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.

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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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Hangzhou Dasuo Technology Co. Ltd. (Dasso) Concludes Annual Meeting By Issuing Statement on North American Operations

For Immediate Release                          

April 24, 2018

Hangzhou, China: Hangzhou Dasuo Technology Co. Ltd. (Dasso), one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of bamboo products worldwide, issued a statement from its headquarters that may have a significant impact on the bamboo exterior decking industry in the United States and Canada. The announcement came after several days of meetings at the company’s world headquarters in Hangzhou, China during the week of April 16, 2018, with many high-ranking board members, executive officers and corporate representatives from Dasso, as well as Dasso’s expansive group of subsidiaries and affiliated entities, in attendance. A major topic discussed at the company’s board of director’s meeting concerned a former, terminated factory manufacturing and selling counterfeited exterior bamboo decking product to distributors, who then mislead consumers, suppliers and dealers by claiming that the counterfeited product is manufactured at a Dasso contracted factory.

Of particular note, the statement released from Dasso identifies MOSO International, BV’s (MOSO) as one of the distributors involved in the scheme of purchasing counterfeited exterior decking product directly from Dasso’s former factory and importing the counterfeited product into the United States and Canada, beginning in 2017. According to Lin Hai, the founder and Policy and Technical Advisor of Dasso, “It is of great importance that customers, distributors and dealers of our patented exterior decking product in the United States and Canada understand precisely where we, as a company, stand on these issues.” The statement released by Dasso is a “buyer beware”, and notifies and warns consumers, dealers, distributors and retailers that the product being sold by MOSO in the United States and Canada under the brand name MOSO Bamboo X-treme is counterfeited product being manufactured and produced at an unauthorized and terminated former factory. The statement also makes clear 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.

Steve Shen, Dasso’s Vice President, was quoted as saying: “In June 2017, MOSO’s President, Rene Zaal, made multiple trips to China and requested permission from Dasso to enter into the U.S. and Canada markets as an authorized distributor of Dasso’s patented exterior decking product sold by MOSO in Europe as MOSO Bamboo X-treme. After Mr. Zaal’s request was repeatedly denied, Mr. Zaal struck a backdoor deal with a Dasso contracted factory and began buying Dasso’s patented product directly from the factory without authorization or consent, which violated the factory’s contract with Dasso, as well as MOSO’s restricted distribution contract with Dasso. When the factory refused to allow Dasso’s representatives into the factory for safety and product inspections and refused to cease selling the patented exterior decking product directly to MOSO, Dasso terminated the factory’s manufacturing agreement on September 18, 2017. Despite its termination, the factory continues to illegally manufacture exterior bamboo decking product using Dasso’s patented processes and Dasso is pursuing the former factory owner for criminal prosecution and civil damages in China. Further, MOSO continues to purchase the counterfeited exterior decking product from the terminated and former factory in violation of the laws of China, the United States and Canada. We, as a company, cannot allow a former factory to continue manufacturing counterfeited product in violation of Dasso’s patent rights; nor can we allow a distributor to strike a deal behind our backs with a now-former factory and claim the counterfeited product is genuine.”   

The statement released from the company also includes a direct quote from Dasso’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank Xu: “Our biggest concern is, first and foremost, for the safety of each end-user of our patented products. Our entire company’s philosophy is built upon the customer’s experience and satisfaction. Secondly, it is imperative that Dasso’s patented product is manufactured in strict accordance with our patented processes to ensure the safety, integrity, dependability and reliability of our products sold worldwide. Each factory that manufactures our patented product is contractually required to adhere to stringent manufacturing guidelines, inspections and onsite visits. This is non-negotiable and strictly enforced. Dasso’s product warranties only apply and extend to genuine product manufactured by an authorized contracted factory and does not apply to counterfeited products being sold in the United States and Canada under the brand name MOSO Bamboo X-treme. In those markets, the only genuine, authorized and approved exterior bamboo decking products that carry Dasso’s product warranties are sold under the DassoXTR brand by our U.S.-based affiliate, Easoon USA, LLC.”

