The 2018 Tunica Show is now in the history books.
Reports are that registrations and attendance was up at Tunica over last year’s event.
Exhibitors in the events center – and those who displayed new factory built homes – reported good traffic, happy attendees, and solid results.
What was conspicuously missing in Tunica this year was the presence of Berkshire Hathaway owned Clayton Homes, and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).
There were good reasons to hold this report until after the event concluded, to make sure that our Daily Business News reporting would not impact turnout, which discerning minds should grasp.
Inside Word, from the South Central Show…
Per show sources to MHProNews, Clayton Homes’ Keith Holdbrooks communicated the decision months ago that Clayton would not be participating in this year’s Tunica Show trade event.
There are more details, but those are being held to protect some of the sources for the allegation that Clayton is trying to – quoting – “kill off the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.”
Those reports from informed sources that Clayton was working to – again, quoting another source – “kill off the Tunica Show” began over a year ago, when Clayton scaled back their presence at Tunica in 2017.
Reports last year – and again in 2018 – told the Daily Business News that a similar pattern was followed by Clayton Homes at the now defunct North Carolina manufactured home trade show.
Clayton reportedly expressed a different set of reasons than a desire to kill the Tunica Show off to explain their decision to pull their support from the South Central Manufactured Housing Institute (SCMHI) annual trade event.
MHProNews will continue to monitor such issues, which a variety of sources allege are part of a broader plan by Clayton to increase Berkshire Hathaway’s dominance over the manufactured housing industry. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)
Not necessarily in this order of importance, but count us as true believers in: Manufactured Homes, America as a Constitutional Republic with free enterprise, and in the four F’s – Faith, Family, Flag, and Fortune (career). Count me as a pragmatist too.
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.
Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.