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  • 14 Jun 2017 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    Are you high-tech or old school? You can keep up with industry news either way.

    MHISC's Update magazine is on the way to every member mailbox this week.

    Or CLICK HERE to read the new issue on line.

    In this Issue of Update:

    • Flood Zones Expanded
    • Modular Quiz: Do You Know the Basics?
    • Who's the Best Salesperson in SC 
    • Sales Tax
    • Park Model Legislation
    CLICK HERE to read Update magazine. 


    Read More:

    July Convention Details

    Industry Projections Through 2025

    Dodd-Frank Reform Passes House

    MHISC Hires a New Communications Director

    MHISC is Now on Your Favorite Social Media Platform
  • 13 Jun 2017 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    MHISC's 50th Anniversary Convention is right around the corner and you don't want to miss out on the fun!

    Highlights for this event include:

    • Committee Meetings
    • Keynote Speaker; Kevin Clayton
    • Pool Party Reception
    • Best in the Industry Awards
    • Richard Bagwell Hall of Fall Induction
    • Lots of good times, good food and fun in the sun.


    CLICK HERE for more details on the exciting event

    To register for the convention CLICK HERE

    The Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa is currently sold out

    for more accommodations in the area CLICK HERE


    Read more: 

    New Issue of MHISC's Magazine

    Industry Projections Through 2025

    Dodd-Frank Reform Passes House

    MHISC Hires a New Communications Director

    MHISC is Now on Your Favorite Social Media Platform
  • 13 Jun 2017 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    Experts Say the Upturn is Going to Last Long-term

    South Carolina continues its fourth year in a row of steady growth.   For the first four months of 2017, shipments for the Palmetto State are up 17% over last year. For April, SC was the Number Three Sales Gainer in the Nation with an 82% increase!

    But there's even more good news. Market research shows that this trend will continue through to at least 2025, and potentially beyond. A recent study by Persistent Market Research on trends in the manufactured housing market forecasts long term continued growth through the next 8 years. This study covered the years 2012 to 2025.

    As site-built homes become increasingly unaffordable, manufactured and modular homes are filling the gap. Reasonably priced housing will continue to be an issue in North America, according to the research, and the manufactured housing industry offers the best solution.


    Read more: 

    New Issue of MHISC's Magazine

    July Convention Details

    Dodd-Frank Reform Passes House

    MHISC Hires a New Communications Director

    MHISC is Now on Your Favorite Social Media Platform
  • 13 Jun 2017 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    US House Approves Dodd-Frank Reform

    SC Congressman Jeff Duncan Sponsors Legislation at MHISC’s Request

    The House of Representatives passed the language of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act as a part of its comprehensive effort to reform the negative impact of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The goals is to reduce the burdens placed on would-be manufactured home owners by Dodd-Frank. 

    The industry has a two-prong strategy:

    1. Get the pro-MH language included in the Senate’s major financial reform legislation.                        

    2. Continue to push the “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act” as a separate bill.  


    Read More:

    New Issue of MHISC's Magazine

    July Convention Details

    Industry Projections Through 2025

    MHISC Hires a New Communications Director

    MHISC is Now on Your Favorite Social Media Platform
  • 13 Jun 2017 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    MHISC Hires New Communications Director

    Katrina Jorgensen joins MHISC as our new Communications Director. Katrina brings a background of journalism paired with business marketing. She formerly worked for an international non-profit in Washington, D.C. as their Communications Manager, and as Political Editor for the Independent Journal Review, an online political outlet. Katrina has written for major publications like CNN International and The Guardian, and has been featured in the New York Times, BBC The Blaze, and Fox New affiliates. While Katrina has lived across the U.S. and overseas, consulting for non-profits, businesses and government agencies, she recently returned to her family ties in South Carolina in 2015.

    Katrina, a 2007 Honors graduate from the University of North Texas, started her career by building one of Dallas’s top boutique web design companies (awarded by her own industry). Her business focused on branding, online marketing and social media, everything from design to messaging. She worked directly with small business and start-ups, as well as business associations and charities, consulting on their digital marketing strategy. In 2010, she published a book about current technology trends and their potential political applications. She has been a featured speaker for varied institutions including, Microsoft, the University of South Carolina and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

    Katrina will expand communications at MHISC by telling the story of our industry and our members. By using new digital tools, reliable media platforms, and creative engagement, she plans to add value and opportunity for everyone in the MHISC family. 


    Read More: 

    New Issue of MHISC's Magazine

    July Convention Details

    Industry Projections Through 2025

    Dodd-Frank Reform Passes House

    MHISC is Now on Your Favorite Social Media Platform
  • 13 Jun 2017 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    MHISC is enhancing our social media presence!

    MHISC is enhancing our social media presence! We’ll be doing more updates and crafting messages specifically for each platform.  The purposes of these posts are twofold: 1) to keep you updated about our activities and 2) to increase visibility of the incredible products and services our members offer.

    Be sure to follow us from your favorite app!

