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Attention NADRA New Jersey Members! If you are a current NADRA member in good standing- you are eligible to nominate a fellow member or be selected as a nominee.

“Earning a seat on the NADRA NJ Board of Directors is not a right to be earned, but a privilege bestowed upon a NADRA member by their colleagues to allow you to serve them and the mission of NADRA.” This is a position held by an individual, not a company.  This position is not to be taken lightly. Please consider this before nominating a fellow member or yourself. 

If you stay in touch with NADRA Headquarters, then you are familiar with a little saying we have around here: “NADRA, doing things for the right reason… and having fun doing them!” We can’t do this without you! So, jump on board and start making a difference!

As our season is hitting full stride, hopefully you are able to utilize the contacts and skills you have acquired from being a part of this great organization.  I certainly know it has benefited me immensely over the last few years. 

With that being said, we are now accepting nominations for our NJ Board of Directors.  We will be voting on the nominations at our next meeting in May.  NADRA New Jersey Elections will be held May 20th, 2014.

The positions are all for a two year term:

  • Chapter President      
  • Chapter Vice-President
  • Chapter Treasurer
  • Chapter Secretary

If you would like to nominate a candidate for a board position, complete the attached form and send it in to HQ via fax, email scan or mail

Click HERE to download the 2014 NJ Team Leader Nomination Form. Nominations must be postmarked or faxed by the deadline of: Sunday, April 20th, 2014.

I was glad to serve as president fulfilling my commitment to our organization.  I have seen the good that has come to me being part of this chapter and was happy to give back by stepping up and serving on the board.  If you have similar feelings, please answer the calling and be part of a great team, you will not regret it, I promise. 

Thanks for everyone who took time to attend our last meeting and happy building!

Sincerely,

Dan Miles

NJ Chapter President

 

Rosario Ungaro is a NADRA Deck Builder, Artisan in the Greater Toronto area. Both Ross and his son Anthony were in a horrific car accident back on December 4th, 2013. Being a mom and pop operation, all on-going work and leads came to a halt. We all know too well what it’s like running a small operation. Their business, Benchmark Building Services, Inc. is undoubtedly suffering. Neither he or his son are able to follow up on leads or go on sales calls, giving them no choice but to pass up potential clients. Projects that started before the accident are yet to be completed. They are fortunate that clients have been so understanding and willing to wait a little while longer. However, they fear as the warm weather nears, their clients’ will demand work to be finished. Rosario and his son plan to start the interview process this week for potential carpenters to work with their team.  

We asked Ross for an update that we could share with you. Here it is:

“My son and I are humbled by everyone’s generosity and well wishes.  I have started therapy and with crutches and a brace on my left knee I am able to walk and tend to myself more.  As for me, I feel incredibly grateful and fortunate to be surrounded by such caring and giving family and friends.  Just when my spirits are low, one will call and lift my spirits and make my day, which has made these 4 months pass quicker.  When our colleague’s created the GoFundMe site, again, we were humbled with their incredible generosity. Thank you for all your effort and support.”

 

Rosario and his family have been helping others in his community his entire life. He has built decks and walkways for folks in need. Please help us help Rosario and his family. A small contribution from his fellow NADRA members along with the extended industry professionals receiving this message can help make a difference in this tough time. This could happen to any of us, please take a moment and make a contribution.” Mike Beaudry, Executive VP, NADRA.

NADRA, “Doing things for the right reasons and having fun doing them!” To make a contribution, please visit the GoFundMe site HERE or visit www.GoFundMe.org and search “Rosario Ungaro”

Ross is a highly regarded Deck Builder/Artisan in the Greater Toronto Area. He and Anthony were recently featured on HGTV’s “Deck Wars” Show (“The Ultimate Kids’ Deck”) . They also donated many days to help out the Marilyn Denis Show for a Mother’s Day makeover surprise, and a deck rebuild for the Goderich Tornado Assistance episode. The picture above shows them as part of the team that won the Best Booth Award in Construct Canada. They are proud members of NADRA, the North American Deck & Railing Association.

Cedar Siding Inc. to Distribute DuraLife™ Decking & Railing in Upper Midwest

Biddeford, ME (April 7th, 2014) Integrity Composites, the manufacturer of DuraLife™ Decking and Railing, announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Cedar Siding Inc. to distribute their products in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. “We are pleased to announce our distribution partnership with Cedar Siding.” noted Jim Poulin, the National Sales Manager for DuraLife™ Decking & Railing. He added, “Cedar Siding is known for its exceptional customer service,
knowledgeable sales staff, and for providing prompt delivery to its customer base. We look forward to working with CSI to expand our distribution capabilities in the upper Midwest region of the country.”
Shawn Enoch, Director of Sales & Marketing at Cedar Siding noted that “we are extremely excited to be a DuraLife decking and railing distributor. After researching and meeting with a several decking manufacturers over the last few
years, we believe we have found the best product possible to distribute. DuraLife is one of the best looking decking products on the market with a proven track record for durability and performance. It’s no wonder DuraLife is
recommended as the top composite decking by the top consumer products magazine in the U.S.”

