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The manufactured housing industry has roots that go back to before World War II, when small trailers were being used for campaign and temporary shelter. Throughout the 1940's, these trailers got bigger and better equipped, eventually becoming known as "house trailers" that could be used for year round living. After World War II, a housing shortage created a demand for larger, more self-contained trailers that, while "mobile," could be used as permanent housing.

During the 1950's, a number of manufacturing companies began to emerge in Indiana producing more advanced products and fueling a rapidly growing demand for new, affordable housing. By the end of the 1950's, these factory produced "mobile homes" as they were being called, were gradually beginning to take on more and more characteristics of traditional site built homes.

By the 1960's, the mobile home industry had become a major economic force in Indiana, with a variety of manufacturers shipping their products to every corner of the nation. The majority of purchasers were not so much interested in mobility as they were in home ownership at a lower cost and better value than site built homes.

In the mid-1970's, the mobile home industry became closely regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was required to adhere to strict building standards adopted under the National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Act. This act provided for performance standards in code, third party designs and plan inspections, with enforcement self-funded through manufactured housing label fees.

By the 1980's, the term "mobile home" was becoming too narrow to accurately describe the industry's more advanced product, giving birth to the term "manufactured housing." This new term was adopted not only by the industry, but by the state and federal governments as well, reflecting a closing of the gap with site built housing.

By the 1990's, manufactured homes accounted for nearly a third of all new single-family housing starts in the U.S. with Indiana among the nation's largest producers.

Today, manufactured housing continues to be a thriving industry with highly refined design, engineering and construction processes. Manufactured homes are produced in a wide variety of styles and floor plans, and come with many of the same options and amenities as comparable site built homes. In many ways, manufactured homes and site built homes have become virtually identical in looks, quality and comfort.

The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) is a non-profit trade association representing the manufactured housing industry in Indiana.

 


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