PARIS – KBS Building Systems won’t be constructing a house at the 20th annual Maine Manufactured Housing Show in February, but it and numerous other local manufacturing companies will be in attendance.

“We had houses there the last two years,” KBS Building Systems General Manager Ray Atkisson said. Because the process is expensive and time-consuming to build and ship a whole house to Augusta for the three-day event, Atkisson said the company decided this year to set up an information booth instead.

Show officials said because the housing market is down and because of unfavorable weather conditions, many manufacturers decided not to erect entire homes outside, but they will be inside showing their latest designs, features and pricing.

This year, nine houses will be shown both inside and outside the Augusta Civic Center from Feb. 1-3. The show will feature other local manufacturing companies including Eco-Building Systems in Oxford.

Bob Cole, president of America’s Best Shows Inc., which organizes the show, said there are more modular home manufacturers and products than ever before.

Pine View Homes will be showing Titan and Skyline. Ames will be showing Redman. Turnkey will be showing Commodore. Castle Homes will be showing a New England Home, and Landmark will be showing a Simplex Home. An additional 16 modular manufacturers will be presenting modular display booths inside the civic center.

Thousand of participants are expected at the show from Maine and beyond.

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