Dasso’s CEO concluded the meetings by reviewing the company’s financials. According to Mr. Xu, Dasso, including its many subsidiaries and affiliated companies, is financially strong and viable and continue to exceed projections and expectations. In fact, 2017 was Dasso’s most profitable, with the current year’s first quarter already outperforming last year’s first quarter in revenue and sales. Mr. Xu outlined and detailed several new innovative products currently being developed, and updated the company on new products ready for production and distribution. With the annual increases in revenue and profitability, the company unanimously voted to establish a committee to begin the process of becoming a publicly listed company in the near future. After a week of meetings, factory tours and a celebratory dinner, the future looks bright for Dasso.

Dasso’s Board of Directors

Standing from left to right: Tony Wong, Vice President of International Sales; Qingwei Hu, Vice President of Greater China Sales; Frank Xu, Chief Executive Officer; Giovani Xue, Vice President of Product Design; Hongzheng Liu, Vice President of Technical and R&D; Xubo Zhen, Chief Financial Officer.  

Seated from left to right: Scott Hoopes, Board Member and General Legal Counsel; Larry Lin, Founder and Policy and Technical Advisor; Avery Chua, President of Dasso’s U.S. and Canada Operations; Steve Shen, Vice President of Legal and General Administration.

NADRA Announces Deck Safety Campaign

This year, Hanley Wood is a Bronze Level sponsor of the trade association’s efforts to make new and existing decks safer.

In the spring, with warm weather slowly spreading northward, more and more people refocus on outdoor living and resume using their decks. That’s one of the reasons why NADRA has designated May as its official Deck Safety Month. The campaign goal is to educate consumers, industry professionals, and inspectors about proper deck installation, and to promote the importance of annual inspections. To help in those efforts, NADRA has set up a deck safety page on its website, where you can find an easy-to-follow 10-point safety checklist for homeowners, a longer deck evaluation form (including an online version) and training for pros and home inspectors, and links to its deck safety ambassador program, introduced last year. By the way, Hanley Wood (the parent company of PDB) recently announced that it is a Bronze Level sponsor of the program. You can learn more about the program and sponsorship opportunities here.

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Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215-679-4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org


Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

QUAKERTOWN, PA – (April 24th, 2018) –The North American Deck and Railing Association declared May as Deck Safety Month®. Each year, NADRA raises awareness about the importance of checking your deck through a national deck safety campaign.

NADRA’s Deck Safety Campaign creates an opportunity to: Educate. Inspect. Correct; ultimately, helping to prevent injuries and bringing an awareness to the importance of regular deck inspections.

“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Consider the snowfall accumulations from just this past year. These heavy loads cause additional stress on outdoor structures and create a need to evaluate. It’s time to Check Your Deck®!”

Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*.  Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.”  It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

Educate: NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. NADRA’s Deck Evaluation/Certification Program has educated hundreds of Home Inspectors to help evaluate unsafe structures. Read more about the class here.

Inspect: Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you a map of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. Older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures. Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience.

NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.

Correct: Through the evaluation and inspection of your deck, repairs and/ or replacement should be addressed. NADRA deck builders adhere to a strict code of ethics and are required to submit proof of licensing and insurance as required by their state. Homeowners can search for qualified deck builders at www.NADRA.org.


About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission 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. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

*Source: National Association of HomeBuilders/Bank of America Home Equity, Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components 2/07.

© Copyright 2018 North American Deck and Railing Association. All rights reserved.

