2010 Foreign Competition Report

Chicago, IL – April 2010 |Jordan, Knauff & Company, a middle-market investment bank with a specialized practice in the building products industry, has announced the publication of the second annual issue of the Foreign Competition Report for the U.S. Building Products Industry. The report summarizes import statistics and growth rates of the top importing countries in eleven different building products categories. The report includes information on the following industry segments: windows and doors, vinyl profiles, glass, flooring, fencing, siding, roofing, decking, columns, cabinets and engineered wood products. This report will be published annually in order to inform building products manufacturers of the level of risk of foreign competition faced by the various building products segments.

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2010 Atlantic Builders Convention (April 14-16)

61st Atlantic Builders Convention to Attract 9,000 Attendees, 600 Exhibits, Industry Experts to Atlantic City, April 14-16th

Hamilton, NJ – April 2010 | The Atlantic Builders Convention (ABC) is the Northeast’s largest and most influential building industry trade show and conference. It convenes next week – April 14-16, 2010 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The annual event is hosted by the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA), and is expected to draw 9,000 attendees from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The three-day tradeshow and conference features 600 exhibits, a distinguished list of guests and presenters, timely and relevant educational programs, and a number of social and networking events.

The theme for this year’s ABC is “Changing Tides” which, according to NJBA President Michael Karmatz, “…appropriately reflects the ebb and flow of our industry, the changing economic and regulatory currents within which we conduct our business, and the ups and downs of homebuilding in recent years.”

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Osmose MicroPro® Certified by GREENGUARD

Griffin, GA – March 2010 | Osmose, Inc., the premier supplier of wood preservative technologies, has earned GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification for their MicroPro wood preservative technology from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI).

GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification indicates that a product has undergone rigorous testing and has met stringent standards for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Products certified to this criteria are suitable for use in schools, offices, and other sensitive environments. Certified products are listed in the free online GREENGUARD Product Guide which is a valuable tool for architects, designers, product specifiers, and purchasing organizations that want to locate, specify, and purchase low-emitting products for indoor environments. “By achieving GREENGUARD Certification for their MicroPro technology, Osmose has demonstrated to buyers, retailers, and consumers their commitment to environmental excellence, healthy lifestyles, and sustainable living”, said Henning Bloech, Executive Director of GEI.

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Fiberon® Introduces New Inspirations™ Railing System

Stylish railing with designer options designed for fast assembly

New London, NC – March 2010 | Fiberon®, a leading manufacturer of composite and PVC decking, railing and fencing products, is pleased to introduce the new Inspirations Railing System. The Inspirations System is designed to give homeowners customizable options and engineered to save contractors time to assemble.

“The Inspirations Railing System requires fewer screws and uses a patented dagger system for faster assembly and easier installation,” said Bill Ross, Vice President of Sales for Fiberon. “These cost saving features, as well as the high quality PVC combine to provide the best quality railing in the marketplace.

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EZ Stairs® Releases New Rail Post Support

EZ Stairs, Inc. stair building brackets exceed code requirements and can be used for deck rail post support.

Laguna Hills, CA – March 2010 | Deck builders have had an age old problem when it comes to attaching posts to deck platforms, let alone attaching posts to deck stairs. It’s a safety issue. There’s never been an easy or satisfactory solution for building rail post supports that are strong, and meet building code requirements too. Code regulations call for 200 lbs. of lateral load thrust support, but this new building product solution will support 500 lbs.

Recent testing conducted by Testing Engineers Inc. ,San Leandro, CA, a well known national testing lab, has shown that EZ Stairs® adjustable stair brackets well exceeds IBC lateral load specified code requirements with minimal deflection. This is a major advancement in the decking industry with outstanding performance in strength and minimal deflection per code requirements. The IBC lateral load rail support requirements are 200 lbs. per 36” (residential), 42” (commercial) and 500 lbs. (ultimate).

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Trex® Announces Partnership with Dri-Deck

Trex® RainEscape® Deck Drainage System Expands Outdoor Living Space, Adds Value

WINCHESTER, VA – March 2010 | Trex Company announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Colorado-based Dri-Deck Enterprises, LLC, to develop and market an above joist deck drainage system called Trex® RainEscape®. The system creates a dry space beneath the deck that is suitable for the installation of deck lighting, ceiling fans and finished ceilings and represents a significant new potential growth driver for the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products.

Unlike competitive products – which make use of “under joist” technology – Trex RainEscape shields the joists, protecting them from water damage and deterioration that may occur over time, while also creating additional usable outdoor living space below the deck. In addition to being competitively priced, the system will be easy and efficient to install – making it an ideal solution for both contractors and do-it-yourselfers.

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Trex® To Hit the Road Again in Spring 2010

Executives and Product Experts Highlight Innovations and Resources with Multi-Market Interactive Events

Winchester, VA – March 2010 | It’s a new decade and Trex® has a whole new attitude. For the second consecutive year, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products will visit valued trade partners in select markets offering the chance to interact with senior company executives and new Trex products, innovations and resources.

Beginning March 3, the Trex Walk the Walk Tour will give builders, contractors and installers the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest offerings from Trex – and ask questions of company representatives in a no pressure environment. Highlighted at each Walk the Walk event will be the revolutionary new Trex TranscendTM decking and railing system, which boasts an unprecedented combination of performance and aesthetics guaranteed to outperform wood, composite and PVC for decades. On-site demonstrations by Trex product experts will allow attendees to witness first-hand the collection’s superior resistance to staining. Trex will also show decking installations using the new Trex® Hideaway® Universal Hidden Fastener and will share the brand’s latest advertising, merchandising and online initiatives.

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TimberTech® Introduces ADA Compliant Hand Rail

Wilmington, Ohio – February 2010 | Suitable for commercial and residential applications, TimberTech’s new ADA Hand Rail system easily installs on any TimberTech railing system to provide additional safety and ease-of access.
The ADA Hand Rail system allows architects, engineers, builders and contractors to know they are in compliance with not only ADA requirements, but with applicable state and local building codes.

The hand rail has a 1-1/2” diameter gripping area. The exterior of the rail is PVC tubing and is supported with an extruded aluminum insert to increase rigidity and lasting strength for any application. Not running in a straight line? No worry, TimberTech offers an adjustable internal joiner to accommodate any transition from 0 to 90 degrees.

The system can mount on any existing railing structure to compliment or can be directly mounted to a wall with the in-line wall mount bracket or the 90 degree return bracket. TimberTech also offers a handicap loop for the end of a stair run. The ADA Secondary Hand Rail system easily installs on-site and no special tools are required.

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Fortress Iron™ Railing Products Prove Their Strength

Richardson, TX – February 2010 | With increased focus on structural testing in the railing industry, Fortress Iron™ has taken the initiative to test its product beyond what is required for most railing codes to ensure that its users are safe and have a peace of mind as they enjoy their outdoor living space.

Fortress Classic Railing Panels were successfully tested by ATI (Architectural Testing) in accordance with AC 273 and Fortress Railing Balusters were also tested by ATI in accordance with the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and 2006 International Residential Code (IRC).

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