Important Updates from NADRA

NADRA’s 2018 Annual Awards Celebration – Destination: Baltimore, MD

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recognizes and promotes excellence in the outdoor living & decking industry. The National+ Deck Competition represents many aspects of the outdoor living industry, with a main focus on decks. Each year we celebrate and honor outstanding successes in the industry at a prestigious Industry Awards presentation & celebration. This year, the 9th annual awards dinner was held on October 10th, 2018 at The National Aquarium hosted in Baltimore, MD. Here is a recap of all NADRA events that occurred while in Baltimore. 


NADRA Code Meeting: 10/11/18

Thank you to all the respondents to our recent deck code survey.  What we learned was that although the majority of you are building to the newest and strictest deck codes (2015 or newer), most of you felt that these codes are being enforced unequally.  The need for a more consistent approach to building and inspecting decks is going to be a renewed focus at NADRA.  Through our Decks Done Right program and a better representation within the code arena, we believe that we can make a positive impact.  Congratulations to Patrick O’Keefe with O’Keefe Built, Inc – Longmont, CO who won a Milwaukee M18 Impact Driver Kit for participating in our survey. 


NADRA Canada Meeting: 10/11/18

Industry Pros from Canada met with fellow NADRA members to discuss the future for Canada and NADRA. 

NADRA Member, Jon Witt helped the Association organize a “meeting of the minds” while in Baltimore at DeckExpo. “I always look forward to the Deck Expo; meeting up with old friends, making new ones. This year was different though, in a good way. For a number of years now my wife and I have been tasked to see NADRA grow in Canada. This year the first step was made. We had an informal gathering of fellow Canadian members, and those who are interested in joining, meet to discuss the beginnings of that growth. There were some great ideas kicked around despite the previous late night at the NADRA after party. We are excited to get cracking at the tasks ahead this coming winter. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming meetings. If you’d like to follow along and help build NADRA in Canada, please email Info@NADRA.org to be included in future communications.” Jon Witt, WWG Designs and Build.


NADRA Member Benefit Provider, Enter.net join NADRA in the booth:

We would like to continue our DeckExpo special of 40% OFF WEB SERVICES to all NADRA members. 

“We would like to thank everyone that came to visit our Enter.net team at the NADRA booth at DeckExpo, we had an incredible experience! Thank you to the fantastic NADRA family for welcoming us and including us in the association’s activities. We look forward to building and maintaining many business relationships going forward. The New NADRA website is coming soon! Contact us at: Sales@Enter.net or Enter.net 


The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), joins NADRA in the booth at DeckExpo:

Michael Beaudry, Executive VP from NADRA states, “It was a pleasure having our Association Partners from ASHI, Mike Rostescu, Assistant Executive Director & Director of IT, as well as Bruce Barker, long-time ASHI Educator  & Author of the new Black and Decker book on Decks and Rails. Working together with the leadership of the Professional home inspectors of ASHI is helping to make a difference in raising awareness in NADRA’s Deck Safety initiative. Thank you Mike and Bruce for working the booth with us at the show.”


Thank you, Sponsors! 


2018 National Awards Dinner & Celebration

On the evening of Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, over 200 NADRA members and industry professionals gathered at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. The event honored those whose ambitions have elevated the industry and redefined the definition of success.

During the presentation, eighty three awards were given to NADRA members with the highest scores based on category in the National+ Deck Competition. 

“As we have learned from our other brands in the Oldcastle APG family, the health and vitality of an industry stems from those individuals and organizations wholly dedicated to its’ success. With NADRA- an association comprised of tireless advocates for the decking space- we see a partner that shares the same belief. We look forward to a fruitful relationship-  focused on growing the category- and ensuring the path to success for our contractors, dealers and distributors.”

Rich Lancaster – President, AERT

“Thank you NADRA staff for all the hard work put in to making it such a great event. On behalf of myself and my DOCK & DECK crew we say thanks and looking forward to next year.”

