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Jerry James Inducted in National Hall of Fame

Jerry James of Franklin Homes is one of the 2015 inductees into the national RV/MH Hall of Fame located in Elkhart, IN. He is one of Alabama's distinguished manufacturers among the group of inductees.

In 1969 Jerry founded Franklin Homes in Russellville, Alabama, and is a man of vision and leadership ability. For more than four decades, he has been both a trailblazer and innovator, pressing manufactured housing forward to reach its full potential, and offering homes that are not only affordable, but also renowned throughout the industry for their advanced designs and features.

Jerry has been a member of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association since 1969, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Manufactured Housing Institute, the Manufactured Housing Institute, the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission, and the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform. He was Chairman of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission in 1998 and 1999.

Jerry worked on a national level to get the "National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974" passed, which developed uniform manufactured home standards that must be met by all manufacturers in all states. Then he worked with Senators in Washington to get the 1974 law updated, with more improvements for the industry and the consumer, and today it is referred to as the "American Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act of 2000." At the state level, Jerry was instrumental in getting "The Uniform Standards Code for Mobile Homes Act" passed in 1971. This state law established the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission as the state agency that would regulate the industry in Alabama, and removed those duties from the Fire Marshal Division of the Insurance Department.

Jerry was inducted into the Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame in 2009. The inductees are selected for their contribution to the manufactured housing industry in Alabama, new developments or improvements to the industry, contribution and participation in trade associations and community service outside the industry. Jerry is among 42 other leaders from the industry who have been inducted into the Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame established in 2001 and is now located in the AMHA Building in Montgomery, Alabama.

Jerry's philosophy for his success at Franklin Homes is: "The success of any business is a reflection of the public's confidence and trust in the company's product. The products developed and manufactured by Franklin Homes reflect the dedication of management, production, sales, and service personnel. Through cooperation and teamwork, we have endeavored to develop an organization second to none in the manufactured housing industry. We believe the success of Franklin Homes is attributable to the pride of workmanship, quality control,and our overall desire to produce the best product in the market place."

The ceremony was held Monday, August 3, 2015 in Elkhart, IN.

2015 Hall of Fame Honored the Service of David Brewer and Steve Hayes

The Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry honored two (2) of the industry's exemplary leaders on March 11, 2015 at the Bevill State Community College, Hamilton Campus. David Brewer and Steve Hayes were 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. 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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