Modular Briefs May/June 2004
MBSA Housing Conference Recap
Speaking of memorable, acceptance speeches can be poignant, touching and even inspiring. Earning this year’s MBSA President’s Award, Pat Fricchione, Jr., of Simplex Industries, delivered an acceptance speech that was all these things. And he managed it with considerable Ã©lan while coping with a podium that tried to walk away from the proceedings. The President’s Award is given each year to an MBSA member who has served the Association with distinction; Fricchione is a welcome addition to the ranks of past recipients.
The 2004 Conference saw the presidential torch pass from Don Shiner of Deluxe Homes to Jim Jones of Sun Building Systems. Shiner oversaw a year with many changes at MBSA, including membership increases, the formation of regional councils and the hiring of Char Harvey, the new assistant director.
New York Opts for Third-Party Review
The news was greeted with jubilation in the industry, which has chafed under a backlog of design approvals that delayed projects and added a degree of uncertainty to construction schedules.
To qualify, manufacturers must have completed a minimum of 30 installations in the state within the last 12 months and must meet 14 other requirements. This includes that each third-party agency and manufacturer have at least one designated staff person who has successfully completed the following three American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA) titled courses:
The MBSA, in cooperation with the American Wood Council of the AFPA, is sponsoring educational seminars. The seminars will be held on June 23-24 in Harrisburg at the Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey and on July 7-8 in Manchester at the Executive Court Conference Center.
These seminars are designed to ensure modular manufacturer and third-party review agencies comply with the New York pilot program. Open to all, the cost per seminar is $95 for MBSA members and $150 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided each day as part of your registration fee and a special room rate of $89 is available at each facility for seminar attendees.
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be issued for attendance at the seminars in accordance with the American Forest and Paper Association’s accreditation with AIA, AIBD and IACET. The format of each two-day seminar will be as follows:
IBS Gets Training Grant
Kim Coates, vice president and general manager of Indiana Building Systems (IBS), told the South Bend Tribune newspaper that approximately 50 new jobs came along with the investment in equipment.
“The state money influenced us to make a greater investment,” Coates told the newspaper. “Capital investment without trained people to utilize it really doesn’t accomplish much.”
In 2003, Indiana awarded about $18 million in grants to train about 52,000 new and current employees at about 250 different companies that had made capital investments.
Mervine Now Hotelier
“When I was young, I used to come here all the time, and I remember what the Tidewater Inn used to be,” Mervine is quoted as saying about the historic 114-room brick hotel. “That’s what we keep hearing, people who remember what the inn used to be.'” Mervine promised to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars during the next year on cosmetic upgrades and increasing the level of service. “We want to bring the clubs and events back,” Mervine says. “We want to make this a focal point of the town.” Montana Court Upholds Factory Housing The Montana State Supreme Court upheld a zoning ruling in favor of factory-built housing. Earlier this year, the Montana Supreme Court affirmed a District Court ruling that found in favor of a home buyer who purchased and sited a modular home (Yurczyk v. Yellowstone County).
In 2000, Yellowstone County issued a stop work order on a modular home that was being moved onto a piece of property on the basis that it did not constitute “on-site construction” and therefore violated the local zoning ordinance. The District Court decided the zoning provisions allowing site-built construction but not modular or manufactured construction were in violation of state statutes and found in favor of the home buyer. Yellowstone County then appealed to the Montana Supreme Court, which upheld the decision of the lower court.
For a complete reading of the Supreme Court decision, visit http://www.lawlibrary.state.mt.us/dscgi/ds.py/Get/File-26015/ 02-062.doc.
CT Bridge Affects Shipments