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Nominations for RV/MH Hall of Fame Due

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

The Recreational Vehicle (RV)/Manufactured Housing (MH) Hall of Fame (Hall) Selection Committee is actively seeking nominations for the class of 2014. Darryl Searer, Hall president, said, “The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc.” The nominee must have been involved in either industry for at least 25 years. Hall Chairman Barry Cole said, “Time is running out for nominations to the Hall’s Class of 2014, so I urge my colleagues to honor their friends and co-workers by submitting their nominations before the October 31 deadline.” MHProNews understands the nomination process has been streamlined by the Board of Directors. For more information, click here please.

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Modular Residential Housing Ramping up in Australia

July 1st, 2013 1 comment

For years in Australia, mining and construction companies used dongas, transportable single-room aluminum buildings for workers, which have now evolved to modular housing, but few modular structures were made for residential housing in the last ten years. Ausco Modular has supplied thousands of units of modular workforce housing over its 50+ years, from its 12 manufacturing facilities across the country, but the company made only 80 modular residences in the last four years, most of which went to companies. It is now turning its sights on increasing modular homes sales. Managing director Anthony Walsh, noting that savings can amount to 20 percent or more in areas where labor is in short supply or expensive, says, “We are now confident we have a mix of products that can tackle all sectors. You have got to have enough in your range to satisfy the majority of requests.” MHProNews has learned from theaustralian that costs in major urban areas will be the same as for site-built homes, but require much less time to complete.

(Photo credit: modularvillages.com–Ausco Modular donga)

U. S. Modular Firm Teams with Chinese Counterpart

April 12th, 2013 Comments off

As marketwire reports, Baltimore-based Algeco Scotsman has inked a joint venture agreement with Beijing Chengdong International Modular Housing Company, Ltd. Under the brand name Algeco Chengdong, the collaboration will produce, lease and sell modular housing solutions in China, which has emerging needs for flexible, onsite, temporary accommodations in the energy, natural resource, industrial, commercial and major event sectors. While Algeco will hold the majority interest in the venture, Chengdong has solid relationships with major Chinese construction and engineering firms, and is the second largest modular space provider in China with a strong presence in Beijing. As MHProNews reported here Feb. 13, 2013, Algeco Scotsman manages over 340,000 modular units worldwide with operations in 37 countries.

(Photo credit: tradekey.com–Chinese modular house)

Builder Confidence Wanes

March 18th, 2013 Comments off

Single-family home builder confidence slipped for the third consecutive month, falling two points to 44 for March, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). MHProNews has learned any number above 50 indicates the outlook for the next six months is good rather than poor. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe says the infrastructure that supports home-building has to re-establish itself. “During the Great Recession, the industry lost home building firms, building material production capacity, workers who retreated to other sectors and the pipeline of developed lots. The road to a housing recovery will be a bumpy one until these issues are addressed, but in the meantime, builders are much more optimistic today than they were at this time last year.” Regionally, the West gained four points, the Northeast remained unchanged, and the South and Midwest each lost a point.

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Man Camps Change Hands

February 13th, 2013 Comments off

InForum says Target Logistics’ fleet of modular man camps serving the Bakken oil field in western North Dakota are being sold for $625 million to Algeco Scotsman. The 3,400 units, located in Tioga, Williston, Watford City, and Dunn County, will continue with the Target name but a tag mentioning Algeco Scotsman will be added. The transaction is set to close at month’s end. As MHProNews has learned separately, Algeco is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and with its affiliates manages a fleet of more than 340,000 units worldwide providing modular solutions for the industrial, business, educational, healthcare and storage sectors, with operations in 37 countries.

(Image credit: top, Algeco Scotsman; bottom, Associated Press–Williston, ND man camp)

UFPI Inc. Acquires Nepa

October 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Community NASDAQ reports UFP Washington LLC, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI), has agreed to acquire the assets of Nepa Pallet and Container, Inc., a manufacturer of pallets, bins and containers for industry and agriculture in Washington. This acquisition strengthens UFPI’s foot hold in the Northwest U.S., and follows the procurement earlier this year of MSR Forest Products, LLC of Alabama, a supplier of trusses and cut-to-order lumber for the manufactured housing industry. As MHProNews reported Oct. 17, 2012, this news comes on the heels of UFPI’s financials for Q3 2012 which denotes double-digit sales growth in four of the five markets, including a 35.5 percent increase in sales in the MH and RV sectors over the same period last year. In addition, the company declared a semi-annual $.20 per share dividend Dec. 15, 2012 to shareholders on record as of Dec. 1, 2012. UFPI closed Friday, Oct. 19 at 36.47, down -2.49%.

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The World of Modular is Spreading

December 30th, 2011 Comments off

The OmanObserver in the Middle East tells MHProNews.com that the rapid growth in the use of modular buildings has led Al Anseria Engineering Services to establish Modular Building Solutions (MBS), specializing in container conversions and insulated metal cabins. Noting they have many applications, from low-cost housing and offices to guard rooms and walk-in refrigerators, Murtuza Nalwala, Al Ansare Group directors, says, “ Given the fact that this is one of the fastest growing segments in the building sectors, we remain highly committed to developing this opportunity and working closely with our customers, to maintain the best possible service and quality.” Established in 1983, Al Ansari has operations in the Sultanate of Oman, the UAE, and India, and has worked collaboratively with the United States, as well as other countries in Europe and Asia. The company is involved in construction, irrigation, landscaping, marketing, and distribution.

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