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Eric Boehm (right), Southeast Regional Vice President of Clayton Homes accepts the 2014 Best Retail Sales Center Award for Clayton Homes #848 of Northport


Clayton Homes of Northport, AL, received the 2014 Best Retail Sales Center Award from the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association. This award was based on entries from manufactured home sales centers in Alabama. It is to recognize retailers who display professionalism, integrity and outstanding performance.

A panel of judges made up of past winners considers each of the following criteria for receiving this award: appearance of the retail center, signage, quality and type of advertising, and customer service. Clayton Homes of Northport received high marks in all these areas. The sales center has been in business for 10 years and the sales manager Bob Dawson has been in the manufactured housing industry for 45 years. They keep approximately 30 homes in stock for viewing. Each home is fully decorated and furnished. All of this provides a pleasant buying environment for the customer. This center has been one of the highest ranking centers in the region for the past 5 years.

With years of collective industry experience, the sales team is well trained and provides extensive product knowledge and superior customer service throughout the entire sales process and after the sale. The sales center advertising and marketing includes ads in newspapers and television across Alabama, in addition to their website.

This award is an annual event for retail members of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association, the state trade association for the manufactured and modular industry.


David Brewer General Manager of Southern Homes, was presented the 2014 Person of the Year Award for the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) on August 5, 2014. The presentation for the state association's most prestigious award took place at the Multi-Stare Convention in Orange Beach, AL.

David joins the ranks of 41 other honored individuals who have received this annual award since it's beginning in 1972. This award is presented to the person in the state trade association (AMHA) who has contributed outstanding service, dedication and loyalty to the manufactured housing industry during the year.

David began his career in the manufactured housing industry in sales with Shiloh Homes in 1981. He then went on to become Sales Manager with Southern Energy Homes then served as General Manager, and Vice President of Sales. He opened three retail centers which he owned and operated from 1996 until 2001. He then went on to become General Manager with Southern Energy Homes of Texas and Clayton Homes in Savannah, TN. Presently, he is serving as General Manager of Southern Homes since 2012. He has been in the manufactured/modular housing industry for 33 years

During his tenure, David has served diligently to promote AMHA and the manufactured/modular housing industry. He has a high sense of teamwork to meet company objectives and goals and is respected by both his peers and employees.

David is an active member of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association. He is presently serving on the AMHA Board of Directors as Manufacturer Representative.

The Alabama Manufactured Housing Association is the state trade association for the manufactured housing industry. AMHA represents all segments of the industry: manufacturers, retailers, finance, service suppliers, communities and associates.

Ty Batchelor and Don Bolton Inducted Into Industry Hall of Fame

Ty Batchelor and Don Bolton

A large crowd was on hand at Bevill State Community College in Hamilton, Alabama on Wednesday, February 26, to witness the induction of Ty Batchelor of Decatur and Don Bolton of Hamilton into the Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame. Attending the ceremony were Wade Williams, Mayor of Hamilton, industry leaders, friends, and family members of the inductees, and former Hall of Fame honorees. Phil Fowler, 2008 Hall of Fame Honoree, was Master of Ceremonies, and Delmo Payne, 2004 Hall of Fame Honoree conducted the Invocation.

The Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame is the highest honor Alabama bestows on persons in the manufactured housing industry. Forty people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since it was established in 2001.

Nominees must have made a significant contribution to the industry, owned, managed, or been a part of a successful business that contributed to the manufactured housing industry and been active in the industry in Alabama for at least 10 years. The candidates are reviewed for new developments or improvements to the industry, contribution and participation in industry association work and community service outside the industry.

Ty Batchelor worked at Southern Energy Homes from 1997 to 2011. He served on the AMHA Board of Directors for seven years as Manufacturer Representative and Treasurer and also served on various committees and Task Force Committees and on the Board of Directors of the South Central Manufactured Housing Institute. He currently serves on the Alabama Housing Foundation Board of Directors. Ty is now the CFO and President of Alliance Source Testing in Decatur.

Don Bolton began his career at Commodore Homes. He left Commodore in 1972 to start Buccaneer Homes where he was Purchasing Manager and one of the owners. He then went to North River as a partner and also Purchasing Manager. When Fleetwood Homes purchased North River, he continued to work for Fleetwood until he retired in 1996.

The Hall of Fame is located at the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association Building in Montgomery, Alabama.

2015 Hall Of Fame will Honor the Service of David Brewer and Steve Hayes

The Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry will honor two (2) of the industry's exemplary leaders on March 11, 2015 at the Bevill State, Hamilton Campus. David Brewer and Steve Hayes will be the 2014 inductees to the Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry's Hall of Fame. David Brewer began his career in the industry in 1981 in sales for Shiloh Homes. David has served as General Manager and Vice President of Sales for Southern Energy Homes. He has owned and operated three (3) retail centers and presently serves as the General Manager of Southern Homes. Throughout his thirty-three (33) years of service in the manufactured/modular housing industry, David has also been heavily involved with AMHA, and is currently serving as the Secretary of the AMHA Board of Directors.

Steve Hayes entered the industry in 1984 for Cavalier Homes, where he was one of the seven (7) founders. He went on to serve more than thirty (30) in the industry with Cavalier, while overseeing multiple plants.

Both of these men have been exemplary leaders in the industry, and AMHA invites you to join us at the Bevill State, Hamilton Campus on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015. Congratulations David and Steve!

Real Estate Agents: HUD Code (Manufactured Home) or a Modular Home?

Licensed real estate agents must know if a home is a manufactured home, or a modular home when listing or selling the home, and licensed real property appraisers who use comparables from MLS sources must ensure the comparable was listed correctly.

Both homes are built in a factory and delivered to the site and installed. However, each home is built to a different building code; manufactured homes are built to the HUD Code, a federal building code, and the home has a red HUD Label on the back of each section of the home; a modular home is built to the International Residential Building Code 2006 and has a State of Alabama Modular Insignia inside the home, usually on the electric panel box.


Manufactured Home:

A structure defined by and constructed in accordance with the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, Title VI-MANUFACTURED HOUSING CONSTRUCTION AND SAFETY STANDARDS as amended by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, Title VI 42 U.S. Code, Section 603(6). A Manufactured Home bears a RED HUD Seal affixed to the rear of each section of the home. The home was built after June 15, 1976.

Mobile Home:

This is a home that was manufactured in a factory prior to June 15, 1976. It does not bear a HUD Seal.

Modular Home:

A modular home is built to the International Residential Building Code 2006. It is a factory-built home consisting of units designed to be incorporated at a building site on a permanent foundation and to be used for residential purposes and which bears an insignia that indicates compliance with the codes and requirements established by the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission (International Building Code) Alabama Code 24-4A. The Insignia is placed on the electrical panel door of a residential modular home.

Site-Built Homes:

Homes constructed by a builder or contractor on-site that may meet standards set by the local building code. In Alabama this is the International Residential Building Code.

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