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Cardboard House Designed to Last 50 Years

May 19th, 2016 1 comment

wikkelhouse_3After four years of research and development, the Amsterdam collective Fiction Factory has developed a modular house made primarily of treated cardboard that is said to last 50 years, according to Designed for either homes or offices, the wikkelhouse_cardboard__wikkelhouse_slash_yvonne_witteWikkelhouse (roughly, ‘wrap house’) comes in tubular sections of about 43 inches long and can be assembled within one day.

The cardboard is treated with a waterproof and breathable film prior to being clad with wooden boards. The designers say, “Wrap House meets the criteria for temporary or permanent housing. It is as much as three times more durable than traditional construction and has an expected life of at least 50 years. You can move the house to different locations if needed, or extend your floorspace by adding one or more segments.”

MHProNews asks: A cardboard house built by Fiction Factory and displayed in a magazine called HUH…………Really? Believable? ##

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Drew Posts Gains for Third Quarter 2013

November 1st, 2013 Comments off

Drew Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DW) reports net income of $14.8 million for Q3 2013, or $0.62 per share, compared to $9.8 million in net income for the same period of 2012, an increase of52 percent. Net sales in the third quarter 2013 hit $251 million, 11 percent higher than the comparable period last year for the Elkhart, Indiana-based company. The sales growth Drew attributes to a 12 percent increase in the RV segment, which accounted for 87 percent of net consolidated sales. According to, retail demand for travel trailer and fifth-wheel RVs rose 12 percent in the first eight months of this year as opposed to eight years for all of 2012. As MHProNews knows, through its subsidiaries, Lippert Components, Inc. and Kinro, Inc., Drew is a major supplier of components to the manufactured home and recreational vehicle markets. CEO Jason Lippert says, “Our Company-wide focus on our customers as our first priority has enabled us to gain market share and increase sales. We continue to invest in customer service and research and development resources to maintain our position as a leading supplier to the industries we serve.”

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Lippert Appoints Hess to New Role in Chassis Division

September 11th, 2013 Comments off

With a background in law and engineering, Brian Hess has been chosen as the Chassis Division Product Manager at Lippert Components, Inc., (LCI) a subsidiary of Drew Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DW). In this new role within the chassis division, Hess will work closely with customers and the research and development team to take on new challenges. According to, LCI Vice President of Sales Andy Murray says, “Brian’s ability to build strong relationships with customers and his creative flair make him ideal for this new position. He understands the needs of the industry and will work with our teams to provide fresh, new products to fill those needs.” MHProNews understands that Lippert and its sister company, Kinro, Inc. make a variety of components for the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle industries.

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Making Dollars from Distress

March 26th, 2012 Comments off

Although it requires twice the manpower, takes three times longer, and nearly doubles the cost to deconstruct a home than demolish it, a Cleveland company, A Piece of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Institute of Art are conducting a test program to make furniture, mill work, and other items from the ceiling joists and flooring of some of the 12,000 abandoned homes in the city. Cleveland says the goal is to make the process profitable. On average 40 percent of the materials in vacant homes, most already stripped of wiring, plumbing, fixtures, and other sale-able items, are re-usable. “The theory behind deconstruction is that even though it is more expensive to do — because it is more labor intensive — that you will reclaim and salvage enough usable material and resell it, and that that income will offset the additional expense,” said Frank Ford, senior vice president for research and development at the nonprofit Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI). The city has received $780,000 in federal grants to subsidize the difference between demolition and deconstruction, giving jobs to many ex-cons, veterans, and other challenged job-seekers. has learned that Cleveland is one of the top ten metropolitan markets in which it makes more sense to buy a home than rent one.