AZEK® Building Products Gives Back to National Forest Foundation to Honor Earth Day
A Leader in Premium Building Products Launches Campaign with Commitment to Sustainable Practices
SKOKIE, IL— Discovering earth-friendly finds makes consumers feel good about a purchase, and sometimes those products are in the most surprising places. With Earth Day approaching on April 22, AZEK® Building Products, a leading provider of premium decking, railing, trim, moulding, porch and pavers, is celebrating its year-round commitment to sustainability by supporting the National Forest Foundation. The goal – collect $5,000 to plant 5,000 trees.
During the month of April, AZEK Building Products will donate one dollar for every Facebook share it receives on special Earth Day posts. The objective is to reach up to 5,000 shares, or the equivalent of a $5,000 donation to the National Forest Foundation.
“We’re proud to practice sustainable methods in the making of our premium building products. We feel that supporting the National Forest Foundation in honor of Earth Day is the perfect way to give back to an organization we believe in,” said Julia Fitzgerald, CMO of AZEK Building Products. “Most people don’t realize that our engineered decking is a sustainable alternative to wood decks and saves more than 100,000 trees per year.”
This campaign reinforces AZEK Building Products commitment to reducing its carbon footprint through clean manufacturing. AZEK Building Products reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills every year, ships its products by rail to save thousands of gallons of fuel annually, and saves hundreds of gallons of water each day during manufacturing, with a uniquely designed, closed-loop water filtration system. Also, AZEK Building Products’ TimberTech® decks are made from up to 73 percent recycled material.
“Not only are our products made with recycled materials, they are also built to last,” Fitzgerald said. “On average, wood decks need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years2. Our AZEK and TimberTech decking collections come with 30-year fade and stain warranties. They are engineered for durability, and provide consumers with top quality materials that will far outlast wood.”
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 and innovation and made in America, lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining entire product categories. For more information about AZEK, visit www.azek.com. For more information on TimberTech, visit www.timbertech.com.
 AZEK Building Products saves 100,000+ trees a year. Supporting data can be found on its website.
2On average wood decks last 10-15 years. 2016 Freedonia Wood & Competitive Decking Study.
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:
Well, everything has fallen into place and we were able to start our Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton Twsp., NJ on January 16th! The Township has waived the permit fees except for the DCA fee. We’ve had a local builder member offer to help out and dig the footing holes on Saturday 1/7/17.
We had a footing inspection on 1/11/17 and we completed the pour right after that along with the bottom of the stairway landing. We have several builders lined up to help out with this build for the four days that we anticipate the build to take, but we can always use more. If anyone else wishes to help out please go online to fill out a pledge form found here, or contact Bruce V. at BruceVerb@njdecksandrailings.com.
Thanks to our awesome manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the necessary materials have been donated. Be on the lookout for pictures and more on NADRA’s Facebook page.
Bruce Verblaauw NADRA National – Deck for a Soldier ® Committee Chair
January 4th, 2017 UPDATE:
We want to start out by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!
We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be starting the Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton, NJ on January 16th, weather permitting. This project is located a little way off of Route 287 about 10 minutes north of Morristown, NJ. This deck will be built using Trex Elevations Steel Framing, so if any of you would like to learn some of the ins and outs of working with this product, please let us know so we can schedule you to volunteer to frame. Of course we will need help for about 4 days in order to complete this build and help tying up loose end to finish is always needed. If you have already filled out a labor pledge, please let us know what day(s) that week work best for you or your crew. We are also hoping to dig and pour the 10 footings required for this deck either late next week or very early the following week so that the concrete has time to cure before we start building. We would appreciate if we could get a few guys to help dig these footings. We have some builders but can still use a few more to step up and help out with this build. If you are interested in helping and have not notified us or completed an online labor pledge, please email us or click on this link. We will try to keep a steady flow of help on the project so that we do not have too many workers on any given day.
Thanks to all of our manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the materials have been accounted for. The one thing that has not been supplied yet is a Porta-John.
As we hear back from each of you, we will put together a schedule that best fits the needs of the build and will be back in touch with you soon.
Thank you very much for your support and help,
Judy Verblaauw (on behalf of)
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee Chair
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 email@example.com. You can fill out the online form to make your pledge of material, labor or even a monetary pledge for various unexpected expenses right here.
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.
The NADRA NJ Chapter celebrated their annual Deck Competition on Thursday, June 4th, 2015. What a great night with friends and colleagues of all levels of the value chain in the deck and railing industry.
A special thank you to our 2015 NADRA NJ Deck Competition judges. This is a daunting task of scoring over 200 images in this years competition. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your time and dedication to the deck awards!
Katy Tomasulo – C Squared Advertising, Content Development Manager
Andy Engel – Fine Homebuilding Magazine, Senior Editor
Shawn Miller – NADRA Past President – Classic Designs, Inc.