Jason Varney, DOCK & DECK, TN

The winning photos can be viewed in the official video below. See HERE for a PDF of all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners by category.

You can also view the official PowerPoint presentation below:

“This has been the only contest I have ever been in that I have cheered on and promoted my competitors more than my own entries. I am truly humbled to be counted amongst such talented deck artists. Every deck building company, manufacturer rep, supplier, and of course association directors and staff we have met, have quickly become our close family. We are passionate for what we do and love the opportunities to grow with the industry.  NADRA Rocks!”

Jon Witt, WWG Designs & Build, Ontario

Annual Meeting:

NADRA 2018 / 2019 Board of Directors: 

  • President: Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
  • Vice President: Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC / Haven
  • Treasurer/Secretary: Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • Immediate Past President, Kirk Hammond
  • Director: John Keller, Sequoia Supply
  • Director: Vincent Carrubba, Admiral-SpaceMaker
  • Director: Gary Converse, Koppers Performance Chemicals

National Awards

2018 Terry Award: Presented to Jim Mailey

The Terry award is the highest award honored to one member of NADRA. Terry  Dempsey was the original founder and owner of DeckExpo. Terry was instrumental in guiding NADRA during the formation process. Beginning in 2008, NADRA HQ chose one member to honor for their superior contributions to the Association and industry at large. This year, Jim Mailey was the recipient of the Terry Award.

2018 Terry Award: Jim Mailey

“In honor of your extraordinary dedication & unwavering commitment to creating and driving deck safety awareness across North America and beyond. Thank you, Jim.”

Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive Vice President

2018 Recognition Award

The 2018 Recognition award was awarded to Rebekah Schuld & Stephanie Kurtz, AZEK Building Products. 

2018 Recognition Award: Rebekah Schuld & Stephanie Kurtz

“There is no secret formula. 

No magic pill. 

There are no shortcuts. 

Just dedication. 

Thank you, Rebekah & Stephanie for your dedication to NADRA and the industry we serve. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.”

Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive Vide President

View NADRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting Presentation below to learn more about Association happenings, such as financials and Deck For a Soldier® update:

NADRA’s 2018 Annual Meeting Presentation

NADRA’s Code Fundraising Initiative: Mark Guthrie & Glenn Mathewson

Mark Guthrie, Code Committee Chair

NADRA Members, consider this your call to code action! As your new Code Committee Chair, I am asking for your help on behalf of the entire organization so that we can become a stronger voice in shaping the deck codes we all must build to. 

Over the last few code cycles, we have increased our influence in the code development arena by supporting other professionals to speak on our behalf. For the most part, our members have benefited from these outside efforts, winning on many of the positions NADRA has advocated for. However, to fairly execute on our vision of becoming the most respected and relied upon voice for decking and railing code, we believe that the time has come to add a hired professional to our ranks.

After much consideration, we have selected Glenn Mathewson to be this key part of our team. As many of you are aware, Glenn has been with us from the beginning and worn too many hats to name, the highlight being the development of an ICC-approved deck code training program for our members. We believe that he brings what we need: the wisdom and historical perspective to see it from all sides, a passion for the industry and a work ethic that makes it worth the spend.

Glenn has outlined a plan for our success that includes attending the
upcoming code hearings, submitting proposals on our behalf and being part
of the technical dialogue between competing interests that always surround
code development. What we need to do now is generate the income needed
to support this plan. Please follow this link to contribute to our $50,000 goal today. 

Click HERE to view the Code Initiative 4 page document. Contributions may be made here via online registration.

” Mike, Thank you for another great event, awesome to see you and the rest of the NADRA gang again.  I took to heart what Glenn said at the meeting and Deck and Basement wants to do our part to support putting him at the code hearings.  Please use this $500 as a modest start to making sure our industry does not get even more over-regulated than it has already become. I know only a drop in the bucket but together with all of my Nadra Brothers out there, doing things for the right reason, we can make a difference. Keep up the good work Beaudry’s, your industry thanks you.”