 

Integrity Composites, LLC is a New England based manufacturer of composite decking, railing, and dock planks that are  sold under the DuraLife™ brand. DuraLife™ decking is a unique product in that it is manufactured from a polypropylene & hardwood composite material with a “capped” polypropylene surface that is highly resistant to everyday stains, fade, and wear. The company operates a 100,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility in Biddeford, Maine and its products are sold throughout the U.S. and internationally. Cedar Siding, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Rochelle, IL where it’s main distribution and pre-finish facilities are located. The company also operates distribution centers in Andover, MN and Elkhart, IN allowing for
distribution throughout most of the Midwest. CSI places a high value on customer service, relationships and delivering accurately and on time. Because of those values, they are celebrating 27 years in business.

 

For More Information Contact:
Mike Descoteaux
Marketing Manager
DuraLife Decking & Railing
mdescoteaux@duralifedecking.com
www.duralifedecking.com
207-571-0775

NADRA Carolina’s Chapter Formation Meeting on April 22nd, 2014 at 6:00pm

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Register HERE

Join us on April 22nd at 6:00pm for a cocktail hour and Chapter formation meeting for a NADRA Carolina’s Chapter. This is a FREE event.

WHEN

Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
Add to Calendar

WHERE

Jocks & Jills
4109 Southstream Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28217


Driving Directions

CONTACT

Keith Compton & NADRA Headquarters

Phone:  215.679.4884
Email: info@nadra.org

Speakers include:

  • NADRA Chapter & National Officers
  • NADRA Deck Builder Members from successful Atlanta Chapter

We are very excited about this chapter and we look forward to making this a successful venture for everyone involved. Please forward this email to anyone that you can think of that may be interested in being a part of NADRA Carolina’s.

Read More & Register HERE

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Caring for your deck

Author: Ms. Wood Warrior / Original Article can be found HERE on the AdvantageLumber.com BLOG

Mother Nature can take a toll on wooden decks. But, with proper cleaning and maintenance, your deck will last for many years. Here are some step-by-step instructions along and an excellent video demonstrating the best way to power wash your deck.

  1. Remove all items such as furniture, plants and carpets from your deck. Protect nearby shrubs and plantings from debris and spray by covering them with plastic sheeting.
  2. Remove dirt, pine needles, and all other debris — both on the surface and in between the deck boards.
  3. Clean the deck using Messmer’s Cleaner/Brightener that can be purchased online.  (Prior to using any deck cleaner, spot test it to make sure it will not stain your deck) It’s best to do this on a cloudy day when the decking is cool.  The cleaner can be applied with a roller, sprayer or stiff bristle brush.  For best results, keep the deck wet while applying cleaner. Allow the cleaner to work (about 20 mins – longer if deck is very dirty). Scrub deck thoroughly with a stiff bristled brush or spray with a power washer (CAUTION! CLICK HERE to see video on how to properly use a power washer). Rinse deck thoroughly with clean water.
  4. Allow the deck to dry for 48 hours.
  5. Smooth out all rough areas by sanding them with 120 grit sand paper on a round or orbital sander. Pad sanders leave bad scratch marks behind. Remove sawdust with your shop vac or by sweeping it away.
  6. Ipe Oil dries best on hardwood decks. Some sealers don’t dry properly because of the high density of hardwoods.
    • It is best to apply the sealer to the decking with a roller, covering up to four boards at a time. Brushes and small rollers should be used for railings, planters, and benches. Apply thin coats. After five minutes, wipe any excess sealer with a clean rag.
      • CAUTION: Ipe oil and other sealers have a low flash point and used rags can combust. Please dispose of your used rags properly.
Original Article can be found HERE on the AdvantageLumber.com BLOG
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The Builders Show rebound and how value will drive success in 2014

By Craig Danielson, WOLF

If you attended the 2014 International Builders Show, you saw what I saw:  a massive throng of attendees – 75,000 in all – milling around the Las Vegas Convention Center. HousingZone reported that IBS exhibitors filled 440,000 square feet of exhibit space – a huge 24% increase from last year’s total, 355,000 square feet.

There was optimism everywhere, but I noticed a much different tone to that optimism than I heard at the height of the building boom a decade or so ago.  Now, even with the market improving, dealers and contractors believe that consumers will focus on one key concept:  value. In fact, everywhere you looked in the exhibit hall, companies emphasized the notion of “value” through their product introductions and through their messaging.

Regardless of their price point, today’s homeowners seem to be more cautious (and why not, after the real estate collapse) – they want to be sure they’re getting value at a fair price and that they’re getting a return on their investment. In this environment, I believe high-quality products with competitive prices will enjoy the greatest success.

At WOLF, “value” is an idea we’ve built into every WOLF-branded product we’ve developed since 2010. But for us, the value proposition extends to every stop on the supply chain:  the dealer earns a fair profit, the contractor gets great service and support, and the homeowner gets a product they’re happy to have at a price they’re willing to pay. By working closely with our independent dealers, WOLF is able to create products that will succeed in today’s marketplace.

The experience I had at IBS reinforces WOLF’s focus on value in our product development, and provides a strong platform for growth in 2014 and beyond.

Read the original blog post from Wolf HERE

 

Deceuninck North America Partners with FP Supply Kansas City to Offer Clubhouse® PVC Decking and Elite Railing to its Customers

Monroe, OH – March 6, 2014 – Deceuninck North America, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality systems for windows, doors and outdoor living, is pleased to announce its partnership with Forest Products Supply Kansas City, a division of Forest Products Supply, a leading wholesale distributor of lumber and building materials in the Midwest. Deceuninck will work with Forest Products Supply Kansas City to offer Clubhouse® PVC Decking and Clubhouse Elite Railing to its customers in the Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri markets.

“As a large two-step distributor, Forest Products Supply has a deep history in servicing premium building products.  We are pleased to partner with them to enable more builders, contractors and homeowners to specify and order Clubhouse Decking and Railing products in the Kansas City area,” said Filip Geeraert, president and CEO of Deceuninck North America. “Clubhouse’s performance separates it from me-too products, enhancing the value proposition for those seeking to take their outdoor living space to the next level.”

“At Forest Products Supply Kansas City, we pride ourselves on providing quality products to our customers. By partnering with Deceuninck North America, we are pleased to offer Clubhouse Decking and Elite Railing to our customers,” said Mark Drone, general manager, Forest Product Supply Kansas City.  “Besides the obvious inventory benefits of having a dual-sided deck board, the product is more durable and better looking than other PVC brands.”

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 helps reduce 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 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, Clubhouse Elite Railing’s low-gloss, low-maintenance finish means that the product never needs to be painted.  For extra protection, Deceuninck North America’s exclusive SunShield® technology provides time-tested color retention with superior stain, mold and mildew resistance.

Clubhouse Deck & Rail has achieved code compliance with the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) for structural and product performance.

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, has 35 subsidiaries (production and/or sales), and is supported by nearly 3,000 personnel worldwide. In 2012, Deceuninck Group achieved consolidated sales of €556.9 million Euros worldwide (approximately $720 million USD).  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 visitwww.deceuninck-americas.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Karen Wong

Phone:  1.866.323.4766

Fax:  972.644.3720

Email:  karenw@thefortresscompany.com

OZCO Building Products Announces Distribution Relationship with California Cascade Industries 

Richardson, TX – March 6, 2014 – OZCO Building Products, a leading innovator of building products, announces its distribution relationship with California Cascade Industries, a progressive force in the building products distribution industry.  Its highly trained and knowledgeable staff focuses on bringing value to the market with innovative and unique products.

“We are excited to be working with California Cascade Industries because of their reputation of providing outstanding service, building lasting relationships and their unmatched commitment to their retailers,” said Ian Hill, General Manager of OZCO Building Products.

California Cascade Industries will distribute all product lines of OZCO Building Products out of their Sacramento, Woodland and Fontana locations.  OZCO Building Products’ offerings range from post anchors to error-proof wood stain for fences.  Its newest product line, Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT Hardware), has revolutionized the task of attaching timbers, posts, joists and beams with its ultra heavy but beautifully finished construction, which eliminates the need to conceal connection points.

“We anticipate much success joining forces with OZCO Building Products to bring quality and unique products that are not only huge improvements in a functional sense, but also enhance the overall look of projects” said Brian DeClusin, Product Manager of California Cascade Industries.

California Cascade can be reached at 1-800-339-6480 for inquiries regarding obtaining OZCO Building Products in the California, Nevada and Arizona market.

 

About OZCO Building Products

OZCO Building Products (www.OZCObp.com), manufacturer of innovative building products for Pergolas, Pavilions, Fences, Decks, and other building projects.  The product line is filled with nifty features; fresh designs and great engineering they appropriately call Building Breakthroughs.  OZCO continues to add new products reacting to its customers’ needs and feedback.  Their catalog and website are filled with great ideas and inspiration and are constantly changing and growing.  Their Building Breakthroughs video library is entertaining and provides a quick insight into many of the most notable products in the product line.

 

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For more information, please visit www.OZCObp.com or contact our customer service team via email at sales@ozcobp.com or via phone at 866-422-0751.