AZEK® Building Products Partners with Huttig® Building Products-Dallas to Distribute Full Line of AZEK® and TimberTech® Brands

SKOKIE, Ill.July 17, 2018 -AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium outdoor products, announces a distribution partnership with Huttig Building Products – Dallas, TX. As one of America’s largest wholesale distributors for more than 130 years, Huttig will offer the full line of AZEK and TimberTech brand products to its extensive dealer network in Texas and Oklahoma.

“With extreme weather across the spectrum, including heat, damaging sun and hail, our dealers need great looking products that resist the elements and endure over time,” said Kevin Brennan, Huttig VP of Sales – West. “AZEK’s premium products are well-suited to the growing markets in Texas and Oklahoma, which are booming in many regions and undergoing extensive rebuilding in areas hit by Hurricane Harvey last summer,” he said.

According to Joe Ochoa, President, AZEK Building Products, Huttig is a recognized supply partner in the South-Central territory, known for introducing leading-edge products to dealers in this space. “We are excited to partner with Huttig to accelerate the growth of our great looking, low-maintenance AZEK and TimberTech deck, rail, and trim products in this region.”

With the industry’s largest nature-inspired color palette for decking and railing, along with AZEK Porch and AZEK Trim, AZEK Building Products is dedicated to manufacturing premium exterior solutions that stand up to harsh weather. AZEK features great looks with low-maintenance and the assurance of building code listings and unmatched warranties.

With a vast selection of some of the industry’s top building products and millwork, Huttig provides dealers with top-of-the-line products from the best supplier brands in the country with the services they need to make their business a success in a changing industry.

For more information about Huttig, visit www.huttig.com. To learn more about AZEK Building Products call 1-877-ASK –AZEK (275-2935) or visit www.azek.com.

About AZEK® Building Products:

AZEK Building Products, a division of The AZEK® Company, is a leader in the development of premium, low-maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, our product lines span AZEK® Deck, Rail, Trim, Moulding, Porch, Pavers, and Adhesives, as well as capped wood composite decking and railing under the TimberTech® name. Both brands, synonymous with quality and innovation and made in America, lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining entire product categories. For more information about AZEK, visit www.azek.com. For more information on TimberTech, visit www.timbertech.com.

About Huttig® Building Products, Inc

Huttig, currently in its 134th year of business, is one of the largest domestic distributors of millwork, building materials and wood products used principally in new residential construction and in-home improvement, remodeling and repair work. Huttig distributes its products through 27 distribution centers serving 41 states. Huttig’s wholesale distribution centers sell principally to building materials dealers, national buying groups, home centers and industrial users, including makers of manufactured home.

SOURCE AZEK Building Products

Barrette Announces DuraLife Acquisition

Barrette Outdoor Living Inc., a leading manufacturer in the outdoor living products industry, announces the acquisition of DuraLife™ decking and railing brands and assets from Integrity Composites LLC. DuraLife is a leading manufacturer of durable composite decking and railing systems. This strategic acquisition provides a natural extension of the category and allows Barrette to further expand their portfolio of product offerings by providing entry into the decking space.

BOL President, Jean desAutels, stated, “We are extremely excited about this acquisition and the opportunities it affords as it will both expand and differentiate our portfolio of products. Our companies are a good fit culturally, which better positions our business to continue its growth as a market leader in the outdoor living products category.”

According to Jim Poulin, National Sales Manager at Integrity Composites LLC, “The Barrette and DuraLife product lines are very complementary. This will allow for both companies to leverage people, equipment and ideas to expand the level and quality of products and services available to our customers.”

The DuraLife brand will remain unchanged and will continue to operate out of the existing Biddeford, Maine facility. Both companies anticipate the integration of the two will be nearly seamless for their customers and distribution partners.

For more information call Barrette Outdoor Living at 1-800-336-2383 or visit http://www.barretteoutdoorliving.com.

About Barrette Outdoor Living:
Barrette Outdoor Living is the North American leader in wood and vinyl fencing and vinyl and aluminum fence and railing manufacturing. Barrette produces and markets exterior home products under a variety of leading brand names through specialty retailers, home centers and lumberyards. The nearly 50-year old company employs 1900 workers in the United States and Canada and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The company is privately owned and operated by the third generation of the Barrette family. For more information about Barrette, call 1-800-336-2383 or visit http://www.barretteoutdoorliving.com.

