IBS Report: Plastic Continues To Edge Out Slate & Wood

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January 27, 2011 | Roofing shingles, siding, decking and railing molded from virgin plastics, a combination of virgin and recycled plastics, and plastics and natural fillers are all popular options in the building and construction world. For example, InSpire Roofing Products, a Tapco Group company, introduced its next-generation premium roofing products that combine the natural beauty found in slate along with what it calls the most technologically advanced methods and materials.

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NADRA New England Chapter | First Meeting!

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January 20, 2011 | Mark your calendar for the first NADRA New England Chapter meeting!

When: Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

Where: Harvey Corporate Office located at 1400 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Waltham, Mass., 02451

RSVP: Fred Aldrich at 781-398-7722 or fred.aldrich@harveybp.com

Builders, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who want to get involved are welcome!

Hosted by NADRA Member:
HARVEY Building Products

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Fiberon Multi-Chromatic Colors Press Release

January 17, 2011 |More Fiberon decking options are now available for deck builders, distributors and dealers with new multi-chromatic colors, including Spanish Cedar and Jatoba for Outdoor Flooring PVC decking and Castle Gray and Tudor Brown for Horizon composite decking.

Press Release:
Fiberon Multi-Chromatic Colors Release

Hi-Res Images:
Castle Gray
Spanish Cedar
Tudor Brown
Jatoba

The new inspired colors combine the ultimate in beauty and low-maintenance to suit many homeowners’ preferences and styles.

For more information on these new products, please contact me at 919.747.8680. I look forward to working with you on behalf of Fiberon.

Best,
Abby Draper

Attention NADRA Members re: Int’l Builders Show!

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January 5, 2011 | NADRA will be attending the International Builders Show next week! If you are a NADRA member, and we see you wearing your NADRA lanyard from DeckExpo, we will put your name in the hat for a chance to win a prize! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19 edition of the NADRA Industry Update!

“I am really looking forward to seeing everyone next week, it will be so refreshing to walk the show floor and have time to stop and see our members products. I can’t wait! If you would like to schedule time to discuss NADRA benefits and programs for 2011 during the IBS, please email me at Heather@NADRA.org. Happy New Year!”

– Heather Beaudry

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Happy New Year From The NADRA NJ Chapter!

January 3, 2011 | It’s time for our first NJ Chapter NADRA Meeting of 2011! Please join us in starting a new year. We have so many things to look forward to in decking this year…new colors, new accessories, even more involvement from manufacturers and distributors than before, an organization that gets stronger and better with every new member and so much more!!

Deck season starts now!!! Yes, there may be snow on the ground. Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner may not be thinking of their brand new deck at this minute. Planning starts now. Be ready when the weather breaks, be ready for the phone to ring. It’s time to be proactive in growing your business and that starts with your participation in your local NADRA Chapter.

Our first meeting of 2011 will be:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Held at:

Myles F. Kelly, Inc/Chatham
100 Summit Ave.
Chatham, NJ 07928
973-635-9000

Please RSVP to me (Bari Siano) at 973-464-4373 or bari.siano@mylesfkelly.net or Lainie Sleppin at 973-943-3496 or lsleppin@midstatelumber.com Please RSVP no later than Jan. 10 to ensure a proper head count.

We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget ‘The Power of One’–if everyone brings one potential new member, our growth is limitless. Bring a potential new member!1

Dec. Meeting Recap From Atlanta Chapter President

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December 21, 2010 | Thanks to everyone that attended Tuesday night’s Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting at the Soho.

Special thanks go out to Timbertech for their generous sponsorship of what I believe to be one of our best meetings to date. Bill Georgelis and James Gunning teamed up to make a very informative presentation of their decking products and market forecast.

We had a full house which included several very special guests. Terry and Diann Dempsey, the founders of Deck Expo and Professional Deck Builder Magazine were in attendance. John Mortimer, the first President of NADRA was present along with our 2010 “Deck for a Soldier” customers, Captain Don Thompson and his wife Dana.

Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President of NADRA was our keynote speaker and gave a great presentation and really helped strengthen the local and national membership connection.

Ginny Tibbetts, of Atlanta Decking and Fence Company, who has been the secretary and treasurer for our chapter since it’s inception, received a recognition award for her valuable contributions to the Atlanta Chapter. Ginny has devoted countless hours to our cause and has provided a lot of behind the scenes leadership. Her enthusiasm, willingness to help, and general wisdom have served this chapter beyond what any can realize. Keith Compton, who headed up our 2010 Deck for a Soldier campaign, was recognized for his contributions as well. Keith has been a valuable asset for our chapter and has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to complete our first DFS effort.

