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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



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


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.
N E W S   R E L E A S E


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.