Monday, March 13, 2017

Save the Date - Modcoach & MHBA Modular Home Summit

Having trouble with approval issues in New York or Massachusetts?  Transportation woes in Connecticut?  Difficulty meeting the new energy codes?  

Your Place at the Summit Awaits!

These are just a few of the issues we will cover in our upcoming Modular Home Summit.

9:00am -3:00pm
Wednesday May 17, 2017
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Springfield, Massachusetts

Key agency officials from New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut will be invited to participate in the morning "town hall" style discussions, centrally located between the three state capitals.  We will also invite other industry, code, and logistics experts to tackle these tough issues.

The afternoon sessions will focus on best practices in meeting code related challenges, along with an update on regional marketing efforts.  

A full agenda along with registration information will be published soon.

In the meantime, if you are having an issue in any of these states and want it addressed at this meeting, email your concerns to  

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available by emailing


Cathy W. said...

Hi there. Really enjoying browsing your blog. I have two questions: 1. Why do the manufacturers seem to be clustered in New England and the Southeast? 2. The few manufacturers we have here in Texas are mobile home builders who also do modulars. Are these companies the same quality as a dedicated modular company (my strong sense is that they are not).

Thanks a bunch.

Coach said...

Hi Cathy,
With the exception of RV's, all factory built housing is either built to IRC standards or HUD standards. Quality of the homes are both good. The difference is the market region for each. Here is an article that might help to answer your questions.

Hope this helps. Please write with any questions you may have.

Ken Semler said...


Keep in mind, custom modular thrives where you have 1) Shortened building seasons 2) Can import a lower cost of labor into a higher cost of labor market, and 3) Distances from factory to delivery site are relatively short.

Texas doesn't particularly meet any of those 3 key requirements except for #2 in some of the higher cost Texas urban areas. In Texas the modular portion of the market that does thrive is because of a 4th need, the ability to steal a higher appraisal number with the modular label and the lower cost of the foundation for on-frame modular. As the market evolves and perhaps labor isn't so cheap, custom modular may grow. Until then, the only hope is that a boutique custom modular factory will spring up to meet a very specific demand for the product.