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Patrick Industries-Manufactured Housing Supplier-PATK Investor Relations Spotlights Manufactured Home Industry Challenges, Opportunities

May 30th, 2019 Comments off

 

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It has been some times since the Daily Business News on MHProNews took a look under the hood at Patrick Industries.  Patrick (PATK:NASDAQ) is a supplier to the RV, Marine, Manufactured Housing, and other segments of the broader Housing Industries. Their Investor Relations (IR) package is a useful resource in understanding that firm.  But it is also useful in understanding the true picture of the state of manufactured housing, in the context of a broader view of the economy, and other industries, as they compare or relate to manufactured homes potential.

 

This report will be done primarily through slides, from the Patrick IR package.  Some commentary are on select slides, with more below and linked.

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Patrick has facilities positioned close to most major manufactured housing markets. Note that MHProNews has no position in PATK, and is not commenting on them as an investment per se. PATK is one of the companies MHProNews tracks in its evening market report.

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Patrick is not alone to point to the robust economy, notably taking off since the election of President Donald J. Trump. These are positive background facts that ought to point to far more robust manufactured home (MH) sales. Why isn’t MH doing better?

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While RVs and automotive have both taken a dip, there are factors at play in those industries that don’t always apply to manufactured homes. RVs are a ‘luxury’ item for most. Manufactured homes are more commonly purchased as primary housing, or as a secondary home. During an affordable housing, why would RVs outperform MH?

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Note that Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, other Berkshire Hathaway connected brands, and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) have been repeatedly invited to comment on, clarify, or refute concerns we have raised in reports like the one linked below.

 

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In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, these all line up to demonstrate how independent retailers, communities, and producers – among others – where purportedly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation. Why hasn’t Allen told his readers how that cost them money? https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

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While the video below doesn’t mention antitrust, it does specify several other federal issues that Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF).  Views on this video have more than tripled since it was first promoted by MHProNews.

 

 

Those in the Knoxville metro and Arlington, VA have routinely declined doing so in the past two years, although prior to that, they used to reply promptly to MHProNews inquiries. Why the change?  Were the questions too uncomfortable?

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In 1998, manufactured homes (MH) outsold RVs by some 3 to 2. In 2017, RVs outsold MHs by some 5 to 1. RVs recovered far more quickly from 2008. The facts raise questions. One, is the effectiveness of MHI as the post-production or ‘umbrella’ association in the country. The other question is more sobering. Has Buffett-Berkshire “Moat” strategies kept manufactured home production at historically low levels to allow a few big boy brands to consolidate others at a discounted ‘value’ by MHI insiders?

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While MHI in their monthly shipment report doesn’t deny the decline, neither are they addressing the underlying causes, nor have they proposed a remedy via their messages to the industry. Why not?

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From the early days of this publication, MHProNews featured content from state associations and both national trade groups.  These sources did not always agree with each other.  That was part of the origin of our phrase, “We Provide, You Decide.” MHProNews provided the comments of MHI, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and members of MHEC – the Manufactured Housing Executives Council, made up of the bulk of state associations.

 

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MHI, and Berkshire brands were among those that once sponsored this website.  Perhaps due to our questions and reports, they stopped sponsoring and advertising on MHProNews, which is their right. What is not their right are allegations that they obliquely organized a boycott to discourage sponsorship of this site, if true, that could be an antitrust violation.

But as or more important is why would the Arlington, VA based MHI trade group do so, when we were a multiple year MHI member? Why did those who previously praised our work, turn against us? Given that the thrust of our effort for years has been focused on practical solutions for sustainable, ethical manufactured home industry growth, does that provide an insight on the motivations for the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis’ efforts to marginalize MHProNews?

Why doesn’t MHI have this video below, first shown on Fox Business, prominently on their website?

 

 

Rephrased, are these additional pieces of evidence that Berkshire, Knxoville metro based Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, and some key MHI members working to suppress the industry’s performance?

That is a logical conclusion is that our reports could led an open-minded researcher to conclude.

Quotes that often come from past or present MHI members – like those that follow – would support that contention.

 

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Allen has pointed out the obvious, that MHARR is a sponsor of our website. But that’s out in the open, MHARR has banner ads here. What Allen fails to mention is that MHI used to sponsor MHProNews too. Our coverage has been based upon our LLC’s own research and work, without favor.

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in the case of concerns that MHI is posturing effort, but failing to deliver what they claim, in order to promote industry consolidation that benefits a few at the expense of the many?

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Never forget that even during medieval times, castles and their moats were in fact breached.

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The full Patrick presentation is available as a download from this link here.

