ELKHART -- The RV/MH Heritage Foundation today announced the 40th anniversary class to be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
Since its beginning in 1972, the hall of fame has honored more than 350 leaders of the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing with induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in recognition to their significant and lasting contributions to the greater good of their segment of the industries.
Doug Gorman of Tulsa, Okla. Founder and owner of Home-Mart, he was a charter member of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Consensus Committee and served as the only housing retailer on the committee. He is past-chairman of the MHI Federated States Division representing retailers and community operators and has been recognized nine times as MHI Retail Center of the Year.
Home-Mart, Inc., Oklahoma's only National Award Winning Retailer, was opened to provide customers an opportunity to shop in a relaxed atmosphere in an industry dominated by high-pressure sales techniques. A long history of open doors and posted prices has firmly established the company with the reputation of being the preeminent "customer friendly" place to shop. Home-Mart, Inc.'s commitment to its customers is aptly summarized in its mission statement:
As a result of the commitment, Home-Mart, Inc. has achieved the unique position in the manufactured housing industry of having been named Retailer of the Year on nine different occasions. Give us the opportunity to show you why.
The manufactured homes and modular homes offered by Home-Mart, Inc. bear no resemblance to the mobile homes and trailer houses that were owned by earlier generations. The term mobile home actually designates all factory built housing built prior to the implementation of the H.U.D. Code on June 15, 1976. The H.U.D. Code, officially known as the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1976, designated as the MHCSS, is the only national building code that exists and was created by an act of Congress in 1974. The passage of the H.U.D. Code established minimum construction standards for the first time and made mobile homes and trailer houses something from the past.
By housing industry definition, and under Oklahoma state law, a manufactured home has been built in a factory and is built to meet or exceed the standards established by the H.U.D. code. It may be built in one or more sections and must be built on a non-removable frame. A modular home is built to any one of several copyrighted building codes that municipalities then may adopt as, or in addition to, their building code for stick-built homes. Its frame may be removable or non removable.
Modular homes may be built to meet or exceed the minimum standard of the Uniform Building Code (UBC), the International Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC), Southern Building Code (SBC), or the Building Officials and Code Administrators Code (BOCA) among others.