Monthly Archives: May 2016

Plant Tours and Home Sales Seminars

Two Days of Plant Tours and Home Sales Seminars
Presented by George Allen and COBA7

May 25 and 26th

Never before have MHCommunity owners/operators come together in one Midwest location to collectively learn the basics and nuances of selling and seller-financing new HUD-Code homes on-site!

That’s what’s happening 25 & 26 May, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN. Called the Two Days of Plant Tours & Home Sales Seminars, six factories are opening their doors to this group of businessmen and women. And four owners of MHCommunities will be teaching four sequential segments relative to new home sales and seller-financing!

The following Seminars will be offered:

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Property’s curb appeal, sales center, staffing, training, ascertaining home buyer profile and what they can afford. License(s) needed.
By Adrianne DeRose, MHM® & Pamela Ziemer, MHM® from CareFree Homes Inc., Pendleton IN

Buying Homes!
What do home buyers want & afford? Community Series Homes? Marketing, training and $ support? Frost Free Foundation. OK?
By James “Jamie” Dougherty, MHM® from Community Management Group (or CMG), Famington Hills MI

Selling Homes!
…or leasing. Focus = house and lifestyle. Property and product USP? Use 6-Right Ps of Marketing to sell homes via: traditional & online ads!
By Kenneth B. Lipschutz & Danya Mallad from HomeFirst Certified Communities, Birmingham MI

Financing Homes!
Sources of $ ‘Captive Financing’, lease-option, compliance issues, importance of per-qualification!
By Spencer Roane, MHM® from Pentagon Properties Inc, Atlanta GA

For more information, please phone the Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764, or click here to download a brochure.

Champion Opens New KY Production Facility

Good news from Champion Home Builders!

Champion Home Builders, Inc. to open new Kentucky Production Facility

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 3.34.11 PMTROY, Mich., May 4, 2016  – Champion Home Builders, Inc., a leader in the manufactured housing industry and one of the largest modular homebuilders in North America, is expanding its production capabilities with a new facility opening late summer in Benton, Kentucky.

The move allows Champion to:

  • Better serve customers with a wider variety of cost-effective homes.
  • Increase capacity to meet growing demand.
  • Provide product to customers that the company currently does not reach.
  • Offer greater convenience to customers.
  • Extend available designs and price points to both manufactured housing communities and private property owners in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.

“Our new Benton facility isn’t powered simply by Champion’s continued growth and expansion plans,” said Champion CEO Keith Anderson. “It also feeds off of the increasing success our customers are having with the Dresden, Tennessee, product.”

Just as Champion’s manufacturing process streamlines homebuilding, the Benton facility will help the 63-year-old company realize greater efficacy in their sales model.

The plant in Benton will focus solely on manufacturing; the company’s Dresden site — which also includes production facilities — will handle business responsibilities (such as sales, service and accounting), as well as comprehensive employee training programs.

“Though the distance between the two cities is just a little over 50 miles, they’ll be as inextricably linked as next-door neighbors,” said Champion Sales Manager Tandy Roberson. “It’s all about efficiency, which we’d like to think is a Champion hallmark.”

Another hallmark for the homebuilding company: a skilled workforce. While many of today’s manufacturers face talent shortfalls, Champion feels it can buck that trend in Benton, where the company anticipates many strong candidates for the 150 jobs its facility will inject into the local economy.

“Our Tennessee location has shown us what we can expect from workers in the region: skill, dedication and an uncompromising work ethic,” said Champion General Manager Thomas Stoneburner. “Those men and women will help us deliver wonderfully designed, value-engineered homes that are as attractive as they are livable.”

Along with the deserved thank you to the people of both Benton and Dresden, Anderson cited another group as making Champion’s expansion possible.

“We owe a great deal to our customers for their continued support,” he said. “Thanks to our sales growth — spurred in no small part by our success in Tennessee — we’re building a great future for our company, employees and all those who can proudly say their home is a Champion.”

About Champion Home Builders
Founded in 1953, Champion specializes in a wide variety of manufactured, modular and park model homes, as well as modular buildings for the multi-family, hospitality, senior and workforce housing sectors. Champion started as a single manufacturing facility in rural Michigan and grew to offer factory-built housing and other structures throughout the U.S., United Kingdom and western Canada. The company operates 28 manufacturing facilities throughout North America and Europe, and employs more than 4,200 people worldwide.

For more information on Champion Home Builders, visit

2016 IMHA Annual Conference

MHVillage is proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 IMHA Annual Conference, on May 18-19. If you are in the Illinois area, be sure and join us for this great event!

From the IMHA website:

Coming Together – Building Success!

Conference Schedule

Join IMHA members, industry professionals, suppliers, service providers, finance and insurance companies, manufacturer reps. and others for two action packed days of educational seminars, discussions on HOT industry topics, evening cocktail receptions and much more.

Here is your chance:

  • An opportunity to network with others actively involved in the same industry
  • Find out what others like you are doing to succeed
  • Ask and answer questions with peers
  • Consider or actually make alliances from which both parties benefit
  • To buy or sell – parks, dealerships, inventory, service
  • Learn something of industry specific real value from a proven experts
  • Be a part of our tribe – or group
  • Do “something different” and fun!
  • Spouses are welcome!


  • Fair Housing In-Depth Training
  • Federal Tax Issues
  • Women in Leadership
  • Why Retailers should be buying Communities Now & How to do it!
  • Nashville Recording Artist Clay Underwood
  • HUD Representatives from DC & More!

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