 

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President Trump Spotlights Factory Home Builder in Speech, Proven Promotion, Support of Industry Advancement

June 5th, 2018 Comments off

Presidential powers are substantial, but they are not unlimited. So among the tools a president can use to some effect is the bully pulpit. That’s the power of spotlighting a topic via a public forum.

 

In a speech, President Donald J. Trump raised the profile of a once-famed factory-based home builder he knew. The video of that part of his speech, is shown below.

 

 

The president’s family business has also had direct ties to an upscale factory home builder, Revolution PreCrafted Homes.

The 45th president clearly has personal knowledge of factory-crafted home building, as well as of conventional housing construction.

It is worth noting that Vice President Mike Pence hails from Indiana. Industry sources tell the Daily Business News, that then-Governor Pence understood manufactured housing (MH), used the proper terminology, and was supportive of the industry.

In Senate testimony, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, MD, has called modern manufactured homes “amazing.” Meanwhile, Secretary Carson labeled the regulatory regime of the Pamela Beck Danner era as “ridiculous.” Dr. Carson did so without mentioning her by name.

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Make a habit of using the correct terminology.

 

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Levittown and that builder named by the president was an example of factory-based home building were included in HUD’s report on Operation Breakthrough, linked below. The linked reports on Operation Breakthrough – along with other linked resources from this article – can be read later, for additional details, and a deeper understanding.

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A HUD’s PD&R report linked below are one of the sources that demonstrated via university-level research that modern manufactured homes appreciated side-by-side with conventional housing in urban infill settings.

 

The full implementation of two existing laws – manufactured housing’s enhanced preemption and the Duty to Serve could unlock two trillion dollars in additional growth, without the need for massive federal spending.

Enforcing the law” has become a Trump Adminstration catch-phrase.

Enforcing the two laws linked here and above could pave the way to home ownership for millions, which in turn would spur the personal wealth of many, including blacks, Hispanics and all other demographic groups.

As Secretary Carson reminded the nation last year, home owners have an average net worth of $200,000, while renters only have an average net worth of $5,000 dollars.

There are debatably few other items that the Trump Adminstration could do than enforce those two existing laws, which would:

  • cost the federal government less tax payer money over time,
  • yield more wealth for millions,
  • all while creating more good jobs,
  • and higher domestic economic growth.

Virtually everyone, save perhaps a few monopolistic forces, would benefit from enforcing two laws already on the books regarding manufactured housing.

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Posturing vs. Doing

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has attempted to claim credit for the passage of the MLO rule when S 2155 was signed into law. The Masthead predicted that this dubious MHI claim would occur from the Berkshire Hathaway dominated association, prior to the signing of the bill.

It was the Trump Administration, not MHI, that made the MLO rule passage possible.

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Note that then candidate Trump pushed for such a bill, by campaigning for reforms of Dodd-Frank.

By contrast, Warren Buffett backed Hillary Clinton pledged to do what Barack Obama did. Chairman Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway used their manufactured housing mouthpiece, MHI, to posture reforms of Dodd-Frank for years. But that reform of Dodd-Frank was only accomplished under President Trump.

Buffett publicly supported President Barack Obama, who pledged to veto a bill that included a similar provision to S 2155. MHI’s now exited government relations Vice President Jason Boehlert admitted in writing that the passage of MHI’s bill, Preserving Access was unlikely while President Obama was in the White House.

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By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said early on in the Trump Administration that the industry could not ask for a better president in the Oval Office that Donald Trump.

Once understood, its an apparently classic case of what President Trump has called “a rigged system.”

 

Examples of a Corrupt, Rigged System?

The Washington Post made it clear that it was MHARR, not MHI, that worked with the Trump Administration to exit the destructive regulatory steps Pam Danner, JD, caused manufactured housing operations during her tenure at the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP).

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MHI EVP Lesli Gooch specifically told the Washington Post that they did not weigh in on the Danner controversy. That confirmed months of MHProNews reporting on that subject.

By contrast, Mark Weiss, President and CEO of MHARR, was cited by the Washington Post as specifically pushing for the removal of Danner as an Obama Administration holdover, who was working contrary to President Trump’s regulatory freeze order.

The fact-patterns appear to be stark, and clear.

The Buffett/Berkshire dominated MHI was allegedly posturing reforms of Dodd-Frank and HUD, but in fact supported for president, first Barack Obama and then Secretary Hillary Clinton. That’s Mr. Buffett’s right, but then it is debatably unjust for MHI to claim that they were trying to mitigate regulations.

In fact, regarding the Department of Energy (DOE) plans for manufactured housing under the Obama Administration, MHI was promoting heavier regulations, while MHARR stood alone among MH industry associations in Washington D.C. to stop them.

