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Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

June 6th, 2017 Comments off
Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

Cedar Creek Homes, credit, their website.

Bryan Crump, owner of Cedar Creek Homes in Columbia Missouri, is making plans to relocate his business to the 4900 block of North Baltimore street in Kirksville, MO.

Crump’s development and site plan for the lot will be considered by the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission at its June 14 meeting, says the Kirksville Daily Express.  The meeting is set for 6:30 PM that day.

Documents report stating that the site plan includes construction of a 2,000-square-foot modular office building, a proposed new entrance from Baltimore Street, a hard-surface driveway and 10 parking spaces.

KirksvilleMOColumbiaMOGoogleSatMapCedarCreekManufacturedModularHomesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAbout six acres of parking will be rock covered, to allow for the display of  modular and manufactured homes for sale.

Local Celebrity

A radio ad about 18 months ago drew a public rebuke from someone who opposed Crump’s message. Danny Wicentowski mocked Crump in a column on the River Front Times on  Nov 25, 2015, for what Wicentowski thought to be a politically incorrect style of advertising.

But no doubt thousands cheered these same thoughts shared by Crump, who was commenting on hunger protests at a local university.

Effective immediately,” Crump said as part of his ad, “I will not eat after supper every night, all the way until breakfast the next morning, unless my wife meets my demands. I know this is drastic, and I’m scared of what this could do to my health, the popcorn industry and possibly the dairy farms from lower ice cream sales. But I must do this for all mankind. I’m starving for men all across Missouri.”

Not only is Cedar Creek Homes recognized as a leader in manufactured housing, but now I will be leading a whole new way of life for men in negotiating with their wives,” Crump concluded. “Maybe I can get the football team to boycott with me.”


Image credit, Google Street view, River Front Times.

The humor is apparent, but Wicentowski clearly did not want to acknowledge it.

Cedar Creek’s website states that, “Our company is built on the principles of selling quality homes and providing reliable service. 

Our diversified home selection continues to grow by following trends, improving our quality homes, and listening to the customer.

Over 40 years of combined knowledge has established our place in this industry. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our clients.”  Crump’s website says he’s a retailer for Sunshine Homes, and other HUD Code manufacturers. ##

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Matthew Silver.

Submitted by Matthew Silver to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

Modular Builder Acquires Retailer, Misconceptions Corrected

February 7th, 2017 Comments off

A Nationwide Home model, like the ones sold at Silverpoint Homes. Credit: Triad Business Journals.

Silverpoint Homes, a West Virginia-based company that specializes in the sale and construction of modular houses, is the new owner of the former Nationwide Homes of the Triad in Whitsett, North Carolina.

According to Triad Business Journal, this is the second location for Silverpoint Homes in the state, with the other located in Lincolnton. 

Most of the business will remain the same as it has been for more than a decade. Silverpoint will continue to sell nothing but Nationwide Homes,” said Adam Peterson, general manager of Silverpoint’s Whitsett location.

Silverpoint will retain former employees, including three sales representatives, a site coordinator and an administrator. We hire subcontractors for construction work, which includes building foundations, porches and completing interior work once a modular home has been placed.

We’re very busy,” said Peterson. “The real estate market is very good at the moment.


Credit: Google.

Peterson also shared his thoughts on many people not understanding the difference between modular and manufactured homes, which included incorrect statements made by Peterson himself.

Modular homes are built inside a factory in modules, which are then trucked to construction sites. Cranes are used to set the modules on permanent foundations. Construction of modular homes must comply with the N.C. Residential Building Code.” said Peterson.

By comparison, manufactured houses are built on a non-removable steel chassis and are held to a less-stringent building code. They’re typically referred to as ‘mobile homes.’”

As Daily Business News readers already know, Mr. Peterson is making statements that are incorrect and require clarity.


Credit: MHLivingNews.

Manufactured homes are held to strict federal HUD code for building standards, and they are also constructed in a factory. Also of note, a mobile home has not been constructed in the U.S. since June 15, 1976.

