It’s a show that always ignites the industry and the Midwest region with new designs, new ideas and new initiatives …the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is coming back in 2011 and promises to be even better than before. The 2011 Louisville Show will bring back a positive energy to the Midwest region and will show why manufactured housing is the “best way to sell and the best way to build.”
Enduring the economy has been the ultimate challenge, especially for everyone in housing. Now, a new year ushers in the return of a show that reluctantly took a year off as manufacturers weathered times like most of us have never seen in the industry. Now, the show kicks off the New Year Jan. 12-14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), the best show facility in the nation. The show is back and we welcome all of the retailers, builders/developers, community owners/operators and exhibitors back to Louisville. The Louisville Show was a significant part of the Midwest region for over 50 years. We are excited about bringing back this important event!
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 – 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 – 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 14 , 2011 – 9 a.m. until noon.
Note: Registration opens each morning at 8 a.m.
Off to an Amazing Start
As we head into Fall, there is already positive and exciting news to report as we approach “Sold Out” as the status for the manufacturers/exhibitors who plan to join us at the Louisville Show. We’ll be ready to name this select list soon and we hope your business is included in that list. As of October 1, just a few manufacturer spaces remain. In addition there will be 85 service and supplier exhibit spaces for the host of businesses that bring so much to the manufactured housing industry. Manufacturers and suppliers across the region are making the move to bring back our industry momentum, and the show is one of the greatest ways to fast-forward these efforts. Don’t wait – put your company at the forefront of the new year’s industry success!
The Exceptional Experience of Louisville
Start with the Kentucky Exposition Center, a show venue that is considered the best facility of its kind in the nation, where you’re assured of a show that offers ample exhibit space and amenities. Couple the great venue with the Louisville Show’s headquarters hotel, The Crowne Plaza, located directly across the street from the exhibit hall, and you have an unbeatable combination of convenience, easy access and key amenities all around you. Hotel rates will be affordable, and reservations can be made very soon. A new registration company will be able to offer web-link registration for this year’s show, helping make both pre-registration and on-site registration easier than ever before.
The airport is within three minutes of the show site, and there is ample and controlled parking at KEC. As everyone knows, Louisville offers a multitude of fine restaurants and other entertainment venues, including the popular ‘4th Street Live’ area. Discover why Louisville makes the best place for our show. When you exhibit at Louisville, you will give buyers the luxury of an actual walk-through of your home, service or product in a unique hands-on environment. You will be able to relate to your customer base; understanding their wants and needs, as well as answer on-the-spot questions or concerns. With this premier venue as your backdrop, it is time to outshine your competitor and close the big deal. This is a great opportunity for your business to get a grasp on where the future of the industry is headed.
Sign Up for Industry Seminar
The 2011 show will feature an industry seminar with George Allen of GFA Management Inc the 2009 MHI Man of the Year. George has put together a seminar program that will appeal to the industry. Seminar points of interest will include:
How to Price Point a New Manufactured Home for Private Property and/or Landlease Community Placement. Given an individual’s Annual Gross Income, and/or a local housing market’s Average Median Income, how to calculate maximum “affordable” & “risky” sale prices for new homes, to be sited on realty owned fee simple, or leased. This topic is timely for HUD Code home manufacturer “reps”, Business Development Managers (“BDM”) and LLCommunity owners/operators selling homes on-site.
Community Series Homes. Their genesis, definition and description; who manufactures them for in-LLCommunity siting (with specific reference to appropriate manufacturers and models present at the Louisville MHShow); and, how to properly meld them into any local living environment.
Property Owner, or Self-finance, of New Homes Sold On-site in LLCommunities, with emphasis on the differences between “captive finance” and “buy her – pay here” methodologies, as well as other possible alternatives. Moderated by Ken and Donna Rishel of Rishel Consulting Group and Precision Capital Funding the 2010 winners of the MHI Service Supplier of the Year Award.
Three 45-minute seminars provide an opportunity to learn how to start the two processes, evaluate and improve present practices and where to go for assistance and resources. These special seminars will be held at KEC in conjunction with the show.
Industry Comments: We have received these comments from interested industry representatives
Fantastic news on the show – we learned so much and met so many new vendors – products I had no idea even existed. Great news – and congratulations on keeping our business alive and well. There is certainly massive demand right now for affordable housing.
I think the return of the Louisville Show is GREAT news. It comes at a time when the industry is starting to make a comeback and could go a long way toward boosting sales in the Midwest. I hope all of the regions’ manufacturers give the show the support it deserves. Without these shows, the road back would be longer and more difficult.
I agree, I’ve missed the show. It was the best event and it’s early enough in the year so you could sell the homes ordered, re-order, and sell again.
I’m so excited to hear about the Louisville Show in 2011! This was always one of the most important shows of the year for our industry and we will need to support its return to show consumers and the media that manufactured housing is here to stay! It sounds to me like this could be a great start to the image campaign that we’ve all been talking about!
If you have any questions regarding this year’s Louisville show, please call Dennis J. Hill, Show Coordinator, at 770-587-3350.