Screw Products – Going Coastal

Going Coastal

When it comes to building by the sea, the best fasteners are rustproof and corrosion resistant

GIG HARBOR, Wash. – As a resident of Washington’s Puget Sound area, Screw Products Inc. President Jim Miller knows that coastal homes face their own set of unique challenges.

That’s one reason Screw Products Inc. has expanded its lines of fasteners, including screws, deck clips, and bracket systems to include a wider array of materials for coastal building use.

Miller said the company’s largest offering in this niche are its Stainless Steel Star Drive screws, which range in length from 1-5/8” to 4” for use in a variety of projects. The 305 stainless steel screws can be used with chemically treated materials, plywood, PVC and wood applications that are exposed to weather, high moisture, and other caustic conditions providing extra corrosion resistance. Miller said they are also well suited to projects where staining is required.

“Builders who work on the coast should be using nothing but 305 or 316 stainless steel,” said Miller. “Stainless steel is used when extra corrosion resistance is required. It  does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel or coated fasteners could. 305s are also about 30% less expensive.”

Extending that line of stainless steel screws this year are Screw Products Inc. Exterior Construction Star Drive Lag Screws, available in 1” to 16” lengths and compatible with pressure treated lumber and tannic wood such as Cedar and Redwood. They also have a triple-coating that has shown more than 1,200 hours of corrosion resistance in ACQ and salt spray testing.

Screw Products Inc. also sells a range of color-match Screws for use with composite, PVC and wood decking products. Painted to match the decking colors of more than a dozen major manufacturers, the screws also feature an E-Coat finish that has also shown more than 1,000 hours of corrosion resistance when subjected to salt spray testing.

Beyond traditional fasteners, Screw Products Inc. carries The Ultimate Hidden Deck Fastener made from marine grade aluminum with a black oxide 305 Stainless Steel screw and the 316 Stainless Steel DeckLok Bracket System, which creates stronger deck connections and meets and exceeds IRC 2006 requirements. Similarly, RailLok is used to connect railing and fence sections to the rail/fence post, and is available in 316 Stainless Steel and in white or black powder coat finish, or in custom colors by request.

About Screw Products                                                                                                                                                      

Screw Products, Inc. has been providing quality fasteners backed by customer service since 1999. Its extensive product line offers benefits such as a type 17 auger point, longer bit life, reduced splitting and they counter sink themselves. Orders ship out the same day they are received; for more information, visit www.Screw-Products.com or call (877) 844-8880. Screw Products Inc. products are available online and at retailers across the country.

 

Fortress Railing and California Cascade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Karen Wong

Phone:  1.866.323.4766

Fax:  972.644.3720

Email:  karenw@fortressrailing.com

 

Fortress Railing Products Announces New Distribution Partnership with California Cascade Industries in Northern California

 

Richardson, TX – March 25, 2013 – Fortress Railing Products, a leader in the ornamental railing industry, announces its partnership with California Cascade Industries, an innovative and progressive force in the distribution of building products.  Its staff focuses on bringing value to the market with premium products by promoting, selling and distributing to the Sacramento, Woodland and Fontana areas.

 

“California Cascade Industries has a reputation of excellent service, strong relationships and unparalleled response to its building products retailers,” said Erik Flick, General Manager of Fortress Railing Products, “and we are confident that they will be a fantastic partner for growth in the Northern California market.”

 

With experience in this industry since 1974, California Cascade Industries will distribute the full Fortress Railing Products line, which includes first-of-its-kind pre-welded Fortress Fe26 Iron Railing and Fortress Al13 Aluminum Railing systems.  It will also distribute Fortress Railing Balusters, Fortress Pure View Glass Railing and FortressAccents Post Caps & LED Lighting, which can all be easily integrated with a variety of decking materials to create unique outdoor spaces.

 

“We are very excited to join forces with Fortress Railing Products to bring quality and diverse railing options to our dealers” said Brian DeClusin, Product Manager of California Cascade Industries, “and our team is enthusiastic and are ready to promote Fortress Railing Products in the market.”