The misconceptions about “mobile homes” are, in most cases, a result of comments like those made by Peterson, which media outlets continue to run with.

Modern manufactured homes, as mentioned prior, are built to strict federal housing guidelines, and in many cases look, feel and function just like a site built or modular home.

Also of note, Peterson said, “the cost of buying a modular home is about 20 to 30 percent less than a similar site-built structure. Both appreciate in value and a modular home can be ready for occupancy in about three-to-five months.

It should be noted that while modular homes offer savings over site built homes, manufactured housing is often 25 to 30 percent cheaper than modular housing, due to the extra costs related to onsite assembly.

For a detailed and accurate comparison of manufactured and modular homes, click here. ##

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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New Featured Articles Scheduled to Go-Live by 11 PM May 2

May 1st, 2015 Comments off

15-minutes-daily-feed-the-mind-improve-results-shutterstock-ipadcredit-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-(3)Due to an extended Inside MH Road Show, the prior week at the MHI Congress and Expo, pending special announcements and other factors, the new Featured Articles (FAs) on MHProNews are scheduled to go live by approximately 11 PM May 2nd.

Until then, you’ll find recent articles on, such as:

During our recent road show, we captured over 40 video interviews, three manufacturers and multiple retailers and communities, plus dozens of MH home owners and community residents. These videos will help inform the public to better understand and appreciate our homes and industry, directly from those who know it best.

Since all leaders are readers, odds are good that you are or aspire to leadership in your organization and the MH Industry. Our team thanks you for your understanding and dedication to advancing the cause of manufactured housing. ##

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Invitation and 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Updates

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

H:\1 SK MHMSM\1 DBN\kmhi-ky-manufactured-housing-institute-reception-mixer-2014-louisville-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-.pngPre-registrations for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are up over 50% over the same time frame as last year. So state the facts supplied by Show Ways Unlimited, who manage the show for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).

Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. reports that in 2013, “Louisville in 2013 we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community and owners/operators, representing 573 different companies who attended.”

If that 50% increase in registrations for the industry’s largest event trend holds, that would mean that over 2,000 attendees would arrive in Louisville in 2014. Combined with exhibitors, it could yield a total attendance of over 3,000, compared to some 830 that go to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) fine annual Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It is an interesting comparison, but frankly it’s not exactly apples to apples.” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, industry veteran and point man for the online promotion for the Louisville Show.

“Louisville will have 48 new model homes on display.” Kovach explained. “These decorated models will include manufactured homes and modular homes. MHC owner/operators will find Community Series Homes (CSH) on display. Retailers and builder/developers will see residential style and entry level multi-sectional and single section homes. MHI’s annual Vegas event is terrific, I love to go there too. Both Louisville and MHI’s Congress and Expo (C&E) have educational seminars and booths. MHI’s C&E by contrast has more educational events. But having homes on display ads a very different dynamic to what happens in the climate controlled Kentucky Expo Center, where the all-indoor 2014 Louisville Show is held.”

Speaking of MHI, Kovach added that the MHI staff – including their NCC division – will be very visible at Louisville in 2014. “Dick Jennison’s and his colleagues will be co-hosting a mixer with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). Betty Whittaker does a great job with that and combined with MHI’s presence, it ought to be terrific.”

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members often have a private meeting during the Show.

“Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years.” said Gary Boerner. “I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Skyline Homes’ Terry Decio indicated they will display 4 homes in the KEC’s East Wing, next to the “Show Me the Money!” Seminar room. Enthusiasm is high, with sold out show space and the large boost in early registrations.

“The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is an excellent showcase…With many networking opportunities and a well laid out exhibitor area, we look forward to the 2014 event as an opportunity to grow our manufactured housing business.” said Sherrie Clevenger, NADAguides. ##

For more information,

please see Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr.’s report:

And/Or go to: for a complete list of free business building and finance seminars, networking events, exhibitors/manufacturers and KMHI-MHI mixer.

