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Chemical Vapors Entered Manufactured Homes, Tests Show

May 4th, 2017 Comments off

Community Residents at the meeting in October. Credit: Times of San Diego.

In a follow up to a story the Daily Business News covered in November, residents of the Starlight Mobile Home Park and Greenfield Mobile Estates received confirmation that vapors from a dangerous chemical that runs underground in the city of El Cajon, California have seeped into people’s homes.

According to KPBS, new air testing shows that, contrary to what some residents were led to expect when they learned of the plume last October, the vapors were not only seeping in, but it may have been happening for decades.

The gas is trichloroethylene, or TCE, a chemical commonly used for cleaning and degreasing. TCE is strongly linked to kidney cancer,” said John Budroe, senior toxicologist with the California environmental health agency.

It may also cause liver cancer and malignant lymphoma. It is harmful to babies in utero and can lower men’s hormone levels, sex drive and sperm quality.”

Back in October of last year, state officials offered 19 households in the Starlight Mobile Home Park and Greenfield Mobile Home Estates air testing four days after a report that a plume ran beneath the communities, and 18 days after the Department of Toxic Substances Control issued a Proposition 65 hazard warning.


Image of the toxic plume. Credit: Times of San Diego.

Specialists tested 18 of some 45 homes that sit atop the most potent part of the plume, and found that four of the homes required either immediate or accelerated response level action.


Ron Cox. Credit: KPBS.

Nobody knows the effects of living over a house that has the minimum or acceptable amount of TCE seeping up into the air for 30 years,” said resident Ron Cox, who is suing the chemical company, Ametek, and the company currently operating at the site, Senior Operations, for loss of home value.

Cox’s mother, Arla JoDoell Cox, died at age 63 of kidney cancer. His brother, Adam Cox, is in hospice with a brain tumor.

They failed to let me or my family know this is happening and this could affect their health, why haven’t they fixed it, why didn’t they notify the public?” asked Cox.

Dr. Mary McDaniel, an environmental medicine physician consulting with Ametek, says that the reason the communities were not tested sooner is because years of testing at the school indicated levels there were safe.

But John Fiske, the attorney for Cox, disagrees with that story.

Ametek and its top executive ignored notices of violation and abatement from the water board. The water board tried for ten years to get Ametek to clean this up and they refused to do it,” said Fiske.


Starlight Mobile Home Estates. Credit: Times of San Diego.

Engineering geologist Sean McClain says that the plume may actually originate from multiple locations on the former site.

The plume may originate from as many as seven places on the 17 acre former manufacturing site where chemical waste was thrown away in pits or sumps,” said McClain.

From there, the chemicals flow down through broken rock into the shallow groundwater, under the densely populated mobile home parks [sic], beneath Highway 67 and toward the Gillespie Field airport, where the plume loses steam 1.3 miles from its source.”

In addition to the legal action from Cox, three other residents from Greenfield Mobile Home Estates have also filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court. Ametek responded with a list of 39 defenses.

The Daily Business News will continue to monitor this story and provide updates. ##


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MHProNews, MHLivingNews in Focus: 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show

March 24th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Tunica Home Show.

As the manufactured housing industry prepares for the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show beginning next week, two power packed panels are on the agenda for Tuesday, March 28th.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach moderates a panel featuring Manufactured Home Communities star and media-magnet Frank Rolfe, who will be joined by Millennial and third-generation family-owned community partner, Tom Fath, on the “Engaging the Media” panel beginning at 1pm Central.


Frank Rolfe, part of a panel at the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, credit, MHProNews.

Fath will share his experiences at how they boosted new home sales some 400 percent, using the same lending programs they had previously. They increased sales as well as margins on new and pre-owned homes.


Tom Fath.

While Rolfe and Fath have different approaches to the media, each uses media to drive their respective narratives – and business.

(Editor’s Note: MHI has not formally responded to an invitation to have their communication VP present on this panel, but the latest indirect indication obtained by MHProNews is that they will not be participating.)


L A ‘Tony’ Kovach, credit, MHVillage.

