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Acclaimed deck builders and industry enthusiasts from around the world traveled to Nashville, TN for the Remodeling show, DeckExpo and JLC Live (RDJ) at the end of last month. NADRA held several events while in Nashville. Below is a recap from each exciting event.
NADRA CPAC Meeting: 10/25/17
The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with a simple, straightforward labeling program to assist in their product selection.
A recognized label will accompany easy to understand product performance measurements to educate consumers so they can make more knowledgeable product selections.
“This meeting was a great opportunity to discuss CPAC with a large audience of mfrs. Many misconceptions about the CPAC program were addressed. I hope everyone heard how CPAC makes sense and helps everyone improve sales, reduces friction costs and elevates the entire industry. ” says Committee Chair, Andrew Clements
The committee continues to work diligently; taking input from a range of supportive sources to drive the program to completion. You can review the slides on the presentation below from the annual meeting. For more information about CPAC and how you can get involved, please contact NADRA.
Annual Golf Tournament: 10/25/17
Thank you, Golf Sponsors:
The Winning Team:
- Chris Brown- EscueWood Preserving
- Matt Roughen- Lonza Wood Protection
- Vikki Pingle- Lonza
- Kirk Hammond- Lonza Wood Protection
Chris Brown took the win for both Longest Drive AND Closest to the Pin!
Rooftop on The Rocks – NADRA’s Welcome Party: 10/25/17
NADRA members and friends gathered for a casual get-together on the rooftop at The Westin hotel.
NADRA’s Booth at RIDIJ:
If you came by the NADRA booth, you’ll know about our first-ever scavenger hunt. The first 50 builder members to complete the NADRA scavenger hunt received this fantastic grab bag from our amazing sponsors! This was a great way to introduce our builder members to NADRA’s exhibiting members at the show. We plan to expand on this idea even more next year.
Annual Awards Dinner: 10/26/17
NADRA members and industry friends filled up the second level of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Nashville, TN… Everyone climbed the piano staircase to the second level to be greeted with custom lanyards and a cold Corona or frozen Margarita.
The night was made possible by NADRA member sponsors.
NADRA Platinum Sponsor, Bob Heidenreich – The Deck Store, spoke to the crowd for a moment. He chose a quote from Theodore Roosevelt.
Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” Theodore Roosevelt
Thank you, Bob!
More Highlights from the Night:
NADRA Annual Meeting:
This image below will take you to our powerpoint presentation via SlideShare:
2017 Recognition Awards were presented to:
- Rick Schumacher – for his dedication to the industry & association. thank you for your generous commitment of time and leadership!
- Bob Lett – Teamwork can be summed up in five short words… “We believe in each other.” Thank you for being part of the team!
- Chuck Bajnai – For his work in leading the Code Coalition
- Rick Vaughan – NADRA’s very first member to support our beloved Deck for a Soldier program (Est. 2007)
2017 Terry Award Winner:
- Kirk Hammond – For superior contributions to your industry association. Coming together is a beginning… keeping together is progress… working together is success.
NADRA’s 2017 Board of Directors:
- President: Kirk Hammond, Lonza Wood Protection
- Treasurer: Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
- Secretary: Bob Lett, Wolf Home Products – Outgoing
- Past-President: Bill Ross, Fiberon – Outgoing
- Rick Schumacher, LMB Journal – Outgoing
- Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC / Haven
- John Burkhart, JECS Demand
- Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC •
- Associate Director: Andrew Clements, Bright Claims WarrantyLink Solutions
NADRA’s 2018 Board of Directors:
- Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
- Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
- Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC / Haven
- John Burkhart, JECS Demand
- John Keller, Sequoia Supply
- Gary Converse, Koppers Performance Chemicals
- Vincent Carruba, Admiral Spacemaker
- Immediate Past-President, Kirk Hammond, Lonza Wood Protection
- Associate Director: Andrew Clements, Bright Claims WarrantyLink Solutions
Code & Education: Chairman: Matt Breyer.
250 NEW certified Inspectors through NADRA education!
Deck for a Soldier®: Chairman: Bruce Verblaauw / Committee: Joey Matthews, Vincent Carrubba, Michael Ryan and Rick Wooton
THIS PROGRAM IS A SMALL WAY OUR INDUSTRY CAN GIVE BACK TO THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN US SO MUCH … OUR FREEDOM!
