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2012 MHI Legislative Conference

There are many new legislators in Congress thanks to last year’s election.  That is why we are asking you to share how important our industry is to “the health of the economy and housing Americans” in 2012.  Everything that happens in D.C. can and most likely will shape our industry throughout 2012.

By attending MHI’s February 2012 Legislative Conference you presence and voice will be heard.  This meeting will be critical in reaching out to the members of the 112th Congress on issues of that are of great importance to our industry which include the following:

  • Dodd-Frank Financial Reform
  • EISA Standards
  • SAFE Act
  • The future role of government’s support of affordable housing programs
  • Vital industry tax credits
  • Increased oversight of the federal manufactured housing program

Get your voice heard and make sure the correct people are listening to you about how important our industry is in this economy.  Sponsorship opportunities are available here.  Check out the following registration deadlines which expires on Jan. 26th, 2012:

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December 29, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Calling all Entries for MHI and NMHC Awards!

Calling all entries!  Calling all entries!  We are exited to announce that the National Industry Awards are looking for entries to award the following categories:

  • Best manufactured home communities
  • Best manufactured home retail sales center
  • Best industry leaders

Please submit your entry form and associated fee by February 10th, 2012.  Then submit your entry materials for judging by February 24th, 2012.  There are additional explanations in the links below.

The Congress & Expo Conference will be handing out the awards on April 10-12, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Each winner will receive a trophy and wonderful recognition by the industry communications.  The following information explains how to enter and gives you the entry forms:

December 22, 2011 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

NMHC’s Quarterly Modular Housing Report – 3rd Quarter of 2011

NMHC or the National Modular Housing Council’s 3rd quarter’s report is out everyone!   3,544 new modular homes were shipped in the third quarter of this year.  Those results are down 2.0% from the same quarter of the preceding year (2010).

However, in comparison with quarter three in 2010 to quarter three 2011, state shipments show an increase in six different states.  There were reductions in 18 states and five states that had no change in shipments.

If you would like to review the full report, please click here.

December 15, 2011 Posted by | General Information | , , , | Leave a comment

Why is the Manufactured Housing Industry Great?

I wanted to give you all a brief synopsis of a great piece that I recently read.  The piece was written by Thayer Long who was the former President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute.

One of my favorite statements he made was, “Since 1989, manufactured housing industry has accounted for 21% of all new homes sold.  Citizens can realize the American Dream of owning their own home at an affordable price, without sacrificing quality or the level of amenities they desire” (Long, 2011).  What a beautiful way to capture the manufactured housing industry in just two sentences.

Three more subsections of the piece really capture the focus of the industry as a whole.  I chose the statements that best capture the sections.  If you would to read the piece in its entirety click here.

1) We are thinking about the customer

“Customers are what make factories operate, they keep sales centers open, and communities occupied.  We have done a good job in building homes and creating lifestyles and value to keep customers satisfied and coming back. Satisfied and happy customers are the best way to build a good “national” image” (Long, 2011).

2) We are learning from the past

“I believe the industry has done a very good job in advancing new methods and technologies to build our homes, and has been very disciplined in not returning to a system of lending that puts customers in difficult situations” (Long, 2011).

3) We are embracing change

“The industry has undergone rapid transformation in the past few years to rise to the challenges of a tougher economy, and industry members are always changing how they do business to increase their value proposition. The partnerships that are being forged by different business units in these difficult times are a testament to the resolve members have to
survive” (Long, 2011).

Overall, this is a great article that captures the present look and feel to the manufactured housing industry.

December 8, 2011 Posted by | General Information | , , , , , , | Leave a comment