Friday, July 27, 2012

Housing Recession Closes Haven Homes


When 40 year old Haven Homes, one of the oldest and most respected names in the modular housing industry decides to close its operations, we all have to sit back and wonder if the economy is ever going to get better.


Today at 3:00 PM, Haven Homes and Haven Classic Homes, located in Selinsgrove, PA, will no longer be accepting orders for new homes.

Ample notice is being given to all their employees, customers and vendors.  They are working with other local modular factories to help their employees and customers find new places to work and place home orders.

Contrary to how most other modular home factories close, Haven Homes is not filing bankruptcy.  The current competitive and economic environment along with the recent health issues within the Board of Directors made this decision a hard one for everyone involved.

All houses under contract will be completed with the last one off the line in August.  No new orders are being accepted.

The official closing date for Haven Homes is September 24, 2012.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

I knew two of the founders of this company. In there prime, they built the best custom modulars in the marketplace. I would adre to say that they defined what custom was for the rest of the industry. Hate to hear this.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of the closing. I always heard that they built a good home.

Haddad said...

Haven sponsored my Little League team in Lock Haven in the 70s. Very Sad to see them close their doors.

Anonymous said...

What a shame. They built some of the biggest and most expensive modular homes in America. I wonder who will step up to build their unique style of homes?

Anonymous said...

If you follow this blog, at least in the Northeast, Epoch Homes seems to have become the new leader in custom modular homes.

Anonymous said...

This is a big blow for the modular home industry. Nobody was building homes with the same architectural integrity and quality as Haven. Not a good sign for the industry when low cost and poor quality are winning out.

Anonymous said...

What is really a shame is that Haven had a reputation for high end custom but tried to reinvent itself with low end, low priced homes. There are dozens of companies who compete in that segment, but few who offer the high end that will bring modular more into the mainstream.

Linda said...

My husband worked for Haven Homes when they were in Beech Creek. The homes they built were better than any other home built anywhere. The company that just closed is not the same one my husband worked for. Gone are the Glory Days

Anonymous said...

I'm a builder for Haven and I was not told of their closing till I read it here today. When Haven tried to compete in the lower market with their classic line their product changed completely along with their services. Especially for those of us who only build custom modular homes. This is extremely disappointing!

Anonymous said...

It is a shame. I think your best opportunity for a well built custom home is Excel Homes.

Anonymous said...

Haven's website doesnt reflect that they are closing.I wonder why.

Anonymous said...

When they moved into the old Penn Lyon factory and brought in new management the handwriting was on the wall. They uprooted their employees and confused their builders when they decided to build cheaper homes. I hope all the Haven employees find jobs with other modular plants in the area.

Anonymous said...

It looks like this paves the way for Westchester Modular Homes to be the top dog in the Modular Home industry. Build right and at the right price. Epoch is good but usually priced too high.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty certain that Haven Homes' platform for sales has changed over the years. The high quality, customized homes that Haven once built are now being built by other companies. I believe that many of them are being built by Simplex Homes, which is where Haven's builders and sales people reached out when the new management took over. Obviously Simplex Homes would be a good choice if you are looking for someone to build the same caliber home once built by Haven.

Anonymous said...

As a builder, to actually watch a company literally implode in just a little over a year, was truly sad. This company swayed me away from excel a few years ago with a business model that was unparralled under Jerry smalley. One year and one man later, there was one less player in our industry.

Anonymous said...

I worked at Haven Homes in the good times and the bad. Dave and John Ballard, Craig Lindsey, Mike English, and Steve Bassett, were gentlemen who understood the business better than most. They built top quality, what the customer wanted at a fair price, and made money. What a concept. Jerry Smalley is a brilliant man and the team he assembled was only hampered by the economy. I (along with a lot of people) was fired by the Ed Langley team without ever meeting any of them. I do not know Ed Langley nor do I ever care to meet him, but it appears that he threw the baby out with the bathwater.

I remember when Cadillac started making small cheap cars. Bad idea then, bad idea now.

The architectural relationships and the quality left Haven when Jerry Smalley and the Ballards left.

I sincerely hope the Ballards find a way to bring it back one more time.

Builder Bob said...