- Active projects:
- Northeast – Active
- Minnesota – Happening now!!!
- Southeast – Actively looking for recipient
- Call to Action: We are now starting to request sponsors and material / labor pledges for the program. Please consider meeting with Bruce during the show to select your sponsorship level and / or to confirm your pledge.
CPAC: Consumer Product Awareness Charter: Chairman: Andrew Clements / Committee: Special Thanks: Brad Wear – NTA, Robert Rottin
ghaus – UFP, Barry John Davis – DPDS International, Ltd. , Gary Hobbs – AERT ,Paul Beaulieu – Green Bay Decking, Stan Hathorn – Royal / Westech
NADRA was selected by the industry at large to be the ambassador of this non profit consumer label program. NTA is the appointed administer who certifies participants to the NADRA Consumer Awareness Program. Check out the presentation via SlideShare to learn more about CPAC.
Shout-Outs! Speaker: Heather A. Marchand
There were a few folks that deserved a little bit of recognition. Shout-outs went to:
C. Verblaauw and Sons, LLC & Witt’s Woods and Greens: Two builder members who supported the events in Nashville at the sponsorship level. It means the world to NADRA to have support from all levels of the value chain. Thank you for your un-ending support of the association.
Women in the Industry: Where would we be without you? You know, the people that really get all the work done. The remarkable women in the industry deserve some special recognition.
Family Businesses: It’s not easy working in a family business. At NADRA HQ, we know this first hand! We appreciate your struggles, triumphs and passion for your family and this industry.
Georgia and New Jersey Members! Two of our most active regions in NADRA. Our foot soldiers… hosting several events per year from networking meetings to holiday parties and clay pigeon shooting events. Each region participates in at least one Deck for a Soldier® or Deck for a Hero® project each calendar year. NADRA wants you to know that we see your dedication and passion for NADRA and the industry we serve. Thank you!
International Focus for 2018:
“For the market to grow the key element is increasing consumer awareness of quality” The International objective of NADRA is to extend to the world the simple message that… The Objective: By extending the reach of the CPAC program we can extend the market potential for North American businesses. NADRA leads the deck and railing industry with highest quality professionals in all of North America, and the world.” Barry John Davis
2017 National Deck CompetitION
We are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 National Deck Competition! Thank you to all of our members who entered. We invite you to scroll, tag, comment and share these beautiful, national, award-winning projects from some of the best in the industry. Congratulations to all of our members & a special thank you to our sponsors. *Please click on each image to enlarge.
November 21st, 2017 UPDATE
Just a quick update as this Thanksgiving week winds down. One of the things that we should all be thankful about are the men and women who keep our great country safe. Please be sure to say a Thanksgiving prayer for all of our armed forces both home and abroad.
The Minnesota region has begun it’s Deck for a Soldier® project on a Veterans home. They have torn down the old deck and are getting ready to begin the build once permits are in order. They may still need a pledge of pressure treated lumber for the framing, so if you can help please click on this link or contact myself or Pat Noonan. We are also looking someone to pledge a plaque that would hang on or near this deck to acknowledge the NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program for donating the deck. Again, please click on the provided link or contact one of us.
The Northeastern region is currently drawing up the plans and will get the permit paperwork submitted in the near future. They are hoping to begin their build in January or February. Once this project gets closer we will be looking for pledges for this project as well.
I hope that you all are able to spend quality time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair
November 17th, 2017 UPDATE:
Day 1: Tear Down:
NADRA Members, Crossroads Remodeling headed to the site for day 1 of the Deck For a Soldier® Transitional Housing project in Minneapolis. Rick and his team has a huge heart for this program.
“Thank you NADRA, Pat Noonan and the other contributors for such an honorable program.” – Rick Wooton – Owner, Crossroads Remodeling
November 15th, 2017 UPDATE:
NADRA Members begin building a deck for Minnesota Alliance Council for Veterans (MACV)
Stay tuned for more updates.
November 2nd, 2017 UPDATE:
Minnesota Deck for a Soldier® Update: Several deck builders are getting ready to get the ball rolling on a Deck for a Soldier® build for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans at one of their Structured Independent Living Facilities. This is a non-profit organization that helps needy and homeless veterans get back on track. We are currently looking for material and labor pledges for this project. If you would like to become involved please click on the banner to make your pledge.