Interviews we’ve done that mention the Louisville Show include:

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio

A Cup of Coffee with…Wally Comer

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

A Cup of Coffee with…Dick Ernst

Dodd- Frankenstein – SEC 2013 Annual Whistleblower Report

November 21st, 2013 Comments off

obama_&_biden_presidential-limo_july-2010-.pngIf ObamaCare has your attention, don’t miss out on what some publishers are now calling Dodd-Frankery or Dodd- Frankenstein (aka Dodd-Frank). The SEC is required to publish an annual whistleblowers report, the 2013 download of which is available here. The attorneys behind the website “Dodd-Frank-com” state “ Fiscal 2013 drew 3,238 complaints compared to 3,001 in 2012, an 8% increase.”  Did you check that, over 3000 complaints a year, or about 9 daily. For retailers, communities and others involved in manufactured home lending, lease-purchase, rent-to-own or other instruments deemed to be ‘financing’ per the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, this ought to be the latest wake up call. MHProNews suggests that once you’ve had your coffee, see if your Congressman is on this list, and either call to thank them or call to ask for their support of HR1779. ##

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Orders for Manufactured Homes Rise in Iowa

October 16th, 2013 Comments off

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) reports retailers’ orders for manufactured homes (MH) are up this year over last by 28 percent to 203 homes, third in growth behind Wisconsin and Indiana in the north central region. Sixty-six percent of them were single section. Iowa ranks 35th in the nation for total MH orders, as MHProNews has been informed. Texas continues to dominate both the number one shipment state position with 20 percent of the orders, as well as production at 25 percent of the total.

(Photo credit: inhabitat–manufactured home being transported)

Louisville Show Success! Initial Report, by the numbers

January 27th, 2013 Comments off

money-tree-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-2013-posted-mhpronews-com-daily-business-news-MHProNews has learned that attendance at the 2013 Louisville Show rose a stunning 1.337% vs. the 2012 totals, according to preliminary numbers released by Michele Middleton of the Show Ways Unlimited. Middleton stressed that filters must be run to gauge the exact tallies in all categories, but that the initial reports are typically quite accurate. By attendee category, the initial report reads as follows:

  • Builder/Developer – 188
  • Community Manager – 301
  • Installer – 79
  • Retailer – 799
  • Total 1,367

The above represents a rise in every category over 2012. It should be noted that since attendees can only sign up in one category, some land lease community owners/managers – for example – may elect to sign up as retailers or builder/developers.

Comments from those at the show and a more in depth Show related report can be found at the links below.

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Eastern Manufactured and Modular Retailer boasts good sales numbers

October 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Randy Merritt, Jr Atlantis Homes LLC credit LinkedInDelmarVaNow reports that decade old Atlantis Homes, LLC in is successfully bucking trends in manufactured and modular home sales.  “Even in the economic situation we have, we sell on average 200 homes a year,” Randy Merritt, Jr. said. “That’s a lot of homes.” Atlantis is a retailer for Clayton, Norris, Skyline, Eagle River and Fleetwood manufactured and/or modular home builders.  The retailer has model home centers in Delmar, Dover, Millsboro and Pocomoke City, giving the company visibility in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, along with parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The company dates back nearly a half century, when Merritt’s grandfather launched a Symrna-based modular home business, Larry’s Homes. Merritt’s parents, Randy and Pamela Merritt Sr., teamed with his uncle, Brian McKinley, to buy Larry’s Homes.  Merritt says site building in his areas runs about $80 and $120 per square foot, compared to manufactured or modular homes that cost between $50 and $80 per square foot.  Atlantis received Clayton’s Five Star Customer Service award for being “a truly world class performer.” according to Lance Hull, vice president at Clayton Manufacturing. “We partner with over 1,100 independent retailers in marketing our products across the country, and Atlantis Homes is one of the best in consistently delivering the finest customer service,” Hull said. “It is a testament to their commitment of not just meeting, but exceeding customer expectations.”  Since opening just before 9-11 2001, the modular and manufactured home retailer states they’ve sold some 2000 homes, averaging some 200 sales a year, even during this long, difficult housing downturn.

(Photo credit of Randy Merritt, Jr: LinkedIn)