A very special thank you to NADRA New Jersey’s Secretary, Judy Verblaauw for putting in countless hours to this years awards ceremony. You were the driving force behind this years big event. Great job, and thank you for everything you do for the NJ chapter of NADRA!
And now… for the winners of the 2015 NADRA NJ Deck Competition: (View all winners HERE)
Illumination: Joe Kalnas– Somerville Aluminum
Unique Feature: Gustavo de la Cruz – Barrett Outdoors Deck and Patio Design Center
Limitless Creation: Bill Lecorchick, Legends Home Improvement, LLC
Alternative Deck Under $20k: Robert Lascelle, My Deck, LLC
Porch Over $26k: Sean McAleer – Deck Remodelers.com, LLC
Alternative Deck $21k – $50k: Robert Lascelle, My Deck, LLC
Alternative Deck Over $51k: Gustavo de la Cruz – Barrett Outdoors Deck and Patio Design Center
People’s Choice Award – 2nd Place: Bill Lecorchick, Legends Home Improvement, LLC
People’s Choice Award – 1st Place: Gary Daley, America’s Deck Builder
2015 Best Deck – 2nd place: Gary Daley, America’s Deck Builder
2015 Best Deck – 1st place Winner: Robert Lascelle, My Deck, LLC
If you would like to view the complete album of all deck competition entries, you can do so by clicking HERE
We tried something different with our second meeting of the year by hosting the first “Speed Dating with Deck Builders” event at the Ivy in Buckhead. We had over 51 attendees at the meeting which included several first time visitors. I want to thank the following Deck Builder members that agreed to be at the host tables: David Tibbetts, Atlanta Decking, John Harper and Joel Harper with Leisure Time Decks, O.C. & Mary Kirk with Just Decks, Rick Goldstein and Chapin LaChance with the Mosaic Group, Mike Reasons and John Lea with DeckSouth, Frank Pologruto with Decks & More, John Paulin with Tailor Decks, Bryan Miller with OutBack Decks, and Steve Matrangos & Craig Dickerson with DeckSource.
Thanks you all so much for giving your time and giving this new idea a chance. We only have six meetings a year and this format opened up the opportunity for more of our great Vendors to get in front of the deck builder members. I would also like to thank the following Vendor members who bought “dates” for the event: Weyerhauser/ Cox, Tamko, Homeland Vinyl, Trex, Azek, Dixie Plywood, NyloBoard, MoistureShield, Fiberon and Universal Forest Products. We could not have a chapter without the ongoing support of so many members and I want to thank each of you for giving your resources to this meeting and to the chapter.
We had an opportunity to take care of normal business and to discuss forming a local code committee made up of Rick Goldstein, Steve Matrangos and Craig Dickerson. Rick and Steve both spoke to the formation of the committee and invited all members to contact them with ideas and specific topics they may want to cover. We also spoke about the National initiative for Code’s and to remind everyone to fill out the survey that is online and to contact Glenn Mathewson with any information prior to his going to the ICC meeting. We were also able to give away a number of door prizes to the contractor members because of donations from Tamko, Weyerhauser, Cox , Fiberon, Universal Forest Products, and Fortress.
Our next meeting will be held on June the 18th at the Ivey in Buckhead. Our sponsor for the meeting is Fastenmaster and we are currently looking for a guest speaker so please let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks again for being a part of our Chapter and for all that each of you do to make us successful.
August 27, 2012 – Scranton, PA | CPG International Inc. today announces the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire TimberTech, a subsidiary of the Crane Group and well-known manufacturer of high quality, low maintenance decking, railing and accessory products. CPG International is the parent company of AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium, low-maintenance exterior products that includes decking, railing, porch boards, trim, mouldings and recycled composite pavers.
“The ultimate goal is for our AZEK business and TimberTech to join forces,” said Eric K. Jungbluth, CEO of CPG, “We believe this powerful combination will not only create the largest manufacturer in the trim, decking and railing market, but will also create a premier company in the industry as both entities manufacture highly engineered, outdoor living solution products that offer exceptional aesthetics, performance and longevity.”
Both with strong brand recognition, AZEK Building Products and TimberTech are respected not only for superior products, but also for their leading distribution partners across the U.S and Canada. Tanny Crane, president of the Crane Group, said she is confident that the acquisition positions TimberTech well for future growth. “This was a difficult decision for our company and our family, but we think this acquisition positions the business to continue to be a leader in its product lines,” said Crane.
“This is an exciting opportunity,” remarked Jungbluth. “From our perspective, AZEK and TimberTech are a great fit. This represents the joining of two strong brands focused on quality and innovation. Both have solid relationships with distributor and dealer partners with the proven ability to redefine an industry,” added Jungbluth.