-built homes. Dillard says one reason the state has so many manufactured homes is because of the cost effectiveness of their construction. He notes, “They’re built in a factory. You can buy your wood and your fireplace inserts in big quantities, so they can save 25, 30 percent right off the bat.”

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Manufactured Housing Component Producer Grows

July 15th, 2013 Comments off

Lippert Components, Inc., (LCI), a subsidiary of Drew Industries, Inc., has acquired certain assets and the engineering team of Midstates Tool and Die and Engineering, Inc. in Elkhart, Ind. Now renamed Lippert Automation, Tool and Die, the company builds automated equipment, production tooling, and progressive and one-hit stamping dies, and currently employs 12 people, all of whom will remain. Joe Giordano III, chief financial officer of Drew, says, “We haven’t done a big acquisition to date. We’ve done them with small steps, and this is just another one of those in that long history of small steps.” Lippert has over 4,800 employees in northern Ind., and as southbendtribune informs MHProNews, anticipates that will grow to 5,300 by the end of 2016. Jason Lippert, CEO of Drew, a component maker to the manufactured housing industry, says, “The Midstates team has developed a strong reputation for quality workmanship, and we expect to build on that strength.”

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New Guidelines for Nominations to the RV/MH Hall of Fame

January 31st, 2013 Comments off

In order to streamline nominations to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., the RV/MH Heritage Foundation has developed new guidelines: The nominee(s) must have been actively involved in the MH or RV industry for at least 25 years, and have a good, honorable, respectful reputation in support of the industry. He or she must also have experience in volunteer activities inside and outside the industry. Special emphasis is given to those who have furthered the cause of state and national associations as well as owners’ groups, and the RV/MH Hall of Fame itself. Nominations must be received by Oct. 31 for the following year’s class and be accompanied by three supporting letters. As MHProNews has learned, selections will be made in Jan. for the annual induction dinner in August.

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