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**** For Immediate Release ****

Duradek Introduces the Natural Choice for Deck Surfaces with
Duradek Ultra Legacy PEBBLE BEACH

Surrey, BC- March 11, 2015-Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane expands its response to market demands for naturally inspired textures and

Legacy - Pebble Beach Vinyl

colours for outdoor living space in its latest addition to the LEGACY line with the all-new “Pebble Beach”designer aggregate pebble look in a 60 mil vinyl membrane.

 Inspired by Nature…

Designed to Withstand It

Duradek, the most trusted brand of pedestrian traffic waterproof membranes has perfected the  trend of a natural stone look on low maintenance vinyl outdoor walking surfaces by introducing Pebble Beach, the latest addition to the ‘Legacy’ line of PVC membranes.

Pebble Beach brings a remarkable aggregate pebble appearance to outdoor spaces in a simple, one-step application while maintaining the reliable, low maintenance waterproof protection you have come to rely on from Duradek.

 

 

 

About DuradekDuradek is the premier walkable waterproofing membrane for decks and flat roofs. After 40 years of leading our niche industry, Duradek continues to set the bar from coast to coast for superior product and installation techniques for the specialty trade of deck waterproofing. Duradek is installed exclusively by trained and authorized applicators.

www.duradek.com

 

Duradek – A Legacy of Leadership 

For high resolution images from full press release, contact:

Duradek Marketing Manager

Jennifer Ogilvie Brackett

jennifer@duradek.com

Duradek Canada Ltd.

8288 129 Street, Surrey, BC  V3W 0A6

duradek@duradek.com

1-866-591-5594

Duradek U.S. Inc.

1722 Iron Street, N. Kansas City, MO  64116

duradekus@duradek.com

1-800-338-3568

 

At last…spring should be in the air for our next NADRA meeting. I am excited for the line-up we have for the entire year and this event is no exception. As we all know choosing the right products to use on an outdoor project is criterial, John Paulin with Tailored Wood will be talking about how to choose some of those products: from wood -to- connectors and fasteners and everything in between. Thank you, Tailored Wood for your sponsorship- we look forward to learning about your company!

We are also excited about April’s Keynote speaker, Elyse Jordan from Houzz. As we all know, Houzz is a huge influencer on design and techniques in our industry. Join us to learn how Houzz can help you and your business by attending our 2nd meeting of the year We look forward to seeing everyone!

When:

Tuesday April 21, 2015 from 6:30 PM
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Where:

The Ivy Buckhead
3717 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 3034

 

 

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
NADRA Atlanta board and President, James Gunning

 

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NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap      

February 2015

The year started off with a successful meeting this February despite power outages and ice storms in the area with the first Atlanta NADRA chapter meeting of 2015 on February 17th held at the Ivy in Buckhead.  There were 36 members and guests in attendance. Thank you Nyloboard and Joey Matthews for sponsoring this meeting!

During the meeting we caught up on the minutes from the last two meetings due to postponing minutes in December at our Christmas Dinner.  We were able to get an update from some exciting things going on at our National level from national board member Bobby Parks.  Time was spent discussing our upcoming chapter meeting schedule for the year and planning for our Deck for a Soldier project as well as our first annual Golf Tournament.  Joey Matthews will be chairing the build for Deck for a Soldier and is currently looking for an optimal candidate that we can serve.  Mike Reasons gave a brief overview of the details for the golf tournament on June 15th at Brookfield Country Club.  Currently we are looking for hole sponsors from vendors and companies who want to participate.  This will be our main fundraising effort for 2015.

Financial Progress as of 1/31/15:

  • Income: $0
  • Expenses: $600.20
  • Balance: $3104.79

A special thanks to Joey Matthews of Nyloboard for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Joey gave an interesting presentation on the history of the company as well as what makes Nyloboard unique in the market of alternative decking.  He also reviewed the product line and its features and benefits.

Brian Pierce of Catalyst Wealth management gave a very practical presentation of some helpful financial tools.  He was able to speak to some key action items that each of us should be doing with our financial plans and ways to set our business and family up for success.  He also provided leave behind material and some takeaways to follow up on.

Our next meeting will be held on:

  • Tuesday – April the 21st at the Ivey  in Buckhead.
  • Our sponsor for the meeting is Tailorwood and our guest speaker will be from Houzz.

Respectfully Submitted,

James Gunning

Chapter President

 

For Immediate Release

East Coast Cable Solutions Receives US Patent on Vertebrace Support Posts

Save Time, Simplify Deck Installations, Get Off the Job Faster.

Thurmont, MD  February 5, 2015 – East Coast Cable Solutions a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum cable railing systems, recently received patent approval from the United States Patent Office (US20140299829 A1) for its innovative “Vertebrace” Support Post. Designed to save time on deck installations using composite or PVC sleeves and traditional wood posts.

