Fortress Iron™ Receives Comerica Collin 60 Award

Richardson, TX – July 6, 2010 | The Collin County Business Press hosted its Comerica Bank Collin 60 at the Renaissance Marriot in Richardson. Comerica Bank Collin 60 Awards Program gives recognition and attention to the 60 strongest growing companies. These are the companies that are bringing new products to the market for better lives, more productivity and a stronger economy.

“The Collin 60 companies represent the best in Collin County,” said Business Press Publisher Richard Dixon. “Despite the economy, these companies remain strong and continue to grow. The Business Press is proud to honor the 2010 Comerica Collin 60 companies.”

Among multiple categories, Fortress Iron™ ranked 4th overall in the Manufacturing/Distribution Category.

“It was such a honor to receive this award,” said Matt Sherstad, President of Fortress Iron™. “We are proud that our company has earned its place among many other leaders in Collin County and have continued to grow during the economic downturn.”

As many companies have had to decrease its staff and shut down production, Fortress Iron™ has continually been adding to its team and increasing its efforts in innovation with new products.

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Tips For A Beautiful And Safe Deck

June 14, 2010 | With temperatures topping the 80s, chances are you’ve already been relaxing on your deck. Or maybe adding a deck is high on your summer agenda.

As many as 3 million homeowners add decks to their homes each year, according to the North American Deck and Railing Association. Municipalities require permits for new deck construction, but not all contractors or homeowners file the appropriate paperwork, so many decks aren’t inspected or even built safely.

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Construction Equipment Theft Remains a Major Issue

Westwood, MA – June 14, 2010 | LoJack Corp. announced the results of its 10th annual Construction Equipment Theft Study in a report that provides valuable information on the ongoing issue of equipment theft-a problem that collectively cost owners 13,452 stolen pieces of equipment in 2009, 82 percent of which were never recovered. According to the study, which analyzed LoJack stolen vehicle recovery reports for the calendar year 2009, construction theft continued to be driven by organized crime rings, with towables (generators, welders and air compressors) being the number one theft target.

For the calendar year 2009, LoJack recovered nearly $11 million in stolen construction equipment – 75 percent of which was recovered in 24 hours or less after being reported to law enforcement. In conjunction with these recoveries, police were able to arrest 18 individuals responsible for operating theft rings and chop shops. Since entering the construction market in 2000, LoJack has helped police recover more than $112 million in stolen construction assets that were armed with the LoJack system-plus the value of other stolen non LoJack-equipped construction equipment that police recovered in chop shops and theft rings.

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Salter Spiral Stairs

June 14, 2010 | If you are building a deck there are more options that you think in terms of deck stairs. Most homeowner and contractors limit themselves to stairs made out of the same material of the deck. Maybe if they are more creative they build a mid platform so the stairs can change directions. What they are not considering are the advantages of a spiral stair as a type of deck stair. A spiral stair offers a totally different set of advantages from a regular set of deck stairs. For example not only does it set your deck apart from the others, it also saves space and looks beautiful while doing it.

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TimberTech®’s New Gates Bring Consistent Look to Decks

Wide Selection to Match Any TimberTech® Railing System

Wilmington, OH – May 18, 2010 | TimberTech®, the second largest manufacturer of low-maintenance decking, railing and fencing products, has made it easier to install composite gates that compliment the railing system with their new Gate Kit.

“Contractors have struggled for years to easily create gates that meet consumer demands of matching the railing and providing additional safety,” states Carey Walley, Director of Marketing, TimberTech. “The new Gate Kit provides a one-stop solution to easily and effectively provide the best finishing touch for any application.”

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SLS Construction Promotes Deck Safety Month

May 18, 2010 | Ahhh, May – the days are getting longer, when it’s not to hot or to cool to go outside and spend some nice time reading a book, firing up the grill, or having a party. For many of us, this time is generally spent out on our decks. Unfortunately, this is also happens to be the time of the year when the good times can quite suddenly come to a crashing end. Some of the common reasons a deck will collapse ranges from age of the deck, poor maintenance, exceeding its load capacity to improper building methods. With a little common sense, these deck failures can be avoided.

In an effort to help save lives and prevent injuries, NADRA first declared May as “Deck Safety Month” back in 2006. Now in its fifth year, the purpose of the promotion is to increase public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks, and proper installation of new decks. Per NADRA, more than 75 percent of the people on a deck when it collapses are injured or killed.

Mike Beaudry, executive vice president for NADRA states, “Our number one priority to the public is to ensure that the decks they and their families enjoy are safe. NADRA takes this responsibility seriously and has created campaigns and educational programs for the builders, lumberyards, and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices along with checklists and safety awareness information for consumers to follow.”

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Everflashing From Quality Aluminum Products

May 15, 2010 | Described as the “last deck flashing you will ever need,” Everflashing was developed to greatly reduce the possibility of water intrusion which can lead to further issues such as dry rot, connector corrosion, mold and ultimately deck ledger failure.

When used as part of a complete deck flashing system, Everflashing’s perimeter
flashing is designed to allow decking products to expand and contract, while maintaining a clean, finished looking perimeter edge.

Everflashing helps avoid deck ledger failure and greatly reduces moisture problems. The product is engineered so that, once installed you will never have to intrude the wall envelope again, even to resurface.

Available in G185 galvanized for use with treated lumber, color matched aluminum for MicroPro or L3 Lumber or stainless steel for salt water applications.

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Osmose Hi-bor® Receives GREENGUARD Certification

Griffin, GA – May 15, 2010 | Osmose, Inc., the premier supplier of wood preservative technologies, has earned GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification for their Hi-bor® 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 these 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 Hi-bor preservative technology, Osmose demonstrates to architects, specifiers, builders and contractors their dedication to improving indoor air quality and providing low-emitting VOC products,” said Henning Bloech, Executive Director of GEI.

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Resurface Your Old Deck To Look Like New

May 12, 2010 | The easiest way to renew your pressure treated wood deck is to thoroughly clean it of dirt and debris. Also, make sure all the lumber fasteners are countersunk into the surface. Scrub rust marks and stains from the surface, then sand down any visible imperfections in the wood deck surface with a portable walk behind sander. These deck sanders make quick work when sanding wood decks and can be rented from your local equipment rental outlet.

If a board’s appearance can’t be revived, consider flipping the board and using the other face. If rot has set in or a plank is split, then you should replace the treated lumber deck board to ensure safety. Stain and seal the entire wood deck surface to protect it from the elements. By staining and sealing the wood surface you’ll help restore your deck’s appearance. And hopefully, for a few bucks and a little elbow grease, you’ll be able to squeeze a few more summers out of your pressure treated wood deck.

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U.S. Construction Spending Increases

May 12, 2010 | Construction spending in the U.S. unexpectedly increased in March, propelled by gains in state and local government projects.

The 0.2 percent increase brought spending to $847.3 billion, and followed a revised 2.1 percent drop in February that was larger than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The value of private projects dropped to the lowest level in 11 years.

Federal government stimulus funds may be trickling down to the state and local level, promoting construction of power plants, transportation systems and hospitals. Other areas of the economy are struggling as high building vacancies and low plant use mean spending on commercial projects will continue to be depressed in coming months.

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