About DuraLife Decking and Railing:
DuraLife operates a 100,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility in Biddeford, Maine and its products are sold throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information on DuraLife, or to find the nearest distributor, visit http://www.duralifedecking.com or call (800) 866-8101.

Community Spotlight: NADRA Member walks for suicide prevention

Community Spotlight: Member: Judy Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC –  Mahwah, NJ

On Saturday, June 16th, my daughter and I, along with a few friends participated in the AFSP Out of the Darkness Overnight walk. A special thank you to so many of our fellow NADRA members that have supported our efforts over the years. This year, we walked through the night to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.  This was our third year participating in this walk and it helps support my daughter with her personal struggles.  It is an amazing experience to hear the stories of others and to share our story.  This year, I believe that there were over 1700 walkers.  These walks are typically 16 – 20 miles long overnight through various big cities,  There is always an east coast walk and a west coast walk.  This year we walked through the streets of Philadelphia and others walked through the streets of Dallas, TX.  We have walked through New York City, Washington D.C. and I believe next year will be in Boston.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  Mission: Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide

To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies:

  • Fund scientific research
  • Offer educational programs for professionals
  • Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
  • Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
  • Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation
 AFSP has local chapters with events in all 50 states.

Thanks to Donors, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.  Learn more at afsp.org.

BlueTarp Financial Releases Its 2018 1st Quarter  Building Supply Index

Index continues to hit all-time high, but delinquencies remain elevated

PORTLAND, ME – May 21, 2018 – BlueTarp Financial – the leading credit management company for B2B suppliers – released its Q1 2018 Building Supply Index. The Q1 2018 12-month trailing average, which accounts for seasonality, hit an all-time high at 130.66, up from 128.84 in Q4 2017.  The unadjusted view also remained high at 125.67 – a 5.6% increase from Q1 2017.

To interpret the index, values below 100 reflect recessionary or recovering performance.  Values above 100 reflect healthy economic activity.

Consumer confidence continues to be the main driver for the elevated index level, with that measure seeing an 8% increase from this time last year.

As a supplement to the Building Supply Index, BlueTarp conducts a quarterly survey of its contractors to gauge sentiment on the current and future state of the economy. Sixty percent of respondents expect the next 12-months to be “somewhat” or “significantly” improved. They are encouraged by an increase in jobs and customer spend, driven by consumer confidence, as well as proposed tax breaks for businesses.

“It’s clear from the index and survey, business is good,” said Scott Simpson, president and CEO of BlueTarp. “I’m a broken record on this, but delinquencies remain hovering at a level where a disruption will trigger a new wave of bad debt – beware.”

The report represents trends from 120,000 pro customers and more than 2,000 building material suppliers across the United States. It also incorporates macro-economic drivers including: building permits, construction spend and consumer confidence as reported monthly by the Census Bureau and The Conference Board.

Learn more at BlueTarp.com, or send them an inquiry through their NADRA member profile page HERE

Subscribe to additional content here. 

About BlueTarp Financial

BlueTarp Financial is a B2B credit management company serving more than 2,000 suppliers since 1998. BlueTarp pays suppliers upfront for their sales and protects them from credit risk so they can fund the growth of their business. Suppliers can customize their program by choosing to manage customer interactions as they do today, or select a full service option where BlueTarp handles customer service and collections. They can also grow sales with options for up to 90 day terms, credit lines up to $1M, and a loyalty rewards program. Learn more at BlueTarp.com, or send them an inquiry through their NADRA member profile page HERE

Kati Glidden
Marketing Manager
207.797.5900 x 9312
kglidden@bluetarp.com

AZEK to acquire Versatex

Versatex, a Portfolio Company of Highlander Partners, Enters into a Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by The AZEK Company

DALLASMay 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Versatex Holdings, LLC , a leading manufacturer of cellular PVC building products serving both the new construction and renovation/remodel markets, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by The AZEK Company (“AZEK”).  Versatex’s management team will remain with the business and continue operations from its production facility in Aliquippa, PA.

Versatex, a Highlander investment since September 2014, is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-quality, branded exterior trim, sheet, mouldings and other innovative products with an expanding range of building applications.

