WSJ – More Companies Spying on Employees, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

DowJonesIndustrialAverageYahoo7192019ManufacturedHousingIndustryInvestmentReportsManufacturedHomeProNewsIt’s not a ‘new’ story, but it is a developing one that the Wall Street Journal and Fox Business are reporting on. MHProNews has provided examples of this inside the industry previously.  While the nation’s business news are looking at Iran’s seizure of oil tankers, the Fed, or more developments in trade, our feature will be on ‘spying’ by employers of employees. Following the headline recaps and some closing market snapshots, that will be our focus topic tonight.


Every evening our headlines snapshots from two major media outlets on each side of the left-right news spectrum reflects topics that influence, reflect, or move investor sentiment.  In moments, you can get insights-at-a-glance.  This sets the broader context for manufactured housing markets, in keeping with our mantra, “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©. 

We begin with left-of-center CNN, then right-of-center Fox Business.  We share closing tickers and other related data courtesy of Yahoo Finance, and more. 5 to 10 minutes reading this MHProNews market report every business night could save you 30 minutes to an hour of similar reading or fact-gathering elsewhere.


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There’s what’s legally right and what you need to do to maintain trusting relationships with your employees, and they are not always the same thing,” Stacia Garr, the co-founder of RedThread Research, a firm that advises companies on issues related to human resources, told The Journal.

Aside from monitoring employees’ emails, some companies are keeping track of texts, chat messages, phone calls and ID badges, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Companies are using data gathered from company emails or devices to track employee communications for a variety of reasons.

Companies can use the data to monitor productivity and employee’s relationships with clients and co-workers. They can also use it to keep intellectual property private when an employee leaves, The Journal reported,” said Fox Business.

For example, Microsoft keeps track of how often their workers are chatting, emailing and going to meetings using its Office 365 programs. Managers at the company are only able to look at groups of five or more workers, according to The Journal.”

While companies have argued that monitoring employees can help them better manage their workers, The Journal reported, some people are wary of all the surveillance.

Clayton Homes and other Berkshire Hathaway brands have reportedly done this, but they should not be considered as the only ones doing so in manufactured housing.

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and state association executives are also, per sources, having communications monitored.

Perhaps more concerning, there is ‘spying’ by Berkshire brands and some others of their competitors.  That isn’t necessarily illegal. But how many professionals wonder if that 21st rep in their office is there to report on activities that they learn?

See the related reports, further below. 

Related Reports:

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

Clayton Retail GM Earns Big Bucks, Insider Insights for Manufactured Housing

Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

Kobayashi Maru, Crime, Kevin Clayton, Darren Krolewski, MHInsider – State of Manufactured Housing Industry

Andy Gedo, Partner at ManageAmerica, Raises Clayton Homes Monopolistic Practices Debate; Manufactured Housing Institute Related Issues

Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance – Investor Lessons Learned

Manufactured Housing Industry Connected Closing Equities Tickers

Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

  • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.
  • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).




Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

  • LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI, and LP all supply manufactured housing.
  • AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.
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