    Twitter: 

    Expect more regular posts, higher engagement, and live updates from our events. Twitter gives us a wide audience and a chance to engage in dialogue with our members and potential buyers. Look for live tweeting from meetings and links to industry news here. Follow: @MHISC

    Facebook: 

    You probably already see our posts on Facebook and follow the MHISC team. Watch for some upgrades and changes as we fill our page with more engaging media, video and pictures. You won’t want to miss these fun updates! Facebook Page: Facebook.com/MHISH

    Instagram: 

    We now have an Instagram account! Don’t have enough pictures of awesome MHISC events in your life? Want to see the newest/best homes and tools in the industry? Then you’ll want to follow us here. Find out where MHISC is every day, working for you! Instagram: @MHISC

    Video: 

    We are putting a new emphasis on creative outreach, including video. If you haven’t seen our new clip about the upcoming Annual Convention and 50th Anniversary Celebration, be sure to check it out at the MHISC website. Look for more video and impactful media in the future!

    We hope you’re excited about these opportunities to interact with us! Our new social media approach will reach a broader market for the benefit of our members! 


    Read more: 

    New Issue of MHISC's Magazine

    July Convention Details

    Industry Projections Through 2025

    Dodd-Frank Reform Passes House

    MHISC Hires a New Communications Director

  • 13 May 2015 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Rep. Mac Toole Named Legislator of the Year

    Lexington County Republican Mac Toole was named South Carolina Legislator of the Year and honored as a champion of taxpayers who fights against unreasonable government regulation.

    Rep. Toole is a businessman who represents the best interests of small businesses at the Statehouse, according to Mark Dillard, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of SC, a leading business association based in Columbia. 

    “Mac Toole was instrumental in passing legislation that cut red tape for builders, sellers and buyers of modular homes in South Carolina,” Dillard said.

    Rep. Toole introduced legislation this year which simplifies licensing for manufactured home sellers while increasing consumer protections in the state.   Toole filed the bill on behalf of the Manufactured Housing Institute of SC.  MHISC is a non-profit organization which works to raise standards for the industry.  The group represents home manufacturers, sellers, developers, banks and the other service and supply companies which serve the manufactured and modular home industries in South Carolina.

    The West Columbia legislator received the recognition at the annual meeting of the trade association in Columbia which represents over 600 businesses across the state as well as major national manufacturers and lenders doing business in the state.

     Speaking at the group’s state convention, Toole praised the industry for its role in providing quality affordable homes for tens of thousands of South Carolina families. 

    ----------------------------------

    The Manufactured Housing Institute provides governmental and media representation for the factory-built home industry, publishes newsletters and a magazine on industry issues, organizes statewide and local chapter meetings to keep members informed and provide marketing opportunities for the companies.

    MHISC operates two websites: www.MHISC.com and www.SCModularHome.com For membership, advertising and consumer information, contact info@mhisc.com

  • 17 Apr 2015 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Sonny Cooper, Jr.

    January 2 1951 - April 8, 2014

    The industry mourns the passing of Sonny Cooper, Jr., age 63, of Douglas, GA passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Medical Center of Central Georgia following a brief illness. Sonny has served as a popular manufacturer's representative in our industry.

    Mr. Cooper was born on January 2, 1951, in Butler, GA to Grace Jackson and the late Julian Cooper, Hodge, Lynn’s grandchildren, Eli and Avery Deen, and Cash Hodge, several nieces and nephews, and special dog, Scarlett Ann.

    Survivors include: his son, Julian Thomas (Mary) Cooper, III of Cobb, GA, grandson, Julian Thomas Cooper, IV of Cobb, GA, mother, Grace Jackson of Rupert, GA, two brothers, Jack (Melba) Cooper of Bishop, GA and James (Lisa) Jackson of Sufflok, VA, sister, Hilda Browder of Cecil, AL, loving partner, Lynn McDonald of Douglas, GA, her daughters, Kimberly (Brent) Deen & Erin (Chap) Hodge, Lynn’s grandchildren, Eli and Avery Deen, and Cash Hodge, several nieces and nephews, and special dog, Scarlett Ann.

    Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Covenant Christian Church with Pastor Gregory Pope officiating. Interment will follow at Sand Bethel Church Cemetery in Rupert, GA. Music will be furnished for the service by CD’s “Get Over It” and Congregation “Amazing Grace”. Active Pallbearers were: Dennis Wright, Asa Whitfield, Dewayne Carr, Jimmy Kitchens, Gene Wade, and Roger O’Steen. Sims Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

  • 29 Mar 2015 12:01 PM | Anonymous
    Joe Walden To Be 2015 Inductee Into SC Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame

    Walden will be honored at MHISC’s Annual Meeting in April 

    Joe Walden casts a large shadow in the manufactured home industry. And it’s not just because of his athletic 6-foot, 6-inch frame.

    Walden has been an active association leader through-out his four decades in the manufactured home industry.  He has served on the MHISC Board of Directors in three different capacities: as a chapter president, in a service / supplier slot on the board and as a representative of the state’s community members.

