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Manufactured Housing and Workforce Housing, Practical Partners

March 10th, 2017 Comments off

A manufactured home in Steamboat Springs. Credit: Realtor.

Even with over 300 households currently in manufactured home communities in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the tried and true solution to the challenge of affordable workforce housing does not appear to be a priority.

According to Steamboat Today, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, with city and county support, owns the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park that has 68 units. Even so, manufactured housing has not won much attention in community discussions around solving a growing supply and demand problem in the city, or Routt County.

Yet, opportunity exists to acquire homes at reasonable prices.

Pete Stimmel, owner of four manufactured homes, and the land beneath them in nearby Hayden, is looking to sell and asking $215,000.

I bought it 15 years ago as a business investment, where it generates income (about $27,000 annually) through rentals,said Stimmel.

The homes are part of the old Rainbow Mobile Home Park, which is no longer intact.

Stimmel says the property has been home to permanent residents and also to construction workers spending a season on projects like upgrades to the Hayden Station power plant. The homes are close to convenience stores and transit, and are served by municipal water and sewer services.

A new owner could raise the monthly rents by as much as $100 and still be under the market. Or, a purchaser could almost live in one of the homes for free after collecting rent,” said Stimmel.


Steamboat Springs (red marker). Credit: Google.

Christian Talli, a local realtor, has a similar scenario.

He has what he considers to be a rare manufactured home listing on the market in the Hilltop Homes neighborhood that also includes ownership of the lot. The cost? $275,000.


A home in the Hilltop Homes community. Credit: Steamboat Today.

Hilltop Homes is a neighborhood where many residents have taken the option to replace original mobile homes with stick-built or modular homes on the lots that were re-platted after the neighborhood was able to purchase the land from the mobile home park [sic],said Talli, who formerly lived in the neighborhood.

When you drive through Hilltop you see a wide variety of small footprint homes, from custom timber-frame homes to modest manufactured homes.

While the home on the lot needs work, Talli says that the situation offers buyers the opportunity to lock up a lot close to schools while they save money toward a future permanent home on the site.

And a local bank is willing to lend on the purchase,” said Talli.


A Practical Solution


Credit: MHLivingNews.

As scenarios like the one in Steamboat Springs continue to play out throughout the country, MHProNews and MHLivingNews continue to cover the challenges as well as the numerous advantages that the manufactured housing industry provides in the U.S., making affordable, quality housing easily available to most of the population.

Giants and independents alike are actually “doubling down” on the manufactured housing industry, with ELS Chairman Sam Zell being quoted as saying during this interview, “Everyone calls them trailer parks. Pencil head, it’s not a trailer park.

For more on manufactured housing being the solution that’s hiding in plain sight, see MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach’s insight into the opportunity linked here. ##


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Saudi Arabia Responding to Competition from North American Fracking

October 28th, 2014 Comments off

canada flag  arabian business crSeen lower prices at the pump lately?  Saudi Arabia has enough petroleum reserves and funds to sustain itself for eight years with Brent crude at $83/bbl. – and they are now undercutting the competition to gain market share – to counter production increases in Canada and the U. S., businessincanada and Deutsche Bank tells MHProNews.

Should the Saudis and/or other OPEC members pursue this strategy for an extended period of time, this could clearly impact the oil/gas energy plays on both sides of the U. S./Canadian border.

How would lower energy prices affect fracking and higher paying jobs in current boom areas such as North Dakota, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania?

As MHProNews has reported many times, factory-built housing manufacturers have opened facilities in response to supplying manufactured and modular homes as well as workforce housing needs near the energy fields.



On the flip side?  Lower energy prices are said to be a boost for retail sales, which have already increased as prices at the pump are falling. That could be important going into the holidays, travel and the Christmas shopping season. ##

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Quick Assembly Modular from Australia

December 5th, 2013 Comments off

The SMART2 (Superfast Modular Affordable Robust Transportable) buildings by JAYZ Building Solutions of Melbourne, Australia were created to support affordable housing development, either as a permanent home, an addition to an existing structure or for workforce development sites requiring temporary housing. The Butterfly model can be folded out and installed in four hours, and is available in a 130 square foot size, which can house two miners, or 250 square feet for eight miners. The modular units are designed for a 50-year lifespan, use recyclable outside panels, can withstand a 7.6 Richter Scale earth quake and 170 mph winds, and provide good insulation, waterproofing and fireproofing. The JAYZ InstantSlide model provides quick housing for either two or four people, according to what tells MHProNews.

