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NADRA is proud to announce our official hotel for Nashville, DeckExpo. The Westin.

The Westin Nashville hotel provides an aspirational and energetic atmosphere in addition to unmatched genuine service.

NADRA plans to hold a welcome party at the rooftop pool bar at The Westin on Wednesday, October 25th. (Registration details forthcoming)

Please don’t wait to reserve your rooms. Here is the link you’ll want to use. You will save on average over $200 per night booking here with NADRA.

With original outlets such as Nashville’s premier rooftop pool bar and lounge, L27; a resort-style spa, Rhapsody Spa; and 20,000 square feet of highly functional meeting space, guests will have many options to create a personalized and dynamic experience during their stay at The Westin Nashville.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Music City Center and steps from Nashville’s entertainment district, The Westin Nashville hotel provides the ultimate insider access to discovering Nashville.

Three signature restaurants provide unique dining experiences by offering Southern and American cuisine with an innovative twist. Join us for a craft cocktail or live entertainment at our social gathering lounge and eatery, Decker & Dyer. Enjoy a steak and fine wine at Oak Steakhouse Nashville, a Charleston import from the Indigo Road restaurant group. Or, sip a cocktail and mingle at our premier rooftop bar, L27, offering spectacular views of downtown Nashville.

We hope to see you in Nashville!


June 23, 2017 – ATLANTA – dasso USA, Atlanta, GA., announces the groundbreaking of dasso’s new state of the art factory at a ceremony in JiangOu City, Fujian Province, China. Slated to be completed before July 2018, the facility will cover one million sq. ft. across 36 acres.

“The opening of this new factory gives us the ability to expand our operations in the area of exterior use composite bamboo and to fulfill the ever growing demand in North America for dasso.XTR fused bamboo products,” said dasso CEO.

The new plant has a capacity of 20 M sq. ft. of the new .XTR eco-composite bamboo for exterior use, creating more than 400 new factory jobs to fill its growing operational needs. Additional factory production will be used to support increasing demand in North America for dasso.XTR fused bamboo products.

dasso USA, is the exclusive sales and marketing arm for dasso in the U.S. and Canada and has a warehouse facility in Atlanta, GA.

Another plant is in the works for the production of dasso decking, siding, planks and other high-quality bamboo products.


About the dasso Group

Founded in 1993, the dasso Group is the world leader in the development and production of innovative bamboo products. Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, today the dasso Group has 10 manufacturing facilities and over 1,000 employees, in addition to owning more than 2,700 acres of productive, sustainable bamboo forest in China.

We are excited to announce that Fortress Building Products turned 15 on June 8, 2017.

The anniversary was celebrated with an open house at the new Fortress Building Products headquarters showcasing the newly renovated 90,000 square foot corporate office and distribution center.

The headquarters is home to three of the four Fortress business units which include Fortress Railing Products, Fortress Fence Products, and Fortress Deck.  The OZCO Building Products office still resides at the original building in Richardson, Texas.

 

Fortress Building Products welcomed over 350 guests from around the globe including customers, vendors, family and friends as well as Garland city officials.

The Texas summer night made for the perfect setting on a newly created 2,000 square foot Fortress Deck with a generous display of  Fortress Railing and a lawn surrounded by Fortress Fence.

We would like to extend a gracious thank you to our customers, vendors, and employees for helping build the company to where it is today; we look forward to the next 15 years!

For more information about Fortress Building Products, visit our website at www.fortressbp.com

MEDIA CONTACT

Michael Beaudry
Executive Vice President
Phone: 215-679-4884
Email address: Info@NADRA.org  
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NADRA Provides Deck Safety Resources for consumers and pros

At the start of summer, the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds homeowners to Check Your Deck® 

Quakertown, PA  (June 21st, 2017) –  The United States is home to roughly 40 million residential decks, and of those it’s estimated that half are more 25 years old. In the wake of several serious deck collapses, one in Montana and another in Virginia, The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) reminds consumers to Check Your Deck ®  using resources such as the 10-Point Consumer Checklist.  NADRA also offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and a deck evaluation form. “It’s crucial for homeowners to verify the integrity of their deck to ensure user safety as well as help extend the deck’s life-span, improve appearance, and increase livability,” says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “We’re proud to offer an array of tools to help consumers check their decks as well as connect with building professionals with the know-how to identify and remedy potential problems.”

Consumers can visit www.NADRA.org to take advantage of free resources to Check Your Deck ®, including:

  • 10-Point Checklist: Homeowners can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist , a step-by-step guide to visually inspecting the deck for safety concerns such as corroding fasteners, decaying materials, loose railings, inadequate lighting, and more. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist is a helpful tool to assist homeowners.
  • Find an Inspector: NADRA and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) offer building professionals the NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Course, which certifies the recipient has undergone training specific to conducting proper, thorough deck inspections. Consumers can search for a certified inspector in their area by browsing the Inspectors Directory at www.NADRA.org.
  • Find a Builder: 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.

