Local Manufactured/Modular Housing Merchant Wins National Award
At the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) of Washington DC’s National Expo and Congress held in Las Vegas, Nevada April 25th, McGee Investments, Inc., DBA Greenfield Housing Center, a North Carolina Corporation located at 2117 Hwy 70 East in Garner, NC was awarded “National Retailer of the Year”. Owners of the company, Ken and Joy McGee of Benson, NC, accepted the award April 25th at the Paris Resort Hotel in Las Vegas.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, was the keynote speaker at the event that is held to honor top members of the manufactured and modular housing industry for outstanding achievements. He touted the industry stating the importance of manufactured housing as a source for addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis and that HUD’s approach to the regulation of manufactured housing should change, noting that the nation has experienced the biggest jump in housing prices in four years. He stated, “the manufactured housing industry is a big part of the solution to providing unsubsidized, quality, affordable housing.”
“These award recipients exemplify the best the industry offers.”
MHI’s annual awards recognize the country’s best manufactured home communities, retail sales centers, lenders, suppliers, and industry leaders in new manufactured and modular home designs. “These award recipients exemplify the best the industry offers,” said MHI President and CEO Richard Jennison. “They all work together to create innovative products using the latest technology to help the industry grow, all the while helping people to have a quality, affordable home.”
In response to receiving the award, Ken McGee stated: “ I am humbled and honored. I have simply tried my best over the years to put our customers’ best interest first by providing them with the most energy efficient, quality homes they can buy for the money.” McGee’s sales center in Garner was recently selected as the NC Retailer of the Year in 2017. He is a member of the executive board of the North Carolina Manufactured and Modular Home Builder’s Association where he is currently working with one of the leading continuing education companies in the North Carolina to provide a seven-hour elective course available to all NC appraisers designed to enhance their knowledge and understanding of “today’s manufactured and modular homes.”
“I am honored and proud to provide quality homes so more people can realize one of the greatest American dreams of owning their own home!”
“There is a huge shortage and demand for affordable housing in NC,” McGee states, “Our firemen, policemen, and other civil workers in our cities are having to drive long distances to afford housing. We need our public leaders, municipality administrators, and appraiser’s to understand the huge differences in the technology and production of today’s factory-built homes so many of their dated opinions and development ordinances can be more accommodating of affordable housing built in an indoor controlled environment. Our industry’s homes are constructed with the same materials produced by Georgia Pacific, Weyerhaeuser, Owens Corning, and other national suppliers that all homes are built with. They do not age or depreciate any faster because they are used in a factory-built home versus one that is built on site, possibly even less because they are not exposed to adverse weather during the process. I am honored and proud to provide quality homes so more people can realize one of the greatest American dreams of owning their own home!”