Manufactured homes and baby formula are obviously two distinctive products. Both industries feature federal regulation, more on that and the possible takeaways for manufactured housing industry professionals follow further below. But to grasp the reasons why manufactured housing pros, advocates, and others should be concerned, facts and insights about the baby formula crisis are warranted. Per the CDC, “Although most infants born in 2017 started breastfeeding (84.1%), only 58.3% of infants were breastfeeding at 6 months…” Per the BBC, “Some 3.6 million babies were born in the US in 2020.” So, hundreds of thousands of the youngest Americans are impacted by the infant formula crisis.
A Monday 6.6.2022 report on ZeroHedge alleges that the entire crisis may have been avoidable. More on that shortly, but first, “In 2022, the United States experienced a severe shortage of infant formula as a result of the 2021–2022 global supply chain crisis compounded by a large scale product recall, import restrictions, and market concentration.” So says left-leaning Wikipedia. “Unlike other food products, infant formula often does not have an available and acceptable substitute as a source of nutrition for those who rely on it.”
Wikipedia said the following about the market concentration issue.
Ninety percent of the formula in United States is made by just four companies, including Abbott Nutrition. Abbott manufactures 43% of US infant formula. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg alleged that the industry’s “enormous market concentration” may be exacerbating the problem. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has also urged the FTC to study whether market consolidation in the infant formula industry caused the shortage. According to Claire Kelloway of the Open Markets Institute, manufacturers operate a relatively small number of formula factories to increase efficiency and to reduce cost. But this creates lots of risk if a plant is closed, as happened with the Sturgis plant. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf acknowledged that the market concentration in the industry deserves more scrutiny. David Davis, a professor of economics at South Dakota State University, has alleged that WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) contracts help create monopolies that make it hard for other brands to break into the market. Davis stated that without WIC contracts, no player will be able to enter the industry. Davis stated that this kind of market concentration gives little flexibility if things go wrong, as one single plant will have a big impact on the industry.”
Compare and Contrast
Keep in mind that in manufactured housing, some 80 percent of the industry is currently concentrated in the hands of just 3 firms. Clayton Homes (BRK), Skyline Champion (SKY), and Cavco Industries (CVCO) are all Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) members.
In 1998, the Manufactured Home Merchandiser Magazine’s June 1999 issue reported that there were 372,843 new HUD Code manufactured homes shipped that year. “The Top 25” HUD Code manufactured housing builders “accounted for 92.4 percent of that number…” The “first 10 companies listed made 77.7 percent of the homes shipped in 1998, versus 81.4 percent in 1997.”
So, when there was over 300 percent more manufactured home production, and more diversity of manufactured housing producers, the concentration of manufactured home production among the top 10 brands declined 3.7 percent in a year.
On July 9, 2021 the Biden White House issued a fact sheet in conjunction with an “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” It said in part that “In over 75% of U.S. industries, a smaller number of large companies now control more of the business than they did twenty years ago. This is true across healthcare, financial services, agriculture and more. That lack of competition drives up prices for consumers.”
Holds those points in mind. Yes, industry concentration is occurring in other professions, not just manufactured housing. The baby formula industry is apparently one such profession. Some quotes are found in the bullets below from ZeroHedge.
- “Abbott Nutrition announced it restarted production of infant formula at its Sturgis, Michigan plant on Saturday.”
- “The shutdown turned a preexisting shortage—fueled by supply chain problems and hoarding—into an all-out empty-shelf crisis, prompting the waiving of import regulations and restrictions, and a military airlift of formula from Europe. As of May 22, 73% of baby formula products were out of stock.”
- “However, a detailed look at the FDA investigation suggests the three-month shutdown was unnecessary, as the FDA investigation failed to produce any evidence linking Abbott’s Sturgis facility or its formula to the illnesses and deaths.”
- “The four infected infants consumed four different types of Abbott formula made over the course of almost a year; the illnesses took place over several months in three different states. The bacteria that sickened the infants…is a commonly-occurring microbe found naturally in the environment…”
- “In all four cases, the state, FDA, and/or CDC tested samples of the Abbott formula that was used by the child. In all four cases, all unopened containers tested negative,” according to a summaryof the case Abbott posted on May 11.
- … “If federal legislators really want to prevent future shortages, the answer is less government, not more.”
