Manufactured Housing 2020 Production Shipment Annual Totals, Manufactured Housing Institute and Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) Reports Compared – Data Analysis


The following report was provided by the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) provided the following report on December 2020 production and shipment data, along with the cumulative 2020 annual production and shipment data. Their report will be followed by related information from the far larger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) along with additional research, analysis, and brief commentary.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Contact: MHARR

(202) 783-4087

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2021 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports that according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HUD Code manufactured housing industry year-over-year production increased in December 2020. Just-released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 7,633 homes in December 2020, a 13.4% increase from the 6,731 new HUD Code homes produced during December 2019. Cumulative industry production for 2020 thus totals 94,390 homes, as compared with 94,615 homes produced during 2019, a slight decline of .23%.

Annual HUD Code industry production totals since 2009 are thus:

  • 2009 – 49,683 homes
  • 2010 – 50,056 homes (+.84%)
  • 2011 – 51,618 homes (+3.1%)
  • 2012 – 54,881 homes (+6.3%)
  • 2013 – 60,228 homes (+9.7%)
  • 2014 – 64,334 homes (+6.8%)
  • 2015 – 70,544 homes (+9.6%)
  • 2016 – 81,136 homes (+15.0%)
    • 2017 – 92,902 homes (+14.5%)
    • 2018 – 96,555 homes (+3.9%)
    • 2019 – 94,615 homes (-2.0%)
    • 2020 – 94,390 homes (-.23%)

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through December 2020  — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2020) and prior year (2019) shipments per category as indicated — are:


The December 2020 production data results in no changes to the cumulative top-ten list.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association representing the views and interests of independent producers of federally-regulated manufactured housing.

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Additional Information from MHI, plus MHProNews Analysis and Commentary

For several monthly cycles, the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has declined providing any public data or commentary directly related to production and shipment totals. Last year, by comparison there was this year end quip by MHI, which was their spin on the failure to see industry growth during an affordable housing crisis.


MHI’s own recent admission that shipments are in decline logically debunks their prior claims of ‘momentum.’ MHI for several cycles has not been providing their members with emailed monthly data. Why not? 


Instead, MHI has locked their monthly production reports behind a member-only login.




The screen capture above is from the home page, and the navigation from that link to blocked or available data from MHI are as shown below.


To see the this illustration from the MHI website on 2.3.2021 in a larger size, click here.
To see all of the shipment data from MHI since 1976, which is the year that HUD Code manufactured housing came into being, click here. To see a larger version of this data and commentary, click here.

Compare that to MHARR, which for years has published, emailed, and posted online the industry’s data. For new readers, their report above is typical of what they produce. See their website for more examples found under a drop-down menu by month. 

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Rolfe is an MHI member who has periodically publicly ripped MHI. He is not alone.

Which begs the question. Why does MHI keep their data obscured or hidden? As if to illustrate this point, MHI just sent out an email on 2.3.2021 with ‘news and updates’ to their members. What’s missing from their email? Any mention of the shipments and production from 2020. 

By comparison, the RV industry, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and the National Association of Homebuilders ((NAHB) each publish their data publicly. That data by those trade groups is routinely picked up and reported by mainstream media. See examples via the screen captures below .






Today’s analysis will be fairly short and focused. Mainstream conversational housing is soaring. Manufactured Housing is snoring.




See the linked reports above and below to learn more.

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But perhaps the real story and the authentic explanation is found in the legal research report by industry outsider Sam Strommen from SDU’s Knudson Law on what one of the pull quotes reflects is the “felony” monopolization of manufactured housing. Strommen, with no apparent ties to the industry and no obvious axe to grind – save the good or everyday Americans – largely supported the analysis of MHARR without citing MHARR. He also confirmed the thrust of years of MHProNews and MHLivingNews reports. Strommen did so by citing and thanking our research and report.




MHProNews will circle back to these topics. Perhaps unlike Jen Psaki, when we say we will circle back we routinely do. Until then, check out the report that follows for historic tips on how to unlock more sales.




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