Once you fill out the pledge form we can pass your information on to the lead builder, Pat Noonan. It is important for you to fill out this pledge form so your information goes into the Deck for a Soldier® database. For those of you that pledge, please feel free to market the fact that you support NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. This can help you market your products while you help us market this great program. You can also find sponsorship opportunities on the pledge form at the bottom. Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause that is very near to all of our hearts!
NADRA National Deck for a Soldier Committee Chairman
For Immediate Release: October 25, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia
Dasso Group Issues Notice of Patent Infringement in U.S. Market
Dasso Group, a global manufacturer and distributor of bamboo flooring, has issued a Notice of Patent Infringement of its patented Fused Bamboo product, which is sold in the United States under Dasso’s XTR brand. According to the Notice of Patent Infringement, Dasso Group has learned that several former employees and outside sales representatives, including a major bamboo flooring distributor headquartered in the Netherlands, are involved and directly linked to the intentional infringement of Dasso Group’s U.S. Patent in violation of the U.S. Patent Act.
Dasso Group’s Fused Bamboo is a patented process and manufacturing method, which has been granted patent protection in many countries around the world, including, but not limited to, the United States, the European Union (10 member states) and China. Dasso Group’s U.S. Patent 8,709,578 was granted on April 29, 2014 and remains a valid and enforceable patent in the U.S. Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products are sold and distributed exclusively in the U.S. under the brand name Dasso XTR and can be found on the company’s website at www.dassoxtr.com.
Beginning in 2013, as part of its global initiative to expand its sales channels and platforms, Dasso Group granted Moso International BV the exclusive limited rights to distribute Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo exterior decking product, in certain countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Since 2013, Moso International BV has distributed Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo exterior decking under Moso’s Bamboo X-treme brand within and limited to the territories authorized by Dasso Group.
According to Dasso Group, in June 2017, Moso International BV’s Director of Operations, Rene Zaal, met with officers of Dasso Group in China and requested an expansion into the U.S. market of its distribution rights of Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products. After this request was denied, Dasso Group has learned that Moso International BV privately entered into a manufacturing agreement with the same factory in China that has manufactured Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products since 2013. Dasso Group has also learned that several former employees of Dasso Group, including Brett Kelly (who was the President of DassoXTR), Steve Osterman and Mark Clifton, participated in and assisted Moso International BV’s plans to enter the U.S. market, in violation of its limited distributorship agreement with Dasso Group and in violation of U.S. patent laws, and to sell Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo product under Moso International BV’s Bamboo X-Treme brand. Brett Kelly is now the President of MOSO North America, Inc.; Steve Osterman is now the Vice President of Sales at Moso North America, Inc; and Mark Clifton is now the Vice President and General Manager at Moso North America, Inc.
According to Avery Chua, Dasso Group’s U.S. representative, “Moso International BV has never been granted the rights to distribute or sell Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products in the United States. As part of our investigation, we have learned that Moso International BV, through its newly formed company, Moso North America, Inc., and with the assistance of Dasso Group’s former employees, are now importing, selling and distributing Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo product in the U.S. under Moso’s Bamboo X-treme brand, which is the same brand and the same product that Moso International BV has been selling in limited territories since 2013. We are aware of the actions of our former employees and Moso International BV and we are preparing legal action against those employees and Moso North America, Inc. to enforce Dasso Group’s U.S. patent and distribution rights and to hold those who have knowingly participated in these activities accountable.” Dasso Group also announced that it will take all necessary actions to safeguard and protect the rights of its authorized distributors and dealers in the U.S. market.
Dasso Group is represented by Scott R. Hoopes and the law firm of Mills & Hoopes, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Any information or documents concerning the unauthorized and infringing solicitation, sale and distribution of Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products in the U.S. market by Moso International BV, Moso North America, Inc., Brett Kelly, Steve Osterman and Mark Clifton, including bamboo product being sold and distributed as Moso Bamboo X-treme or Bamboo X-treme, should be sent to info@dassoGroup.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We will work with you to design the deck of your dreams. Our products combine to provide you with the perfect patio area for your family to enjoy year round. Haven Underdeck is committed to quality products and exceptional customer service. We’ve been honored to provide people with the underdeck of their dreams through Southeastern Underdeck and now we are excited to expand beyond the southeast. You can now get a quality underdeck system no matter where you live.