Mark Blanchat, Chairman of Versatex and a Partner at Highlander, stated, “John Pace and his team have done a tremendous job growing Versatex and enhancing the business.  Versatex has continually grown in revenue and profitability while significantly expanding its salesforce and investing substantially in its production facility and capabilities.  The Company’s success has been achieved through strong leadership and superior management execution.  The team’s efforts have positioned the Company for greater future success, as cellular PVC building products continue to gain share from legacy wood-based offerings and achieve broader adoption in new geographies.”

Jeff L. Hull, Highlander’s President and Managing Partner and board member of Versatex, added, “We thank Versatex’s employees for their hard work in advancing the Company over the past four years, and wish John and his team the very best.  Versatex is an exceptional company and we are extremely proud to have been associated with it.”

John Pace, CEO of Versatex said, “We are excited to enter into this agreement with AZEK, which is an ideal partner for us.  Our companies have complementary strengths and a shared commitment to premium quality, customer service and product innovation.  We thank Highlander for its tremendous support and look forward to working together with AZEK to address the opportunities that alternative materials offer the building envelope market.”

Rothschild & Co.  is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Versatex in connection with this transaction.

About Highlander Partners
Highlander Partners, L.P. is a Dallas-based private investment firm with over $2.0 billion of assets under management. The firm focuses on making investments in businesses in targeted industries in which the principals of the firm have significant operating and investing experience, including basic manufacturing, food, chemicals, building materials, consumer products, and others. Highlander Partners uses a “buy and build” investment approach, creating value by helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions.  For more information, visit www.highlander-partners.com.

About Versatex Holdings LLC
Versatex manufactures and supplies cellular PVC building products. The Company’s products include trimboards, sheets, cornerboards, beadboards, skirtboards, wraps, beaded profiles, soffit systems, molding profiles, and finishing products. It markets and sells its products through distributors/dealers in the United States and Canada. The Company was founded in 2003 and is based in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. For more information about Versatex, please visit www.versatex.com.

SOURCE Highlander Partners, L.P.

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BUILDING PRODUCTS INC. IS NOW DISTRIBUTING TAMKO’S ENVISION DECKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ron Cook
Office:  (800) 641-4691, ext. 2245
Mobile: (417) 529-2390

Growing distributor recently expanded to Wisconsin market with new location

JOPLIN, MISSOURI – May 30, 2018 – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is proud to announce that Building Products Inc. (BPI) is distributing Envision® composite decking at their new branch in Watertown, Wisconsin, which was opened this year.

TAMKO’s Executive Vice President, Tim Whelan, says the longtime manufacturer is excited to join forces with BPI. “BPI is a high caliber distributor with an appreciation for the differentiated nature of our Envision product line. We are very pleased with their initial success in launching Envision in their markets and look forward to significant growth with them,” said Whelan.

J.J. Robson, General Manager of the BPI Iowa and Wisconsin Divisions, said, “We are excited about this new partnership between BPI and Envision Decking by TAMKO. With our recent expansion to Wisconsin, we were looking for a trusted decking solution to offer to our customers and we believe we found that with TAMKO.”

According to TAMKO’s Director of Decking Sales and Marketing, Shara Gamble, TAMKO aligns well with BPI in terms of company values like integrity and respect for individuals. “Knowing that BPI prides itself on responsible business operations that lead to meaningful relationships – practices which are also held in high-esteem by TAMKO – we are thrilled with this distribution agreement,” said Gamble.

James Gonzalez, General Manager of TAMKO’s Lamar, Missouri manufacturing plant where Envision® composite decking is made, said “Envision decking is crafted in the heartland of the USA by a team of honest, intelligent, hard-working, women and men who reflect TAMKO’s core values. With BPI’s appreciation for similar character traits, TAMKO’s decking team is enthusiastic for this venture.”

BPI recently opened a new branch in Wisconsin located in Watertown, which among other products, stocks TAMKO’s Envision® and EverGrain® composite decking products and will service the Green Bay area south of Chicago and the area west of Madison, Wisconsin.

Click here to download photos of TAMKO’s Envision composite decking.

 About Building Products Inc.

