SOURCE: Champion Enterprises

November 08, 2006 10:07 ET

Champion Enterprises Donates Modular Home to "Amazing Race" Contestants Dave and Mary Conley

Conleys Surprised With a Brand New, Champion-Built Modular Home Yesterday on ABC's "The View"

AUBURN HILLS, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2006 -- Champion Enterprises, Inc., a leader in factory-built construction and the largest nationwide builder of modular homes, yesterday donated a complete modular home on ABC's "The View" morning show to recent "Amazing Race" contestants Dave and Mary Conley. The home will be located in the Conley's hometown of Stone, Ky.

Champion will build the approximately 1,800-sq.-ft. modular home with three bedrooms and two and a half baths for the couple and their children, two sons and a daughter under the age of ten. The home will be built in Champion's Boones Mill, Va. manufacturing facility and shipped to a yet to be decided location in Stone, Ky.

The news was announced yesterday by Rosie O'Donnell on ABC's "The View." The "Amazing Race" contestants, eliminated from the race this past Sunday, were taken totally by surprise.

"We chose to do this for Dave and Mary because they were such honest and kind contestants. We wanted to make them winners, too," said Rosie O'Donnell. "Champion is top of the line and we are thrilled they came through for David, Mary, and their kids."

"We were pleased to be contacted to help such an admirable couple and their family," said William Griffiths, chairman, president and CEO of Champion Enterprises. "Our modular constructed homes provide a level of quality and features that exceed site built homes. From our Champion family to the Conley family, we say 'Welcome Home.'"

Modular Construction

A "modular" home is one partially assembled in a factory-controlled environment, but built with the same materials and to the same local building codes that govern site-built homes. One of the fastest growing building techniques, modular homes are ideal for urban construction because they are:

--  Neighborhood-friendly - Since most of the homes' construction (80%)
    occurs off-site, there is less impact on the local environment. Traffic
    from trucks and cars, delivery materials, subcontractors, and supervision
    are dramatically reduced and the noise pollution generated by site built
    techniques is reduced. In addition, homes are not left in an accessible
    state during construction (such as with site built open framing where
    children can put themselves in danger).
--  Environmentally friendly - Modular homes are environmentally friendly
    due to their energy efficiency and also minimal construction-site impact.
    A Champion modular manufacturing plant recycles most waste generated by
    construction.  Items such as copper, lumber, cardboard and vinyl are
    collected in the plant for recycling, thus limiting land-fill usage. In
    addition, in a plant, a piece of lumber that is off-size, can be milled to
    a smaller dimension for an alternate use, rather than thrown away as many
    times would be the case in site-built construction.
--  Energy Efficient - In modular construction, the greatest threats to
    energy efficiency, seams and joints, are minimized because entire walls,
    floors and ceilings are constructed as large seam-free units or panels.
    These pieces are then assembled in a Champion controlled factory production
    line creating a higher level of "fit and finish" than is possible in site
    built construction.
--  High Quality - All the material used to construct a Champion modular
    home is stored under roof, eliminating weather-related damaged materials
    inherent in the traditional building process (wet, warped wood, etc.)
--  Durable - Champion modular homes are constructed to withstand the
    delivery and installation process resulting in additional structural
    elements than those found in similar styled site built homes.
About Champion Enterprises

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Champion Enterprises, Inc., a leader in factory-built construction, has produced more than 1.6 million homes through its family of homebuilders since 1953. Today, Champion operates 33 manufacturing facilities in North America and the United Kingdom, partnering with over 3,000 independent retailers, builders and developers. For more information, please visit

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