 

About Fortress Railing Products

Fortress Railing Products, a division of The Fortress Company, is committed to developing innovative, quality products specifically for the railing industry.  It is very proud of its vast distribution network, commitment to code testing, innovative product design and the strength of the Fortress Railing Products brand.  As a respected category creator and industry leader, Fortress Railing Products offers a complete line of railing solutions to meet virtually any need.

 

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For more information, please visit www.fortressrailing.com or contact our customer service team via email at sales@fortressrailing.com or via phone at 1.866.323.4766.

PERENNIAL WOOD NAMED A GREEN CERTIFIED PRODUCT

Contacts:

Amy Lewis, amy@renownmarketing.com, 651.450.9222

Julie Goetz, julie@goetzresultscomm.com, 952.452.3663

PERENNIAL WOOD NAMED A GREEN CERTIFIED PRODUCT BY HOME INNOVATION RESEARCH LABS

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 3, 2013—Further confirming its sustainability position, Perennial Wood™ recently was named a Green Certified Product by Home Innovation Research Labs, formerly the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. This distinction means that projects incorporating Perennial Wood can earn points towards certification under the National Green Building Standard™.

 “Becoming a Green Certified Product is a great way to officially connect Perennial Wood to quality green building,” said Ken Flint, market development manager for Perennial Wood. “This reinforces our sustainability position while supporting our customers’ pursuit of green building certifications.”

To become a Green Certified Product, Perennial Wood was evaluated by the Home Innovation Research Lab for meeting National Green Building certification criteria. The National Green Building Standard uses the Green Scoring Tool to award points for design, preparation, development, efficiency and environmental quality. Specific products that have been approved by the program can be found at http://www.GreenApprovedProducts.org.

Made by Eastman Chemical Company, Perennial Wood is real wood modified to endure nature’s harshest elements. It is modified through TruLast™ Technology to resist changes from moisture and remain dimensionally stable — three times more stable than unmodified wood — making it suitable for nearly any exterior construction application.

Perennial Wood is made from U.S. Southern pine and is processed and finished in the U.S., eliminating the need for shipping wood from offshore sources, lessening the environmental impact. Because it lasts longer than most unmodified wood, Perennial Wood needs to be replaced less often, resulting in less material disposal over the long term. TruLast Technology leaves no toxic substances within the wood, delivering peace of mind to homeowners.

Perennial Wood decking is available at select retail locations and lumberyards in the Northeast while Perennial Wood porch flooring is available at lumberyards in the Northeast and South-Atlantic. To locate a dealer, visit PerennialWood.com.

 

About Eastman

Perennial Wood is manufactured by Eastman, a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com. For more information on Perennial Wood, visit PerennialWood.com or call 800.530.7495.

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PERENNIAL WOOD NAMED A GREEN CERTIFIED PRODUCT

Contacts:

Amy Lewis, amy@renownmarketing.com651.450.9222

Julie Goetz, julie@goetzresultscomm.com952.452.3663

PERENNIAL WOOD NAMED A GREEN CERTIFIED PRODUCT BY HOME INNOVATION RESEARCH LABS

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 3, 2013—Further confirming its sustainability position, Perennial Wood™ recently was named a Green Certified Product by Home Innovation Research Labs, formerly the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. This distinction means that projects incorporating Perennial Wood can earn points towards certification under the National Green Building Standard™.

“Becoming a Green Certified Product is a great way to officially connect Perennial Wood to quality green building,” said Ken Flint, market development manager for Perennial Wood. “This reinforces our sustainability position while supporting our customers’ pursuit of green building certifications.”

To become a Green Certified Product, Perennial Wood was evaluated by the Home Innovation Research Lab for meeting National Green Building certification criteria. The National Green Building Standard uses the Green Scoring Tool to award points for design, preparation, development, efficiency and environmental quality. Specific products that have been approved by the program can be found at http://www.GreenApprovedProducts.org.