Pat Noonan, Deck and Basement Co., MN

NADRA’s Education Initiative: Jim Mailey

Jim Mailey, Education & Code Advisor

There are than 50 million decks in the U.S.  Over 25 million of those decks are already past their useful like – needing to be replaced. 

The industry is still lacking comprehensive deck inspection training. NADRA is focused on helping drive that change through the ONLY Certification Program to provide the knowledge and tools to PROPERLY and COMPLETELY inspect an existing deck!  

  • NADRA partnered with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) since 2015
  • Annual training at ASHI’s national conference (Inspection World) & regional chapter training events
  • Trained nearly 500 ASHI inspectors in 3 years
  • All during this pilot program!

The goal of NADRA’s education initiative is to educate and certify 500 ASHI inspectors in 2019. 

Scroll through the presentation below to see just what numbers we are talking about. We are looking at DOUBLING the industry by successfully launching NADRA’s education initiative. Please click this link to support your future. Monetary contributions are needed to start driving change in our industry today. 


“This industry has been my mode of survival since I was a young man.  I would like to see others step up and be more supportive of these events.  This year several people I spoke with mentioned how busy they were and about the hundreds of decks they are building.  When I asked why they attended this event, and if they would ever consider being a sponsor. The response was constantly Oh! we are only here to get stuff not to give.  I would like to share the message. “You reap what you sow” “If you are only in this industry only for personal gain you will, be invisible, never grow and not be truly whole”  

Bob Heidenreich: The Deck Store, MN

“As always, the Annual NADRA Awards were a blast. We loved catching up with old friends and share with everyone’s excitement for the growth of the industry. We love celebrating the victories of friends who work hard year-round; as we say, the better any of us do, the better we all do. We are looking forward to another great year, and can’t wait to see where things take us and our friends by the time we catch up again in 2019.

Deck Expo was also an overwhelming success on Haven Underdeck’s first year as an exhibitor. Thanks to word of mouth from our NADRA friends, and the hard work of our amazing staff, we found ourselves hardly able to keep up with the traffic at our booth. From launching our material sales division last year, to exhibiting our product at the show this year, it has been a steady rise. We anticipate that we will only stay busier thanks to the turnout at Deck Expo. We are thrilled to have had such an awesome turnout.”

Joel Mooneyhan, Haven & Southeastern Underdeck Systems, GA

“It was certainly great to network with all of the wonderful people that we have become good friends with because of our involvement with NADRA.  Thank you to all of those involved with NADRA and especially the Beaudry family who put in all of the hard work and dedication to put on such an awesome event each and every year at the National Deck Awards Competition.”

Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC, NJ

Thank you all for your endless support!

In conclusion, it was an incredible event! New friends were made & victories were celebrated. Please know that we are so grateful for our NADRA community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who made the trek to Baltimore. We think you’re pretty awesome. 

Until next time… 

Your home team at NADRA HQ ~ Mike & Margie Beaudry, Heather Marchand and Jenn Zedaker

Your Board of Directors ~ Matt Breyer, Heath Bowman, Bruce Verblaauw, Kirk Hammond, John Keller, Vincent Carrubba, Gary Converse

Deckorators® Introduces VoyageTM Composite Decking at DeckExpo 2018

New EovationsTM decking offers superior traction, bold variegation

For Immediate Release

Press contact:
Chris Camfferman                                        
Managing Director, Marketing
616-365-1554
616-304-9400
ccamfferman@ufpi.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 10, 2018 Deckorators®, a brand of Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI), has expanded its innovative line of wood-alternative decking with the launch of VoyageTM. This new line of composite decking featuring patented EovationsTM technology was introduced to building material dealers and contractors at DeckExpo 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Like other members of the Deckorators Eovations decking family, Voyage delivers the industry’s best strength-to-weight ratio, absorbs virtually no moisture, and allows virtually no thermal expansion or contraction. Voyage adds to these benefits unique textured embossing for superior traction on the deck surface, along with the bold look of vertical grain variegation.

