Mon., April It, 1173 OREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE A-ll HOMES THAT MOVE -- Jack Sutton, sales manager of Central Homes Inc., Greeley, stands before part of the mobile home output by Central that is expected to gross $12 million this year. Mobile home living is a growing phenomenon in Weld County: 4,421 mobile homes were registered in the county last year, up 20 per cent from the previous year. (Tribune photo) Mobile homes in Weld county increase 400 pet. in decade For more lhan 4,000 families O f the national Uniform destroyed in high winds along Central Homes, which started in Weld County, the old Building Code (for standard the Front Range, especially in in Greeley in 1966 under dif- firsl came with homestead firs! came wheels inslead of a foundation. In the past decade, mobile Ihe Boulder and Forl Collins fcrenl areas. However, Sutton argues, Ihe winds did more dollar- subsldlar v m vs - ta*Â»lrtes, 1%8- msldent ot Kymes. residences). "But mobile homes still are being picked on," Sutlon homes in Ihe county have in- argues. He cites Ihe publicity damage to standard buildings creased by about 400 per cent, last year when scores of mobile and homes than to mobile Central Homes is Charles A. with 4,421 registered in 1972 for homes were damaged or homes, lax purposes. In 1962, although ownership taxes were not being as stiffly enforced, some 760 mobile In August 1971, Ron Shuster Sound-Tronix handles both are domestic, he says, but the tape and record systems as well rest of the sound field -- such as as radio receivers, primarily receivers, amplifiers and tape ITEL move start of new business homes were recorded by the county. Since then mobile home living in (he county has in- -- an electronics engineer for 15 years -- became a victim of creased at an annual rate corporate leap-froging as ITEL FM . Their systems, Shuster decks - consists of imported generally between 15 and 25 per moved its 250-person Greeley says L include Marantz at the top goods, cent. division to California. of the line as well as JVC, Shuster says there is very Parl of Ihe mobile home Shuster, choosing to slay in pioneer and Sansui. Among little in high-quality eleclronic piclure in Weld County is Greeley rather than relocating , ot h e r brands handled are components coming from Greeley-baseri Central Homes, wilh some other firm in (he Garrard turntables and Sony American firms. "The Inc., one of Ihe stale's largesl electronics field, pulled tape decks. The firm also offers Japanese have a solid hold on manufacturers of Ihe homes on togelher his own business. In f u u-service, factory-authorized the quality electronics market, wheels. November 1971, he and his wife, repair work on all systems they The choice generally is buy The eight-year-old firm Jo Ann, opened Sound-Tronix selli shuster says lheirS| or not at a]] ,, slarled -with an oulpul of aboul 900 9lh Ave., a stereo and Meanwhile, however, the Shuster, an Ohio native and five mobile homes a week. Now, quadraphonic sound specialty recent devaluation of the dollar graduate of Cleveland's John according lo sales manager shop. has raised question marks in Carroll College in physics and Jack SulIon, Ihe company can Most are familiar wilh the the largely imported sound- electronics, also points lo Ihe huild annul a dozen a day. dual sound of stereo record and system field. Shusler admits new "discreet" JVC record Last year it produced 1,500 tape equipment. But that prices - after existing system his shop is displaying, mobile homes and had gross quadraphonic, Shusler points reserves are used 'up -- The records offer a far higher sales of $10 million. This year, out, goes stereo two better -- ultimately will increase by cycle range, up to 60,000 cycles Siilton says, Central Homes is providing "total" sound nol about 10 per cent on imported per second (most people can aiming at ?12 million. The firm, only from lefl and right but also components. perceive no more than 15,000 which markets regionally from front and rear. Most high-quality speakers cycles per second). Montana lo Arizona, employs 250. Central also is moving into the field of factory-built residences and buildings. It has built striiclures for Aims College and local constructor and developmenl firms. : "Bui the mobile home is still our bread and butler," adds Sutton. Central builds under three brand names -- Mon- Irose, Camclot and Columbine -- for three distribution systems to retailers. And Sutton poinls lo a central factor in the rapid growth of mobile home sales: "Most people can'afford the payments on a house, but Ihey can't afford (hat initial down payment. We can offer them what they want in housing for half the money." Sutton says his firm's mobile homes average about $10,000, 'although (he company makes high, low and medium-priced lines. Double-wide homes are about $17,000, he says. Sutton argues that two old stigmas about mobile homes -"trailer park" living and poor- quality construction -- are on the way out, if not gone already. Sutlon poinls oul most new mobile home parks are well laid-oul and oflen as not include central swimming pools and recreation areas. '.'I also I h i n k Ihe term 'mobile' should be dropped," he adds. "Mosl unils are never moved again after they are first placed." As U. (he poor-quality charge -- covered in numerous articles and at least one nelwork TV documentary program -- Suilon says it is a bum rap for firms such as his. He poinls out Colorado now hnS a building code for mobile homes buill and-or sold here. "That should eliminate (he flyby-nights." Sutlon adds: "We're upgrading. We don't hnvc loo farlogoilnlllwereach Ihe level SOUND MAN -- Ron Shuster, owner of Greclcy's ycar-imd-a-half-old Sound-Tronix shop, adjusts a receiver, part of the line of stereo, quadraphonic and FM equipment the firm handles. Shuster, an electronics engineer, and his wife, Jo Ann, operate the shop. (Tribune photo) Yes...we've made progress Thanks to you! We know what you're looking for ...so we re mode led our store to make it easier to find. Come see! JCPenney The values are here every day. UMMiMms tÂ» chww from PENNEY* CATALOG 824 Eighth Street Open Mon. thru Thurs. til 8:30; Fri, til 9; Sat. til 6. Charge it! Visit our new SHOE STORE at 817 9th St.
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