Posts Tagged ‘southwest’

MHAO Cancels Show

December 14th, 2012 Comments off

In an open letter to the industry, Deanna Fields of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) says the 2013 Great Southwest Home Show has been canceled. Originally set to run Feb. 28-March 3, 2013 at the QuikTrip Center Expo Square in Tulsa, due to the economic climate, site contract payments due for the show, and response from MH producers and other vendors, the MHAO Board of Directors decided to pull the plug on this year’s show. MHProNews has learned MHAO is planning a show in 2014 when the economic forecast looks brighter. Noting the past four years at QuikTrip have been a great promotion for the industry, MHAO President Bo Radley stated, “We remain committed to providing this forum in the future and will continue the momentum in that direction.” Sources close to the Louisville and Tunica shows expressed their regrets about Tulsa’s Show, but say their outlooks are good for 2013. For example the Louisville Show’s attendee registrations are up, number of manufacturers are up and sold out. Louisville has also expanded their exhibit space. The popular Money Tree Seminars are also expanded. A special pre-show event is planned: Introduction to MH Opportunities day, linked here.


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New MOD Builder for Southwest

November 15th, 2012 Comments off

The huerfanjournal reports from south central Colorado the Kaspia Group, a New Mexico contracting and real estate services company will begin producing modular homes in the old Kan Build site in Walsenburg, CO early next year. Specializing in affordable housing developments, Kaspia expects to hire 60-65 full time employees who will turn out one modular home a day. Designed as a modular home-building operation in 1970, the plant was upgraded in 1998 and has all the heavy duty electrical and mechanical infrastructure necessary for the new business. As MHProNews has learned, the company is also opening a facility in Las Cruces, NM that will employ 250.

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Used Manufactured Homes Selling in Arizona

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

TheDailyCourier reports Beverly Granillo, who has been selling manufactured homes in Prescott Valley, Arizona since 1986, says used manufactured homes are selling well in the area because they are 30-50 percent less than new homes. She closed her dealership in 2009 because of the economy but now sells new and used homes for another dealer. Noting business has been tough since the housing market crashed in 2007, she says “What is hardest for us is the financing because a lot of lenders are not doing loans on manufactured homes.” MHProNews has learned Larry Tax, owner of Southwest Manufactured Homes, closed his business after 17 years, but now sells mostly used homes from the property of a friend. “We think that the market is finally coming back. It is going to take time. It is past bottom.”

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Manufactured Housing Show Returns to Tulsa in 2013

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO), tells MHProNews the Great Southwest Home Show will once again be held at the QuikTrip Center Expo Square in Tulsa, Feb. 28-March 3, 2013. The educational seminars will be held Wed. Feb. 27 before the show. Thurs. and Fri. will be Trade Days, Sat. and Sun. the show will welcome the public. MHAO Board of Directors elected  for the coming year are: Scott Valdez, 1stV.P.; Ray McKay, 2ndV.P.; Julie Dwyer, Sec.; Steve Russell, Treas.; and Tony Fiorentine, Sgt. At Arms.

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Icon Delivers Modular Classrooms

July 18th, 2012 Comments off

From its manufacturing plant in Durant, Oklahoma, Icon Construction has completed the delivery of five modular classroom buildings and the relocation of five previously sited modular classrooms in Anadarko, OK at Riverside Indian School southwest of Oklahoma City. From timesunion, MHProNews has learned Riverside is the nation’s oldest federally operated Native American boarding school, having begun in 1871 now serving students from dozens of Indian nations grades 4-12. Icon has provided modular buildings for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico, Arizona, the Dakotas, and Oklahoma, and is the only SBA 8(a), HUBZone, Veteran and Native American owned manufacturer of modular buildings in the U.S. The project included site preparation, utilities, a parking lot, and a playground.

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Monthly Fees Increased for MHC Residents

June 27th, 2012 Comments off

NJ reports from Pennsville, New Jersey township officials have unanimously voted to increase fess on manufactured homes in MHCs from $24 to $28 a month, collected by the MHC owner and then forwarded to the township. There are approximately 200 homes in the White Oaks and Southbridge communities in this town that borders the Delaware River in southwest New Jersey across from Wilmington, DE. MH owners also pay for fire and police service as well as trash pick-up. The revised fee schedule was on the agenda in Feb. of this year, but several MH residents objected and the ordinance was shelved. MHProNews has learned the ordinance will become effective July 1 and will run through June 30, 2013, at which time the fees may be increased again.

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Showtime in Tulsa!! Opening Day at the Home Show

March 1st, 2012 Comments off

The Great Southwest Home Show opens today at the QuikTrip Center in Tulsa with dozens of the newest manufactured homes on display from the nation’s top builders, vendors offering support product and services, and seminars and workshops dealing with financing, attracting new clients, appraisals, MHC management, and expanding your inventory through the SBA. Network with other industry pros—you never know what connections may turn to profits! Watch MHProNews as publisher L.A. Tony Kovach does a walk-through at the Center. Check the schedule of events Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2.The show continues Saturday and Sunday as Public Days.



The vast majority of manufactured housing industry pros have never seen the set up of homes and exhibits at a Trade Show. You can get an exclusive, behind the scenes look and check for more at show series of videos on The Masthead blog, entitled Live from Tulsa: the 2012 Great Southwest Home Show.




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GSHS, QuikTrip Center, Tulsa, OK March 1-4

February 28th, 2012 Comments off

The Great Southwest Home Show, billed as the World’s Largest Indoor Manufactured Home Show, is packing a wallop of seminars, forums, and workshops in addition to all the vendors and homes from the nation’s foremost manufacturers. March 1 and 2 will be Industry Days with workshops ranging from new financing options to attorney Kurt Kelly’s presentation on MHC management, billed tongue-in-cheek, as “Here’s How Me, Daryl, and My Other Brother Daryl Ran Our Park and Why We Got Sued So Many Times,” and his Top Ten dumb management ideas. MHProNews publisher L.A. Tony Kovach will disclose proven strategies to attract more customers to retail and to communities, and Dick Ernst will moderate a panel of the top seven MH lenders, each of whom will give their best shot. The government will get in on the act with a Small Business Administration (SBA) official presenting a revised floorplan lending program, and Sherrie Clevenger will give tips and insights on getting the most out of your appraisal. March 3 and 4 will be Public Days. For more information go to

Book Signing

February 25th, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing RevolutionBring your copy or buy The Manufactured Housing Revolution! with you to the Great Southwest Home Show in Tulsa on March 1st and 2nd, and L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach will be happy to sign it for you. A number of pros asked for signed copies of the The Manufactured Housing Revolution! book at Louisville, and so the MHProNews publisher decided to set time aside in Tulsa just for this purpose. Announcements are planned for the show, or come to one of the seminars that Tony will be at or to the booth. Copies at the 2012 Tulsa Show will be discounted to $20 each, and you save the normal $5 postage and handling charges too. # #




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Hundreds of Pros Tulsa Bound

February 24th, 2012 Comments off

Contrarian views about the 2012 Great Southwest Home Show have not matched up with the positive pre-show reports about the upcoming indoor manufactured housing trade show at the Quik-Trip Center in Tulsa, OK. Reports indicate that the show hotel has filled up on their space allocation early. Sources tell that since the announcement of new business building seminars, forums and workshops, the number of registrations has doubled in a week and continues to rise. More information about the show is found at this link, and pre-show video reports will be available on the Masthead blog, starting this weekend. The video reports will give a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the tremendous scope and size of this event, which promises to be bigger than 90% of all industry events in 2012. # #

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