The textured embossing offers homeowners the enhanced safety of superior traction underfoot in both dry and wet conditions. Deckorators Voyage decking provides 34 percent or greater surface traction than other leading brands of composite decking. Voyage decking was tested against other leading capped composite deck boards in wet conditions by an independent third-party lab under the AS/NZS 4586-2013 standard. The deck boards were tested on Sept. 24-25, 2018.

Vertical grain variegation gives Voyage — an ultra-low maintenance composite — the trend-forward appearance of the highest-quality wood. Voyage comes in four beautiful colors that are the most popular in outdoor living spaces among homeowners: Sierra (dark gray), Tundra (gray), Costa (golden brown) and Mesa (red brown).

“We use extensive input from dealers and contractors to develop products that help them stand out from the competition,” said Chris Camfferman, managing director, marketing, Deckorators. “Our partners have experienced the unique benefits of our Frontier and Vault composite decking with Eovations technology. We’re thrilled to introduce them to Voyage, the best product in a good-better-best Eovations line.”

Voyage will be available for 2019 in 12-, 16- and 20-foot solid and slotted-edge profiles, as well as 12-foot fascia. It is backed by a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty that covers water and ground contact. Deckorators is one of the only brands in the industry to stand behind installations in, or in contact with, water or ground.

Eovations technology makes Voyage decking strong, lightweight and stable. During the Eovations process, a polymer-mineral blend is extruded and stretched. The result is a fibrous, 7/8-inch-by-5½- inch composite board that looks and works like wood. At the same time, each board is:

  • 35 percent lighter than most wood-plastic composite decking and similar in weight to PVC for easier handling on the job site.
  • Twice as strong as PVC decking in terms of stiffness-to-weight ratio for superior durability.
  • Moisture-resistant because it contains no organic material.
  • Extremely stable with the lowest thermal expansion/contraction of any thermoplastic deck board.

Voyage is capped with durable polypropylene to create a surface that is stain-, fade- and scratch-resistant.

For more information on Voyage decking, visit www.deckorators.com/deckexpo or call (800) 332-5724.

About Deckorators

Deckorators, the first name in decking, railing and accessories and the originator of the round aluminum baluster, is a brand of Universal Consumer Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators started the low-maintenance aluminum balusters category with the Classic Series and has since led the industry with many new and innovative decking and railing products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinct products allows both DIYers and builders to bring the personal creativity of interior design to outdoor living.

To learn more about Deckorators decking and railing accessories, visit www.deckorators.com or call 800-332-5724.

Follow Deckorators on Instagram: @Deckorators
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Deckorators
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DeckoratorsProducts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/deckorators

UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. (NASDAQ: UFPI)

Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries and operations around the world that supply three markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information about Universal Forest Products, Inc., or its affiliated operations, go to www.ufpi.com.

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PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER Special Supplement – New Opportunity!

PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER has added a special 5th supplement in 2018 in cooperation with the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). Show your support of the industry by aligning your brand with this valuable content. Ad close date:  11/2/18

Support the Industry

PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER will donate 10% of the advertising revenues from this special print supplement to NADRA for their use in programs that support our joint industry.

Content Focus:

  • Cover story will feature NADRA’s National+ Deck Competition winners.
  • Coverage of the REMODELING/DeckExpo Show, featuring PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER LIVE—a demo stage area that will be a feature of this year’s show.
  • New Products Showcase.

Timing & Reach

  • New print supplement:  December 2018. Ad close date:  11/2/18

In addition to the print supplement, online coverage will be included on PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER’s website and newsletters

  • NADRA members advertising in this added supplement will be recognized in a special thank you ad from NADRA and PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER

If you are interested in advertising opportunities, please reach out to Dan Colunio:

Dan Colunio
Vice President, Remodeling & Distribution
Hanley Wood Media
P: 617-304-7297
E: dcolunio@hanleywood.com

California balcony/deck/ porch inspection law

“Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.”