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NADRA Georgia Chapter Christmas Party a success!

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Decmeber 15, 2010 | In total, close to 65 NADRA members, wives and family were in attendance at the Soho Atlanta Restaurant in Vinings for the Georgia Chapter’s Christmas Party. Among the guests were Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President. Mr. Beaudry passionately introduced several very special guests of the night, including our very own Terry and Diann Dempsey – founders of DeckExpo and PDB Magazine, along with NADRA’s very first President, Mr. John Mortimer. As if the guests couldn’t get any better, the Georgia Chapter Board of Directors arranged for Srgt. Thomas and his wife, recipients of this years Deck for a Soldier project to attend the event so that the local members could thank them just one more time!

The event wouldn’t have happened without the support from NADRA member, TimberTech – thank you for sponsoring a great night!

The local chapter took this time to award two very special NADRA members.The first, Ginny Tibbetts for her time, passion and effort with the local chapter. The second was Keith Compton, who was thanked for the time and energy he put in to spearhead the Chapters 2010 Deck for a Soldier project.

A special thanks goes out to Bobby Smith, NADRA Georgia Chapter’s first president – for without his extraordinary efforts in developing one of NADRA’s most successful chapters, the evening would not have been possible. Thank you, Bobby for getting us to where we are today!

In the end, the entire room was filled with the spirit of Christmas, thanks for what we can all accomplish together, and roughly 4-5 brand new distributor members of NADRA! Wow!

We feel very blessed to have so many great people involved with our industry association!

Please look forward to a full recap and photos in the weeks ahead!

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Dear Georgia NADRA Members and Prospects…

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December 8, 2010 | Hope all of you are doing well. You should have received the “evite” for our upcoming chapter meeting that will be held at Sohos in Vinings, Ga., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Click here to view the invitation.

I encourage each of you to bring your spouses, significant other or a friend. Michael Beaudry (Executive Vice President of NADRA), Heather Beaudry (National Chapter Committee Chair) and Margie Beaudry (Executive Administrator) will attend this meeting. Michael will be our keynote speaker. This will be an opportunity for local members to meet some of the key people in NADRA.

We plan to have our Deck For A Soldier recipients, Captain Don Thompson and his wife Dana, present as well.

Please make every effort to attend and support our local chapter and make this a success.

Respectfully,

Bobby Parks
Atlanta Chapter President
Peachtree Decks and Porches

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NADRA Codes & Standards Committee Update

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December 1, 2010 | The week of October 24th, I attended the International Code Council (ICC) Conference on NADRA’s behalf.

Special thanks to board member Mick Feduniec (Deckscapes, Inc.) and his family for putting me up (and putting up with me) at their beautiful home in Charlotte for the duration of my stay.

While at the Conference, I participated in a meeting of the ICC Evaluation Service Advisory Committee (ESAC). ESAC is charged with improving service to manufacturers seeking Evaluation Service Reports (ESR). Please see http://www.icc-es.org/Help/esac.shtml for a more in-depth discussion of the purpose of ESAC.

The committee is open to participation from members of industry and manufacturers. What struck me as most important was an earnest effort on the part of all participants to move toward resolution and improvement. I was able to meet several vice presidents of ICC-ES as well as manufacturer and industry representatives.

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Associations and the Code

Article posted courtesy of www.deckmagazine.com.

November 30, 2010 | When I was a carpenter and a builder, I never joined an industry association. I didn’t see what was in it for me. That was taking the short view. I didn’t realize that associations lobby on industry-wide issues such as codes. In fact, I didn’t know how codes were written. If I had thought about it, I’d have guessed that some think tank of structural engineers sat around developing minimum standards based on a reasonable expectation of building performance.

Well, it turns out that’s not quite right. Code writing is a political process as much as a technical one. Code changes can be suggested by anyone, from individuals to corporations. My crazy Uncle Lou could suggest a code change. Properly submitted code proposals are vetted by a committee. The survivors are voted up or down at the International Code Council’s annual meetings. The only people who get to vote on whether changes make it into the IRC are governmental members of the ICC — mostly code officials.

The people most affected by the code — you — don’t get a vote. Anyone can comment on proposed changes before the final vote, but what deck builder has the time to keep abreast of proposed changes to the code and to write a letter or comment at the annual ICC meeting? I never did. Nor did I realize I could. Even so, considering the commenter could be Uncle Lou, the view of one individual probably shouldn’t carry a lot of weight. But associations? If I were a voting ICC member, I’d give more time and credence to associations than to the concerns of an individual.

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