Then, at 2:30pm Central, Kovach is front and center with his presentation “Attract and Sell More Qualified Customers Engaging the Public Through Media,” sharing facts, figures, tips, and strategies to create positive media that will attract and sell more qualified customers for your location(s). This is a proven tool to attracting and selling more cash and well-qualified credit customers.


Click the image above to learn more. Credit, Show Ways Unlimited,

To learn about the manufactured home lenders panel discussion, and more about the education above, click here.

2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show takes place at the Resorts & Hollywood Casinos in Tunica, Mississippi. For more information on the show, click here. ##


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Jobs Go Boom: Employment Numbers Show Trump Effect

March 8th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Heather’s Homilies.

For President Donald Trump, the news regarding jobs made for a great morning.

U.S. private sector job creation surging with nearly 300k created last month. Much more than expected!” tweeted Trump.

Today’s report from global payroll firm ADP provides the first look at hard figures from the President’s first full month in office.


Credit: U.K. Daily Mail, Twitter.

According to CNBC, employment in the private sector surged by 298,000 for the month, with goods producers adding 106,000.

Construction jobs increased by 66,000 and manufacturing added 32,000.

The total exceeded market expectations of 190,000, according to economists surveyed by ADP.


Credit: CNBC.

February proved to be an incredibly strong month for employment with increases we have not seen in years,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute.

Confidence is playing a large role,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics on CNBC.

Businesses are anticipating a lot of good stuff — tax cuts, less regulation. They are hiring more aggressively.


President Donald Trump in Orlando, FL last week. Credit: U.K. Daily Mail.

A further breakdown shows that service jobs led the way at 193,000, with 66,000 coming from professional and business services and 38,000 from health care.

Companies with 50 to 499 employees added the most with 122,000, while small firms added 104,000 and large contributed 72,000.


Distractions, Dodges, Delays and Disruptions

Even with job growth, President Trump still faces staunch opposition, distractions, dodges, delays and disruptions.

Billionaire George Soros, who supported Hillary Clinton to the tune of almost $10 million to super PACs, along with connections to funding of Black Lives Matter and other “rent-a-riot” organizations, made his position crystal clear in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


George Soros at Davos. Credit: CNBC.

I personally am convinced that he is going to fail,” said Soros.

Failure will come not because of people like me who would like him to fail, but because his ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory and the contradictions are already embodied by his advisors.

Soros then elaborated on his comments.

I have described him as an impostor and a con man and a would-be dictator,” said Soros.

But he’s only a would-be dictator because I’m confident that the Constitution and the institutions of the United States are strong enough. He would be a dictator if he could get away with it, but he won’t be able to.

But, not every billionaire sees Trump in a negative light.


Sam Zell, ELS Chair, credit, MHProNews.

I think Donald Trump is very smart and has a unique opportunity to change things and lead this country,” said ELS Chairman Sam Zell.

And I think this country desperately is looking for somebody to give us leadership.


Impact on MHVille

While the anti-trump side of the media spotlights the Soros-backed “rent-a-riot” protests, businesses are investing billions more in the U.S., and job growth continues, all based upon President Trump’s economic policies.


Credit: CNBC.

As well as the markets and new job creation are already responding to his initiatives, where could we be if there wasn’t a non-stop assault on our new president?” said MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is the publisher of, and MH Consultant.

Back in November, Tim Williams told MHProNews that, “I am deeply encouraged that less than 24 hours into President Trump’s term, he has frozen new, potentially burdensome regulations.”  For his full comments, click here.

MHARR CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD, told MHProNews similar thoughts, see the story, linked here.

For more on the progress of the Trump Administration, including proposed budget cuts to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), click here. ##

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2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Attendance, Insider Feedback

February 1st, 2017 Comments off

North wing of the KEC – not far from the site of the 2017 Louisville Show, photo credit: MHProNews.

The final numbers are in for the 2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and they show another increase in attendance.

We had 1,933 people representing 753 companies in these four categories. If you add in the additional representatives in these categories, it comes to 346 more people in 2017 than came in 2016. This is a significant increase from one year to the next,” Dennis Hill of Show Ways Unlimited, Show Coordinator told MHProNews.