The Vertebrace replaces the wood post with an aluminum post with pre-threaded receivers for most cable railing hardware—saving a great deal of time by eliminating the drilling required on wood posts. Installation is easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Fasten Vertebrace Supports
  2. Cover with your composite shell & connect handrail
  3. Fasten & tension cables                                                                                   

“General contractors and custom deck builders will love the ease of installing the Vertebrace over traditional wood posts. They will also love how much they save on labor by getting their sub-contractor or crew off the job a day or more earlier.” –JR Garcia, Director Sales & Marketing, East Coast Cable Solutions.

Based in Thurmont, Maryland, East Coast Cable Solutions is an innovative manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum deck & stair cable railing systems since 2009. Learn more at www.eastcoastcablesolutions.com #IBSVegas

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

JR Garcia, Director Sales & Marketing

East Coast Cable Solutions

(240) 288-8050 jr@eccsolution.com

As we are nearing the end of this cold and snowy winter, we are all frantically gearing up for business to boom come springtime.  Showrooms are taking shape, crews are being prepped and trained, and home-show displays are looking good and getting a lot of action. If you are not yet a member of NADRA, now if a great time to invest in your business and in the industry. Join NADRA. Display the NADRA logo. Print and pass out the benefits flyers at your shows. Talk about Deck Safety Month.® Print and frame the NADRA Code of Ethics, or even add it to your portfolio. Set yourself apart!

If you want to learn more about NADRA, whether you are a current member or on the fence to join; reach out to us. Your team at NADRA Headquarters lives and breathes this association and the industry it serves every. single. day.

At your service,

Michael Beaudry
NADRA Executive Vice President 
Direct: 215.679.4884
 
 
 

January 14th, 2015

From the President:

On Tuesday night Jan 13th I opened the meeting welcoming everyone back with the hopes that all attendees had a wonderful Holiday and a happy New Year. I was extremely pleased that we had a very healthy turn out for the first meeting of 2015. We had a wonderful blend of attendees.

After we all introduced ourselves I reminded everyone whom our past sponsors had been in late 2014 and that it is our responsibility as a chapter to support the products that sponsor our meetings. Following that reminder our NJ Chapter Secretary, Judy,  followed up on the minutes from our last meeting and the Chapter Treasurer, Gus, reported on our financials. Some of the members had some good questions about our budget and they asked about our intent with the budget. Gus explained the need to cover the costs of some events and that we need to continue to grow our budget so in the future we could potentially look at events or promotional ideas for the chapter. Some of the members suggested we look to invest in some small social media like Facebook. A motion was made to invest in utilizing Facebook to help promote our Chapter. Everyone felt this was a great idea for the Chapter. We all feel the need to continue to make more of a presence. As NADRA some progress has been made but we need to continue to strive forward and grow.

After Gus had updated everyone on the financial aspect of the Chapter I introduced Vinnie C. from Admiral Spacemaker. He was the Sponsor of the meeting. Joining him was a fellow NADRA member, Dave Lombardo from MD. Vinnie launched into his presentation explaining the benefit of Admiral Spacemaker and Dave added to the presentation by discussing some of the installs he had completed over the last few months. All levels of the channel had excellent questions. They seemed excited to see a new concept in the market. Some of the builders had great questions as it related to install techniques, which Dave was happy to answer.

On the heels of Vinnie’s presentation we had our guest speaker Michael Beaudry from NADRA HQ explain to the group all of the tools that NADRA offers. He expressed how pleased he was with our participation with the Deck for a Soldier®  program. On a local level, he suggested we get more involved with Deck Safety Month® . He reminded everyone about the deck certification course and reminded all attendees that NADRA had just completed the deck certification course with a good number of home inspectors. He explained that all of those inspectors will be looking for NADRA deck builders as decks need to be replaced. It was refreshing to be reminded of all the wonderful marketing tools that NADRA really offers and in the future we should always consider adding the NADRA logo to our business cards, letter head, etc. We need to continue to raise awareness wherever we can. For the retailers he made a wonderful suggestion by reminding them they should post the deck safety checklist for homeowners and contractors to see at their locations.

Our committee updates went very well. We discussed the upcoming deck awards and reminded everyone to please register and get projects submitted and by a show of hands I asked who might be supporting the awards by submitting projects. All of the builders agreed to participate and then Judy in turn asked about sponsorship and asked the manufacturers/distributors and dealers to please get their sponsorship forms filled out and turned in. Everyone is excited about the event and it looks to me like we will get some good participation. Gus and Bruce spent some time reviewing our recent Deck for Hope project and how well it went and how much we appreciated many of the manufacturer reps stepping up in addition to our builders. Bruce read off a beautiful email that we got from Jack M.- the project coordinator for Homes for Our Troops. He really appreciates what we are doing in trying to give back. Feeling humbled, I reminded the group how it has made me feel so much gratitude for being part of the NADRA organization. Tina from MRS did a very professional report on some fun events we will look to do based on surveys she had taken months back. As part of the location committee she mentioned we all agreed to keep our meetings at the same place for sake of consistency.