Learn More: Consumers can watch videos and read more about deck safety on NADRA’s consumer Deck Safety page and on the NADRA blog.

“We encourage homeowners to reach out to ASHI-certified home inspectors and NADRA-member deck builders to conduct an inspection of their older deck,” says Beaudry. “NADRA members follow a code of ethics and comply with state licensing and insurance requirements, providing peace of mind.”

Professionals can also visit www.NADRA.org to take advantage of resources to help educate consumers on better safety practices or to perform deck evaluations:

  • Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
  • Certified inspector program: NADRA has partnered with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) to create the NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Course, an ASHI-approved continuing education program. Having certification can not only improve a contractor’s skill-set, but make them more marketable to consumers. (Next class is happening in Atlanta, GA – check it out here)
  • Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
  • Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.

“Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA,” Beaudry says. “We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help them do just that.”

 

About NADRA
The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of deck builders, inspectors, and manufacturers 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. www.NADRA.org

© Copyright 2017 North American Deck and Railing Association. All rights reserved.

Duradek Announces their ‘Duradek Donates a Deck’ Program for a local Lower Mainland Family

Surrey, BC, June 12, 2017: Duradek™, the original vinyl decking since 1974 is proud to announce a ‘Duradek Donates a Deck’ program for a family in need in Greater Vancouver / Fraser Valley, BC.

Duradek Canada Ltd. has considered the numerous families that may be struggling in the very expensive Vancouver housing market and we want to give back to the community that has been supporting our local company for over 43 years. To do so, we’d like to do what we do best – provide a really great low-maintenance waterproof deck.

 

The team at Duradek is stepping up to help one special family in need with a deck renovation. Duradek will provide the selected applicant with:

-       Duradek waterproof vinyl decking

-       Durarail powder coated aluminum railings

-       installation of both vinyl decking and railing.

 

Applications will be accepted from now until August 15th, 2017.  (Download Application Here).

 

Selected applicant will be chosen by Duradek from all submissions received and will be announced on August 30th, 2017.

 

Duradek Canada is a local, family owned and operated business that cares about community, family and a safe and happy quality of life.

 

Operations Manager, Jennifer Ogilvie Brackett said, “This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. We’ve always been proud to support our community and if we can make a difference for at least one family in need of a little help, it will make us feel great. If at the same time we can raise awareness on the importance of deck waterproofing for safety, then we are motivated in our mission to keep decks a safe place for families all over the world to enjoy for decades.”

 

Following the North America Deck & Railing Association’s Deck Safety Month in May, Duradek thought about the estimated 40 million decks over 20 years old in North America. If only 1% of those are unsafe, that’s 40,000 potentially unsafe decks. (See NADRA’s Deck Safety Checklist)

 

Unlike other areas of a home, deck maintenance is not optional. It is an often overlooked, but necessary task to ensure safety. If a wood deck has not been regularly maintained for waterproofing and the moisture penetrates the wood, wood rot and deterioration is inevitable. This can lead to structural vulnerabilities hidden below the surface.

 

Having a beautiful deck to spend time on gives families a place to gather to create their special memories they pass along for generations. From simple barbeques to home weddings, a deck is shared by families as much as any other room of the home. Duradek will help at least one family enjoy the gift of a new deck that will be waterproof protected for many years.

 

If you would like to nominate a family in need of a little help with their deck, download our application form and submit your application with photos to duradek@duradek.com by August 15th.

 

Press Contact:

Lauren Kaminski

No Limit Agency

312-526-3996

lauren@nolimitagency.com

 

AZEK® Building Products Unveils App Update Designed to Bring Dream Decks to Life

Enhanced Features Build on the Success of the AZEK Deck Designer and Previous Brand Apps

 

SKOKIE, IL— For more than 30 years, AZEK® Building Products has been an innovative leader in designing and providing premium decking products. And now, the brand is bringing the latest in deck design technology directly to contractors and consumers with a new app update.

 

AZEK’s updated app combines its signature user-friendly experience with the success of its recently launched Deck Designer. Updated to give customers the opportunity to bring their dream outdoor living spaces to life, the new app makes it easy to lay out unique, 3D designs using 140-plus product options that include premium AZEK and TimberTech decking, railing, lighting and accessories. When those custom designs are complete, consumers can then download a list of materials that they’ll need during the construction process. The app also helps locate local contractors and dealers.

