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Louisville Show is Approaching a Sell-Out

July 28th, 2014 Comments off

2014-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-crowd-photo-credits-mhpronews-manufacturedhomes-com-There are almost 6 months to go before the start of the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and booth space and manufacturers exhibit space is approaching a sell out.  MHProNews has learned there will be 2 new factory builders planning for the 2015 event, and apparently all the current manufactured and modular builders are expected to return.

Registration for the 2015 show opens on October 1, 2014.  Dennis Hill of Show Ways Unlimited suggests it’s wise to mark your calendars now for the 2015 show.

“Louisville has been the best attended industry event 2 years in a row.” Dennis Hill said.  “As videos from attendees in 2014 posted on our updated show website underscore, the enthusiasm and value for attending the show has not been better in a decade. Our popular Business Building Seminars will be back, and because they were often standing room only in 2014, we’ve expanded the seminar space.  The full seminar line up will be available this fall.”

Show Chairman Ron Thomas Sr. had only this to say, “It’s the best way to start off your new year. Don’t miss it!” ##

(Photo credit: ManufacturedHomes.com and MHProNews.com)

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:

http://www.MHProNews.com/home/featured-articles/december-2013/138-general-manufactured-housing-industry-topics/6692-why-will-the-louisville-2014-show-you-the-money

And/Or go to:

http://www.LouisvilleShow.com 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

Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Draws Praise and Enhanced Interest

October 9th, 2013 Comments off

louisville-manufactured-housing-show-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The early sellout of model home floor space for the 2014 Louisville Show is one of many signs that the trade show is on a strong track. Last year set a post 2010 record for attendance, making Louisville the best attended manufactured housing industry event.

Attendees MHProNews has spoken to often mirror what Bob and Janet McDonald said, “The Louisville show is a MUST see. I was very impressed at the last show and I can’t wait to see the exhibitors at this year’s Louisville show.” Exhibit space is also almost sold out, for reasons highlighted by Ralph Metcalf from CuttingSystem who stated that “The Louisville Show is an excellent venue to introduce your products to the manufactured housing community. Manufacturers, dealers and set up personal all have a chance to view your offerings. We have been very successful at this show and highly recommend it.’”

Manufacturers have praised the show too. Gary Boerner from Norris Homes frankly observed: Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years. 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.”

Wally Comer from Adventure Homes radiated praise for the Show, as well as for Ron Thomas Sr. – Show Chairman – and Dennis Hill – Show Coordinator – in his exclusive interview linked here.

Publisher and industry consultant L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach said, “From ‘mom and pops’ to mid-sized operations along side the largest players in the industry flocked to Louisville last year. More pros seeking to grow are bound to come in 2014. The strategies to move from survive to thrive will be showcased in the free educational offerings. Want to grow? Be there!”

Pre-registration is open along with many more details found at the Louisville Show website. ##

At Louisville: Industry Execs Meet the Press

January 18th, 2013 Comments off

In a Meet the Media Morning at the Louisville Manufactured Home Show Thurs. Jan. 24, from 9-11 AM, the press has been invited to see the quality of factory-built homes for themselves to dispel the misconceptions about the industry and the product.
Top-named officials in the industry, companies associations and professionals from across North America will engage with the media after they tour some of the 39 homes installed in the Kentucky Exhibition Center.

Although closed to the general public, some 1700 professionals from across North America will be in attendance at what has become the largest indoor trade show in the nation, perhaps beyond.

The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) is the parent body for the Louisville Show. MMHF Chairman Ron Thomas says, “We at the Louisville Show want to treat the media to a spectacular array of dozens of new homes, to see the products and services our industry offers, all under one climate controlled roof.”

Louisville Show promoter and MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach says, “There are so many myths and misconceptions out there, that the best way for the media or anyone else to understand the truth about factory built housing is for them to personally see the homes.”

Members of the media seeking admission should contact Dennis Hill, Show Manager, 800 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway, Suite 140, Roswell, GA 30076, Phone: (770) 587-3350 and be prepared to show media credentials.

(Photo credit: A kitchen in one of the 39 homes at the Louisville Show.)

Louisville Show Launches Own Website

October 19th, 2012 Comments off

Dennis Hill and Show Ways Unlimited, Inc. are proud to announce the launching of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show 2013 website. The website provides a robust display of specific seminars, exhibiting manufacturers, service and supply vendors that will be at the show, in addition to some of the movers and shakers in our Industry. Don Glisson Jr. MHI’s new chairman and CEO of Triad Financial Services will be among the movers and shakers who will meet, mingle with and address attendees. In 2012, over 1500 industry professionals attended and exhibited—more are expected in 2013. The Jan. 23-25, 2013 event will feature 38 homes on display, the largest indoor show in North America. This will be some 40% larger than the 2012 event. Among the dozens of positive comments about the new website, Tifannee McCall, National Accounts Manager for MWHC said:”…it is exciting to know that time and resources are being utilized in promoting the show. As our industry positions itself to move forward and business models change it seems only a natural transition to promote the show and all it has to offer electronically.” Bob and Janet McDonald said: “The Louisville show is a MUST see. I was very impressed at the last show and I can’t wait to see the exhibitors at this year’s Louisville show.” The Website was built by MHMarketingSalesManagement – a related operation of MHProNews.com – for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF), the parent body of the Louisville Show. Ron Thomas, successful retailer, community operator and show Chairman touted the Money Tree business building seminars, the many networking opportunities and the top indoor facility for this type of indoor event, all featured on the new website. Coordinator Dennis Hill wrote in an e-mail, “With this new website, we are providing professionals like you more of the sights and sounds of what makes the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show the granddaddy of them all!” www.LouisvilleManufacturedHomeShow.com

Adventure and Granger love Louisville

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

Kentucky Exhibition Center - credit Wikimedia Commons - posted MHMSM.com, MHProNews.com Ron Thomas, Sr., Chairman of the  Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF), said: “I’m happy to tell you the Louisville Show is scheduled for January 11, 12, and 13.  Everyone I talk to is very pleased the show is moving forward in 2012.”  As if to underscore Thomas’ point, Wally Comer, President of Adventure Homes, told MHProNews.com that: “I went to the (January 2011) show very skeptical; prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.  Was I surprised!  We had lousy weather on day one and still entertained a good crowd.  On day two, the crowd got larger and business got better.  Adventure is having a very good 2011 and I attribute our strong start to our participation at Louisville 2011.” Granger’s Shawn Cravens stated: “Granger Plastics is extremely pleased that the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is returning to Louisville in 2012, after a great return show in 2011….(The)…2011 show in Louisville showcased an overwhelming number of sales opportunities for us to capture after missing out on the 2010 show. “  Comer added: “Adventure took 5 homes last year; however, this year we will have 6 homes in the show!  We are expecting a larger more enthusiastic crowd …(in 2012).”   Ron Thomas wrapped up his comments  to MHProNews.com by saying: “This year’s show is in a growth mode and we expect the show to be bigger and better than last year.  I would like to invite everyone to come to Louisville 2012, a true “cornerstone event” in our industry.”

(Editor’s note: for more information on the 2012 Louisville Show, please see this link.)

Register FREE online at this link below.

(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)