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(From the Professional Deck Builder On-line Oct. 13, 2017, the following is a summary from the article.)
The Value of an ICC Guideline
Plan reviewers and inspectors are left without guidance – beyond DCA-6 – on any proposed alternative details that would have sufficient strength to safely resist the code-mandated 200-lb. concentrated load requirement. Some contractors argue – without any testing evidence – that there are other 4×4 guard post connection details that are safe. But without that evidence, and because of the gap in the current IRC on how to prescriptively construct a guard post attachment to a deck, the code community faces the near impossible task of ensuring that deck guard constructions they approve will in fact safely resist the code specified design load in-service.
Until a proposal to the IRC for prescriptive guard post details is finally approved and adopted, an ICC Guideline could be valuable in an attempt to protect life and prevent fall injuries/fatalities from decks and balconies. Plan reviewers need a concise document that addresses the complicated issue of guard post attachment to decks. The value of the proposed Guideline is vast—all residential plan reviewers can benefit from an ICC published Guideline by using it in deck/balcony plan checking and inspection until this life safety issue is addressed by the IRC, hopefully within the next decade.
Figure 1. The simulated deck joist/band/guard post configuration tested by the team at Virginia Tech; the connector easily passed the load tests and formed the basis for the details adopted by the AWC DCA6.
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Our Mission: The Deck Store is committed to providing our online and retail customers with top quality products at competitive prices. Armed with decades of experience in the deck industry and an expansive, updated product catalog, we have the expertise to help you find what you need for your deck or outdoor living space.
Our Physical Store: The Deck Store is based in Apple Valley, MN, where we operate a retail store, large warehouse and offices. We have a solid foundation in our local community, and have been featured in local papers, magazines and on TV. We pride ourselves on providing high quality deck building products and supplies – along with knowledgeable advice and instruction – to homeowners and contractors alike. If you are in the area, be sure to drop by our showroom, which is one of the largest in the Midwest, to see our products, and chat with our friendly staff in person.
Our Online Store: In 2009, we decided to make our product offerings and knowledge available to homeowners and building pros nationwide. TheDeckStoreOnline.com has served thousands of customers, delivering the same high quality products that local customers have come to count on.
Our Founder: Bob Heidenreich is the founder and owner of The Deck Store. With over 40 years of experience building and selling award-winning decks, Bob has earned a reputation as a skilled deck designer and construction craftsman. As a nationally recognized industry expert, Bob also writes a monthly column in the LBM Journal, the leading magazine serving residential construction supply pros. The column provides thoughtful business insights and construction management tips focused on decking and outdoor projects. During Bob’s career, he has created custom deck displays and educated attendees at the International Builders Show in Tokyo, Japan, the International Builders Show held in Las Vegas and Orlando. Bob has designed and built some of these show’s largest deck displays. In short, Bob knows decks!
To Our Friends at NADRA: We at The Deck Store would like to invite all our friends and NADRA members to experience what TheDeckStoreOnline.com has to offer with this special PROMO CODE: http://www.thedeckstoreonline.com/welcome-nadra-members
We are proud to support NADRA and it’s members!
Our Social Media: Our social media channels are a fun way for The Deck Store Crew to interact with our customers and other businesses. We use our social media channels in a different and light hearted way to help promote our brand. You will see that it is more personal, with updates about our employees and our work days. We would love for you to like us one or all of our sites to see all the great things that we do.
Message From Our Founder: “Everyone at The Deck Store is committed to making sure our online customers – wherever they are – get the same treatment as our local customers. Thank you for trusting us to help you get the right materials for your project!” — Bob Heidenreich, Owner, The Deck Store
Member Name: Jason Durante
Company Name: Durante Home Exteriors
Position: President / Owner
Member Category: Builder
Location: Irondale, AL
What inspired you to join NADRA? As a deck builder I stand behind the quality of my work. Our decks aren’t just built to code, we exceed industry standards. NADRA represents the same quality and ideals.
When did you first get involved with this industry? 25 years ago
What was the first thing you ever built? A Dog House! It had siding and a shingled roof.