In addition, if you add in the exhibitors and special guests, our total number comes to 2,929 individuals representing 962 companies. I think everybody would agree that this year’s show was a success. The degree of enthusiasm was most rewarding. We are looking forward to the 2018 show. Again, thanks for your continued support for the Louisville Show. Without you, nothing happens!


Dennis Hill, left, Ron Thomas Sr., right. Credit, MHProNews. For interviews with each, please click the links on their respective names.

Manufacturers gave the show a solid B (on an A to F grading scale),”  outgoing Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr., told MHProNews.

The show was an improvement over last year, exhibitors told MHProNews, but still not what the show was like 15 or more years ago.  Exhibitors agreed that the show traffic was up over 2016, some said, due in part to the improved weather this year over last.

The total number of homes on display was down slightly from the prior year, but the feedback from attendees on the models on display was routinely positive.  ##

Editor’s Note: These totals and other numbers are deemed to be the most accurate, and are different (higher) than prior reports put out by other industry sources.  This is in keeping with our tag line and publishing principle,  “Often First; Always the Best Industry Coverage.”  ©

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Tiny Prefab Builder Takes His Show on the Road

January 27th, 2017 Comments off

Inside of a MicroPAD. Credit: Berkeley Side.

Patrick Kennedy, owner of Panoramic Interests, a San Francisco, California based developer specializing in prefab homes, believes he has a partial solution to the Bay Area’s chronic homelessness problem.

Now he’s invited the East Bay city of Berkeley to take a look at that solution with a prototype installed next to City Hall.

According to Berkeley Side, Kennedy, whom the Daily Business News covered recently in his quest to solve the homeless challenge in San Francisco, believes the answer lies in the MicroPAD — a fully furnished, 20 by eight foot steel box, reminiscent of a shipping container that’s designed to house one person, or possibly a couple.

The formula? Stack many of them on top of each other, and they become a building of small housing units.


Patrick Kennedy. Credit: Biz Journals.

Homelessness has reached a boiling point, and it’s going to get worse,” said Kennedy.

This is a way of creating fast and effective permanent housing for people without homes. And many people are just one paycheck away from being homeless.

Kennedy hopes to build micro housing in Berkeley and nearby Oakland, with an overall goal of providing housing for 5,000 Bay Area homeless people in the next five years.

The Berkeley city council appears to be open to the idea. Council members Ben Bartlett and Linda Maio put an item on the council meeting agenda recently to discuss the units.


Berkeley, in red. Credit: Google.

The recommendation is that the city identify public land where such housing could be erected, obtain zoning and permitting approval for a 4-story, 100-unit building, identify a housing nonprofit to manage and operate the property, and establish criteria to determine who would be eligible to live there.


Linda Maio and  Ben Bartlett. Credit: Official photos.

I ran across micro-units about a year ago and I was really excited,” said Bartlett.

Having people on the street is a huge concern for me and my constituents. The waiting time for housing for many of the homeless is over a decade and the funding sources for supportive housing is drying up. This could be a way to build housing rapidly and cheaply — it looks like a silver bullet.

As was the case in San Francisco, Kennedy is aware his proposals will be met with some scrutiny, and perhaps resistance, in Berkeley.

He also believes there is an urgency to address the ongoing housing crisis, and that there are options for funding.

Paying for housing city by city is problematic,” said Kennedy.

Why should Berkeley fund it all? Homeless people are not citizens of any city. It would make sense for the county, or even the state to fund it, to spread the burden, use some creative financing.


A view of the MicroPAD. Credit: Berkeley Side.

At least one member of the homeless community is already scrutinizing the idea.

Me and one of my friends have seen the MicroPAD and it doesn’t look very well built,” said Mike Zint, founder of First They Came for the Homeless.

Zint and other advocates support building “tiny homes” as a solution.

Homeless advocate Mike Lee said that he believes tiny homes can be built for $10,000 each.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the rules governing tiny homes vary greatly by county, as we covered in the case of a Washington State builder recently. ##

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