By establishing this award, the Modular Home Builders Association recognizes the contributions of those whose careers are or were dedicated to our industry or whose acts have had a significant impact on the careers of all others involved.
Thomas (Tom) M. Saltsgiver, president of Muncy Homes, Inc.
Tom is the president of Muncy Homes, Inc., a modular home manufacturer he founded in 1973 in Muncy, Pennsylvania. As the housing market continued to expand, he opened two additional factories at the same location under separate brands: Superior Builders in 1979 and Premier Builders in 1985. Seizing upon an opportunity in 1989, the company was sold to a publicly traded company, but sales and employment began to fall sharply. In 1995, Tom re-purchased the company and promised to turn things around – and that he did, increasing employment to over 550 people and annual sales in excess of $100 million by 2008. Tom has been involved in philanthropic giving and Christian ministry since 1985, when God changed his life. He has served on advisory boards of his church, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Episcopal Renewal Ministries/Acts 29, Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, The Sentinel Group, and Regent University.
Donald E. Meske, Founder of Deluxe Building Systems
When Donald founded Deluxe Homes of Pa., Inc. in 1965, he had one objective: to provide affordable, high-quality homes expeditiously. How did Meske’s young company expect to fill such a tall order? One hundred percent control. By controlling construction, delivery and installation, DeLuxe has been able to keep prices down and quality up, while delivering products on time.
Throughout the mid to late 1970s, Deluxe moved into multi-family projects, which included townhouses and small apartments. In 1999, DeLuxe completed an extensive $3.5 million renovation of its manufacturing facility, which included a new concrete batch plant, plus two new roller-track systems to enhance product flow.
Don was one of the original founders of the Industrialized Housing Manufacturer’s Association in 1977, the organization that would ultimately grow into what we know call the Modular Home Builders Association.
Charlie Mogish, Co-Founder and President at Haven Homes
Charlie was born on May 3rd, 1939 to the late Charles and Valentine Mogish in Delano, Pa. Charlie served 3 years in Germany with the U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division.
He returned home to marry the love of his life, Margaret Ann Kershetsky, on April 30th, 1959. Mill Hall has been Charlie’s home since 1970 when he moved his family to the area to establish Haven Homes Inc. with his partner and friend, the late Charles Ballard. Together they grew a business that became a leading modular home company in the East coast. Charlie took great pride in the company and truly cared for his employees.
Charlie was a simple, humble man who found that family and helping others was the best formula for happiness. He was active in local Rotary Clubs and National Habitat for Humanity. Charlie was a carpenter and a great cook. He took pride in creating a home that served as a “safe haven” for his family and friends.
Patrick A. Fricchione, Sr., Co-founder of Simplex Industries, Inc.
Pat co-founded Simplex Industries, Inc. in 1971 along with his brothers, Frank, Peter and Henry. He was one of 10 children whose parents and siblings immigrated from Pescopagano, Italy. After serving in the Army in Yokohama during the Japanese occupation immediately after WWII, Pat attended Lafayette College on the GI Bill. While there, he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1952.
After a successful 20 year career at Weston Instruments (now known as Schumberger), both as an engineer and in management, Pat decided to join his brothers in opening Simplex. From the humbling beginnings until his retirement in 1995, he led Simplex to great expansion. Pat always preached quality and his quote of “The bitter taste of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” is still the philosophy of Simplex today.
Pat always believed if the modular industry was to be successful, individual companies needed to band together to be heard as a collective group. This was evident especially when faced with regulatory and sales tax issues. His previous success in helping form an industry electronic instruments association in Houston, TX drove him and four other manufacturers to meet in Harrisburg, PA in the late 1970’s. At that meeting, this group of pioneers formed the Industrialized Housing Manufacturers’ Association (IHMA). Over the years, the association has changed its names from Mid Atlantic Building Systems Association (MABSA) to Modular Building Systems Association (MBSA) to Modular Home Builders Association (MHBA) but it never changed its core value of having a unified voice for the industry.
Pat was an active supporter of the arts, especially opera, and active on many civic and charitable boards in his life time. He was most proud of being a founding member and past president of La Festa Italiana in Scranton as it attracts over 100,000 people over the Labor Day Weekend. Pat passed away in 2014, leaving behind his wife Adeline of 60 years of marriage, four daughters, one son and 11 grandchildren.