 

“The AZEK app has been a huge hit since its debut on iOS in 2014. That’s why we’re excited to incorporate many of its features into this new update to make it easier for people to create and save deck designs on the go,” said Julia Fitzgerald, CMO of AZEK Building Products. “Contractors and customers alike love seeing how they can visualize their AZEK Deck and Rail design in the backyard, and the Augmented Reality mode features new markerless technology that’s available in both life-size and dollhouse versions.”

AZEK’s updated app adds a long list of new features and benefits, including a mirrored experience of the web Deck Designer that allows consumers to create virtual deck designs on the AZEK website and a Snapshot Mode that allows consumers to upload or snap a photo of their own outdoor space before attaching their virtual deck to the image. The app also comes with template decks to help customers get their designs started, as well as customized collections of user saved deck designs.

 

“Since the launch of our Deck Designer in January, we have received consistent feedback that people love visualizing their dream decks before investing in them. There are even templates that help guide creativity for homeowners who need a little inspiration.” Fitzgerald said. “Ultimately, bringing AZEK’s innovative programs together in this update will make virtually designing and saving dream deck images easier than ever before.”

 

About AZEK® Building Products:

AZEK Building Products is a leader in the development of premium, low maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, its product lines span AZEK Trim, Deck, Rail, Moulding, Porch and Pavers as well as capped wood composite Decking and Railing under the TimberTech brand. Both brands, synonymous with quality, style and innovation, are made in America and lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining product categories. For more information about AZEK, visit www.azek.com. For more information on TimberTech, visit www.timbertech.com or call 1-877-ASK AZEK.

Member Name: Pat Noonan

Company Name: Deck and Basement Company

Position: Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Minneapolis, MN

When did you first get involved with this industry? Childhood—my summer “outreach program” involved cleaning up my Dad’s job sites.

What inspired you to join NADRA?  I attended my first deck expo in 2007 and while there I met fantastic people, many of whom I still consider friends 10 years later. My membership to NADRA provides networking, education, and resources that have been a large factor in growing my business and career, and the friendships are priceless.

What was the first thing you ever built? During the summer of seventh grade, I pooled money from my friends and had my first contracting job building a half-pipe skateboard ramp. Soon after, a concussion ended my skateboarding career, but building always stuck with me.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Once I found my niche in deck building, I refocused my company to specialize in decks and custom outdoor projects. This year, Deck and Basement Company celebrates 16 years of business. We have become one of the largest deck builders in the state of Minnesota, completing 275 decks in 2016. We run a successful deck program for national home builders as well as a custom division focused on outdoor living environments and basement finishing. The solid team of professionals at Deck and Basement Company are my greatest asset.

In 2014, I formed a second business, ProDeck Supply, a specialty lumberyard offering premium deck materials to contractors and homeowners. We have developed a Deck Kit program which allows our customers to order a deck and stair package by size. We offer eight different sizes that come complete with premium materials cut to size and ready to assemble. This allows our clients to keep waste off the job site and keep crews building faster.

How do you define success? My wife and my sons telling me they are proud of me.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? You will never know everything or always be right. There is rarely a day that goes by where I do not learn more about my industry; the guys that claim to “know it all” rarely do. There is never a job that is more important than family.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Professional skateboarder…definitely a professional skateboarder.

A little more about Pat:  I am blessed with a fantastic team of professionals that have helped grow both Deck and Basement Company, and now ProDeck Supply. Both businesses I run with my wife Julie. Without her support, none of this would be possible. Someday I hope to pass this on to my sons, who enjoy coming in on the weekends to work with dad and ride the forklifts. In my spare time, I can be found cheering on my kids at different activities or sneaking away on a vacation with family.

Connect with Deck and Basement Company online:

Deck and Basement Company

www.deckandbasment.com

Facebook: @DeckandBasementCompany

 

Strategy – Alignment – Execution! #letsgo

 

Okay friends, raise your hand if you are tired of hearing all the business buzzwords that relate to an organization’s strategy. While the mission, vision, values, quality policy and purpose statements of organizations are critical, they are often misaligned when compared closely with the consumer’s reality.

How can this be? Well, I read this on the internet, so it must be true (Ha!). According to Larry Myler, in his article Strategy 101: It’s All About Alignment, Larry quoted the following statistic:

Wow! Who knew? Let’s be honest with ourselves, we all know this to be relatively true. However, as leaders, the real question we must ask ourselves is, “How do we obtain proper alignment and remain properly aligned?”

I’d like to challenge you to think about the following C’s as it relates to alignment:

Character

We all say we have it! We all say we do it! But, we are all human, and by the very nature of admitting such, we often fall short on delivering consistently on character. Before you get upset with me, let me clarify my position. It is easier for an individual to have character, versus the organizations that we work in and work with on a daily basis to have character.