Reporter: Why didn’t you move quicker on the baby formula shortage?
Biden: “I don’t think anyone anticipated the impact of the shutdown of Abbott facility.”
Reporter: “Didn’t the CEOs just tell you they understood it would have a very big impact?”
Biden:”They did but I didn’t” pic.twitter.com/ei2e1N5mkY
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 1, 2022
Let’s recap. Federal officials created the baby formula crisis. Of course, they want to use it as an excuse to spend more money and hire more people. But quite likely federal policies, per the various reports cited above, caused this contraction of the baby formula industry.
While they are apples and oranges, this baby formula fiasco is somewhat akin to Joe Biden signing an executive order on day 1 shutting down the Keystone XL Pipeline. Coupled with steps to restrict federal leases, of course domestic and North American crude supplies are down and part of the economics 101 reasons why fuel prices are hitting new record highs for the past 3 weeks.
Now, how do those baby formula or oil/gas examples relate to manufactured housing?
Manufactured housing is also federally regulated, as was noted before.
Just as giant Abbott was effectively forced to close their baby formula factory due to (erroneous actions by) federal regulators, manufactured home producers should ponder the notion that something similar could happen to one or more of them.
Per Gov.info: Under 24 CFR 3282.204 is the following section: “Under 3282.204(b): “[A]fter the initial factory inspection … the IPIA shall issue the certification report as described in 3282.362(b)(2).” After certification, if that status is lost for whatever reason, then a facility can be “de”-certified or what would be called factory “decertification.”
In the case in the headlines, Abbott was one of the big 4 in the baby formula industry. So, it should not be thought that even a larger brand could be hit by this process.
The DOE Angle
With the clock started on the Department of Energy implementation of their damaging energy rule, this hypothetical scenario is even more feasible.
But what about the possibility that political and/or corporate influences could trigger a potential de-certification?
- ZeroHedge’s comment cited above is apt food for thought: “If federal legislators really want to prevent future shortages, the answer is less government, not more.”
The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has arguably attempted to do this. While they attempted to do so for years under the guise of negotiated rule making, after MHProNews exposed their apparent history of duplicity of attempting to collude with federal officials and other ‘energy interests,’ they since became rather ‘in your face’ about the fact that they don’t want to kill the measure, they merely seek to modify it with their own plan. Note the date on this MHI letter, obtained from a DOE source, was from the Obama-Biden term in office. Fast forward to 2022, when Biden-Harris occupy – rightly or wrongly – the White House, POTUS and VP posts.
MHI’s own comments letter bluntly stated their proposed replacement for the DOE plan.
See the Sunday report below for more and watch for a planned report that is likely to be published this week.
Next up is our daily business news recap of yesterday evening’s market report, related left-right headlines, and manufactured housing connected equities.
The Business Daily Manufactured Home Industry Connected Stock Market Updates. Plus, Market Moving Left leaning CNN and Right-leaning (Newsmax) Headlines Snapshot. While the layout of this daily business report has been evolving over time, several elements of the basic concepts used previously are still the same. For instance. The headlines that follow below can be reviewed at a glance to save time while providing insights across the left-right media divide. Additionally, those headlines often provide clues as to possible ‘market-moving’ news items.
Market Indicator Closing Summaries – Yahoo Finance Closing Tickers on MHProNews…
Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 6.6.2022
- Big changes for the iPhone
- iOS 16 new lock screen.
- Apple unveils iOS 16 which will let users edit iMessages and improve the lock screen
- Elon Musk pulls back on job cuts plan — sort of
- Two more states hit $5 a gallon gas prices
- Stocks are itching for a turnaround. This won’t help
- It’s been a rough year for social media stocks. Blame TikTok
- Dear Gen Z: Here’s how to survive your first bear market
- Analysis: Britain’s economy is in a bad place. Removing Boris Johnson might help
- JetBlue increases offer for Spirit Airlines as bidding war heats up
- Opinion: This is where entry-level jobs are growing the fastest
- Did you retire during the pandemic, but then decide to head back to work?