Made by Eastman Chemical Company, Perennial Wood is real wood modified to endure nature’s harshest elements. It is modified through TruLast™ Technology to resist changes from moisture and remain dimensionally stable — three times more stable than unmodified wood — making it suitable for nearly any exterior construction application.

Perennial Wood is made from U.S. Southern pine and is processed and finished in the U.S., eliminating the need for shipping wood from offshore sources, lessening the environmental impact. Because it lasts longer than most unmodified wood, Perennial Wood needs to be replaced less often, resulting in less material disposal over the long term. TruLast Technology leaves no toxic substances within the wood, delivering peace of mind to homeowners.

Perennial Wood decking is available at select retail locations and lumberyards in the Northeast while Perennial Wood porch flooring is available at lumberyards in the Northeast and South-Atlantic. To locate a dealer, visit PerennialWood.com.

About Eastman

Perennial Wood is manufactured by Eastman, a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com. For more information on Perennial Wood, visit PerennialWood.com or call 800.530.7495.

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WOLF Announces Facebook Sweepstakes

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 2, 2013

Contact: Jim Groff, 717.852.4842, jcgroff@wolfleader.com

WOLF ANNOUNCES “DECK OUT YOUR DECK” FACEBOOK SWEEPSTAKES

Winner will receive a grill-and-furniture package worth more than $1,400

 

 (York, Pa.)WOLF today announced it would give away a grill-and-furniture package worth more than $1,400 through a Facebook-only sweepstakes.  Visitors to WOLF’s Facebook page who are over the age of 21 may enter the contest by completing a simple form. WOLF is the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products in the eastern United States.

 

One grand prize winner will receive one Char-Broil 6-burner gas grill and one Southwick 7-piece outdoor dining set to “deck out” their deck.

 

Anyone over the age of 21 residing in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia may enter. The sweepstakes will end May 31.

 

This is the fifth WOLF Facebook sweepstakes in the past three years. Previous giveaways have included a decking package, a bathroom remodel package and a trip for two to one of several architecturally notable cities in the U.S.

 

Today, WOLF develops products and programs that enable 3,000 pro dealers across 28 eastern and central states to differentiate from big-box competitors.

 

For more information about WOLF, visit www.wolfleader.com.

 

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About WOLF   WOLF provides kitchen and bath cabinetry and building materials, marketing and sales support and financial services exclusively to independent dealers in 28 states in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. Since its founding in 1843, York, Pa.-based WOLF has evolved into a sourcing company that offers American-made, WOLF-branded products and other high-quality product lines.  Learn more about WOLF at www.wolfleader.com and www.wolfhomeproducts.com

2015 Code Update, By Glenn Mathewson

Two weeks ago the code proposals for the creation of the 2015 IRC were posted for public review, and NADRA quickly made our industry aware.  There are a lot of them to review.  In building codes alone there were 1132 pages of proposals.

 

I have read and skimmed through all these pages and found the proposals related in some way to our industry.  These proposal numbers and a brief explanation can be read HERE

 

There’s some good stuff, some questionable stuff and some…other stuff proposed.  I will be at the hearings in Dallas at the end of April representing NADRA and our industry…so let NADRA know what you think.  Here are some highlights of what may be ready and waiting for you in the future.  I know 2015 is years away…but the decisions are being made now.

 

RB61 suggests adding various deflection limitations for guards.  This is a tough one.  Manufactured guard assemblies are already tested to these limits, so it’s generally business-as-usual.  It’s the custom built guards that take the hit.  How will the inspector verify these limits?  How will you know your standard cedar guardrail meets these limits?  Speaking of deflection, RB61 proposes to nail down a deflection limit of L/360 for decks.  Is that too much for a deck with no ceiling below?  Take a look and see what you think of the proposed deflection limits, but give a long read to RB268 as well.  Among many other requirements, take a look at how it could affect your guard design and construction.  Do these ideas work for you, or could they be refined?