Is it impossible for an organization to align its character with what is plastered all over the corporate office and its website? Of course not, but that is where true leadership comes in. Yes, leaders must have authority to develop strategy, but they must also work tirelessly to gain influence and buy-in with all constituents who are both front-facing to the consumer as well as those who support the organization behind the scenes. An organization without a consistent alignment of character will find themselves only as good as its weakest touch point.

Culture

You’ve heard it! “We must all be on the same page.” “We must all row in the same direction.” This is 100% true, however you must first pull back the covers on the real culture of your organization. What do you mean Kevin? I mean you must realize that your company’s traits can change your company’s atmosphere, which ultimately can and will change the outcomes of your strategy. To tackle this, you must be totally honest with yourself about how well you communicate, accept change, break down silos, embrace diversity and create an environment conducive to winning. Your consumer will see and feel your culture before you do! Take time to work on your culture. It’s not a set-it and forget-it discipline!

Capability

Once you have the strategy figured out and you have the culture to support it, you must execute. Execution requires capability. Capability requires passion and care for your craft and for the entire progress of the organization.

Before you stop reading this article, let me clear something up. I’m not saying that everyone in your organization must be great at strategy, but I am saying that everyone must be capable of moving the organization forward in their own way. Not by passing the buck, or saying “that’s not my job”, alignment requires leadership, understanding and collaboration of everyone to achieve what you said you were going to do in the first place.

So, why the disconnect? It’s strictly due to alignment! If one of your four wheels is pulling to the left or right – guess what? – the entire car will pull to the left or right, even when the strategy clearly says to stay straight ahead.

Alignment is the bread and butter of business success. Give it its proper attention if you really want to succeed! #letsgo

 

Kevin Jackson

Positivity Guru, Value Adder, Keynote Speaker & SVP

http://thepositivityguru.com/

Simpson Strong-Tie has redesigned the award-winning EB-TY® hidden deck fasteners for premium wood decking in both residential and commercial applications. The new EB-TY® Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System™ provides professional builders and do-it-yourselfers a unique method of fastening deck boards that leaves the fasteners virtually invisible.[JM1]

“With the warmer weather, deck building is ramping up. The new EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System produces not only a more visually appealing deck surface, but one that’s extremely strong and durable,” said Scott Park, Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager.

EB-TY® Premium™ is the ideal fastening solution for ensuring structural durability without detracting from the beauty of a deck’s finished appearance, especially when working with high-end decking materials such as exotic hardwood, cedar and redwood. The biscuit-shaped fastener installs inside a slot cut in the narrow side of the deck boards, and is reinforced with a stainless-steel plate for enhanced holding power. The steel plate also prevents over-driving of the screw, and has angled screw holes that guarantee a direct connection of the decking to the joist. Along with this added strength, the fasteners also maintain the necessary flexibility to accommodate seasonal contraction and expansion of the deck boards. Combining this innovative design with the EB-GUIDE predrilling guide creates a system that not only has hidden strength, but is also precise and easy to install.

Each EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System kit includes:

  • EB-TY Premium biscuits
  • EB-GUIDE predrilling guide
  • Type 305 or Type 316 #7 stainless-steel trim-head screws with black-painted heads
  • One-eighth-inch (1/8″) impact driver–ready, quick-release drill bit
  • T-15 6-lobe quick-release driver bit
  • Ipê wood plugs

For detailed product information, including a step-by-step installation guide, visit strongtie.com/ebtypremium.

CPG International Announces Prices Increase on Residential Products

CPG International, manufacturer of AZEK and TimberTech branded building products has announced that it will initiate pricing increases on many of its products.  AZEK trim and molding, along with most AZEK brand decking collections, will see an increase of 7%.  Prices for capped wood composite decking products under the TimberTech brand will increase from 3-5%, depending on the collection.  The price increase will have an effective date to AZEK and TimberTech distributors for orders placed on or after June 22, 2017 for shipments completed before August 22, 2017.

The company expects that by setting the August 22nd extended the deadline for shipments on orders placed before June 22nd, most retailers and contractors should be able to get through the height of the deck-building season and into the late summer or fall without being impacted by the increased prices.  But, the key for distributors, contractors and dealers is to plan ahead and get orders placed before that June order deadline.

In a statement, the company noted that the industry has experienced significant increases in key raw materials and other direct production inputs across most PVC and other composite products.  While the company has been able to off-set much of the impact of these cost increases over the past year through on-going manufacturing improvements and other cost reduction efforts, raw materials costs had reached the point at which a price increase was needed.