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Marty Lavin, JD, bluntly said on the record that MHI was working for “the big boys” and their interests.

The MHI award-winning Lavin has previously said “pay more attention to what people do than what they say.” In hindsight, isn’t it clear that MHI said they wanted to make certain reforms, but in fact Buffett’s “big boys” – such as Berkshire owned Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF) – were working to maintain or even increase regulatory burdens?

Why?

Because heavy regulations are both a barrier of entry to new businesses, and are also a force that can crush existing business operations. It is part of Buffet’s strategic “Moat” philosophy.

 

Using the established principles that high taxes, and high regulations harm smaller business, the Buffett tool of MHI was de facto aiding in the consolidation of manufactured housing companies. These are points President Trump has often raised in a general way in his speeches.

Sources on- and off-the-record have leveled charges that MHI was working against the interests of smaller companies, while Berkshire Hathaway owned brands and some others in manufactured housing were “consolidating” – or killing off – smaller independents for years. MHI’s own data reflects the trend.

 

While MHARR has raised such issues in their own fashion, only MHProNews among the industry’s trade media has spotlighted these concerns. Long-time readers will recall that MHProNews editorially supported and endorsed President Trump during the 2016 campaign. That support drew the attention of the presidential campaign, which for months had one of this writer’s articles on the Donald J. Trump campaign website.

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While the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) paid for two pro-Clinton speakers in the closing days before the 2016 election, the Kovach family and MHProNews supported Donald J. Trump’s candidacy as the best for the industry, small business, and hundreds of millions of Americans. One of those stories ended up on the president’s campaign website, and hundreds of conservative and pro-Trump websites.

While industry’s bloggers and MHProNews competitors were often shilling or cheering MHI and Berkshire Hathaway owned brands, MHProNews and those who support this platform stood alone in the industry’s media to warn the industry’s members against the complex, and tortured ways MHI and Berkshire Hathaway were killing off and/or “consolidating” companies at bargain prices.

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Marty Lavin, a manufactured home industry success story in his own right, has said “follow the money.” People are entitled got their own opinions, but they are not to their own facts. MHI can claim to be working to mitigate regulations, but where is their evidence? Why did MHI VP Rick Robinson dodge questions and debate in Deadwood in 2017? Or why did MHI President Dick Jennison dodge questions in Louisville in 2018?

The Trump Administration is doing their part. They are striving to undo the damage of years of crony capitalism in Washington, D.C., step-by-step.

If Brian Montgomery and Secretary Carson will avoid the trap of appointing a MHI candidate to be the non-career Administrator of OMHP at HUD, it could be another next step forward for millions of Americans.

Based upon reports from industry sources, MHProNews has supported Vic DeRose to replace Danner. DeRose could be someone that holds to the regulatory philosophy of the president, to administer the manufactured housing program in a way that could benefit industry and consumers alike. “We Provide, You Decide.” (C) ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 20th to August 27th, 2017

August 27th, 2017 Comments off
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Week of Aug 13 to Aug 20, 2017.

Our new August issueOur theme for this month: Awful, Awesome August 2017 in MHVille

featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our May theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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Federal Data Spotlights Manufactured Home Industry Quality, Regulatory Questions

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Pamela Beck Danner, JD, is the federal administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Manufactured Housing Programs. Danner informed a group of industry professionals in Wisconsin that fewer than 30 of the tens of thousands of manufactured homes built annually went to dispute resolution in the last year.

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A D.C. metro source confirmed for MHLivingNews.com that the exact number of claims that went to dispute resolution was only 13.  With 81,136 new manufactured homes built in 2016, that means that over 99.99 percent of home buyers had any service claims satisfied through routine channels.

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Bill Matchneer, J.D. – a previous administrator for the HUD Code manufactured home program, told MHLivingNews that a miniscule number of consumer complaints going to dispute resolution has been the pattern for several years.

Matchneer was interviewed by Inside MH, to see that video interviewclick here.

For homes that U.S. Census Bureau research states are about half the cost of traditional, on-site construction, the results ought to be seen as impressive, says the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

But the independent producers association is concerned that in spite of high quality, that their federal regulator is wasting money that ends up costing consumers.

M.Mark.WeissJDPresidentCEOMHARRManufacturedHousingAssociationforRegulatorReform-creditManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAt a time when those manufacturers are producing their best homes ever – as demonstrated by minimal dispute resolution program referrals — the program continues to lavish funding on entrenched contractors for make-work activity that needlessly increases home prices while providing few or no benefits for consumers,” M. Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulator Reform (MHARR), told MHLivingNews.

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