industries we serve
manufactured housing industry
These are homes built entirely in the factory, transported to the site, and installed under a federal building code administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD Code) went into effect June 15, 1976. The federal standards regulate manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. The HUD Code also sets performance standards for the heating, plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems. It is the only federally-regulated national building code. On-site additions, such as garages, decks and porches, often add to the attractiveness of manufactured homes and must be built to local, state or regional building codes.
A typical manufactured home costs 10 to 45 percent less than per square foot than a conventional site-built home. As a result, manufactured homes are an increasing alternative to first-time home owners looking for an affordable place to live. Because these homes are federally regulated and designed to be transported long distances, they are designed and built to withstand severe conditions. In addition, manufactured homes are built in a factory-controlled setting that can result in more energy-efficient homes. Furthermore, several tailwinds benefit the industry including baby boomers buying second homes, the demand for affordable housing for blue collar workers, and technology is blending the lines between site-built and manufactured houses as many of the amenities once only found in site-built are now found in manufactured homes such as vaulted ceilings, second stories, patios, and fully equipped kitchens.
recreational vehicle industry
The RV industry contributes $49.7 billion per year to the U.S. economy. Over half of its production is built in the Elkhart/Goshen corridor in Northern Indiana. In 2017, shipments totaled over 504,000 units. Below is one of the factors behind the growth of the RV industry and why it is expected to remain strong in the future (source RVIA):
RV vacation costs remain lowest.
Three-fourths of RV owners said RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation, even when fuel prices are higher. According to summer 2005 research by travel and tourism firm PKF Consulting, a family of four can spend 26-74 percent less on RV trips compared to other vacation types because of savings on hotels and restaurant costs.