Osmose & Arch Treatment Tech. Anounce Agreement

Griffin, GA – April 12, 2011 | Osmose, Inc. and Arch Treatment Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Arch Chemicals, Inc., both leading suppliers of wood preservative technologies, announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Arch Treatment Technologies, Inc. and its affiliates have been granted a worldwide license to practice under certain patents owned by Osmose, Inc. covering the use of micronized wood preservatives, including the patent that was the subject of a previous dispute between the parties. Terms of the licensing agreement are confidential. Micronized wood preservatives are utilized to pressure treat wood products commonly used in decks, fences, landscaping, agricultural, house framing and other general construction uses. Both parties will continue to supply the market with their respective portfolios of preservative products that offer numerous important benefits to consumers, contractors, and builders.

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NADRA Teams Up With LBM Journal

North American Deck & Rail Association Names LBM Journal as its Endorsed Publication for the Distribution Channel.

April 4, 2011 | The North American Deck & Rail Association (NADRA), the established leading resource of information and ideas for deck builders and other industry professionals involved in the outdoor living industry, has named LBM Journal as its endorsed publication for the industry’s distribution channel.

The organization has existing solid support and involvement from deck builders and decking manufacturers. To connect the two groups, NADRA’s Board of Directors voted on March 23rd to name LBM Journal as the association’s endorsed magazine for the distribution channel.

“Outdoor living has emerged as a true ‘break-out’ category for our subscribers—lumber/building material dealers,” said Rick Schumacher, LBM Journal editor and publisher. “LBM Journal identified this trend at our publication’s launch in 2003, and has established itself as the leading resource for members of the distribution channel. Working with NADRA is the natural next step in helping our readers—along with their suppliers and their customers—to grow their sales and their business. We appreciate the vote of confidence from NADRA’s board, and very much look forward to helping NADRA accomplish its mission and strengthen its position among our readers.”

“NADRA is committed to supporting and strengthening the entire deck and railing industry in North America—everyone from manufacturers and wholesale distributors to deck builders and homeowners. Lumberyards, the companies who subscribe to LBM Journal, are a critical link in this chain,” explains Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “By working with LBM Journal, we hope to boost the involvement of dealers and distributors—which will be good for the entire industry.”

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NADRA Honors Washington Soldier & Family

Lacey, WA – March 30, 2011 | North American Deck and Railing Association announced today the official plans and build schedule for their Deck For a Soldier® project. The Western Washington Chapter will break ground on the 25th of March. Construction will be completed in time for a ribbon cutting ceremony, to be held on Memorial Day, May 30th, 2011.

NADRA launched its Deck For a Soldier® program in 2007; this is a community effort that expresses our appreciation for the service and dedication of the men and women of our armed forces. The project will be completed with strictly donated materials, time and labor.

SSG Marshall Diaz has been honorably serving his country for 13 years and is currently in Active Duty. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, he was wounded and medically evacuated back to the U.S. From May of 2008 until April of 2010, SSG Diaz was in the Warrior Transition Battalion located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. SSG Marshall is honored by a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, as well as many other prestigious awards during his career. SSG Diaz also takes time to serve his local community by volunteering with the local Boy Scout Troops and still sets time to volunteer at a local Veteran’s home.

On his application SSG Diaz noted “When I was given the option to get out of the Army, I chose the only option for me, and that is to continue to serve my country. Although my rehabilitation is an ongoing process, I hold my head up with pride for there is no other country in this world that I would rather live in, than the United States of America.”

Western Washington NADRA members are humbled and honored to break ground for the west coast and know the deck could not have gone to a more deserving family.

More information about this and other projects can be found at www.NADRA.org.

NADRA Launches First-Ever Industry Event!

Quakertown, PA – March 30, 2011 | Understanding the Existing Structure was launched on March 24th, 2011 at The Biltmore in Providence, Rhode Island. This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDB* Certification exams. (Master Deck Builder)

Over 75 Industry professionals gathered the evening before the big day of education for a networking dinner on the 17th floor of the historic Biltmore hotel. About 40 of those attendees were from NADRA’s very own New England Chapter. Fred Aldrich, NE Chapter President states “It is truly an exciting time in our industry and the NADRA events in Providence are a great example of that excitement.”

With sponsors like Fiberon & TimberTech who are willing to support the Association on these ground level programs, NADRA has been able to bring first-ever events to the industry, such as the annual meeting and cocktail reception, industry deck awards, and now the first-ever industry Certification for Deck Builders along with the new Factory Trained programs that others are sure to follow! Tony Groh, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, TimberTech states, “I was very impressed with the NADRA event in Providence. The quality of the NADRA member contractors is very evident. It is refreshing to participate in presentations where the audience is so engaged and the questions so insightful. It was obvious that those present are on a continuous quest to improve their craft. We look forward to the next NADRA event.”
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NADRA New England Chapter Meeting

A message from Fred Aldrich, NADRA New England Chapter President. Taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief.

March 30, 2011 |
I would like to thank all those who attended our chapter meeting this past week in Providence, R.I. It is truly an exciting time in our industry and the events last week are a great example of that excitement.

At our third meeting of the New England chapter we had more than 40 members and prospective members join us in Providence. In addition we were joined by members of the Board of Directors of the National NADRA. This was a great turnout for a chapter that had its first meeting in February.

We discussed and learned about some great programs we hope to participate in at the local level:

* Deck Safety Month
* Deck for a Soldier
* Recognition awards – Deck Competition

NADRA New England Chapter meeting held at the Providence Biltmore in Rhode Island. Forty deck pros packed the room.

Most importantly we had a great opportunity to network with the best professionals in the decking and railing industry, from the leading manufacturers, distributors, to the best contractors.
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FastenMaster® Acquires Tiger Claw®

Agawam, MA – March 25, 2011 | OMG, Inc., a subsidiary of Handy & Harman Ltd, has acquired the business and assets of Tiger Claw, Inc. of Bristol, CT. OMG is a leading manufacturer and supplier of fasteners and building products. The announcement was made by Hubert McGovern, OMG’s President.

Tiger Claw will become a part of OMG’s FastenMaster division.

Founded in 2001, Tiger Claw has grown to become the market leading brand of concealed deck fastening clip systems. The Tiger Claw product line includes the TC3 clip for wood and non-grooved deck boards and the TCG clip for grooved deck boards. Many of these products are available under both the Tiger Claw and private label brand names. In addition, in 2008, Tiger Claw introduced the TC Gun, a pneumatic installation tool. The TC Gun has allowed deck builders to dramatically reduce deck fastener installation time.
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Boston Cedar Partners With Railing Dynamics

Holbrook, MA – March 25, 2011 | Boston Cedar is pleased to announce that it has entered an agreement with Railing Dynamics, Inc to distribute the complete RDI product line, including all Endurance® and Titan Pro® Railing lines to its’ broad base of quality independent LBM dealers. Since 1989, RDI has established itself as a national leader in the manufacture of low-maintenance exterior railing systems through innovative design and ease of installation. The RDI brand has become synonymous with uncompromising commitment to excellence in all facets of business by consistently providing products and services that exceed the expectations of the dealer, installer and building owner.
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Ask NADRA: Deck Stair Lighting Codes

March 21, 2011 | Lainie Sleppin of Mid-State Lumber asks:

“I am getting a number of calls regarding the code on deck stair
lighting, no pun but can you shed any light on this code so I can
advise correctly. We are talking about guys in the NJ market.

Thanks for your help and have a great weekend.”

Glenn Mathewson, NADRA’s Technical Advisor, responds:

Hello Lainie,

Thanks for your confidence in NADRA, the voice of the decking industry, to be your “go to” when you need quality information on the decking and railing industry. I understand your contractor customers in the New York and New Jersey area have been asking questions lately about lighting at deck stairways. I am happy to provide you assistance in better understanding the requirements of the 2009 IRC in this regard. Many people I discuss this with are surprised that when you read Section R303.6 there are two requirements…one for the location of a lighting fixture, and one for the illumination of the stairway. They are not one in the same.

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Calling All Fiberpros – Earn Up To $1000!

Earn up to $1000 for your knowledge!

March 8, 2011 | Fiberon is starting a training program in conjunction with the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). The first session will be at JLC Live in Providence, RI covering railing.

We want to know your top tip or trick for installing Horizon Plus or Inspirations composite railing.

Send us a written description of the tip along with a sketch or photo if appropriate. The top tip or trick as judged by the Fiberon Sales and Marketing team will receive $1,000 applied to their FiberPRO Deck Dollars account. The next 10 will each receive $200 applied to their account.

How To Enter

1. Be a member of Fiberpro and a Deck Dollars participant
2. Post your tip one of these places:
– In the comment section below
– On our Facebook page
– Via email to promos@fiberondecking.com
3. Enter by Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thanks for using Fiberon and sharing your knowledge!

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Register Now! | NADRA Dinner & Day Of Education

February 23, 2011 | NADRA is hitting the deck running with a brand new education series launching March 2011. Join us March 23-24 for a NADRA dinner reception followed by a day of deck-specific education. Are you a NADRA member? This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDP Certification exams (NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification*). Flaunt your certification in your proposals, website, marketing and be recognized on www.NADRA.org. All NADRA Members who complete this course will be mentioned in NADRA’s blog and weekly news brief!

Wednesday, March 23 – NADRA Networking Dinner:

* 6 p.m.: Networking Dinner

Thursday, March 24 – NADRA Education:

* 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Understanding the Existing Structure, by Glenn Mathewson
* 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch provided
* 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by TimberTech
* 3 – 3:30 p.m.: Break – Light snack provided
* 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by Fiberon

Class Description:

Understanding the Existing Structure by Glenn Mathewson will describe the various and unexpected ways a new deck can affect the structure it serves. Mechanical and electrical systems, egress windows and exterior wall coverings, for example, must all be understood and evaluated before construction begins. Understanding the Existing Structure will get you thinking outside of the box, and understanding how a deck is about much more than just the deck.

The opportunities presented in Providence, R.I., through the efforts of your association are not to be missed, as the courses outlined above will be the building blocks on which all NADRA certifications are based. Don’t be left the odd guy out when homeowners are measuring you up against the rest. In the coming months, your association will be rolling out more education and credentialing opportunties involving more manufacturers in more cities. And these courses are sure to sell out. So get on board today, and get a leg up on the competition.

Online registration opens this week! Learn more by visiting www.NADRA.org!