By: Keith Burbank

POSTED: SEP 17 2018 10:19PM PDT

Gov. Brown signs balcony inspection law following deadly Berkeley collapse

By Bay City News Service, read the original story here.

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways to hopefully avoid deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.

At a birthday party in June 2015, six young people died when a fifth-story balcony collapsed, according to the office of state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, who co-authored the bill, Senate Bill 721.

An investigation revealed the balcony had been poorly sealed and became infested with dry rot and the builder had a history of lawsuits related to construction defects, Hill’s office said.

Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. 

Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.

Those elements must be inspected if they extend beyond the building’s exterior walls and are six or more feet above the ground and get stability and support from wood or wood-based products. 

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was the other author of the bill. 

Read the bill here

NADRA Upcoming Education Schedule

Great Plains ASHI, 24th Annual Fall Seminar:

Kansas City, MO – ASHI Chapter Annual Fall Seminar. 

WHEN: September 21, 2018 7:00 AM to September 22, 2018 4:00 PM

Jim Mailey- North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) Deck Evaluation Class. This is the same class taught in preparation for taking the NADRA Certification Exam. The test can be done at the Great Plains Fall Seminar or taken online with 30 days after the class. There is an additional fee for a one year membership and certification test. Deck inspection education is valuable even if you choose not to take the test and become certified.

Learn more & REGISTER

Remodeling / DeckExpo: 

Baltimore, MD –NADRA offers specific industry courses at the show, which gives you the option to receive your certifications. You can add these sessions onto your registration during the online registration process.

WHEN: Tuesday October 9th, 2018

Deck Evaluation / Inspection Program: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 8am. Instructor: Jim Mailey.This program will allow Inspectors the opportunity to evaluate a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist.  The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to assess the safety issues of a deck properly.

Down The Load Path: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 1pm. Instructor: Glenn Mathewson. This program will allow industry professionals the opportunity to learn about the new 2018 IRC provisions; this course completes the load path started in course 2, Ledgers and Lateral Loads. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations, and properties of the earth covered so that the entire structural system and related codes can be understood.

Learn more & REGISTER

INSPECTIONWORLD: 

San Diego, CA – Town & Country Resort

WHEN: Sunday, January 20th 8am – 12pm (4 ASHI CEs)

NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Class:  This program will allow the home inspector the opportunity to employ the ability to safely inspect a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for home inspectors as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the home inspector will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more: 

  • Stair
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists
  • Joist Connections
  • Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware or material corrosion
  • Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.

Learn more & REGISTER

Fortune Brands Completes Acquisition of Fiberon as Part of Doors & Security Segment

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), an industry-leading home and security products company, today announced it completed the acquisition of Fiberon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of outdoor performance materials used in decking, railing and fencing products. Fortune Brands announced an agreement to acquire Fiberon on August 23, 2018. Fiberon is now part of Fortune Brands’ Doors & Security segment.

The Company completed the acquisition for a purchase price of approximately $470 million, which was funded with cash on hand and borrowings under its revolving credit and term loan facilities. In 2017, Fiberon had approximately $200 million in annual sales. Fiberon has approximately 475 associates with offices and operations in Meridian, Idaho and New London, North Carolina. Fortune Brands expects to maintain Fiberon’s current operations and locations.

About Fortune Brands

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., creates products and services that fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. The Company’s operating segments are Plumbing, Cabinets and Doors & Security. Its trusted brands include Moen, Perrin & Rowe, Riobel, Rohl, Shaws and Victoria + Albert under the Global Plumbing Group (GPG); more than a dozen core brands under MasterBrand Cabinets; Therma-Tru entry door systems, Fiberon outdoor performance materials, and Master Lock and SentrySafe security products. Fortune Brands holds market leadership positions in all of its segments. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit www.FBHS.com.

Contacts

INVESTOR and MEDIA CONTACT:
Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.
Kaveh Bakhtiari
847-484-4573
kaveh.bakhtiari@FBHS.com

Couple injured when deck collapses at Des Moines home

It’s Important to Check Your Deck®

Authorities say a man and woman were injured when their elevated deck collapsed at their home in northeast Des Moines while they were grilling food.

The Des Moines Register reports the incident occurred just after 5 p.m. Monday. Des Moines Police Sgt. Tina Kalar says rotted wood may have allowed the deck to fall away from the house.

The 72-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns from the grill’s contents. Her 69-year-old husband was treated at an urgent care center.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Read the original article here

NADRA reminds homeowners to Check Your Deck®

“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA.  Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*.  Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.”  It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.

About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck buildersinspectorsmanufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

*Source: National Association of HomeBuilders/Bank of America Home Equity, Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components 2/07.

© Copyright 2018 North American Deck and Railing Association. All rights reserved.

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MoistureShield’s CoolDeck Technology Chosen as a Professional Builder Magazine 2018 Top 100 Product

ATLANTA, Aug. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Professional Builder has selected MoistureShield’s CoolDeck Technology from Oldcastle Composites as one of its 2018 Top 100 Products. Based on reader inquiries, the list is now in its sixth year, helping keep readers up to date on the latest and greatest products from the past year.

Readers of Professional Builder selected MoistureShield’s CoolDeck Technology as one of its 2018 Top 100 Products. CoolDeck can reduce heat absorption by up to 35% over traditional capped composites.

Available in select MoistureShield product lines, CoolDeck has addressed a major issue for capped composite decks, docks, and marinas: heat absorption. The technology can reduce heat absorption by up to 35 percent compared to traditional capped composites.

Pro Builder’s annual Top 100 Products does not require a formal entry and there are no judges to choose the winning products, it is completely based on reader interest over the past 12 months. The products are then grouped into 10 categories for reader convenience.

“With concerns in recent years about heat build-up in composite decking, we are extremely gratified that our CoolDeck technology has been recognized by Pro Builder’s readers,” said Josh Landis, Senior Marketing Manager, Oldcastle APG. “With the integration of our global R&D resources, we will continue to innovate to deliver both aesthetic and performance solutions to our contractors and homeowner customers.”

Check out Professional Builder’s Top 100 Exterior Products at https://www.probuilder.com/2018-top-100-products-exterior-products. For more information on MoistureShield and to find dealers, visit https://www.moistureshield.com

About Composite Decking at Oldcastle APG: 
Oldcastle APG, a CRH company, proudly manufactures composite deck boards and related products serving a range of retail and distribution customers across North America and several international markets. ChoiceDek and MoistureShield are brands within the composite decking category. The development of new technologies and patents has enabled Oldcastle to manufacture superior composite products from recycled wood fiber and recycled polyethylene plastic for the building and construction markets.

SOURCE MoistureShield

dasso Group officiates its 8th manufacturing facility

Atlanta, August 25, 2018 – dasso officiated its 8th factory today at Zixi County, Jiangxi.  The new factory is a replacement of the existing factory which had to be relocated due to city boundary expansion.  The new factory has a design capacity of 10 million sq.ft per annual (1 million m2/year) of dassoXTR Fused Bamboo, an increase of production capacity by 4 times its original capacity.  The new factory, named after its original name – Jiangxi Zhushang Bamboo Industrial Co., Ltd is built with state of art production equipment and machineries which could produce both Classic and Epic Fused Bamboo (https://dassoxtr.com/Fused-Bamboo-Principles-Technology.aspx).  This new facility occupies an area of 20 acres of land with sufficient space for future expansion.

dasso Group thanked all its customers, suppliers and employees for theirs continued support and dedication in making this relocation a success.  The rebuilding of Jiangxi Zhushang factory was first announced on June 26, 2017.  It only took dasso 13 months and 29 days to reconstruct the facilities and reinstall all the new production equipment, one day shy of 14 months.  The project started from “greenfield” to “first board production” in an astonishingly short period of time.  Four (4) months for earthwork, and ten (10) months for civil work couple with equipment erection within 6 months.

dasso will be launching its Epic dassoXTR Fused Bamboo with production form Jiangxi Zhushang Bamboo Industrial Co., Ltd.For further reference on this project, please follow this link: http://blog.dassousa.com/dasso-continues-expansion-project-185000-sqft-factory/ 

Fortune Brands Signs Agreement to Acquire Fiberon; Marks Entry into Fast Growing Outdoor Living Market within New Doors & Security Segment

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), an industry-leading home and security products company, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Fiberon, LLC, a leading manufacturer of outdoor performance materials used primarily in decking, railing and fencing products. Fiberon will join Fortune Brands’ new Doors & Security segment on closing and has agreed to be acquired for approximately $470 million.

“The acquisition of Fiberon provides exciting category expansion and product extension opportunities for our Doors & Security segment into the outdoor living space— one of the fastest growing areas of the home,” said Chris Klein, chief executive officer, Fortune Brands. “Fiberon brings leadership in performance materials sustainably made in the U.S.A. from recycled materials. Similar to Therma-Tru’s leadership in advanced material doors, Fiberon has built its business in the most attractive segment of the decking category– non-wood, capped composites.”

The $2.5 billion decking market is a critical part of outdoor living spaces with growing conversion to non-wood materials. Capped composite non-wood products where Fiberon has focused its business are growing at nearly 10% annually and now represent approximately one quarter of the decking market. This exceptional growth is driven by demand for innovations in finishes, textures, colors and styles coupled with low maintenance and lasting durability versus traditional wood.

“Our Doors & Security platform has the scale and capabilities to further Fiberon’s penetration of the market across our existing customers and distribution channels in this growing market segment,” said Klein. “Our execution and momentum within our Therma-Tru door brand coupled with Fiberon’s successful business model and product line create an exciting opportunity to accelerate growth and value creation. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings by approximately 5-6 cents in 2019 and approximately 9-10 cents in 2020.”

“Fortune Brands’ strong distribution, commitment to brands, innovation and design, and superior execution are a powerful combination to drive sales and profit growth,” said Doug Mancosh, chief executive officer and president, Fiberon. “We are excited to join Fortune Brands and create new opportunities for Fiberon to thrive.”

In 2017, Fiberon had approximately $200 million in annual sales. Fiberon has approximately 475 associates with offices and operations in Meridian, Idaho and New London, North Carolina. The Company plans for Fiberon to operate as a part of the Doors & Security segment.

The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to occur within the next 30 days.

About Fortune Brands

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., creates products and services that fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. The Company’s operating segments are Plumbing, Cabinets and Doors & Security. Its trusted brands include Moen, Perrin & Rowe, Riobel, Rohl, Shaws and Victoria + Albert under the Global Plumbing Group (GPG); more than a dozen core brands under MasterBrand Cabinets; Therma-Tru entry door systems; and Master Lock and SentrySafe security products under The Master Lock Company. Fortune Brands holds market leadership positions in all of its segments. Fortune Brands is part of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, please visit www.FBHS.com.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain “forward-looking statements” regarding future financial performance and the effects of the Fiberon acquisition. Where, in any forward-looking statement, we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is based on the current plans and expectations of our management. Although we believe that these statements are based on reasonable assumptions, they are subject to numerous factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those indicated in such statements including the factors discussed in Item 1A of the Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, this release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties associated with the acquisition. These include: the satisfaction of closing conditions for the transaction, market conditions and the impact of any failure to complete the transaction. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.

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