Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Modular Housing Industry Could Face Severe Problems

Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are suspending production at all North American plants in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronoavirus (COVID-19), the companies announced Wednesday.

“In these unprecedented times, we’re exploring unique and creative solutions to support our workforce, customers, dealers, suppliers and communities,” Ford North America president Kumar Galhotra said.

The modular housing industry in the United States doesn’t have the structure of the auto industry to pull together to make a unified decision but I’m sure there has been a lot of talk at every factory boardroom this week as to what they should do.

If truckers refuse to haul loads of materials into the factories, on-hand supplies won’t last long. If truckers can’t deliver the modules because what they are hauling is suddenly declared ‘non-essential’ and if that happens, set crews will stay home and customers will be without the homes they paid for.

This is no “Chicken Little” running around saying ‘The sky is falling’ situation. This could have major consequences for the entire housing industry.

What happens to production line workers that refuse to come to work in fear of catching the COVID-19 flu? If enough refuse to show up, will the factory close for a short time?

Now that the auto industry has closed their factories, look for many other industries to follow.

If you’re a modular home builder, you need to work with your factory to prepare for what may come and pray that it doesn’t. It’s always better to be prepared for the worst and it not happen than for the worst to happen and you weren’t prepared.

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