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July-August 2004 – Modular Briefs

Nationwide Launches New Model Center Nationwide Custom Homes (Martinsville, VA) recently opened a new model home center in Whitsett, NC. Triad area builders and developers are welcome to stop by the location, just off Interstate 40/85 via exit 135 at 1300 Roosevelt Court. Two model homes and a design center and sales office are located […]
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Nationwide Launches New Model Center
Nationwide Custom Homes (Martinsville, VA) recently opened a new model home center in Whitsett, NC. Triad area builders and developers are welcome to stop by the location, just off Interstate 40/85 via exit 135 at 1300 Roosevelt Court. Two model homes and a design center and sales office are located at the center, which is staffed with construction professionals to answer any home buying and building questions.

The new model, merchandised to appeal to its target market, is designed to showcase the wide variety of design options and superior quality available with systems construction. The three bedroom, two bath plus two half-bath, two-story model has a third-floor bonus room with an additional 530 sq.ft. for future expansion.

The home includes many of the features rated “most wanted” by Triad area home buyers, including 9’6″ ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a master bedroom suite on the first floor for privacy and convenience, and an upstairs media room. Among the latest preferred design trends incorporated in the new model are a spacious open foyer, elegant tray ceilings in the master bedroom, and a full wraparound country porch and brick foundation that provide warmth and curb appeal.

The center currently showcases the Sugarhill and Cumberland model homes, but it will include other models in the future. In addition to the Martinsville location, Nationwide has production facilities in Arabi, GA. Founded in 1959, the company has produced more than 26,000 homes in its history.

Mahoney Leading Contempri To New Markets
John A. Perry, president of Contempri Industries (Pinckneyville, IL), a leading producer of modular homes in Illinois, has announced the addition industry veteran Randy A. Mahoney as vice president of sales and marketing. He will spearhead the company’s expansion into Iowa and Wisconsin Mahoney has been involved in all segments of the systems-built industry since beginning his career in housing in 1985. He has served in a sales management role for several industry leaders over the past 19 years. Contempri is the number one producer of modular homes in Illinois since 2002.

Penetration into new markets will give Contempri a broader base and fuel its plans for expansion, Perry says. Mahoney says he welcomes the challenge.

“Illinois is the toughest Midwestern state in which a modular home company can do business because of the ‘home rule’ changes to the building code that can be made at the local level,” says Mahoney. “If we can achieve the largest market share in a tough state like Illinois, the rest of the Midwestern states will come much easier. I’m very excited about the untapped potential here at Contempri. I will be focused exclusively on growing Contempri’s builder base. With a blank slate to start with, we have a chance to create the most competent builder network in the industry.”

Contempri builds single-family, multifamily and commercial structures. The company builds strictly modular homes in the Midwestern market and is a member of the NAHB and BSC.

Bedell Named President of MBI
Rick Bedell, president of Miller Building Systems (Elkhart, IN), is the president of the Modular Building Institute (MBI). The Virginia-based nonprofit trade association serves the factory-built structures industry on an international scale, and represents dealers, suppliers and manufacturers.

Miller Building Systems, a subsidiary of Coachmen Industries, a publicly traded company and parent company of All American Homes (NYSE: COA), is a major manufacturer of a wide variety of commercial modular buildings, with plants in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

Bedell served three terms on the Modular Building Institute Board and was its vice president last year. He was elected president at the national MBI convention in March.

He plans to increase the trade organization’s leadership role and promote the modular industry. “One goal is to continue building the marketing and education program,” Bedell says. “Another is to take a proactive role in regulatory and legislative issues as they affect our industry.” Miller Building Systems, Inc., founded in 1982, specializes in commercial modular structures. The company has manufacturing facilities in Elkhart, IN; Bennington, VT; and Leola, PA.

Johnson New GM For Prefinished Siding Company
Clay Johnson is the new general manager for Carolina Colortones (Asheville, NC), a 25-year-old company producing prefinished siding and exterior trim for the housing industry.

Johnson recently was with Deltec Homes and once worked for Building Systems Magazine.

Today, Johnson is working closely with Cliff DeSpain of Weyerhaeuser Building Materials, Factory Built Segment, to provide prefinished siding and trim, manufactured by James Hardie, to the All American Homes plant in Rutherfordton, NC. DeSpain states, “All American Homes has always been one of my more innovative customers, meeting the needs of its builder network with new product offerings that lend a competitive edge,” says DeSpain. “Several other modular manufacturers are already looking to follow their lead.”

Prefinished siding has become very popular in several areas of the United States. “When Carolina Colortones started, all of the siding was prestained wood and log siding. Now over 70% of what we finish is fiber-cement siding and composite trim. Most of the large paint companies such as Sherwin-Williams now have factory finish divisions,” Johnson says. “It is a natural fit with systemized housing, providing a product that is more cost effective, less labor intensive, and provides a better home to the consumer.”

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