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Home owners, State Association Protest as County seeks to restrict placement of older Manufactured Homes

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

bulloch-county-map=credit-georgia-info-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comThe fight goes on to protect thousands of manufactured homes owners and some related businesses in Bulloch County, GA. WTOC tells MHProNews that “Hundreds of mobile home owners demanded changes at a meeting last night in Bulloch County, where commissioners will adopt restrictions they passed last month. Under the rules, mobile homes ten years old or older couldn’t be located or relocated in Bulloch County without approval from the planning and zoning commission.”

The county’s leaders say surrounding counties have passed similar rules, and they didn’t want Bulloch to become a dumping ground for dilapidated homes.

But owners say the rules were vague and insulting. “We’re just middle class people,” said manufactured home owner Jimmy Driggers. “We’re not trying to ugly up the community. We’re all God’s children and this is America.”

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What Bulloch County Commissioners say they didn’t know is what Georgia Manufactured Housing Association Executive Director Jay Hamilton tells MHProNews, namely that Georgia Law “…prohibits any Georgia Municipality from limiting permits or re-location based on the age of a home. “

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Hamilton says they are working with the county to resolve the issue. A complete exclusive commentary from GMHA’s Executive Director on this issue, including a copy of GA law on this subject, are linked here. ##

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Manufactured home builder expanding, creating 200 new jobs

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured-homes-ready-to-ship-credit=wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Governor Nathan Deal announced Monday that Live Oak Homes, a factory home builder, will expand to Broxton GA, creating 200 jobs and investing $1.4 million into the project over the next two years.

Forward-looking companies such as Live Oak Homes are excellent additions to our solid manufacturing network,” WTOC quoted Deal to MHProNews. This project underscores how well our existing industries are able to succeed, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s top-ranked business climate will help this company better service its growing customer base.”

We have outgrown our current production facility and feel blessed to have the opportunity to add this new plant in Coffee County,” said Joel Scholten, Live Oak Homes General Manager of Operations.

Live Oak Homes opened its first manufacturing facility in Waycross in 2007. They currently employ 200 at this location. The company says they have 88 retailers across six states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina. ##

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