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WOLF HOME PRODUCTS INTRODUCES WOLF DISTINCTION RAILING 

N E W S   R E L E A S E,

DATE: April 11, 2018

CONTACT: Jim Groff, 717.852.4842, jcgroff@wolfhomeproducts.com

WOLF HOME PRODUCTS INTRODUCES WOLF DISTINCTION RAILING 

Versatile new product combines the look of natural wood, innovative bracketing technology

 

(YORK, Pa.) — Wolf Home Products today announced the release of Wolf Distinction™ Railing. This new line of deck railing is made in the U.S., and combines the perennial look of real painted wood with durable, low maintenance materials. Wolf Home Products is a leading provider of building products along the East Coast and one of the largest suppliers of kitchen cabinets in the U.S.

Wolf Distinction Railing features Wolf’s unique Optibracket™ Technology, which utilizes a single bracket that can be used in four configurations — 22.5°, 45°, flat and stair — making installation simple and seamless. Once installed, the bracket is hidden from view, giving the entire railing system a flawless finish. Wolf Distinction Railing also pairs seamlessly with Wolf Outdoor Lighting.

Other features of Wolf Distinction Railing include:

  • Aluminum-reinforced top and bottom rails
  • Fast and easy, all-in-one installation kits
  • Flat rail top for beverages
  • Available in white
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

By adding Wolf Distinction Railing, Wolf has further expanded the range of selection and accents that independent dealers can offer their customers. The company also offers Wolf-branded decking, railing, cabinets and trim — all successful product lines available exclusively through 3,000+ independent dealers.

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Wolf Home Products supplies kitchen and bath, outdoor living and building products using its innovative business model. With more than 175 years of experience and a vast inventory of high-quality products, Wolf strives to accurately deliver orders in a fraction of the time to ensure unparalleled satisfaction and value. For more information, visit wolfhomeproducts.com

Decked Out: Sequoia Out Back

By  / April 3, 2018

Sequoia Out Back grows through outdoor living

Sequoia Out Back

Photos by Jim Greipp, Pau Hana Productions

It’s not uncommon for a builder to get into the retail side of the LBM industry. It’s a natural fit for a person already geared toward the trades and looking for a career that may be less physically taxing. For John Keller, owner of Sequoia Out Back, the shift from building decks to selling deck supplies came more out of a need for the right product and pricing.

As the preeminent deck builder in his area, Keller reached a point at which he needed to purchase lumber from wholesalers. To do so, he formed a company to resell the product to himself as a builder. Word soon spread to other deck builders and homeowners that Keller knew good lumber when he saw it, and was able to source it for a good price. Within five years, the lumber company begame bigger than the construction company.

Keller has since given up deck design and building for full time building supply sales, and for years now has referred homeowners to his contractor customers, who make up about 70% of the business from his main store in Hatfield, Penn., as well as a smaller satellite showroom in Warrington, Penn., about a half hour from Sequoia’s headquarters. “We want our products out to the users, but we don’t want to compete with our customers,” Keller says. “We advertise on behalf of them essentially by getting our customers to them.”

Early to composites, outdoor living

“Really, we’re melding two industries into one store. It’s the outdoor living industry with the building material industry. The building material end of it is bigger, but the outdoor living brings people in.”
— John Keller

Keller’s early entry into the composites market helped build a solid foundation to his decking sales success. Early on in his retail career he sold primarily cedar and treated decking, but Keller was quick to recognize the versatility and value of composite products. By the time consumer awareness of composites caught up, Keller had already established himself as a product expert.

“We were one of the go-to places for composites early on,” he says. “Not a lot of the lumberyards in our area had it at that point. Everything was still changing.”

Now in his 22nd year of retail sales, Keller has built upon the decking foundation by integrating outdoor living items into his product mix. In 2008, the company went big into the outdoor living market. Today, Sequoia Out Back is not only known for decks, but for deck furniture, grills and accessory items, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens as well.


indoor display

customer service

warehouse

Sequoia Out Back’s main location features four levels of decks throughout a facility on a 10-acre property that includes a 30,000 square-foot warehouse.

Deck displays

Sequoia Out Back’s main location features four levels of decks throughout a facility on a 10-acre property that includes a 30,000 square-foot warehouse. Each floor in the store is done with decking and railing and the entire store is designed to give customers the experience of walking on decking products that are readily available for sale.

