Facts – Manufactured Home Shipment, Production Data by States, Sizes, Floors – Plus Sunday Headlines in Review



Almost every seasoned professional will know the importance of collecting data as a measure for achievement and proficiency. Companies need data, investors, bankers, advocates, professionals, researchers, and public officials all need hard, reliable numbers too.

We will begin with facts, and then make some analysis before proceeding to the headlines in the week that was, Sept 1 to Sept 8, 2019.

Understanding comes in part through comparisons. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau data provided to MHProNews at this link here, comes the following quotes.

  • Single‐family authorizations in July were at a rate of 838,000; this is 1.8 percent (±1.4 percent) above the revised June figure of 823,000.
  • Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 453,000 in July

Here are the summary graphics.


According to data collected on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by the Institute for Building Technology & Safety‎ (IBTS) is the following shipment data for the period between July 1 and July 31, 2019.

As industry veterans know, but new comers may not, SW means a single sectional or ‘single wide’ in the old mobile home verbiage that should ideally be avoided in the HUD Code manufactured home era.

MW means a multi-sectional, which means 2 or more “floors.”

State SW MW Total Floors
Dest. Pending 7 2 9 11
Alabama 154 191 345 539
Alaska 8 4 12 16
Arizona 43 121 164 288
Arkansas 60 59 119 178
California 39 248 287 549
Colorado 66 10 76 86
Connecticut 6 2 8 10
Delaware 13 18 31 49
District of Columbia 0 0 0 0
Florida 196 420 616 1,050
Georgia 85 130 215 345
Hawaii 0 1 1 2
Idaho 6 33 39 73
Illinois 65 26 91 117
Indiana 125 31 156 187
Iowa 24 11 35 46
Kansas 47 7 54 61
Kentucky 77 123 200 323
Louisiana 226 118 344 465
Maine 25 37 62 99
Maryland 2 6 8 14
Massachusetts 15 8 23 31
Michigan 162 159 321 480
Minnesota 38 40 78 118
Mississippi 93 113 206 319
Missouri 73 54 127 181
Montana 10 19 29 50
Nebraska 14 3 17 20
Nevada 15 70 85 158
New Hampshire 32 16 48 64
New Jersey 29 13 42 55
New Mexico 38 52 90 144
New York 48 77 125 202
North Carolina 186 175 361 536
North Dakota 17 20 37 57
Ohio 140 33 173 206
Oklahoma 161 65 226 292
Oregon 10 98 108 213
Pennsylvania 63 71 134 205
Rhode Island 3 2 5 7
South Carolina 123 206 329 537
South Dakota 5 19 24 43
Tennessee 81 127 208 335
Texas 466 621 1,087 1,714
Utah 14 15 29 44
Vermont 5 7 12 19
Virginia 32 45 77 122
Washington 13 96 109 218
West Virginia 32 66 98 164
Wisconsin 30 19 49 68
Wyoming 2 4 6 10
Canada 0 0 0 0
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0
Total 3,224 3,911 7,135 11,120



State SW MW Total Floors
States Shown(*) 255 233 488 726
 Alabama 465 558 1,023 1,587
*Alaska 0 0 0 0
 Arizona 45 197 242 444
*Arkansas 0 0 0 0
 California 34 217 251 480
*Colorado 0 0 0 0
*Connecticut 0 0 0 0
*Delaware 0 0 0 0
*District of Columbia 0 0 0 0
 Florida 32 197 229 435
 Georgia 196 328 524 858
*Hawaii 0 0 0 0
 Idaho 33 97 130 234
*Illinois 0 0 0 0
 Indiana 503 241 744 985
*Iowa 0 0 0 0
*Kansas 0 0 0 0
*Kentucky 0 0 0 0
*Louisiana 0 0 0 0
*Maine 0 0 0 0
*Maryland 0 0 0 0
*Massachusetts 0 0 0 0
*Michigan 0 0 0 0
 Minnesota 47 61 108 169
*Mississippi 0 0 0 0
*Missouri 0 0 0 0
*Montana 0 0 0 0
*Nebraska 0 0 0 0
*Nevada 0 0 0 0
*New Hampshire 0 0 0 0
*New Jersey 0 0 0 0
*New Mexico 0 0 0 0
*New York 0 0 0 0
 North Carolina 86 187 273 462
*North Dakota 0 0 0 0
*Ohio 0 0 0 0
*Oklahoma 0 0 0 0
 Oregon 18 193 211 420
 Pennsylvania 201 245 446 691
*Rhode Island 0 0 0 0
*South Carolina 0 0 0 0
*South Dakota 0 0 0 0
 Tennessee 520 479 999 1,478
 Texas 789 678 1,467 2,151
*Utah 0 0 0 0
*Vermont 0 0 0 0
*Virginia 0 0 0 0
*Washington 0 0 0 0
*West Virginia 0 0 0 0
*Wisconsin 0 0 0 0
*Wyoming 0 0 0 0
*Canada 0 0 0 0
*Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0
Total 3,224 3,911 7,135 11,120