After our committee updates I again thanked all in attendance and again thanked our sponsor and our guest speaker. Overall, an awesome meeting with great content and great participation by all attendees!

Lainie Sleppin

NADRA NJ Chapter President

N E W S   R E L E A S E

DATE:                        January 19, 2015

CONTACT:               Jim Groff, 717.852.4842, jcgroff@wolfleader.com

 

WOLF EXPANDS AVAILABILITY OF BUILDERS MARK CABINETS, ADDS PAINTED WHITE FINISH

Value-price cabinet line offers kitchen-at-a-time delivery in just 14 days

 (York, Pa.) — WOLF Home Products today announced it will add a Painted White finish to the three existing colors in its Builders Mark line of cabinets. The new finish was added in response to market demand and dealer requests.

WOLF also announced it would expand the service area for Builders Mark cabinets, based on rising demand for the popular value-priced line. The new Painted White finish will be available in 28 eastern, mid-western and southern states. All four of the line’s finishes will be available in the original Builders Mark service area, which includes 11 southern states.

WOLF is the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products along the East Coast.

Builders Mark Cabinets combine competitive pricing with durability, providing superior value for light commercial, multifamily and price-sensitive projects. WOLF created Builders Mark to provide a reliable U.S.-made alternative to cabinets manufactured overseas.

One huge advantage:  customers can order Builders Mark Cabinets by the truckload or kitchen-at-a-time, and receive them in 14 business days or less. Like all WOLF Home Products, Builders Mark Cabinets are available only from independent dealers.

Key features of all Builders Mark Cabinets:

  • Solid maple face frames with 1/2″ industrial grade furniture board to provide strength and stability
  • Four colors: Harvest Brown, Espresso, Auburn and new Painted White
  • Durable finish that resists scratches, dents and dings
  • Fully adjustable 1/2″ shelves and fully concealed self-closing hinges

WOLF’s expansion of Builders Mark Cabinets is the latest step in a major strategic shift that began in 2010. That year, WOLF began the transition from a traditional two-step distributor to a sourcing company that focuses on identifying or developing products designed solely to meet the needs of independent dealers.  Today, WOLF delivers products and programs to more than 3,000 pro dealers across 33 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 33 states.  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.

 

Yesterday, January 6th, 2015, NADRA certified 31 ASHI Home Inspectors. If each inspector checks roughly 6 decks per week, 52 weeks in a year- we estimate 9,672 decks will be properly inspected in 2015 from this first class. What’s more, is that now these highly regarded class attendees spent all day with NADRA. They know more about our mission, and what we have been working towards for 10 years. We told them about the professionalism of a NADRA builder. We told them about the “Find a Builder” section of the NADRA website. So now, you have 31 inspectors in your corner. Meetings are happening all day today planning 2015 and beyond. Imagine the difference we can make through this critical certification program?

Here is a little more about the course:

Part One will cover the Existing Structure. The features on the exterior of a house, such as windows, overhead cables and dryer vents require certain considerations when in proximity to a deck or other walking surface.  Numerous building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems must be considered when judging how effectively a deck works with a home.
Part Two will allow the home inspector the opportunity to assess the safety issues of a deck by employing the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist.

After the program, the home inspector will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more.

  • Stairs
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists, Joist Connections and Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware and material corrosion
Interested in attending a future session? We don’t have dates and locations nailed down yet, but send us an email to Info@NADRA.org and we will reach out to you once we have more information.
The New Jersey Chapter of NADRA does it again!!!
Last week our members in New Jersey got together to help a young man (18 years old Mike Nichols) who was severely injured during an Ice Hockey game his senior year in high school.

A little about Mike: “Each day he continues to make progress, not only for himself, but for others as he uses his story to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and as an advocate for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s “Big Idea” campaign in support of epidural stimulation research. “I think the more important goal other than being able to walk or skate or do the things I love to do is helping others who are paralyzed, not only those who are paralyzed, but who are handicapped or disabled,” Mike said. “I know firsthand how difficult it is to live this way. I want to make a difference so that one day there is a world without wheelchairs. I hope to god before I die I can see that happen.

