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Factory-built “Housing Built in Alabama for Alabama Citizens”

June 10th, 2011 No comments

Those are the words of Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), commenting on the new modular apartments rising in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.  As we reported in the Daily Industry Business News Blog on May 27, the two city blocks where dilapidated housing once stood are not far from the governor’s mansion.

MHMSM has learned from sources involved that Heritage View Apartments is a collaborative project of a handful of entities.  This modular venture is a first for several of them.

 

Heritage View Modular Apartments

 

Southern Energy Homes (SE Homes, NASDAQ:SEHI)of Addison, Alabama, a subsidiary of Clayton Homes, is constructing the 66 modules for the apartments.  Michael Wade, Director of Manufacturing for Cavalier Homes, a subsidiary of SE Homes, and Project Manager for this project, said, “There are two city blocks designated for this project, and there will be 11 three-story modular apartment buildings, and each building will have five dwelling units for a total of 55 apartments.  Two of them are three-bedroom apartments, and three of them are two-bedroom apartments.  This is the Addison plant’s first multi-story modular project.”

SE Homes has been in business since 1982, and has been building modular homes since the late 1980’s.  Even though their primary focus remains in the manufactured housing market, “in the last two years, modular construction has grown tremendously percentage wise,” Wade added.

 

A modular unit is set in place.

 

Wade said,” Construction of the modules will take about three and a half weeks.  We should have 70 percent of the boxes [modules] set by the end of June.”  He anticipates the units will be ready for occupancy in the fall.

The contractor for the apartments, Empire Construction, of Knoxville, Tennessee, laid the foundation, and will build the staircases, balconies, porch attachments, sidewalks, parking lots, and complete the landscaping.

Read the complete illustrated report at http://www.mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com/industry-news/industry-in-focus/1694-factory-built-housing-built-in-alabama-for-alabama-citizens

Photos courtesy of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association  # #

Matthew J. Silver
Industry in Focus Reporter, MHMSM.com
Matthew@MHMSM.com
317.840.0803

Sherry Norris (AMHA) Reports on Alabama’s Tornado Recovery Efforts

May 13th, 2011 No comments

Editor’s Note: Following is an exclusive interview by Industry in Focus Reporter Matthew Silver with Sherry Norris in Alabama as that state recovers from the tornadoes of April 28.

In a conversation with MHMSM, Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), says the Federal Emergency Management Agency had the foresight last year to build manufactured housing units in preparation for future disasters, and stage them at Selma, Alabama.

Norris heard there are over 2,000 homes that are now in the process of being moved to the northern Alabama area where they are needed.

She says, “Some people are living in tents.  I heard of one family who was trying to build a shelter out of the debris of their home.  Those people need one of our houses ASAP.”

Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), who represents District 4, where all the state’s manufactured housing plants are located, and Governor Robert Bentley, are insisting the replacement homes used for the victims of the tornadoes are from Alabama manufacturers.

FEMA has asked Norris to obtain figures from manufactured housing retailers in the state for an inventory of available homes once the units from Selma have been distributed.

Norris says the replacement homes are not the ones you might see on a retailer’s lot, but are three bedroom, one bath single sections, fully furnished and ready to be hooked to utilities.

Norris further stated FEMA is also preparing for the hurricane season, so the houses now being used will need to be replaced.  The flooding of the Mississippi may even require additional homes to be built.  # #

Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), snorris@charter.net, (334) 244-7828, www.alamha.org