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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


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.


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.


Hanley Wood Agrees to Sell Exhibitions Business to Informa 

Parties to Enter Into Long-Term Partnership Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2014 – Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries, announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Hanley Wood Exhibitions business to Informa PLC, a UK-based publishing and events company that operates in more than 40 countries and is one of the world’s leading knowledge providers. The sale is subject to customary regulatory review and is expected to close by the end of 2014. Upon the closing of the transaction, the Exhibitions business will be rebranded Informa Exhibitions US and will maintain its headquarters in Irving, TX under the continued leadership of Rick McConnell as President, Informa Exhibitions US, Construction and Real Estate.

“Since 2000, Hanley Wood Exhibitions has led the industry as a best-in-class producer of tremendously vital and successful events,” said Peter Goldstone, Hanley Wood’s Chief Executive Officer. “Informa recognized the power and value of the trade show business we’ve built over the years. Informa has an exciting, long-term strategic vision for the Exhibitions business and how it fits within its international operations and its existing portfolio of construction and real estate events. It will be a great home for its customers and employees.”

Mr. Goldstone added, “Part of the reason that Informa was interested in this transaction was the excellence of the management team and employees, and I personally want to thank all the outstanding employees of Hanley Wood Exhibitions for their dedication and hard work for so many years. I have cherished working with them during these past few years, and I offer my heartfelt appreciation and best wishes for the future.”

“We are very excited about the addition of such an outstanding trade show business,” said Stephen A. Carter, Group Chief Executive of Informa. “This is a terrific portfolio of leading construction exhibition brands that will become a key component of our Global Exhibitions Division. In combination with other recent acquisitions, we have significantly strengthened our presence in the U.S., demonstrating our commitment to the sector and the region.”

Hanley Wood and Informa PLC will enter into a long-term partnership agreement under which Hanley Wood will continue to provide editorial and marketing support for Exhibitions events. “This partnership agreement will allow Hanley Wood Media to maintain its role as the official media and information provider to the various events we have supported for many years,” said Goldstone. “At the same time, our shared customers, business partners and attendees will benefit from the continued collaboration between the two companies.”

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood is the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Utilizing the largest editorial- and analytics-driven construction market database, the company produces powerful market data and insights; award-winning publications, newsletters and websites; marquee trade shows and executive events; and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit www.hanleywood.com.

About Informa PLC

Informa operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information economy. It is one of the world’s leading business intelligence, knowledge and events businesses with more than 6,000 employees in over 100 offices across 25 countries. To learn more, visit www.Informa.com.

According to the Principia data, demand for residential exterior railing in North America is about $2 billion (manufacturer gate pricing) and is forecast to grow about
12% to $2.3 billion in 2016. Wood railing continues to dominate the category, but low maintenance products such as composites, PVC, and powder-coated metal railing will take market share from wood as the economy improves and more consumers opt to upgrade railing to low maintenance materials.

Other trends detailed in the report includes the growth and regional market penetration of wood, metal and plastic railing systems. The reports will also give details on the market share of mixed material railing systems and various infill such as aluminum balusters, iron/steel balusters, cable and glass panels. Homeowner, contractor, dealer and distributor feedback on DIY trends, railing SKU proliferation and special order railing sales, lighting, and much more will also be covered in the reports.
Reports are exclusively offered by NADRA and member companies receive a significant discount. A portion of revenues directly benefits NADRA.
Why Subscribe? Regional residential exterior railing reports are the premier resource for executives involved in business planning at companies in, or planning participation in, the railing business. Whether your company is a regional or national manufacturer, distributor, retailer or contractor, you can now have access to the information that fits your needs and budget.
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DATE:  November 11, 2014
CONTACT:  Jim Groff, 717.852.4842


Company also introduces enhancements to entire cabinet line

  (York, Pa.)WOLF Home Products today announced the addition of a new door style for its WOLF Classic Cabinet line: the York door in painted white.  WOLF is the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products along the East Coast.

The York door is a transitional design, blending traditional and contemporary design features, broadening its appeal to a variety of design tastes.  The York Door was developed specifically to meet a marketplace need, with input from more than 150 designers and customers. The York door features:

  • Decorative flat panel
  • 5-piece drawer head
  • Full overlay
  • Wood dovetailed drawer
  • Real American maple doors
  • Soft-close door/drawer
  • Full extension, undermount glides
  • MDF center panel

WOLF Classic Cabinets —introduced in 2011 —are made in the United States from hand-selected American maple, and were created to offer higher quality and faster delivery than cabinets built overseas.  Noteworthy recent additions to the Classic Cabinet line include:

  • U.S.-made Grass® drawer glides and door hinges
  • Post catalytic paint finish that resists dings and scratches
  • Stronger miter joints

WOLF developed the Classic Cabinets line as part of a major strategic shift that began in 2010, when 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 develops products and programs that enable 3,000 pro dealers across 33 states. For more information, visit the WOLF Home Products website.

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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 state.   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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

Contact:  Elizabeth Bacheson

Deceuninck North America’s Booth Featuring Clubhouse Decking and Railing Named Best Booth Award Winner at DeckExpo 2014

Island Booth Took Top Honors in category at annual Decking and Remodeling Show

Deceuninck North America, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality systems for windows, doors and outdoor living, was recognized as a Best Booth Award Winner (Island Booth: 400 sq. ft. and up) at the DeckExpo/Remodeling Show/JLC LIVE, held Oct. 22-24 in Baltimore. The booth showcased the company’s new lighting, baluster and curved rail products for Clubhouse Decking and Railing. It was built by Clubhouse Decking and Railing customer Alvin Smith of Hickory Dickory Decks based in Bangor, ME.

“We are excited that our innovative approach to creating unique outdoor living spaces was recognized at this year’s show by attendees, who voted on the winning booth,” said Filip Geeraert, president and CEO of Deceuninck North America. “Our booth was designed to showcase many of the new options for our Clubhouse Decking products and to engage show attendees with its island configuration. Alvin Smith of Hickory Dickory Decks did an amazing job creating the deck for the booth and we are honored that it was among the Best Booth Award Winners at this important show for residential construction professionals.”

New to DeckExpo 2014, the Best Booth Program was created to engage attendees and inspire a culture of exhibiting excellence. Exhibitors were judged on exhibit presentation, product presentation and exhibitor participation and voted on by event attendees (via text message).  The award categories include:  Island Booth (400 square feet and up); Linear Booth (100 square feet – 300 square feet); and Honorable Mention.

Deceuninck North America’s Clubhouse Decking is 100-percent PVC and contains no wood or wood fillers. It is formulated to be up to 25-percent lighter than most wood and composites, and its dense cell structure offers superior strength and solid underfoot feel with Deceuninck’s Korelite™ technology. Korelite also helps to keep moisture out and reduces the opportunity for degradation from mold, mildew, freezing and thawing. SunShield® technology helps protect Clubhouse from the harsh effects of the sun, including UV resistance and fade protection, resistance to cracking and brittleness, and surface degradation. Clubhouse Decking is 100-percent recyclable and does not require painting or staining. It features a limited lifetime warranty with 25-year fade and stain protection backed by Deceuninck.

Deceuninck’s Clubhouse Elite Railing System is engineered to be longer-lasting than painted wood and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty with 25-year fade and stain coverage. It is 100- percent recyclable, and the low-maintenance nature of the product means no chemical cleaning, painting or staining is necessary. Available in white, walnut and black, Elite Railing’s low-gloss, low-maintenance finish means that the product never needs to be painted. For extra protection, SunShield is also included.

About Deceuninck

Deceuninck North America, LLC is part of the Deceuninck Group, an integrated global organization specializing in compounding, tool fabrication, design, development, extrusion, finishing of uPVC window systems and composite applications for the building industry. The company is active in more than 75 countries, and is supported by 2,700 personnel worldwide. In 2013, Deceuninck Group achieved consolidated sales of €536.5 million Euros worldwide (approximately $710 million USD).  In 2014, Deceuninck strengthened its top 3 market position through the acquisition of ‘Pimapen,’ the most recognized brand for PVC windows in Turkey adding approximately $75 million of annual sales.  (Turkey is Europe’s 2nd largest PVC window market.)  Deceuninck North America encompasses fully-integrated design, compounding, tooling, extrusion and quality assurance disciplines for the production of vinyl window and door systems and composite applications for the building industry at its corporate headquarters in Monroe, Ohio.  For more information, please visit www.DeceuninckNA.com

Screw Products, Inc. adds Holds-a-Bit, Screw Holder to its line 
New fastener accessories ideal for both professionals and serious DIYers (Photos and release may be found HERE)

GIG HARBOR, Wash. – In an effort to bring ease-of-use to market along with an ever-expanding
selection of fasteners, Screw Products, Inc. has introduced two new accessories to its line: the Holds-a-Bit and the Screw Holder.

The Holds-a-Bit bit holder can be used for drill bits, drivers, and tips, and can hold both round- and hex-shank bits of various sizes. The Holds-a-Bit can also be paired with Screw Products, Inc.’s color-coded bits, which help identify the needed drive size quickly and include 10 of the most common Star Drive bits needed to complete most jobs.

The Screw Holder, a transparent rubber sleeve that slides onto screwdrivers to hold a variety of screw sizes, was introduced to market this year following a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s designed with a tapered, ribbed head interior to keep screws straight and adjust to various screw-head sizes, while built-in ridges also ensure screws won’t shake out.

About Screw Products 
Screw Products, Inc. has been providing quality fasteners backed by customer service since 1999. Its extensive product line offers benefits such as a type 17 auger point, longer bit life, reduced splitting and they counter sink themselves. Orders ship out the same day they are received; for more information, visit Screw-Products.com or call (877) 844-8880. Screw Products Inc. products are available online and at retailers across the country.

November 10th, 2014 (For Immediate release) Simpsonville, South Carolina
DECKSTORE of South Carolina appoints new president.

Specialty LBM holdings and our subsidiaries including DECKSTORE of SC, are committed to competitive growth and excellence in the building materials industry and so it is with great pleasure to announce the addition of Mr. Richard Kahn to our team of professionals. Richard’s
responsibilities as President and General Manager will be to oversee the daily operations of our DECKSTORE business unit. His tasks include a redefined aggressive growth plan and implementation of new policies which we believe will take DECKSTORE to the next level of providing products and services to our customers in the southeast regional market and beyond.

Richard is a 30+ year professional in the wholesale and retail building materials industry and a fourth generation lumberman with humble roots dating back to the early 1900’s when his great-grandfather emigrated from Russia founding their family lumber business in New Jersey. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at S.U.N.Y., New Paltz, Richard carried on the family tradition working for 16 years in his family’s retail lumber business, Wood-Ply. The lumberyard featured a full line of building products including general framing materials, decking and hardwoods, and exotic marine products. Richard spent much of his time in the sales and management aspects of the business as well as implementing internet marketing. Continuing his
career, Richard joined Feldman Wood Products of Garden City Park, NY where he rose to the position of sales manager. There he added several successful product lines such as hardwoods and redwood products. Richard’s passion for building materials and commitment to customer service are his strong suits and make him a logical choice for the position here at DECKSTORE. He has a wife and one son who is currently on active duty in the US Army. His hobbies include fishing, riding his motorcycle, and monitoring the stock market. We could not be more pleased with our choice and Richard’s decision to join the team here at DECKSTORE.

David Elenbaum CEO / Specialty LBM Holdings of SC, LLC

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DATE: November 10, 2014
CONTACT: Jim Groff, 717.852.4842

 Sean French Joins WOLF as Outside Sales Consultant

(York, Pa.) –WOLF, the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products in 33 states, today announced the hiring of Sean French as the company’s newest building products outside sales consultant.  In his new role, French will be responsible for WOLF’s northeastern PA and Long Island sales territory.

French, formerly of Boston Cedar, Huttig and Black Millwork, brings over ten years of building industry sales experience to WOLF.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Sean’s experience and character join the WOLF team as we expand our building products sales penetration,” said Mike Sessinger, Senior Vice President of Sales.  “Sean represents another important step in our drive to bring superior products and services to dealers in the region.”

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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.


Hats off to everyone involved in our 10-year celebration!

To kick-off our 10th Anniversary Celebration NADRA members and guests joined us at Mountain Branch Golf Course for a day on the greens. Thank you to everyone that made it out! What a gorgeous, warm & sunny day we had!

NADRA hosted their 10-Year Anniversary Celebration at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. The Aquarium theatre was sold out with 250 guests. Attendees included NADRA Members from as far away as Ontario, Canada, Western Washington and even Australia! NADRA’s National Board and local Chapter Directors were in attendance along with National sponsors & of course, NADRA NJ and Atlanta Chapters filled the room with the usual competitive banter that we look forward to each year.

Bill Ross, NADRA’s President opened the awards ceremony for the evening. Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s executive Vice President introduced Shawn Miller, Immediate Past President and were masters of ceremony for the evening. Shawn presented a video testimonial where NADRA members shared their experience with NADRA and why they benefit from being involved. That video can be found HERE. Mike and Shawn presented NADRA’s annual Merit Awards to Bill Ross with Fiberon and Matt Breyer with Breyer Construction & The 2014 Terry Award was presented to David Elenbaum with DECKSTORE SC.

The National Deck Competition 3rd place, 2nd place and finally 1st place winners were all announced and presented with awards! More details and photos of 1st place winners can be found HERE


Our Basket Raffle winners were:

We would also like to take a moment to welcome and congratulate our 2014 / 2015 Board of Directors:

  1. Kirk Hammond – Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  2. Bob Lett –  Wolf Building Products
  3. Matt Breyer – Breyer Construction and Landscape, LLC – Secretary
  4. Bobby Parks – Peachtree Decks & Porches
  5. Rick Schumacher – LBM Journal
  6. John Burkhart – Westech Building Products, Inc.
  7. Heath Bowman – Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  8. Jim Miller – Screw Products, Inc.
  9. Brent Gwatney – AERT
  10. David Elenbaum – Deckstore SC
  11. Gus de la Cruz – Barrett Outdoors
  12. Carter Welch – Humboldt Redwood Company
  13. Bill Ross – Fiberon, Immediate Past President

More details along with 2nd and 3rd place Deck Competition winners will be announced later this week in news from NADRA.



 The TOH Top 100 Reveals the Must-Have Innovations of the Year

Green Bay, WI – This Old House named DuxxBak to its 4th annual “The TOH Top 100,” a list of the 100 best new home products of the year.  The editors spent months testing and examining thousands of products to find the most distinctive, helpful, and innovative new home products in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Building Products, Outdoor Living, Home Tech, and Finishing Touches. Featured in the November/December issue, each winning product is labeled with icons such as Money-Saver, Easy Upgrade, Eco-Friendly, Splurge, and Made in America.

“We are honored to be a part of this year’s “TOH Top 100” list. The past couple of years we have worked diligently at creating one of the newest and most innovative products in the alternative decking industry, and I truly believe we accomplished that,” says Green Bay Decking’s President, Lanny Jass.

Green Bay Decking introduced DuxxBak Decking in October 2013 at the annual DeckExpo. They received a significant amount of recognition from the industry and are confident that DuxxBak is the answer to many issues that homeowners face when creating a dream outdoor living space. DuxxBak can be used to create an additional outdoor living space or storage space. A couple additional applications would be to use a DuxxBak deck system to divert water away from building foundation and to protect the decking substructure from damaging water contact.

“Every year, there is an endless list of new home improvement products introduced to the marketplace. For the annual ‘The TOH Top 100’, we sift through them to identify the ones that will actually save our ten million readers time and money while enabling them to fix up their homes with greater ease and style,” says Editor Scott Omelianuk.

“The 2014 list is full of products that wowed us for their innovation and their ability to create breakthroughs in their categories,” adds Omelianuk. “We are confident that our readers will be as excited by them as we are.”

A complete list of “The TOH Top 100” can be found at www.ThisOldHouse.com/top100.

About Green Bay Decking, LLC:

Green Bay Decking is owned by a Green Bay, WI – based team of professionals with successful track records in operations, manufacturing, and distribution.  Our flagship products, GeoDeck, DuxxBak, TerrainDeck and GeoRail, are the result of extensive research and development.  These products are low maintenance, easy to install, and resistant to mold and decay.  Our decking and railing products are the best overall composite decking solution in the industry – with the science to prove it.  Our products are available across the United States and select cities in Canada.  For more information, please visit http://www.greenbaydecking.com.



Amanda Campos

Marketing Coordinator