- See what this amusement park is doing to combat staff shortages
- Jeep Wrangler tips over again in IIHS crash test
- Priyanka Chopra blasts ‘shameful’ Indian body spray ad promoting rape culture
- Advertising department brainstorming at modern office boardroom behind closed doors, view through the glass wall. Diverse staff led by ceo discussing new project sharing ideas thoughts and sales pitch
- The world’s biggest four-day work week pilot begins
- Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington, on March 9, 2020.
- Elon Musk threatens to walk away from Twitter deal
- Exclusive: Wendy’s is finally selling this ‘highly anticipated’ Frosty flavor
- SUMMER TRAVEL
- Travelers queue up at the north security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport, Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Denver.
- Why you’re going to hate traveling for the rest of the summer
- Gas prices hit yet another record high
- After two years of losses, airlines expect record revenue
- Boeing needs to get its ‘s*** together,’ Ryanair CEO says
- Airfares are going up. Blame full planes
- COFFEE GIANT
- Schultz will raise wages again — but not for unionized workers
- Starbucks is reopening in Shanghai
- US labor board sues Starbucks
- CEO suspends Starbucks’ share buyback program
- Starbucks is leaving Russia for good
Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax 6.6.2022
- It Could Become the Largest Migrant Caravan Ever. It’s Headed Toward the US.
- At left, a migrant holding a U.S. flag walks in front of National Guard members in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, as he takes part in a caravan of Central and South Americans heading toward the border with the United States on Monday. At right, more are joining the caravan by the hour. (Getty Images)
- Russian Invasion of Ukraine
- DOJ Authorizes Seizure of 2 Jets of Russian Oligarch Abramovich
- Death of Another Russian General in Ukraine Signals Lack of Lower Officers: Report
- Elon Musk: 15K Starlink Internet Kits Sent to Ukraine During Invasion
- Russian Missiles Strike Kyiv, Shattering Sense of Calm
- UK’s Johnson Confirms New Aid Package in Phone Call: Zelenskyy
- Russian State Media; Russian General Killed in Eastern Ukraine
- Bolton: Putin Closer to ‘Objectives’ in Ukraine
- Russians Shell Ancient Orthodox Church in East Ukraine
- Putin’s Russian Pundit: ‘Nuclear War Is Coming’
- More Russian Invasion of Ukraine
- Newsmax TV
- Fitzgerald: A Dem ‘Hodgepodge’ of Gun Bills | video
- Cammack: “Limousine Liberals’ Led to Baby Formula Shortage | video
- Dershowitz: Hiring Producer Shows Jan. 6 Panel Partisanship | video
- Andrew Giuliani: Poll Numbers Climbing With Grassroots Focus | video
- Ryan Zinke: Country ‘Worth Fighting For’ | video
- Van Drew: Biden’s Gun Control Law Plea ‘Fake’ | video
- Biggs: Lying to the FBI ‘No Big Deal’ in Sussmann Trial
- More Newsmax TV
- UK’s Boris Johnson Poised to Win No-Confidence Vote
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked on course to win a no-confidence vote on Monday.According to a Reuters tally, he has already racked up support from at least 160 British lawmakers who’ve publicly indicated their backing for him.A total of 180 votes would be…… [Full Story]
- Judge: Constitution ‘Does Not Require a Pain-Free Execution’
- An Arizona judge on Sunday ruled that the U.S. Constitution “does not [Full Story]
- Potentially Largest Migrant Caravan Ever Aiming for Southern Border
- What could become the largest migrant caravan ever to approach the [Full Story]
- Biden Hasn’t Given a Mainstream Media Interview in More Than 100 Days
- Despite vowing to create the most transparent modern administration, [Full Story] | Platinum Article
- Manchin: Raising Age Minimum for Buying High-Powered Rifles ‘Makes Sense’
- Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has signaled his support for raising the [Full Story]
- DeSantis Warns ‘Woke’ Companies, Slashes MLB Facility Funds
- Corporations are learning that it doesn’t pay to go “woke” by mixing [Full Story] | Platinum Article
- ‘Top Gun’ Heirs Sue Paramount Over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
- The family of the author whose article inspired the 1986 Tom Cruise [Full Story]
- Dershowitz to Newsmax: Hiring Producer Shows Jan. 6 Panel Partisanship
- The decision by the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 actions at [Full Story] | video
- CDC Data: US Wasted 82-Plus Million COVID Vaccine Doses During Pandemic Period
- The United States wasted more than 82 million COVID vaccine doses [Full Story]
- NY Gov. Signs Gun Control Package into Law
- In the first measures to be approved by any state following the wave [Full Story]
- Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters
- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the [Full Story]
- Biden Touts Improved Numbers, While Social Security and Medicare Stumble
- As President Joe Biden emphasizes the positives, new reports from the [Full Story]
- At least 160 British lawmakers from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s [Full Story]
- British Prime Minister Johnson to Face No-Confidence Vote
- Elon Musk-Backed Caruso, Rep. Bass Appear Headed to Runoff in LA Mayor’s Race
- Billionaire Rick Caruso, recently endorsed by Elon Musk, appeared to [Full Story]
- US to Get 36,000 More Monkeypox Vaccine Doses This Week
- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Monday it [Full Story]
- Pro-Abortion Protester Locks Himself to US Supreme Court Fence
- An abortion rights protester on Monday chained himself to a perimeter [Full Story]
- Last ‘Band of Brothers’ Survivor Honored by National WW2 Museum
- If there’s one thing that former U.S. Army Private First Class [Full Story]
- NFL Hires First Transgender Cheerleader
- The National Football League hired its first openly transgender [Full Story]
- Pelosi Discloses More Apple, Microsoft Trades
- S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disclosed new stock market trades on [Full Story]
- Usage Frequency Key to ‘Red-Flag’ Laws: Report
- Reviewed court records in 19 states already implementing “red-flag” [Full Story]
- Steve Scully Hired by SiriusXM to Host Political Show
- Longtime political journalist Steve Scully has been hired by Sirius [Full Story]
- Supreme Court Rules Medicaid Can Recoup Payments for Future Care
- The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Florida in a case where the state [Full Story]
- Twitter Fires Back at Musk: Deal Is On at ‘Agreed Price and Terms’
- While Elon Musk is seeking to press Twitter for information on its [Full Story]
- Texas A&M Says Kyle Rittenhouse Is Not Attending
- While Kyle Rittenhouse said he is going to go to college at Texas [Full Story]
- Supreme Court Seeks Biden Views on WhatsApp ‘Pegasus’ Spyware Dispute
- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Joe Biden’s [Full Story]
- Biden Waives Solar-Panel Tariffs, Invokes Defense Production Act
- President Joe Biden on Monday invoked the Defense Production Act to [Full Story]
- TV Network Executive Producing Jan. 6 Panel’s Prime-Time Hearing
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan Jan. 6 select committee has [Full Story]
- Musk Threatens to Drop $44B Twitter Deal If Data Is Not Provided
- Elon Musk warned he may walk away from his $44 billion deal to [Full Story]
- Death of Another Russian General in Ukraine Signals Lack of Lower Officers: Report
- The death of another Russian general in the war in Ukraine is a sign [Full Story]
- Poll: Americans Disheartened About Economy, National Unity
- Americans appear to be more negative about the economy than at any [Full Story]
- Trump Issues Free Concealed Carry Holster for All Supporters, Claim Yours Now!
- More Newsfront
- Amazon Stock Split May Draw Retail Traders in Tough Market
- Amazon’s stock split may provide some solace to shareholders who have seen the e-commerce giant’s shares battered this year.Amazon shares were up 3.1% to $126.17 in afternoon trading after the 20-for-1 split, announced earlier this year but which took effect Monday…. [Full Story]
- UN: Climate, War Fuel Looming Food Crises
- Kremlin ‘Fully Assaulting’ Media Freedom: US State Dept
- Russia Sanctions US Treasury Secretary, Defense Execs
- Americans Skimp on Tips
- More Finance
- CDC: Long COVID-19 Could be Deadly
- A new analysis suggests that people who suffer from long COVID-19 may be at an increased risk for death. As part of a research program to determine how long-term effects of COVID-19 affect mortality rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is examining…… [Full Story]
- Study Finds Strong Links Between Depression and Crohn’s, Colitis
- Studies: Liquid Biopsy Identifies Who Can Skip Chemo, Tylenol Interferes With Cancer Drugs
- Two New Drugs Show Promise Against Advanced Breast Cancer
- People With Diabetes Four Times More Likely to Develop Long COVID
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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Equities Closing Tickers
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- NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
- NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
- NOTE: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm. Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.
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