In a sense, the whole store is a display. “Everything looks like a deck or a patio,” Keller says.

Atop the decking on the floors sits all of the casual and outdoor living products that are also available for sale. Most everything throughout the store, from decks, rails, columns, and trim to accessories is sold through the showroom, including the tongue-and-groove ceiling.

Another satellite showroom in nearby Warrington features many of the same products, and Keller hopes to build it out to be a smaller version of the main Hatfield store.

Growth on deck

While serving primarily a 70% contractor customer base, Keller says that doesn’t mean his store mostly sees contractors coming through the door. Primarily, homeowners are sent there by their contractors so they can experience the decking and outdoor products hands-on. Other times, homeowners come in the store specifically to get ideas and ask for connections to local deck builders.

“Our facility really helps everyone pick out products,” Keller says. “Homeowners come in and pick out the product and the contractors come in and purchase it.”

With 25 employees during the seasonably high summer months, Keller says he’s continuing to grow his decking business and is looking forward to expanding his satellite location in Warrington. Business passed pre-Great Recession levels in 2013, and Keller says the company has been growing a steady 10% to 15% year-over-year since. Even during the worst parts of the recession, Sequoia Out Back was able to maintain a flat level of sales.

“I think those numbers probably hold true to most lumberyards in our area,” Keller says. “All the roofing and siding places as well, they have a deck board they sell. In most cases, we stock the majority of that line and we have it in stock and it’s fresh. Everything we have is in stock and stored indoors.”

Keller is the sole owner of the business, and says he sees the company’s success continuing long into the future. As long as he can manage labor needs and make good calls on inventory, he’ll continue to focus on what has made Sequoia Out Back a success.

“The amount of money people are spending in their back yards is now more than it’s ever been,” he says. With that trend expected to continue, Keller is focused on featuring various outdoor furniture displays from low-mid, and up to high-cost.

“Really, we’re melding two industries into one store. It’s the outdoor living industry with the building material industry. The building material end of it is bigger, but the outdoor living brings people in.”

Read the original article here at LBM Journal

Atlantis Rail Shines with Nova Nautilus Cable Railing System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Carey Hicks

Telephone: (508) 732-1025

Email: carey@atlantisrail.com

Website: www.atlantisrail.com

Uncommonly Sophisticated & Uniquely Refined, NOVA Nautilus Puts a Shine on Any Deck

Plymouth, MA, March 29, 2018– Atlantis Rail’s Nautilus Railing System is nothing new.  It has been a customer favorite for years. They have now teamed the Nautilus System up with their new NOVA II aluminum post kits to create the NOVA Nautilus System and it’s stunning.  It is even more affordable and easy to install.

The NOVA Nautilus System utilizes predrilled aluminum posts with a 2” stainless steel top and optional bottom rail.  It features multiple color options of black, white or bonze to compliment any application. The rails are structural strength stainless steel so it can be configured with a top rail only or a bottom rail can be added.  Cable spacing at 2-3/4” allows the posts to be spaced up to 6’ apart when using a cable stabilizer in the middle which further reduces the cost and expedites installation.

A proprietary sidemount fitting with an insulating gasket is used to mount the rails to the post, eliminating concern about potential issues in combining dissimilar metals.  HandiSwage™ components hide the cable connections inside the post and the easy to use swage tool and cover nut sets provide an easy install and a finish look.

Atlantis Rail Systems distributes cable railing and glass railing systems through a network of value added distributors and dealers located throughout the United States and Internationally.  Please contact an Atlantis Sales Representative to find a dealer near you or visit the Dealer Locator on the Atlantis Rail website. To learn more about Atlantis Rail’s line of railing systems and components, please visit www.atlantisrail.com or call (800) 541-6829.

