January 24th, 2017 UPDATE & Thank You:
Dear NADRA Members and Supporters,
I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the Northeast Regions Deck for a Soldier® build went very smoothly and was completed in four days. The build started on Monday, January 16th, 2017 with a crew from three separate builder member companies. We installed the Trex Elevations steel framing, along with the help from several Trex and distributor representatives. Tuesday was supposed to be a wash-out of a rainy day, but several of us gathered, installed the stairway platform and cut all of the stair stringers. Wednesday, we had crews from four builder members and we installed the decking, stairways, some fascia trim and the Andersen sliding door. We also had representatives from Fortress Railings, Fiberon, and AZEK helping out. Thursday, we had two crews, plus representatives from Trex, Wolf Home Products, Fortress Railings and Excelsior Lumber, Inc. that helped install the last of the fascia trim and the railings. We were lucky enough to have spiked the interest of a local newspaper and also the TV station News 12, New Jersey. We also received coverage from The Daily Record, you can read more & see photos / video here.
Our Soldier was extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists. He was overwhelmed when wheeled out on the deck for the first time and was able to look around his neighborhood. Kyle added: “The Deck for a Soldier® program has been top notch. Really great crew. I couldn’t even imagine something like this existed where people are just giving away decks for people but it does,” Chappell says.
I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and materials. Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all. I continuously heard the following words, “Whatever you need for this project, just let us know”. We certainly could not have gotten this project done without the support of the best team in the decking industry. NADRA Rocks!!
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier Committee – Chair Person
Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:
- Trex Decking & Steel Framing
- Fortress Railings
- Simpson Strong Tie
- Starborn Industries
- Eastern Engineered Wood Products
- Excelsior Lumber
- Abbe Lumber
- Fox Lumber
- Zuidema Portable Toilets
- Boonton Township
- Jeff Fleischer, Architect
- Lunch was provided by Trex, CPG/AZEK, Fiberon and the Soldier’s mom
- C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
- My Deck
- Barrett Outdoors
- Deck Remodelers
- Legends Built
- All American Decks
- North Jersey Custom Decks
- Decks by Kiefer
Bob Kiefer & Helper
Tim Van Vaketis
- Manufacturers Reserve Supply
- Fortress Railing
- Wolf Home Products
- Excelsior Lumber
- Mid-State Lumber
January 18th, 2017 UPDATE:
January 4th, 2017 UPDATE:
We want to start out by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!
December 2016 UPDATE:
With the holidays just around the corner it is the time of year to think about giving in the old fashioned tradition for the holidays, donating to a great local cause and giving back to the community where we make our living. The NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program is about to kick off it’s Northeastern build on 1/16/17, weather permitting. We are planning to get a start right after the first of the year and install the footings prior to this build date. We have almost all of the materials accounted for except for some concrete form tubes, a Porta-John, and some small hardware. If anyone can help us with these last few things it would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, we can still use a few more builders to step up and help out with the build. If anyone can donate time to help out on this project please contact us at bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.
We will start to send out emails in order to figure out who can help on which day in the near future. This will keep a steady flow to the project and keep from having too many workers on any given day.
Thank you and Happy Holidays to all.
NADRA Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair,