The NADRA NJ Board would like to thank everyone for attending our meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. We know that this is the height of busy season so we really appreciate everyone taking the time to join us. We had a great meeting.
We want to give a very big thank you to our sponsor, Aeratis Porch Flooring, Roy Pieroni and Chris Tidwell. Chris showed us the high percentage of porches on new homes compared to a decade ago. He explained that the porch flooring comes in three different styles, Classic, Traditions and Heritage. Aeratis also produces fascia boards and they will soon be introducing stair treads. Their product is historically accurate and approved for use in historic restoration.
Gustavo delaCruz and Robert Lascelle showed us the plan for the deck for the D4S build. Jen Sheridan suggested using glass panels in the railing for viewing the pond that this soldier has by the existing deck. We are looking for manufacturers and vendors to donate materials such as framing, decking, railing, lighting, possible pergola if it is wanted and etc. If anyone is interested in donating time or materials, please reach out to Gus delaCruz at Barrettdecks@yahoo.com. We are planning this to be a fall build with ribbon cutting on Veteran’s Day.
Our next chapter meeting will be on Tuesday, July 16th and will be sponsored by Techno Metal Post.
NADRA NJ Secretary
NADRA’s New Jersey Chapter recently announced the official plans and build for their latest Deck For a Soldier® project. The NJ Chapter plans to build in the Fall of 2013. Local member volunteers will complete construction, and NADRA member vendors will provide all products. A ribbon cutting ceremony & celebration will be held after the project is completed.
The local soldier is Sean O’Connor from Brick, N.J. He served 20 years in the marines and Army National Guard, did 3 combat tours and is now retired. He was in Desert Storm and retired as a Sergeant First Class with many medals. He was also an instructor at Fort Dix.
Call for Volunteers and Materials:
Please contact NADRA Headquarters. You must be a current NADRA member to participate. You can call: 215.679.4884 or send an email to: Info@NADRA.org
A special thank you to the local New Jersey Deck for a Soldier® Committee:
NADRA NJ Deck for a Soldier Committee:
- Committee Chair: Gustavo DelaCruz of Barrett Outdoors: 866-418-1891 and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Committee Members:
- Martin Coffey
- Bruce Verblaauw
- Robert Lascelle
- Jennifer Sheridan
- Mike Schwartz
NADRA launched its Deck For a Soldier® program in 2007; this is a community effort that expresses our appreciation for the service and dedication of the men and women of our armed forces. The project will be completed with strictly donated materials, time and labor. More information about Deck for a Soldier® can be found at www.NADRA.org.
The ProWood Desperate Deck Contest!
How desperate can a deck get? That’s what ProWood wants to know. ProWood is giving desperate deck owners across the nation a chance for a deck makeover through its ProWood “Desperate Deck” Contest. As part of the contest, ProWood is asking homeowners to write a short essay and upload pictures of deck in their most desperate state – damaged, unstable, color-worn … whatever they deem as desperate. One desperate deck will then be selected to receive a $20,000 makeover with ProWood lumber and accessories. The contest runs from April 15 through June 15. Visit ProWoodLumber.com and the ProWood Facebook page for all the details.
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DATE: May 16, 2013
CONTACT: Jim Groff
WOLF RELEASES KEY BUYER INDEX (KBI) FOR MAY 2013
Sustained KBI score reflects continued optimism heading into summer
(York, Pa.) — WOLF, the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products in 28 states along the East Coast, today reported the findings of the WOLF Key Buyer Index (KBI) for May.
The May KBI score of 72.67 reflects virtually no change from the April KBI of 73.67. The fact that the score remains at this level suggests that building materials buyers at selected independent LBM dealers in the eastern United States are holding fast to their optimism about the residential construction industry in that region.
WOLF developed KBI, a proprietary metric that offers a monthly snapshot of independent dealers’ sentiments, to provide a concrete measure of how building materials buyers see the near-term future of their industry. WOLF gathers data for the KBI from a monthly survey of key buyers at independent building materials dealers across 21 states. A WOLF KBI score of 50 reflects a neutral outlook; a score above 50 reflects a positive outlook; and a score below 50 reflects a negative outlook.
Buyer sentiment is equally bullish in both of WOLF’s traditional markets (the Northeast and Middle Atlantic States). On the building product side, Northeastern buyers returned a KBI score of 78.57 while their Middle Atlantic counterparts returned an even more optimistic score of 80.00. On the Kitchen and bath side, meanwhile, Northeastern buyers returned a KBI score of 83.33 while kitchen and bath buyers in the Middle Atlantic region returned a score of 72.73.
On the whole, the KBI indicates a continued bullishness on the part of residential construction material buyers as to the state of the residential construction activity in the markets they serve. The high KBI scores show that key buyers expect this industry to remain strong at least through the month of May in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states.
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About WOLF WOLF provides kitchen and bath cabinetry and building materials, marketing and sales support and financial services exclusively to independent dealers in 28 states in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. Since its founding in 1843, York, Pa.-based WOLF has evolved into a sourcing company that offers American-made, WOLF-branded products and other high-quality product lines. Learn more about WOLF at www.wolfleader.com and www.wolfhomeproducts.com.
May 9th, 2013 was a memorable day for the MN NADRA Chapter. Representatives from every sector of the Minnesota Deck and Rail industry were on hand to support NADRA’s effort to further develop its industry leading CPAC program (Consumer Protection Awareness Charter).
Engaging speakers gave viable, educational information that sparked many valuable conversations for attendees. Presentations were then followed up by tours of Element’s St. Paul facilities, including live testing demonstrations.
Third-Party testing experts were on hand to share their knowledge in the areas of corrosion, environmental, flexural, mechanical and live load testing. Code officials from several local jurisdictions and a representative from the ICC-ES were present to answer questions concerning codes or product evaluation. Product manufactures, lumberyards, distributors and local deck builders were all present to discuss industry issues and learn more of the NADRA CPAC program.
The common message thread; Quality and Approved Tested Products are a must! Whether it is ICC-ES, CCRR or ASTM tested products; all were in agreement, that the world of product testing is convoluted and there is a need for industry standardization.
Please contact NADRA EVP, Michael Beaudry to join the NADRA CPAC effort by emailing Info@NADRA.org
A special thank you to the following MN NADRA contributors:
- Host: Element Materials Technology
- Sponsors: Screw Products, Inc., Williams Architectural Products, Gossen Corp., and Homeland Vinyl Products, Inc.
- Speakers: Barry Johnson-ICC-ES, Stan Hathorn-Homeland Vinyl, Roger Axel-New Hope Code Official and Tom Kolden-Element Materials Technology
Recap of 2013 Group B Committee Action Hearing (Dallas, TX)
Last week the IRC code hearings were held in Dallas, TX. NADRA’s Technical Advisor, Glenn Mathewson represented the association on numerous proposals. This work is just beginning & your support is NEEDED on key issues that WILL effect your businesses and will effect this industry. Your support is encouraged so these efforts can continue on behalf of the membership and industry the association serves. NADRA Headquarters and the entire board would like to personally thank Glenn Mathewson for his time and efforts at these hearings.
Deckorators launches 2013 “Best Deck” Contest
Contest includes prizes up to $1,000, plus great exposure
Deck lovers, here’s a grand opportunity from Deckorators, the leader in deck railing and accessories: Show off your deck in the annual Deckorators 2013 “Best Deck” Contest for a chance to win up to $1,000. New this year, Deckorators will also award the grand prize winner a one-year membership to the North American Decking & Railing Association (NADRA). Building professionals, do-it-yourselfers and homeowners are invited to submit deck pictures between May 1, 2013, and September 30, 2013, for a chance to win.
Entries must incorporate Deckorators products and will be judged on two equally weighted criteria: Creative use of materials and overall appearance. The three contestants with the highest overall scores will receive the following prizes:
- Grand prize: $1,000 Visa gift card, plus a one-year paid membership to NADRA ($350 value)
- Second prize: $500 Visa gift card
- Third prize: $250 Visa gift card
Winners will be selected in October, and contest submissions will be shared through the contest entry page at http://www.deckorators.com/bestdeckcontest/ .
To be eligible, the deck must:
- Incorporate Deckorators products (which can be seen at www.deckorators.com/products), and
- Not have been entered in previous Best Deck competitions.
Contestants may enter multiple decks. For full contest details or to submit an entry, visit: www.deckorators.com/
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Deckorators originated the metal baluster category and now offers an extensive array of deck products, including glass balusters, railing, post caps, lighting and deck accessories. The brand is part of Universal Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products (www.ufpi.com).