‘May God be With the Families of Deceased as Well as the Injured Installer’ – Tim Williams – Ohio Manufactured Home Association (OMHA) Responds to Tragedy in Hopewell Estates in Fostoria Ohio 

In an emailed statement from Tim Williams, Executive Director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) which copied their association attorney, Elizabeth Birth, J.D., Williams said the following in a document under OMHA’s letterhead dated 1.12.2024.

QuoteMarksLeftSideMHLivingNewsOMHA extends our sincere condolences to the installers and their families in the unfortunate tragedy at Hopewell Estates in Fostoria on January 8, 2024. We also extend our sympathy to the neighbors and friends of the families involved. May God be with the families of the deceased as well as the injured installer.


Tim Williams

Executive Director

Ohio Manufactured Homes Association …”


The inquiry from MHLivingNews/MHProNews was sent on 7:06 AM ET on 1.11.2024. It asked for response to the report linked here. The reply from Williams was sent at 10:33 AM (all times shown are ET, unless otherwise shown).

In a follow up, MHLivingNews said: “Tim, got it and nicely said. The timely reply is respected. We will plan to share it verbatim, crediting you with the remarks on behalf of the OMHA…” “That said, please reply to the following up questions. Please feel free to answer in a separate document, as you just did, or you can type your reply below each of the questions.

Follow up Q1. Have you or anyone else on behalf of the OMHA made a statement about this tragic accident prior to this one?

Follow up Q2: Are you aware of any remarks issued by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) on this topic? If not, do you think that based on what prior MHI chair Tim Williams said about the good arguments to be made in which “we [i.e.: MHI] should respond to every story…” that they too should respond to this loss of life and serious injury?

Again, please email your response. Thank you.”

In under 15 minutes, Williams replied as follows. “This is a horrible tragedy for the families, and I do not think it serves the families to discuss the deeply personal tragedy in any other context other than our heartfelt sympathy for the families and the installation company owners and co-workers.”

A similar request has been made the Manufactured Housing Institute, directed to MHI’s designated media relations professional, per their website. That is Molly Boyle, CEO & Executive Producer with the Front Porch Media Group International (FPMGI). As of 1:35 PM ET, there has been no response. Note that MHI leaders, several of whom are per informed sources deemed reliable are regular readers of MHProNews and MHProNews’ emailed news updates, have also not directly responded as of this time.

This is a tragedy that also sheds light on the construction industry in general and manufactured housing more specifically. For a more complete look at what Yahoo News called a “Horrific” accident that “crushed” two, killed one and “severely injured” another.

Per local media: “According to officials, a Toledo company was preparing a mobile home for its removal, which is scheduled for Tuesday, when the air jacks failed and two workers were crushed beneath it. One of the workers, a 37-year-old man, was declared dead and the other, a 61-year-old man, was removed and required emergency help.

Toledo Life Flight was contacted for the second man who suffered internal injuries. The Seneca County Coroner’s Office was also contacted to come to the scene,” WVTG stated.

For the video and more details, see the report linked below.




MHLivingNews extends its sincere condolences to all those who have been touched by this serious injury and the tragic loss of life. May the soul of the departed installer rest in peace. ###



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