Atlantis Rail Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium stainless-steel cable and glass railing systems.  Their prefabricated, modular railing systems are designed for assembly using a collection of patented railing fittings and components to allow for easy installation at a low cost.  Their systems are ideal for commercial and residential, indoor and outdoor applications.

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2018 Deck for a Soldier® build in New Jersey is Complete.

April 4th, 2018 Final UPDATE & Thank You:  
We finished up the Deck for A Soldier® project on Thursday with the electrician installing some lights in the ceiling of the front porch.  The soldier, his wife and their 15 year old son with Muscular Dystrophy are so very grateful for all that we did for them.  I would like to thank everyone who helped and donated time or materials to make this project possible. A compilation video of all photos is forthcoming. 
 
Material Donations:
  • Excelsior Lumber
  • Abbe Lumber
  • Fox Lumber
  • FastenMaster
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • National Nail
  • Screw Products
  • Greenbay Decking
  • Trex – Railings
  • Mid State Lumber – Trex railings
  • MRS – Trex railings
  • Allied Supply
  • GAF Roofing
  • JayKay gutters
  • Zuidema Portable Toilets
  • Pinto Carting
  • Apex Electric – ceiling lights
  • Borough of Bloomingdale
  • Jeff Fleischer, Architect
  • Lunch was provided by Trex, AZEK, Fiberon, Back to Nature Decks (Mike Ebner) and the Soldier

Labor Donations:

  • C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC:  Bruce Verblaauw, Dylan Villela, Mike DiGiacamo
  • Fiberon:  Lainie Sleppin, Dave Jarvis
  • AZEK: Kyle Garvey
  • Barrett Outdoors: Gustavo deLaCruz & 3 Helpers
  • All American Decks: Chad McConnell, Scott Nadrotowski, Leonel Enrique
  • My Deck: Ed Drake, Tyler Smith
  • Trex: Tim Schlosser, Mike Ryan
  • Excelsior Lumber: Sophia Bishop, Stacey Poplowski, Adam Spratt
  • Outdoor Escapes: Terran Certosimo
  • Wolf Home Products: Bob Lett
  • Legacy Services: Michael Beaudry
  • Back to Nature Decks: Mike Ebner, Cody Ebner, Phil Plano
  • Decks by Kiefer: Bob Kiefer, Andy Gorzillo, John Parkin
  • Artisan Builders Guild: Walter Jones, Clayton Wolfe
  • Ken Pritchard, Volunteer

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 21st, 2018 UPDATE: 
The NJ team got a head start on the Deck For A Soldier® project in Bloomingdale, NJ late last week.  The old, deteriorated porch and roof were removed.  New footings were dug and poured so the crew could start building the new porch and roof on Monday, 3/19.
Volunteers are lined up and on site this week to help get the new porch framed and decked. The railings are expected to be installed by the end of the week and be ready to start building the roof next week.

Volunteers are on site today until the snow kicks them out.

What an amazing group of members & volunteers. We can’t thank you enough for your time, materials and efforts on this build.

Be sure to check out the gallery below of current photos from this week.

Thank you!

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for  Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

March 13th, 2018 UPDATE:
NADRA Members in NJ could use your help with supplies for Deck for a Soldier® build. Tear down is happening this week.

If you would like to make a monetary pledge, you can do so HERE.   The local crew can then use this money to purchase the items below as a final effort to fulfill material needs for the soldiers new deck.

The materials needed are as follows:

2 – 14” or 16” x 4’ concrete form tubes
3 – 2” x 10” – 16’ treated ledger boards
3 – 2” x 12” – 12’ treated stair stringers
3 – 2” x 4” – 12’ treated ramp
14 – 2” x 4” – 16’ treated lattice framing
7 – 4” x 4” – 8’ treated roof posts
1 – roll 12” vinyl flashing
1 – set black gate hardware (2 hinges and gate latch) for lattice access gate

5 – 1” x 12”-18’ PVC Trim Boards preferably Versatex
2 – 1” x 8” – 18’ PVC Trim Boards Preferably Versatex so it will match much of the other trim that has already been pledged by the company

Following are the pledges for this D4S Project: Thank you for your support!

