MHLIvingNews and MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach interviewed Brent Bolding, head of quality control at Sunshine Homes in Red Bay, Alabama. The interview documents the steps a manufactured home producer must go through in assuring the product is made correctly.
Bolding, a former self-employed businessman, now in his tenth year at Sunshine, says IBTS (Institute for Building Safety and Technology), a third-party contractor with HUD, comes in a couple of times a year to make sure the homes are built to federal standards. “A local inspector comes about every third or fourth day, depending upon our production. He does a report each week that he sends to HUD to let them know we are meeting the guidelines we are supposed to follow.”
If he finds something that does not follow the standards, he can pull the label and stop production on that home until it is addressed. But Bolding says the company has been around long enough that that rarely happens. He says there is a check list for each floor that has to be fully filled out, and each house is thoroughly inspected before it is delivered.
“I walk this factory front to back everyday looking for any possible violations,” says Bolding. “If I find something that is not right, we fix it right then, we don’t put it off until the next day. It makes us a better company.” As Kovach says, the goal is to make that home conform exactly to the order placed by the customer.
The sales slogan for the Packard automobile in its heyday was “Ask the man who owns one.” The same could be said of Sunshine Homes. The company CEO, John Bostick, the general manager and the line supervisor all live in Sunshine Homes. That speaks to the quality of their product.
Bolding says the employees are proud of what they do, they go above and beyond the federal standards to build a home as defect-free as possible. That quality assurance is critical to the HUD Code home buyer and to the overall MH industry. For the video interview, please click here. ##
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Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.