Anonymous 8:28
If the Ballards and the others were so good at what they did, why did they sell out the company to Ed Langley? I'll tell you why. They were having trouble keeping the doors open. Maybe 10 years ago people were willing to spend big bucks for huge custom one of a kind modular homes but not today.
I think they would be out of business too if they had stuck around much longer.

Anonymous said...

I work for a modular manufacturer in western pa. Are there any builders out there that have been left in the cold with this closing? If so, please feel free to contact me to see how we can help. Our niche has been higher end custom modular housing and commercial work. Let me know if we can help.

Dan Bruner
Structural Modulars
800-216-7849

Anonymous said...

There are still other manufacturers that offer great custom homes one particular that stands out from the rest is Signature Building Systems they offer homes like no other!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It is sad to see yet another modular company close but poor management and the fact that the quality of their homes diminished they were doomed to go out of business. They let go a lot of good employees and many left on their own after being treated so poorly by management.
Being a builder in the Northeast I think the two custom modular companies that stand out to take over are Westchester and Epoch. Each has their own specialty in building custom modular homes and Epoch certainly can build what Haven used to before they went down hill in quality. I'm not so sure about Simplex. They claim they can build any custom home but they seem to have their issues in doing so.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about anyones misfortune. Haven Homes always built a top quality product. I have been in the same situation, and now starting with a new company, PennKraft Building Systems, formerly Pengrove. We too specialize in custom high end modular product. If PennKraft can assist a builder with any project, please feel free to call 855-867-5044.

Anonymous said...

we purchased our modualar 1 year ago from Haven Homes. As with all homes problems arose. Especially after traveling 500 miles to the N.E.on 4 trailers. Then lifted by crane and placed in four sections.We were never notified of the closing of Haven and now we do not know who to contact for the problems we are having. Anyone have a clue? We are sinking some big bucks into the house and their contract says they will reimburse for any thing that was not done properly. Stuck without paddles here in Massachusetts.

Coach said...

Haven Homes was and still is a class act. I'm told that they are keeping a staff on to service homes and make repairs for a year to cover things like you have encountered.

Have you tried contacting them through your builder? I really don't understand why you are paying for repairs if you have a contract with the builder.

Anonymous said...

sorry coach. more to this story. the original builder I fired. but i did keep in touch with sales for haven homes, and explained the shoddy job he was doing.one example.....this house is a log sided home.he was leaving gaps, cutting the lumber off the back of his little pick up off the tail gate with a small table saw. in turn making uneven cuts because the saw was not secured. we paid him off so a lean could not be put on the house. in the meantime sales did take care of us. but now they are no longer there.such as life. where do I turn.

Anonymous said...

left something out coach,I did call Havens number and spoke to one of their reps.He said they could not do anything for me. sounds to me they do not want the reponsibility anymore. Now that's a class act.

Coach said...

Anonymous, it sounds like your builder is to blame for the siding problem. If you paid him off, that probably means you have no recourse against him and are expecting the modular factory to stand behind his shoddy work.

The siding work would have been just as bad if you had used a site builder, so blaming Haven for it is not right. Why should a modular home factory take responsibility for a builder that you chose to build your home?

Anonymous said...

Sorry coach, It seems I keep leaving things out. I did hire an exelent carpenter , who did a wonderful job on the formers mistakes and I still have him now working on the inside mistakes that Haven made. We all make mistakes, no doubt about it. I just feel the next guy that steps up to the plate should be helpful and considerate.Afterall, this is a brand new log sided home, and we paid good money for it. Thanks for your reponses.

Anonymous said...

I would have to believe the coach is one of the employees that work for haven homes, we also have purchased new home home from haven and was not told of thier closing till after the fact it was here with over 2 dozen problems,all i can say is get pre authorization before spending your money on the mess ups, thats thier way of getting out of the job, my laywer took care of a bit of our [problems with them but i can tell you my house was the most pourly built house ive ever seen,i beleieve the house in mass was delivered the day after ours because they came for our trailers on thier way back, haven helped on some of the issues on ours so they are kind of stand up people but other issues bailed, we have numbers to get ahold of them if you need them or would like to discuss the issues, was told by haven i was a bitcher and a whinner, 30 items wrong with my house hmmmm do i have the right to bitch, glad to hear they are done there was no quality built in my home!!!!

Coach said...

Sorry to burst your bubble but I never worked for them. Hope everything eventually works out for you and your home.