The summary of the data above, according to the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) website, is as follows.  All of this data or other provided by MHProNews are shared under fair use guidelines for news media. In the screen capture above and below, the arrows and logos were added under such guidelines by MHProNews as well.

July 2019 Summary




For the next few moments, contemplate the broad chasm between manufactured housing industry performance and that of conventional single-family or multi-family housing builders. Step back in time to gain perspective. Look at the shipment trends chart below.

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Then, ponder the statement from Eric Belsky, then with Harvard’s prestigious Joint Center for Housing Studies.


If you read from other trade publications in our industry that carry water for the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, one might believe that much is well and good in manufactured housing land (MHVille). But an objective look at the data reveals that clearly something is awry. Call it gaslighting, propaganda, manipulation – but please don’t call it straight talk. What you are looking at in this report, that’s straight talk, based upon hard evidence.

Manufactured Housing Summary Data for July 2019

Now, in order to for:

  • Investors,
  • Manufactured housing professionals,
  • Researchers,
  • Public officials,
  • Advocates and others

that rely on facts vs. feel-good fiction to grasp what has been and is occurring in manufactured housing, they need a professional resource that peers beyond the eye-candy and ear-tick tickling found elsewhere in MHVille.

The potential for our industry is enormous, that’s the good news.  The bad news is that our industry is underperforming. In sports, and football season is underway as baseball season is drawing toward its climax, a team is measured by performance. When a team does badly, if a coach wants to keep their job, they recruit the talent needed, train that talent, and prepare them for victories through a variety of drills, scrimmages and then actual games. If a team does badly enough for enough seasons, management replaces one or more from the coaching staff.

Ladies and gentlemen, manufactured housing has been underperforming for over 20 years. Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison is already slated to leave the Manufactured Housing Institute. Jennison told a room with industry professionals in a talk recorded on video camera how the industry could achieve 500,000 new home shipments.  We can get there.  When, Dick? After more consolidation takes place? Why wasn’t Jennison or others in senior leadership let go at MHI? Why where top MHI leaders – per their own form 990 – given bonuses instead?

The answer must lie with the MHI Executive Committee.  After all, they must have some say over those bonuses – or who stays and goes – correct?

The satirical logo is used in part to poke with a lighter touch at a serious topic. As some have framed it, there are white hat companies at MHI, and black hat companies.

Industry ‘leaders’ have praised Jennison and those senior MHI staffers.  Yet the industry has been a 20 year-malaise. There are voices within MHI that have often said to MHProNews that what is going on there is not right. At what point does action replace feel-good propaganda gaslighting?

There may be some investors in publicly traded firms that will tolerate the consolidation occurring in the community sector, for example. But what multi-family housing construction professional would sit quietly by if leading voices were advocating no new construction, so that the existing prosperities would go up in value?

Publicly Traded Manufactured Housing Firms – Which Source Do You Trust More? Why? MHI, MHARR, Others

MHProNews is the runaway leading trade voice, because no one else that publishes ‘independent’ of an association is asking the tough questions, and publishing the rationale analysis based upon evidence. Yes, we have sponsors, but those are in the open, and our analysis is ours, not theirs.

It was tempting to say ‘dispassionate analysis’ – but that would not be true, because we care deeply – passionately – about what has happened and what is to come here at MHProNews, and at our sister site, MHLivingNews too.

Millions are being harmed by what can accurately be described as a purported manipulation of the marketplace. What passes as ‘education’ in this industry clearly is not leading to serious growth, when 10 of the last 11 months have been a decline, and Eric Belsky and others said that manufactured housing should have surpassed conventional home building almost a decade ago.