Material Pledges: 

Abbe Lumber – concrete, vinyl, aluminum and pre-bent flashing, nails, PVC privacy lattice

Fox Lumber – some pressure treated framing

Excelsior Lumber (MidState, Versatex) – Fir lumber, plywood,  PVC trim

Simpson StrongTie

FastenMaster

National Nail

Screw Products

GreenBay Decking

Trex Railing

Allied Supply – porch ceiling

GAF – roofing

Jay-Kay Gutters

Monetary Pledge: $250 from: Sean Smith, Homesmith, Inc.

Labor

Lainie – Fiberon

Gary Daley – GreenBay Decking

Pete Miller – MidState Lumber

Gus & Help -Barrett Outdoors

Excelsior Lumber Employees

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If you feel moved to get involved with this build, please reach out.

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw  ​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​, (201) 327-7864

 

March 7th, 2018 UPDATE: 
CALLING ALL NADRA MEMBERS – Builders, Reps, Everyone!!!!!
As most of you know, we plan on starting the New Jersey Deck For A Soldier® project on March 19, 2018.  This is a replacement of a wrap around front porch with a roof over it in Bloomingdale, NJ.  Because of the porch and roof configuration, this will be one of the most labor intensive Deck for a Soldier® projects to date.  We will be starting with demo. on Monday, 3/19/18 and expect that the job will take 1.5 – 2 weeks to complete.  We will need as much help as possible from everyone involved in order to spread out the financial burden of the labor volunteers.  If you can help, please get back to me with information so I can try to set up a schedule and not have too many helpers one day and none the next.  I intend to have my guys there on the first day to get the demolition done and then we will step in as needed along the way.
Again, please help us out on this one as much as possible.  This soldier has been injured in combat and an outstanding member of his community and deserves our help.
If you would like to make a pledge for labor and/or materials, please click here: http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.
 
If you would rather, you can email me at
bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com or call me, this is my cell phone # 201-803-2909.
Respectfully,
 

Bruce Verblaauw  

​- NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chairman​

C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC (201) 327-7864

February 15th, 2018 UPDATE:  

The New Jersey crew is making some headway.  The building permit is in hand & the town graciously waived all related fees.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals.  We are currently looking for labor and material pledges from NADRA members. Following are some of the materials we are in need of for this build:

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge for material or labor, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to working on this build with you.

January 18th, 2018: UPDATE:

Call for Action!

The Northeast Region is getting things in order to start a Deck For A Soldier® build in New Jersey.  This is a wrap around porch and roof on a home in Bloomingdale, NJ. The soldier  was honorably discharged with a severe back injury after serving two tours in Iraq. This Veteran has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 Veteran funerals. He has a son who is wheelchair bound with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.   We will be submitting the permit application in the next week or so.  We are asking for labor and material pledges for this project.  Following are some of the materials we will need:

Their deck is in bad shape and needs to be replaced.  This veteran has done two tours in Iraq and has been commander of VFW and American Legion posts.  He has attended over 2000 veteran funerals.

  • 2 – 14″ – 16″ concrete form tubes
  • 24 – bags concrete mix
  • pressure treated 2″ x 8″ lumber
  • 300 – 320 sq. ft. of composite decking48 – 50 lineal feet of railing,
  • 6 – 8′ post wraps
  • Fir framing lumber for the roof and ceiling
  • plywood, felt paper, roof shingles, gutter and leader pipe,
  • PVC trim for fascias and beam wraps, flashing
  • vinyl siding
  • PVC lattice
  • hardware, nails and screws.

These materials are all approximate, we will supply exact amounts in the near future.  To make a pledge, please click here:http://bit.ly/NADRAD4SPledgeForm.  

Thank you for all of your support!