 

The lateral load tension device provision that is neither required nor validated will get more involved if RB260, RB261, RB262 and RB263 are approved.  Should this flawed code provision get further complicated and accepted through new exceptions to what is not even a rule…  Should more lateral load methods, based on loads that are yet to be understood, be printed in the ever-growing IRC?  Research on lateral live loads has occurred and more sound and validated standards will be produced in the future.  Will it be a greater uphill struggle to this goal if this section is made more complicated now?

 

“Fire separation distance” is the IRC’s version of “setbacks”.  Decks have long been ignored in the IRC in regard to how close to property lines they can be built.  RB74 and RB75 would end this, and decks and stairs would simply be prohibited from being any closer than 5 feet from the lot line.  Should there be an exception for decks under a certain height?  RB66 also proposes new fire separation ideas for decks, but they’re less restrictive.  Should we interject our experiences and opinions on this topic?

 

The 2009 and 2012 IRC effectively killed built-in seating at guards with the requirement to measure the minimum 36-inch guard height from the seat.  RB145 proposes to eliminate that requirement and bring back some architectural freedom to guard design.  How does that one sound to you?  Should it get NADRA support?  What about eliminating blocking over cantilevers 2 feet or less, as described in RB247.  That might help in installing some deck drainage systems.

 

Well, there’s a start to understanding what’s on the table for the IRC, and I hope it’s caught your interest.  There are more than just those.  Proposals can be modified during the whole process, so proposals that may have flaws, can be built upon and corrected.  As the voice of the decking industry, we have a chance to help build on these proposals and take a hold of the future of our industry.

 

Please send your feedback to Info@NADRA.org

Fortress Railing & Huttig

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Karen Wong

Phone:  1.866.323.4766

Fax:  972.644.3720

Email:  karenw@fortressrailing.com

 

Fortress Railing Products Establishes Distribution Partnership with Huttig Building Products in Northern California

 

Richardson, TX – March 25, 2013 – Fortress Railing Products, a leading innovator and manufacturer of railing products, announces its partnership with Huttig Building Products, one of the nation’s largest wholesale distributors of specialty building products.

 

Striving to be the best distributor of every product it sells, in every market it serves, Huttig Building Products is confident in its services and continues to improve its offerings and distribution methods so its dealers have an efficient model to service their customers.  For more than 125 years, Huttig Building Products has built lasting relationships with some of the most trusted and reliable names in the industry, which allows them to offer the highest quality building products at competitive costs.

 

“Huttig Building Products’ strength has been building relationships and providing excellent service to its network of dealers” said Erik Flick, General Manager of Fortress Railing Products, “and we feel like Huttig Building Products and Fortress Railing Products are a tremendous fit and look forward to the opportunities and growth in the Northern California market.”

 

With over 40 years of combined experience in building products, Fortress Railing Products is best known for its innovative pre-welded railing systems.  In 2012, Fortress Railing Products released its much-anticipated Al13 Aluminum Railing system designed to be easily installed much like its firmly successful Fe26 Iron Railing counterpart.  Also newly released was its FortressAccents Post Caps & LED Lighting line encompassing post caps fitting a range of 2” to 6” posts as well as LED options to enhance any outdoor space.

 

“Fortress Railing Products has quickly grown to be a dependable leader in the railing industry” said Chuck Scott, Sales Manager of Huttig, “and we are excited to bring such a high quality railing product to our network of dealers to continue to help them grow their businesses in a trusted brand.”

 

About Fortress Railing Products

Fortress Railing Products, a division of The Fortress Company, is committed to developing innovative, quality products specifically for the railing industry.  It is very proud of its vast distribution network, commitment to code testing, innovative product design and the strength of the Fortress Railing Products brand.  As a respected category creator and industry leader, Fortress Railing Products offers a complete line of railing solutions to meet virtually any need.

 

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For more information, please visit www.fortressrailing.com or contact our customer service team via email at sales@fortressrailing.com or via phone at 1.866.323.4766.

Boston Cedar and RDI

Heavy Metal

Continuing a long tradition of introducing innovative building materials for independent lumber dealers in the Northeast U.S., Boston Cedar is pleased to announce its newest offering; RDI Metal Work’s Excalibur Railing.