Building Products Inc. (BPI) is headquartered in Watertown, South Dakota. With branches in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin, BPI is a growing distributor of building products such as roofing, lumber, engineered wood, windows, exterior doors and millwork products. Maintaining a customer focus along with values of respect and dignity are top priorities for BPI. For more information, visit www.BPI.build.

About TAMKO Composite Lumber

From decking to railing, TAMKO’s composite lumber offerings provide homeowners with exceptional options to create a beautiful outdoor space where beautiful things happen. These offerings include Envision Distinction, Envision Inspiration, Envision Expression, EverGrain®, Marquee Railing® and TAM- RAIL®. For more information, visit our website at www.EnvisionDecking.com.

Note to editors and writers – The correct capitalization of the company name is TAMKO, due to the fact that it is an acronym.  The letters stand for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma – the company’s original trade area when founded in 1944.  TAMKO’s trade area is now all 50 states.

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dassoXTR partners with Boise Cascade, Woodinville

 

dasso is pleased to announce Boise Cascade in Woodinville, Washington as our new, authorized stocking distributor for all dassoXTR products.

Boise Cascade has a long history of servicing the needs of lumberyards and contractors in the Seattle market and we are proud to be partnering with Boise Cascade, Woodinville with our exterior fused bamboo products.

Please Note: dasso notifies Architects, Designers, and Remodelers that dasso has not merged with MOSO, is not doing business as MOSO, and is not selling product as or under the MOSO brand, including MOSO Bamboo X-treme, in the United States and Canada markets.  dassoXTR remains as the genuine brand of Fused Bamboo for Exterior Use.

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Hanley Wood Announced as Official Media Partner of the North American Deck and Railing Association

Hanley Wood Announced as Official Media Partner of the North American Deck and Railing Association

PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER and JLC named the official media brand of NADRA

Washington, DC – May 21, 2018 – 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 partnered with the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) as their official media partner.  Hanley Wood’s PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER and JLC have been named as the official media brands of NADRA.

The North American Deck and Railing Association membership is comprised of many of Hanley Wood’s audience segments including dedicated deck builders, remodeling contractors, builders, architects, home inspectors and others,” said Rick Strachan, President Hanley Wood’s Contractor Group. “Hanley Wood and NADRA share in the mission of addressing important issues facing the industry, like labor shortages and training, and we’re excited to be partnering with them on initiatives such as these.

“Hanley Wood is a leading publisher in our industry, and we are excited to continue working with them as we expand our interaction on their various platforms to share updates on code development, best practices, and industry innovations in backyard living and deck, dock, and porch construction,” said Matt Breyer, President of The North American Deck and Railing Association.

In addition to being named official media brand, PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER is supporting NADRA’s Deck Safety Ambassador Program as well as NADRA’s Deck Awards.  Hanley Wood will provide coverage of NADRA’s National Deck Awards in a special supplement of PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER, which will be circulated in both print and online through Hanley Wood’s network.

About the North American Deck and Railing Association

The mission of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers.  To learn more, visit NADRA.org

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood is the premier company serving the information, media, and marketing needs of the residential, commercial design and construction industry. Utilizing the largest analytics and editorially driven Construction Industry Database, the company provides business intelligence and data-driven services. The company produces award-winning media, high-profile executive events, and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit hanleywood.com

DECKING OUT A CONDO IN THE CITY BY THE BAY: AZEK BUILDING PRODUCTS

DECKING OUT A CONDO IN THE CITY BY THE BAY

It isn’t every day that Steven and Brucie Schneider, of San Rafael, California-based construction company Schneider Construction, are asked to build a deck on TOP of a building. Fortunately, when that does happen, which seems to be a new trend in the San Francisco area and beyond, they are more than up to the task.

Condo Rooftop in San Francisco

And that’s just the challenge the dynamic duo of Steve and Brucie recently faced when they were tasked with solving a condo association’s challenge of expanding a rooftop area that was once the site of a rotting, wooden deck. Keeping that deck failure in mind, they wanted to provide the owners with a low-maintenance and durable option for the new deck. The revamped outdoor space will serve as a common area for condo residents, while providing a gorgeous, bird’s eye view of the San Francisco skyline.

