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Weather Radio Legislation

Legislation was approved by the House Financial Services Committee that would require all new manufactured homes to be equipped with NOAA weather radios.  The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has stated, “if Congress is to mandate the installation of weather radios they should be required of all form of housing and not just manufactured homes.”

Now this measure is forecasted to “come up for floor consideration under suspension of the rules (a tool to provide swift floor consideration of bills and are typically passed by unanimous consent decree) in September.”

MHI is conducting outreach to Rep. Bachus (the representative who sponsored the weather radio legislation) and his senior staff to revise the bill.  The weather radio legislation also competes with existing warning notification system (WARN Act) that is scheduled to be active in April of 2012.  The WARN Act will provide owners of hand-held wireless devices with emergency notifications.

For more information on the legislation on weather radios click here.

For more information on the committee report on the weather radio legislation click here.

August 24, 2011 Posted by | General Information | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The New York Housing Association’s 61st Annual Convention

Get ready for The New York Housing Association’s 61st Annual Convention from October 12th & 13th, 2011 at the Turning Stone Resort.  Senator Catherine Young (R,C,I) 57th Senate District will be on hand to address the attendees.   “Her committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development works to develop legislation to help revitalize communities; assist families in buying and preserving their homes; and create safe , affordable rental housing”.

The convention will allow for the 61st annual meeting to elect the 2012 Officers, approve the 2012 Association Budget and examine possible changes to the Association Bylaws.  There will also be a TradeExpo through-out the convention that will have vendors and suppliers displaying their goods and services.

Some of the following will be apart of the breakout sessions:

  • National Issues Perspective, including the SAFE Act & Dodd-Frank Update (by Thayer Long)
  • How to Dominate Your Market Area (by Tony Kovach)
  • Worker’s Compensation – All You Need to Know (by Heather Dougherty)
  • Well Water Compliance – New Requirements (by Jamie Herman)
  • Association and Recent Changes to the NYS Building & Energy Codes (by Timothy King)
Please feel free to contact Nancy Geer at (800.721.4663)
with any questions or additional details.

August 19, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Depty Admin. of the HUD Manufactured Housing Program visits Plant

Henry Czauski (the acting Deputy Administrator of the HUD Manufactured Housing Program) took a tour of a manufacturing facility and retail center in Pennsylvania last week.  Czauski was joined by MHI staff and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program.

Czauski was able to see first hand the construction of manufactured homes.  Jim Dunn, President of Eagle River Homes, gave Czauski a guided tour and presentation discussing manufactured homes.

The tour gave a lot of valuable information to many members of the EPA’s Energy Star Program on the manufacturing process and the differences between manufactured and modular homes.

August 17, 2011 Posted by | General Information | Leave a comment

Upcoming Events!

There are quite a few of upcoming events, open houses and meetings coming  up in the near future for the Volume Buyers members.

  • 9/11 – 9/13   Champion/Claysburg  (1-800-932-5121)
  • 9/12 – 9/13   New Era  (1-800-678-5581)
  • 9/12 – 9/14  Penn West  (1-800-727-4566) – (Commodore)
  • 9/12 – 9/16   Titan Homes  (1-800-937-3911)
  • 9/12 – 9/16   Eagle River  (1-717-656-2381)
  • 9/13 – 9/15   Commodore/Colony  (1-800-876-6870)

If you would like more information please feel free to call the numbers above. 


On September 14th, 2011 there will be a Group Meeting from 8:30am – 12:30pm.  This meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn in Clarion, PA.  The agenda and additional information will follow.

We do have some rooms set aside on the evenings of 9/13 and 9/14 for those members not staying as guests of our manufacturing partners.  The rate is $75 per night and you can call (814) 226-8850 and ask for the Volume Buyers rate.

-M. Cicardi

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments