TimberTech® DeckLites® Expands To Include White

Award-Winning Low-voltage Lighting System Offers Safety and Style

Wilmington, OH –April 15, 2010 | In 2009, TimberTech DeckLites took the decking industry by storm, receiving numerous industry accolades and wide-spread consumer appeal. TimberTech remains an industry leader, offering the only lighting system designed by deck experts and now, TimberTech is expanding their line by offering DeckLites Accent Lights in Coastal White.

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TimberTech® Introduces Secure-Mount Post

Connects Directly to Concrete or Deck

Wilmington, OH – April 15, 2010 | TimberTech®, a leading manufacturer of composite decking, railing and fencing products, has introduced its latest advancement, Secure-Mount Post. This post and block mounting system eliminates the need for 4×4 posts and is designed to provide a corrosive-resistant post installation for railing on decks or directly onto concrete.

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TimberTech® Introduces ADA Compliant Hand Rail

Wilmington, OH – April 15, 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.

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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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NADRA NJ Chapter 2010 Deck Award Ceremony

The New Jersey Chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) hosted it’s second annual Deck Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edison, NJ on March 18, 2010. With close to 100 people in attendance consisting of deck builders, manufacturers, distributors, lumberyards, and other guests, the room was building with excitement and anticipation as the dinner ended and the awards ceremony began. After the NJ Chapter Board of Directors welcomed the guests, a short presentation was shown highlighting NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® Program. The NJ Chapter honored a few of the key people that were instrumental in getting the deck and ramp built for a young soldier who lost both legs in Iraq. After the touching tribute, our platinum sponsor, Trex, spoke to the group. They spoke about new features on their site, new products and how excited they were to be a part of the NADRA Deck Awards.

The NADRA NJ Chapter Members were encouraged to submit photos of their previously completed deck projects and a panel of judges rated the decks based on certain criteria. There were six categories for the awards. Best Low Maintenance Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Gary Daley of DeckBuilder Custom Decks & Railings. Best Low Maintenance Deck Over 500 SF was awarded to Gus de la Cruz of Barrett Decking. Best Natural Deck Under 500 SF was awarded to Sean McAleer of Deck Remodelers. Best Natural Deck Over 500 SF was awarded to Jeff Bader of Deck Pros. Best Deck Feature was an Outdoor Kitchen presented to Bill Lecorchick of Heritage Decks and lastly the Best Overall Deck was awarded to Sean McAleer of Deck Remodelers. Congratulations to all the winners!

After the awards were given out, the NJ leaders thanked the Awards Dinner sponsors: Trex, Myles F. Kelly, AZEK, Mid-State Lumber, and Boise Cascade, the guest judges, the Deck Awards committee, and the team at NADRA HQ for all of their help in making the night a tremendous successful. Part of what made this event so enjoyable was the camaraderie that is shared even among competitors in the industry through being a part of NADRA.

Jennifer Sheridan
Phoenix Manufacturing
NJ Chapter Board Secretary

You can view some photos from the event below…

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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