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Energy Efficiency is Hallmark of Modular Workforce Housing

September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Workforce housing provider Target Logistics has resource-efficient features at its Dunn County Lodge just north of Dickinson, North Dakota. The modular units have low-flow showers and sinks, the 60 washers and dryers used by the 450 tenants are energy efficient and housekeeping re-dyes old towels and repairs torn sheets. Workers are bused to worksites instead of driving individual vehicles, and the trucks hauling recycled cardboard and trash are fewer since residents compress the waste. Richard Rothaus, hired by Target to do a study, says, “Their goal isn’t to save the environment. Their goal is to provide economical housing, and it just turns out the best way for them to do that is also environmentally responsible.” He adds, “If you really want to minimize your impact on the environment, modular buildings are the way to go because they’re all the same parts,” which means a part that breaks can be replaced. As informs MHProNews, the common areas for Dunn County Lodge were built for 1,000, and land exists to site modular housing for another 400.

(Photo credit: Eric Hylden/prairiebizmagazine–modular workforce housing under construction in a Homark facility)

Atco Sells its Half of Modular Venture

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

Producer of modular workforce buildings, mobile offices, and permanent modular buildings, Canada’s Atco Ltd. has sold its half of the joint venture in South America with Tecno Fast to its partner for Canada $124 million. The sale includes assets in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, according to With 8,800 employees worldwide, and clients in over 100 countries, as MHProNews has learned, Atco Structures and Logistics has other working subsidiaries in South America and may re-enter the modular market at a later date.

(Photo credit:–Homark Homes modular bunkhouse)

Aussies Banking on Factory-Built

August 19th, 2013 Comments off

Down Under, again: From a two-room self-contained Quickshack for a home office, teenage space, or a grandparent home to single and multistory modular housing for students, hospitals and hotels, Quicksmart (QSH) designs and engineers all products in house. The company makes a range of pods, modules, and hybrids as well as the Quickshack, with an emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency. MHProNews knows there are a lot of factory-built housing projects in Australia. Some of it is driven by the large energy exploration companies who need workforce housing, but much of the land mass is remote, making modular or manufactured housing more practical than site-built.

(Photo credit: Quicksmart–Quickshack and modular hospital room.)

Modular Builder Declares Dividend

August 16th, 2013 Comments off

Canada’s Black Diamond Group Limited has declared a dividend of $0.07 cents a common share payable Sept. 16, 2013 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 30, 2013. Through its subsidiaries the company rents and sells modular workforce housing and buildings to projects in remote areas, and provides supportive services for those locations. It feeds into a number of industries including oil and gas, mining, power, construction, engineering, military, government and education As MHProNews has learned from marketwire, based in Calgary, Alberta, Black Diamond has 17 facilities across the U. S., Canada and Australia.

(Photo credit:globalregina/modular man camp)

Modular Housing Sprouting in Vancouver

August 9th, 2013 Comments off

While two different projects are underway in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada utilizing shipping containers to make modular housing, Frank Lo of MC Quarters Corp. wants to build more affordable housing in the city using the containers. His company builds modular workforce housing for logging and mining camps as well as affordable housing for Australian aboriginals. He supplied the containers for one of the Vancouver projects, a 12-unit complex for low income women, and says each of the 290 square foot apartments cost $82,500. A nearby traditional-build apartment with 320 square foot units cost $220,000 each. The vancourier tells MHProNews the city is seeking innovative ways to provide affordable housing.

(Photo credit: Ron Medvescek/arizonadailystar–modular home built from shipping containers)

North Dakota Oilfield Camps in Jeopardy of Being Closed

August 7th, 2013 Comments off

Williams County commissioners in Williston, North Dakota are denying two Conditional Use Permit (CUP) extensions for workforce camps built to service oilfield workers. The extension for Rik Ostert was denied because he did not build a road he agreed to three years ago, and then rented space on his property for a commercial business after the commissioners denied his request to do that. Ostert was given 60 days to remove his seven modular homes. The extension for Stallion Oilfield Services was denied because the company is using 52 skid trailers and recreational vehicles for housing instead of modular units, and rented space to another company. Stallion was also given 60 days to vacate, as MHProNews has learned from In addition, Target Logistics owes over $1 million in fees, including $608,000 for 2013, and back fees for 2012. With over $3 million still owed to the county, those in arrears were given one week to pay their fees or risk having their facilities shut down.

(Photo credit: associatedpress–modular mancamps at Williston, ND)

Red Sea Housing Expanding Production

August 5th, 2013 Comments off

As a result of increased oil and gas and mining projects in Saudi Arabia and the consequent need for modular workforce housing, Red Sea Housing Services Company plans to build a fourth manufacturing facility, this one in the Kingdom. The $22.65 million plant, located in King Abdullah Economic City (KEAC), will be nearly 600,000 square feet, and will increase the company’s output by 35 percent. The plant is expected to be functioning in the second quarter of 2012, as informs MHProNews. Red Sea currently has modular housing factories in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Jebel Ali in Dubai and Accra, Ghana.

(Photo credit: Red Sea Housing)