John Berrier said...

I just bought a house built by Haven homes 7 years ago in Northern Virginia and it apears to built very well but like most new home owners I want to add my own touches and the former home owner did not keep any of the drawings. Havings the building plans would make my job 100 times easier than going from scratch. I have called Haven and got voice mail with no response. I went to the county and they only keep drawings for a year. I called PFS the company that does factory inspections on the house and has thier inspection labels all over the lower kitchen sink cabinet. I even went to the office they moved to in Linthicum MD and talked to the building management hoping to get forwarding info. I have had zero luck contacting anyone to get my house drawings.
Please contact me with a contact number for Haven Homes
JBerrier49@gmail.com
703-609-Six 9 4 two.
Thank You

Anonymous said...

he son Bradley C. can help you if you leave a post. he took over all issues and warranties once his dad passed

Anonymous said...

The son Bradley c will take care of the issues if you leave a post and email he did for me. after his father passed what was remaining he has control of company

Anonymous said...

Thanks for information he acknowledged my warranty and sent a contractor right away. Thanks Bradley.

Anonymous said...

Correction of some information that was shared above. The Ballard's didn't sell to Ed Langley. The Ballards sold to WindRiver, a privately owned equity company from Philadelphia, which owns several other large companies. Jerry Smalley was a share holder, and was asked to run Haven by WindRiver. He worked for $1.00 per year, with the greatest of intentions, and daily hands on interaction with the Management team. The Market killed Haven, and Wind River hired Langley in an attempt to scale down. I left before Mr. Langley came on board, as Wind River started eliminating 'Positions' with in the company. No opinion on Langley here, but Smalley was a great manager, and motivator. Some of the 'old' employees under the Ballards, who continued to work out of Beechcreek, didn't see the vision, and can be justly blamed for many failures that lead to serious issues, but the Market killed Haven, no one man!

Anonymous said...

REALLY sorry to hear about Haven Homes. Unfortunately, our drawings from the plans Haven did for us, and drawings done by our architect and various other materials are somewhere in Haven's files, and we need to make arrangements to locate them and return them to us. Anyone have ideas? Thanks.

Peter
kandelpa@erols.com

Anonymous said...

Wow, I used to sell haven homes for a few years in the mid 2000's. Until reading the above comments I had no idea they were sold and that their reputation for high quality had suffered. It's a shame to read about an outstanding company like Haven closing its doors forever because of inept management. I've always been a firm believer that a company earning and maintaining a high-end reputation should never compromise and lower its standards. That to me is the beginning of the end. If you're working for or are somehow affiliated with a high-end, premier company and suddenly management decides to offer or pursue the low end, sell your stock and run away as fast as you can.

John Berrier said...

Bradly C
Please contact me if you have access to The Haven Home drawings. I can not believe that nobody kept any home drawings acording to WInd River.

JBerrier49@gmail.ccom

D. McKenzie said...

I am looking for some help regarding Haven Homes. I purchased a new factory built house in August of 2009. Over the last 2 weeks I have had 3 leaks in the roof. I discovered that the setters did not put what essentially would be a starter course on the top 6 rows of shingles and I have exposed felt (Which is now deteriorated) and plywood between each tab. My dealer said there is nothing he can do since Haven is out of business. I don't want to have go to the state of PA to see if a fund was established for warranty work and risk poking a bees nest. Does anyone have contact information for Haven, or any advice on if it would do any good? I don't think I should have to pay to repair the inferior work of others.
I am otherwise very happy with the house and am personally disappointed that they have shuttered.

dmckenzie13@aol.com

MC said...

Help! We just spend 6500 to repair all the tile in our master bath and consequential rotting support materials due to a shoddy shower pan install. The product was foam, and the install was poorly done. Our home is only 3 years old. Any recourse? Othewise, we've been exceptionally happy with our home.

Anonymous said...

So who is taking over the company? Is it in chapter 11? regardless there must be a buyer for the assets.

My brother a wood worker himself had a house built by them no problems with it on time delivery The quality of the laborers / work force was excellent.

If not who runs the premier company in Modular homes now.
Andy

KarenRZ said...

My husband & I had our 2 story center hall Colonial built by Haven Homes in 2007, and we have been very happy with the product. I was just referring someone to them for a house when I discovered that they closed! What a shame.