    The industry will have an opportunity to say thank you to Walden for his leadership the evening of April 22 in Columbia.  The event will be part of MHISC’s Annual Meeting.  (Click on "Meetings" on the left, then "Spring Meeting." )

    First President 

    In 1988 Mr. Walden was chosen as the first President to lead the newly chartered Upstate Chapter of MHISC.  He bought his first manufactured home community in 1990. He now owns communities in Pendleton and Anderson and continues to serve the association as a member of MHISC’s Community Managers Committee.

    Walden is Vice President for Manufactured Housing of Tri-State Distributors.  The Manufactured Housing Division of the company is known as an operation with technological savvy and modern facilities.  But under Walden, Tri-State has maintained a family atmosphere with long-term relationships and close friendships with the state’s dealers.  Joe Walden will celebrate his 30thanniversary with Tri-State this year.

    Joe is a native of South Carolina’s Upstate area. He was born in Spartanburg and moved to Anderson in 1976. Walden was a high-school basketball standout who played for USC Spartanburg. Walden modestly asserts that his basketball career was a short one.  “I was a pretty big boy in high school but one of the smaller guys in college. Playing in college is a whole different game.”

    The Needs of Retailers

    Joe’s understanding of the needs of the state’s retailers grew out of his own experiences as a salesperson going back to 1972.  Walden went to work for his uncle, Marvin London, of Starvin’ Marvin retail fame. London was partners with Norman Pulliam, an early industry leader and an original member of the state agency SC Manufactured Housing Board.  Pulliam was a strong positive influence early in Walden’s career in the industry.  Walden ran his own retail center and then moved to Tri-State in 1985. 

    Joe has been a consistent advocate for high ethical standards in the manufactured home industry--and for an association that presents the right image as well.

    In the 1980’s he was part of a group of members who sought to make MHISC’s annual convention a family event.  At one time the convention was a golf and boy’s night out type of affair.  Around 1987 Walden, Mitch Gault and a few other members brought their families to the convention.  “That year we had about 12 kids at the convention.   The next year the number of youngsters doubled, and doubled again the year after that.”

    A Family Affair

    Walden’s personal contribution to the family atmosphere was a major one.  He brought all his six children to the events.  You couldn’t miss the tall, outgoing Walden kids; Zach, Joyce, John, Matt, Joe, and Mary; at the convention each year.

    Joe says that attending MHISC’s annual summer meeting also made an impression on his six children as well. “Every one of them will tell you that they learned a lot about how to meet and greet people, the importance of networking, the types of relationships it takes to build a business and an industry.”

    Through the years Walden has been a perennial supporter of MHISC’s state meetings both as an attendee and a sponsor. Tri-State’s financial support helps the association offer first-class events for a modest registration fee. 

    Joe Walden has always encouraged his employees to become active and assume leadership positions in MHISC.  Doug Marchbanks has played an essential role in the association’s Upstate chapter for over a decade and serves on the state Board of Directors.  WA Burns held a range of positions in MHISC’s leadership, serving as a supplier representative on the Board and as Treasurer on the key MHISC Executive Committee. 

    Four Decades of Success

    With over four decades of success in the industry and an impressive list of accomplishments as an association leader on his resume, Walden continues to work for the good of the industry.  He works actively as a member of MHISC’s Community Managers Committee as an advocate for improved standards and a new image.

    When the Town of Pendleton in his home county attempted to eliminate manufactured homes from with-in the city limits, Walden sprang into action.  He teamed up with MHISC, lobbying town leaders and speaking repeatedly at council meetings, according to MHISC Executive Director Mark Dillard.  Walden and the association ended up virtually writing the ordinance themselves, providing wording that town officials ultimately incorporated into the ordinance.

    “The secret of Joe’s success was perseverance,” Dillard said.  “It’s common for people to get riled up about an issue and show up at a meeting or two.  But Joe kept talking to the right people and coming to the meetings time after time until the industry got what it needed.”

    “That’s just one of the traits that makes Joe Walden the type of person who deserves the honor he’ll receive April 22.”

  • 09 Apr 2014 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    Al Randall Inducted into SC Hall of Fame

    Dealer Art Newton summed it up nicely:  “Al Randall is such a funny and laid-back guy, it’s easy to forget what a strong leader he is for our industry.”

    If any members weren’t aware of Randall’s accomplishments for the association and the MH industry, that was rectified in April.   The popular lender was honored and inducted into the SC Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame, the industry’s highest honor.

    Randall served as MHISC Chair, keeping the association strong during an industry downturn.  He has served as association treasurer and as a supplier representative on the MHISC Board.  Randall served multiple times as President of the Pee Dee Chapter and continues as a key supporter and organizer for the Florence-area chapter.

    One of Randall’s strongest traits is his willingness to say yes whenever the association needs help. “I don’t know if anybody actually wants to be roasted but when we asked Al to be the ‘honoree’ at our first association roast, he agreed because MHISC needed him to build a good show around,” Newton said.

    Whenever the association needs someone who can handle a tricky situation with diplomacy, the MHISC staff calls on Al, according to Executive Director Mark Dillard.

    “I can think of several times where we went to Al when there was news to deliver that wasn’t going to make someone happy,” Dillard said. “Al likes to say that he’s not politically correct but the fact is that people believe and trust what he says because of his communication skills and reputation for integrity.”

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