We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Durante Home Exteriors was established in 2001. I had been working in the industry for many years, and wanted to build a company customers would trust and return to for years to come. Decking, both Composite and Pressure Treated, account for approximately one-tenth of our business and we average 75 decks per year. Durante’s specialty is windows and doors, but my first love is decks!
How do you define success? RESPECT, of my employees, customers and peers.
What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Do it right the first time!
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Fisherman
A little more about Jason: My fiancé is Ada. I have two sons, Joshua and Jacob, a daughter, Dominique, all of whom work with me, plus an adorable granddaughter, Serena and grandson Keaton. I also have a French Bulldog named Titan.
When not working I love to play golf, fish and hike.
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Your excuses DEBUNKED!
I won’t win. – This might be true, we can’t all be winners. Just like in 1st grade tee ball we learn we’re not all Babe Ruth, but it’s about the experience! Put your work out there, create a buzz with your employees. Did you know just entering a national competition can be positive pr for your company? There are more than 9 categories, including people’s choice award, illumination and unique feature. The competition is about participating in your association and supporting events like this. And just in case you wanted to know, all members get an official participant certificate, that’s right sprinkles aren’t just for winners :).
I don’t have time! What’s that Bon Jovi song? “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. Ok, so we don’t really mean that, but come on, we all work hard and bust our humps day in and day out. Now throw in yours kids excessive extracurricular activities, your family functions, and your neighbor’s party for their dog’s first birthday…?! We get it, everyone is pulling you in every direction. But here’s the thing, entering the deck competition is not a long process. 1. Put someone in charge of taking pictures while their already on the job (photographer is even better!) 2. Have someone in the office read and understand the rules, like how to name your files and what size they should be. 3. Dedicate a small amount of time to write up your descriptions. 4. Pull all this info together and you’ve got your 1st entry. Bring your team together, and you will certainly have the time!
What difference can the competition make? A BIG one! Ask fellow members who have won in the years past. The excitement of winning can boost your business in multiple ways. 1. PR creates business; share with your local newspaper, social media and more. 2. A win makes your team feel good. Building and running a company is no small feat. Having National recognition just feels awesome and can be the perfect boost in moral to push through the final months of a busy season. 3. Bragging rights, need we say more?
What’s the bottom line? We want to see what you’re made of! What defines YOU as a professional in the outdoor living industry? What inspires your craftsmanship and years of blood and sweat on the job-site? What sets you apart in your building technique? How does this show in your finished work?
Show us what you’ve got and let’s share it with the industry!
Member Name: Tom Jacques
Company Name: Hickory Dickory Decks
Member Category: Builder
Location: Dundas, Ontario, Canada
When did you first get involved with this industry? 1987
What was the first thing you ever built? A tree fort.
We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Hickory Dickory Decks started in 1987 in Hamilton Ontario. Today we operate in over 65 cities with franchises and corporate operated local deck companies. We have specialized in low maintenance decking since it was first made. We build over 90 percent low maintenance decks and have since 1995. In 2017 our company will build over 1,000 custom decks.
How do you define success? Success is spending quality time with family and friends and doing something you love that makes the world a better place.
What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Build your business and your life living by the Golden rule of treating all people the way you would like to be treated. Pretty simple.
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Write or teach.
A little more about Tom: I am blessed with a loving wife Sue, and 7 great kids. We love spending time together traveling and at the family cottage.
A note from Tom:
Hello fellow deck builders and deck company owners. Hickory Dickory Decks has been a long standing member of NADRA from it’s very beginning. I think the founding of NADRA has helped get deck builders around the world to start looking at their job as a career and a profession. We create outdoor dining and living rooms where our customers can relax after a hard day, and spend some quality time with family and friends. Just think about all the happiness we have helped spread in each and every backyard. We also provide good, honest, well paying jobs to thousands upon thousands of men and women not only building and designing and selling our beautiful backyard environments but also supplying and transporting all the material to jobs around the world.
I think this October in Nashville, all professional deck builders should come to the 2017 Deck Expo. Enjoy a few days away from construction sites and challenging work situations. To relax with our peers, share some great stories and a cold beverage or two, and congratulate each of us for helping all of our customers to Enjoy Life…Outdoors! See you there.
~ Tom Jacques, President, CEO and Founder of Hickory Dickory Decks.
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