Follow Nichols recovery at mikeystrong23.org and facebook.com/prayformikey23  -Read full article HERE

About the Build: 

This is a special message from your NJ “Deck for a Soldier’ committee members.  We just wanted to let our entire chapter know that the “Deck for Hope” project that a lot of us worked on was a complete success.  This was an easier project including a small deck and a 27′ long ramp to help the recipient gain access to his house.  To the best of our knowledge most of the pressure treated wood materials that we built this deck from were either previously donated or purchased by the family, so we just needed the basic hardware and fasteners.  The project lasted just two and a half days and we must thank a few parties for this quick success.  First there was Jack McNaboe who brought this project to our attention through Jen Sheridan of Phoenix Mfg..  Next we must thank the Monroe Township Football Team for digging the footing holes and then mixing and pouring the concrete in them under the supervision of Jack McNaboe.  The next person who we all must thank was our most crucial person on the front line, the builder who took the lead role on this project, Gustavo delaCruz.  Thank you so much for all of your time and dedication to this project and our NJ Chapter of NADRA.  The next time you see Gustavo, be sure to thank him for everything he did to pull this project together, lead the project while physically working on it as well.  The recipient is an 18 year old boy who was very seriously injured playing ice hockey with his high school team and is now a quadriplegic.  He just completed high school last spring.  He and his parents were so very grateful for our help on this project and expressed it every time we saw them.
Following is a list of Manufacturers who we must thank for their very generous contributions:
  • FastenMaster
  • Simpson Strong-Tie
  • Starborn Industries
Following are the Lumberyards who also made generous contributions:
  • Abbe Lumber
  • Excelsior Lumber
Last but not least are the builders and manufacturer’s reps. who took time out of their busy schedules to help on this build:
  • Gustavo delaCruz – Barrett Outdoors - Team Leader,  Deck for a Soldier Committee Member
  • Bryan Hess – FastenMaster
  • Jeff Mekelburg – FastenMaster
  • Tom O’Rourke – Phoenix Mfg.
  • Pete Miller – Mid State Lumber
  • Dave Ondich – Regal Ideas
  • Bill Lecorchick – Legends Built
  • Lainie Sleppin – LBM Solutions
  • Tim Schlosser – Trex
  • Rick Fennelly – My Deck
  • Jonathan Lascelle – My Deck
  • Jeff Wilkins – CPG, AZEK – TimberTech
  • Alan Bensen – CPG, AZEK – TimberTech
  • Michael Ryan – CPG, AZEK – TimberTech
  • Dan Miles – Miles Decks
  • Kenny Rauber – Parksite
  • Bruce Verblaauw – C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC, Deck for a Soldier Committee Member
A special Thank you goes out to those individuals who donated several days to this project.  Without your generosity this project would not have been completed so quickly!

For Further Information Contact:

Media Relations – David R. Hansen – 713.960.9111

Investor Relations – Steve Bender – 713.960.9111

North American Deck and Railing Association Elects Westech National Sales Manager John F. Burkhart to Board of Directors

HOUSTON, TX, [date], 2014 – Members of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) unanimously elected John F. Burkhart, National Sales Manager for Westech Building Products, to the NADRA Board of Directors. The election at the recent 2014 NADRA Annual Meeting marked the start of Burkhart’s three-year term. The NADRA board manages the business, property and affairs of the association in support of the NADRA mission to promote and grow the deck and railing industry.

Burkhart has over 18 years of fabrication and sales experience in the railing, and deck industry. He’s been with Westech for 14 years, first serving as the northeast regional sales representative, growing that market by $12 million. He became National Sales Manager in early 2009 and expanded Westech’s reach beyond fencing and into the Lumber and Building Material (LBM) market. In 2013 Burkart added Service Manager to his responsibilities, overseeing all facets of customer service. Burkhart has also been instrumental in Westech’s introduction of the TruGrain™ made with Resysta® line of bio-based building material profiles, introduced at the recent DeckExpo show.

Renee Havrilla, General Manager for Westech, strongly supports Burkhart’s election to the NADRA Board. “I especially appreciate NADRA’s focus on the consumer,” Havrilla said. “Building and life safety codes are becoming more important as Americans are spending more time outdoors, and it should go unsaid that safety must be paramount in manufacturing. John understands what is important to communicate between manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers, and he will be a great advocate for everyone’s best interests.”

About Westech

Westech Building Products, a Westlake company (NYSE: WLK), is a leading producer of fence, deck, rail, siding, window and door profiles servicing North America and export markets from headquarters in Houston, TX. For more information, visit westechbp.com

About NADRA

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is the voice of the deck & railing industry promoting national Deck Safety Month, helping guide code writing and regulations with ICC and sponsoring DECK EXPO, the premiere trade event for the deck, dock, and railing industry.

DISCLAIMER:

All sales of Westech fence, deck and railing products are subject to Westech Building Products, Inc.’s standard terms and conditions of sale which are available upon request. Westech Building Products, Inc. makes no other warranty, express or implied, including but not limited to any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose. Westech and the Westech logo are registered trademarks of Westech Building Products, Inc.

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