The folks at Railing Dynamics Inc. have taken elements you’ve come to love from the Endurance and Titan Pro railing systems and created Excalibur, the new railing line from the Metal Works® family. Endurance-like hidden attachments, Titan-like easy installation, economical, and sleek satin black or hammered bronze finishes, are all combined together to create a great looking fully-metal exterior railing system. Sure, metal has been around for a while, but you’ve never seen it quite like this.

Excalibur’s pre-welded components provide strength, while the triple-coat finishing process ensures great looking durability. The pre-mounted brackets allow for quick installation. The satin, low-gloss finish hides marring, fingerprints, smudges and other dirt that can otherwise make a gorgeous railing installation look like it’s in desperate need of a spit-shine.

Excalibur doesn’t have to stop at being a suit of armor for your deck, porch or set of stairs; you can add a touch of warmth and beauty to the toughness of steel. Create a touch of elegance with a custom wood top-rail profile. Mix it up by combining white, earth, or sand post and accessory options from the Endurance and Titan systems.

At the recent JLC LIVE New England  Show in Providence, RI, contractors flocked to the RDI booth to learn more about Metal Works. During the course of live product  demonstrations, contractors were enthusiastically supportive of the ease of installation, the 15-year residential, 10-year commercial limited warranty on materials and the game-changing 2-year labor warranty.

Stay Ahead of The Change; 2015 Codes Underway Now

The time has come again for us to be a part of our future…for you to be a part of your future.  The International Code Council released the proposed changes to the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) on March 11th.  The ideas contained in these proposals come from professionals and non-professionals from all corners of the construction industry and from all over the nation and result in the 2015 IRC.  Now is the time for the decking industry to review these ideas and see how they affect our industry, both positive and negative.

 

In only a handful of weeks, I will be in Dallas at the ICC Committee action hearings representing NADRA to speak in opposition or support for any proposals that affect our industry.  The hearings run from April 20th to 31st, where over 2,000 individual proposed changes will be discussed.

 

The decisions made from now until this Fall will be those that determine what code will be published in 2015 and what you will be working under in 2016 and beyond.  NADRA needs your help reviewing these proposals to determine which ones matter to us and our opinion of them.  Please follow the link found HERE to ICC’s website and choose a PDF to download and begin reviewing.  Please keep us informed of your efforts and opinions in the next few weeks, as official NADRA positions on proposals need to be determined well before the hearings.  We need your opinions to know our position.  Now is the time, and there’s not much of it.

 

On behalf of the NADRA leadership and membership and most certainly on behalf of myself, I look forward to working together to create our future.

 

Thank you,

 

Glenn Mathewson

NADRA Technical Advisor

CAMO Named Hot New Product by LBM Journal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact: Taylor Running

March 11, 2013                                                                                               616.261.2134                                                                                          taylor_running@nationalnail.com

 

 

National Nail Corp.’s CAMO® Marksman Pro®-X1 Named Hot New Product by LBM Journal®

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Following the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show, National Nail Corp.’s CAMO Marksman Pro-X1 was included in LBM Journal’s Editors’ Choice Hot Products section in the March 2013 issue.

 

This year, LBM Journal showcased over 30 products and services that were featured at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show. They highlighted new products, as well as existing products that have been improved to better serve builder, remodeler and homeowner customers.

 

The CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System was also included in LBM Journal’s 2011 Editors’ Choice Hot Products, after launching at the International Builders’ Show.

 

For more information about CAMO, please visit http://www.camofasteners.com or call 1-800-968-6245 ext. 2134. Be sure to “Like” CAMO Fasteners on Facebook and keep up with CAMO news, stories, photos and events by signing up for the CAMO Connection on the CAMO website.

 

National Nail Corp., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., is an employee-owned manufacturer and distributor of high quality, innovative building products and service solutions for the residential and commercial construction industries. Other National Nail brands include Pro-Fit® Fasteners, STINGER® Cap Systems and Impressions Storm Doors and Windows.

 

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