The flip side?  The good news is that means that record growth could lie ahead.

That is what the consolidators are logically counting on – record growth, but only after they feel that they have all that they can get away with.



But the thousands of industry independents that have been harmed, the untold numbers of investors who have been mislead by companies following MHI ‘leadership,’ these are just a few of the tough topics that are found only here on MHProNews and our sister site MHLivingNews.

MHProNews is also your only business-daily manufactured home industry-focused resource that looks at broader economic and political issues, to shed light on how those impact our industry.  Some of those reports move stocks, so they clearly matter to manufactured housing industry investors and professionals.


Solutions vs. Whining Or Waiting

Problems and potential without solutions is only whining. We aren’t whiners.

  • A new pro-growth trade group is quietly being forged. It will harness the facts plus tough-love truth. That group will tap into the millions of happy – and unhappy – residents, who have likewise been harmed by the status quo promulgated by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, mouthpieces, and their allies. It will tap into best practices that have already proven their worth.
  • Independents are welcome to inquire via the link below. More on that in the days ahead.


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Every week, the links that follow shed light on why the above data is what it is. But a keen mind doesn’t look at only the part of a clear glass or bottle that has water. One looks at the part that is void, and asks, how can I fill that profitably?

That’s an implied goal in every report here. Spotlighting problems is always seen as a step toward shedding light on solutions that can profitably fill the void in affordable housing that is needed by an estimated 8 million households right now.

Facts and understanding are the basis for sound, profit-potential laden action.

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headlines for the week that was, 9.1.2019 to today.  Because only by understanding both the past and the present can someone prepare for a brighter future.  That is our aim, to fuel the rebirth of manufactured housing for the benefit of potentially millions who need what this industry does.


What’s News on Manufactured Home Living News

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Understanding is the basis for profitable solutions.

What’s News From Washington, D.C. from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform

HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Takes an Up-Tick in July 2019 | Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform

MHARR reports that according to HUD, year-over-year HUD Code manufactured home production increased 5.2 in July 2019. Manufacturers produced 7,135 homes…


What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

Saturday 9.7.2019

“Sean of the Dead,” Frank Rolfe, Investor-Professional Education, God, and Affordable Manufactured Homes


Friday 9.6.2019

What’s the Potential? Imagining Manufactured Housing Industry That’s Understood and Respected

Fed’s Powell, ‘No Recession Ahead’ Data-Driven Economic Optimism, plus Manufactured Home Investment Updates

Manufactured Housing Part of Trump Administration Housing Finance Reform Plan

National Communities Council of the Manufactured Housing Institute “Code of Ethics,” SSK Communities Update, Review



Thursday 9.5.2019

“Rape, Pillage, and Murder” Reactions from Industry Professionals to Frank Rolfe Report

Cramer – No Recession, Data Shows U.S. Economic Strength Upper Hand for POTUS Trump with China, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Investors, Frank Rolfe’s Mobile Home U Thinking on “Why You Should Never Build A Mobile Home Park”

The Challenge


Wednesday 9.4.2019

Dozens of State AGs Prep Antitrust Action, plus Manufactured Home Investing Updates

Cornell’s ‘Ugly Duckling Turns a Profit: Investing in Manufactured Home Communities,’ Real Estate Review Analysis

Case Against Clayton Homes

Just the Facts? Mobile Home U, Manufactured Housing Institute, MHVillage, Manufactured Home Community Count?


Tuesday 9.3.2019

Latest HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Data for July 2019 Mixed

Historic Global Warming 10 Year Warning, Said UN Report, plus Manufactured Home Investment Updates

Illusion of Choice? Mainstream Media Consolidation, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Home News

“When I think About Chuck, He Made Me Tough” – Coaching Corner, and Manufactured Housing


Monday 9.2.2019

Two $500,000 Grants for Modular Workforce Housing

U.S. Labor, China-American Trade, Warren Buffett, and Housing – High Cost of Short-Range Thinking?

Does President Trump Get It About American Labor and Business?

Cowboy’s Take on Labor Day, Plus Labor Day History 101 for MHVille Pros


Sunday 9.1.2019

Democrat Kamala Harris, Most Feared by Team Trump? POTUS touts NewsMax, OANN over Fox? ELS’ Sam Zell and Manufactured Housing Headline News in Review


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