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Manufactured Home Community Owners Leave Trail of Neglect

March 26th, 2014 Comments off

About six weeks ago, residents of the 20 households of the Seaview Trailer Court (STC) on the Washington coast learned why garbage sometimes piles up uncollected in their community: STC is being foreclosed on and will be auctioned off Friday, March 28 at the courthouse in South Bend, Washington. If no one bids, the lender will assume control of the community. Residents learned of the action when someone distributed legal notices about six weeks ago, according to When one Seaview resident began researching community owners Susan and Robert Daniell, he discovered they have owned and operated nine manufactured home communities comprising 430 homesites in Washington and western Oregon, and have allegedly left a trail of unpaid utility bills, taxes, fines, legal fees and bad loans totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as abandoned homes and hazardous and unsanitary conditions.

In 2005, Seaview residents began a letter-writing campaign to the Pacific County Department of Community Development when the Daniells allegedly told them to keep their garbage inside when the single trash can in the community overflowed. Also in 2005, residents of the Daniells’ Rose Haven Mobile Home Park in Spokane County reportedly complained of raw sewage backing into fixtures and bubbling up in the street. In 2010 the Daniells filed for bankruptcy on a community in The Dalles, OR; in 2011 their community in Spokane went into foreclosure; and in Sept. 2013 they allowed their business license to operate Seaview to expire. As has learned, attempts by the article’s author, Natalie St. John, to contact the Daniells were unsuccessful. ##

(Photo credit: cbs7kosa–dilapidated manufactured home)

Emergency Quadruple Bypass Surgery for RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer

August 22nd, 2013 Comments off

darryl-searer-rv-mh-hall-fame-president-posted-manufactured-housing-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame is progressing well today after undergoing a successful emergency quadruple bypass surgery yesterday morning at the Memorial Hospital in South Bend, according to Barry Cole, Hall chairman of the board. Cole said, “Over the past weekend Darryl suffered what he considered possibly symptoms of a heart attack and contacted his cardiologist.  An examination on Monday proved inconclusive so more extensive tests, including an exploratory heart procedure, were conducted on Tuesday.  His doctor concluded that Searer, in fact, had suffered a mild heart attack and his condition serious enough that he should undergo immediate emergency quadruple bypass surgery.” In addition to his duties at the Hall, Searer is also the semi-retired chairman of the board of Ultra-Fab Products, Inc., an Elkhart-based supplier of OEM and aftermarket RV products. Cole concluded, “He is blessed by catching this in time, and please join me in sending a prayer his way as he continues his recovery.” MHProNews publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach said, “We all want to extend our heartfelt prayers and best wishes to Searer, his family and associates for his speedy recovery.” ##

(Photo Credit: RV-MH Hall of Fame)

Second Stone Creek Plant Folds

May 28th, 2012 Comments off reported in a story earlier today a Stone Creek Homes facility in Marshall County, Indiana south of South Bend abruptly closed its doors earlier this week, allegedly with no advance warning and without paying the 40 employees. Now word comes to us from WOWT-TV that the Stone Creek Homes plant in Central City, Nebraska in the southeast part of the state just as abruptly closed Thursday with no warning, idling 40 employees there as well. As in the Indiana closure, company officials allegedly did not return phone calls for comment. A city official said the company built modular homes. Stay tuned for further details as they unfold.

(Photo credit: WOWT-TV)

HUD/MOD Plant Closes Abruptly

May 28th, 2012 Comments off

WSBT-TV in South Bend reports employees of the Stone Creek Homes plant in Marshall County, IN say they were laid off this week without notice and did not get their final check. They were allegedly told to take their personal belongings, the layoffs were indefinite, and they would be called if work resumes. Attempts to contact company officers by employees and WSBT-TV were not successful, although one supervisor said the owner is nowhere to be found and there is no money to pay employees. has learned the company, located just south of South Bend, began operations about a year ago with the intent to provide workforce housing for oil and gas workers. We are told the plant employed 40 people.

(Image credit: Stone Creek Homes)