AZEK Deck on Condo Rooftop in San Francisco

Inspired by its rich color and superior durability, as well as its Class “A” flame spread rating, Steve and Brucie selected AZEK Deck’s Vintage Collection in Mahogany. According to Steve, they have worked with AZEK Deck for several years because of its aesthetic appeal and it’s easy to transport. They also really like it for roof top installations because it’s lightweight, won’t add unnecessary weight to the building and AZEK’s Vintage Collection carries the Class ‘A’ Flame spread rating, which many buildings in California require.

“We specifically chose AZEK Deck for the 10th Street Lofts because we wanted to create this space with materials that are sustainable and low maintenance,” Steve said. “The condo association and homeowners already dealt with a wood deck that needed to be replaced after only seven years. We knew that AZEK products would look beautiful, and are also engineered to last far longer than traditional wood decks. And AZEK Deck’s 30-year fade and stain warranty and limited lifetime warranty are major benefits to the homeowners.”

But first, in order to bring this project to life, the Schneiders had to figure out how to get all of the materials onto the rooftop since the interior elevator access wouldn’t accommodate the long lengths of decking. The solution? Use a heavy duty crane to hoist all the materials from a nearby parking area onto the residential rooftop. This coordination took a herculean effort from the builder, the city and nearby residents to ensure the project got off the ground without a hitch. Pun intended! Everything worked as they planned and they were soon off to the races!

For this project, Schneider’s team also had to develop a unique understructure solution for the decking that would fit the space constraints below the condo’s rooftop access doors. Steve engineered the one-of-a-kind deck support with steel to provide a stable base for the decking and railing.

In the end, the project was completed on time and offers a gorgeous view for residents to enjoy the San Francisco skyline – during the day or into the evening – and everyone is thrilled with the new low maintenance deck. But don’t just take our word for it. Watch the entire project unfold right before your eyes.Completed AZEK Rooftop Deck

NOTE: The Class “A” Flame Spread Index rating is based on results of testing per ASTM E84, recognized by the International Building Code (IBC) as a standard method for testing flame spread.

Learn more about AZEK.com 

Leadership: Have haters? You’re on to something!

Every great idea, and those who will implement them, will be faced with cynics, skeptics, doubters and critics. We have all heard those famous words, “That will never work” or “I don’t know why they are trying that?” This comes with the territory of change management, promoting a different way of thinking, challenging the norm and just being excellent in your field or craft.

So shoulders back, head up and charge forward into greatness! Haters have been around since the beginning of time. I know, it feels like they have recruited, organized and gained momentum over the years. However, as true leaders, we must see these things for what they are and never let their negative energies pull us into fear, self-doubt and/or negativity.

Here’s five quick things to consider when dealing with dream-crushers:

  1. Keep your dreams close to the vest until it’s time to spring it on them! Be careful how much you share about your intentions. This will add another layer of protection to those who will steal your idea, share your idea or begin the secret discrediting of your future plans.
  2. Let them fuel your focus! Discipline and focus will ensure that you don’t get off-course. You must believe in yourself and your work more than your haters disbelieve. If not, they win, and you lose 100% of the time! If you get weary, refuel by visualizing that your goal has already been achieved. The euphoric sense of winning will keep you going in the tough times!
  3. Distance yourself from negativity and find a tribe that will encourage you! Always remember that every negative and discouraging comment does not require a come back. Safeguard your sanity! Brush your shoulders off and align yourself with those who share positive thoughts and vibes. A tribe that will encourage you in good times and in bad times are worth their weight in gold.
  4. Let them be a ridiculous source of motivation for you! Always show your grit, not your sweat or discomfort! You are keenly aware of what you can do and what needs to be done. So go for it! Make it happen! Stay hydrated and motivated until you reach your final destination!
  5. Outsmart the naysayers and prove them wrong over and over again! They may talk louder than you or more than you, but that means nothing! A winner’s move is practiced, tested and calculated. When they go low, use what you know. There is a reason why you are on the cutting edge of something amazing. And here’s a little secret, your naysayers know it as well. That’s why they hate your idea, your passion, your purpose, your vision, your future opportunities and your potential!

Stay the course! Your haters are here to stay. Use them as a source of inspiration to take yourself, your teams and your organizations to the next level. You got this! I’ll be watching!

Kevin D. Jackson

The Positivity Guru – ThePositivityGuru.com