Deck For A Soldier® 2010 Is A Huge Success

Atlanta, GA – October 12, 2010 | The weather was perfect and the atmosphere festive for the 2010 “Deck for a Soldier®” ribbon cutting ceremony this past Saturday. Members from Atlanta NADRA Chapter, Operation Home Front, and The Associated General Contractors (Georgia Group) were in attendance. Food and drink were plentiful as were the balloons, banners, and American Flags.

Atlanta NADRA Chapter, Operation Home Front, & the Associated General Contractors Members pose with Captain Don Thompson & family in front of their new deck. October 9, 2010

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Trex® Announces Partnership With Poly-Wood, Inc.

Trex® Outdoor Furniture Collection to Combine Style and Comfort with Durability

Winchester, VA – September 14, 2010 | Trex Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing, fencing and trim products, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Syracuse, Ind.-based Poly-Wood, Inc., to develop and market stylish and comfortable outdoor living furniture. The Trex® Outdoor Furniture collection will include 26 exclusive designs across four different product lines to complement low-maintenance and eco-friendly Trex outdoor living spaces.

Featuring beautiful craftsmanship and with an emphasis on comfort, the introductory Trex Outdoor Furniture collection will include seating options like Adirondack chairs, ottomans, settees, sofas and chaise lounges, as well as coffee tables, side tables and dining sets. Each piece will be available in six distinctive colors – such as Vintage Lantern, Tree House, Classic White and Charcoal Black – that may be mixed and matched with Trex Transcend® decking and railing for a completely customized outdoor living space. The line will boast Trex’s signature curved look, thermoformed contours and generous seat widths, as well as cushions and pillows in a range of Sunbrella® fabrics.

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Trex® Wins MVP Award From Building Products Magazine

Trex Transcend® Recognized for Superior Innovation, Design and Performance

Winchester, VA – September 8, 2010 | Trex Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing and trim products, has won Building Products magazine’s 2010 Most Valuable Product (MVP) Award for its revolutionary new Trex Transcend® high-performance decking and railing collection. Trex Transcend was one of just 31 products selected from hundreds of entries to receive the award, and the only decking product to be recognized.

The magazine’s annual awards honor the best new products in the building industry, as selected by a panel of architects, builders and remodelers from across the country. Trex Transcend was assessed on its value to professional contractors and homeowners, based on factors such as reduced installation time and labor costs, customer satisfaction, curb appeal and ability to add a “wow” factor to a home.

Trex Transcend boasts an unprecedented combination of performance and aesthetics guaranteed to outperform wood, composite and PVC for decades. Engineered with an exclusive low-sheen, high-traffic formulation, Trex Transcend resists stains, scratches and mold. As a result, contractors can be confident in the stability and durability of their work, while homeowners can enjoy comfort and beauty without the maintenance issues of wood or the plastic-like appearance of PVC.

“Builders and contractors clearly value the low maintenance, beautiful aesthetics and one-of-a kind composition of Trex Transcend, as evidenced by this most recent honor,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “It is always rewarding to have our products recognized, particularly by our very own customers, as we strive to elevate the entire outdoor living category with our design and manufacturing innovation.”

Each MVP winner is featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Building Products and on the magazine’s website at Published bi-monthly, Building Products is the premier information source for trade professionals searching for what’s new in building materials and products.

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Grabber Nails Down HS Fasteners Acquisition

Acquisition adds professional-quality nails and tools to Grabber line of product offerings

September 3, 2010 | Grabber Construction Products, recognized for its professional-grade fasteners and construction products, has made yet another connection. The company announced its acquisition of the Fasteners division of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company (HS Fasteners). Products from HS Fasteners will now be sold through Grabber’s international distribution system expanding its services and products to customers in the Carolinas and surrounding areas.

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What Can Happen With Poor Deck & Stair Connections

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August 23, 2010 | In a recent article published in The Los Angeles Times, July 6th. of this year, a tragic deck collapse resulting in serious injury and death, is reported. The deck was part of a three story apartment complex in a Birmingham suburb. Seven party-goers is all it took to create this tragic event. Unfortunately, this is an all to common occurrence now days. Reports are continually surfacing, confirming the growing frequency of these serious, life threatening collapses.

Over the past several years, much has been done to address deck and stair safety issues, but we still have a long way to go. One glaring example of the failure in deck and stair safety protocol is the industry standard of permitting “hot dipped galvanized” anchors, screws, hangers and other hardware to be in direct contact with ACQ, pressure treated wood. The galvanic corrosion created between the high copper content of the wood and the galvanizing is so severe that the normal industry standard of G90 galvanizing will corrode in as little as 12 months and G185, such as Z-Max® can be gone in 24 months. The industry (including code officials) has adopted G185 as a fall back position with no engineering testing available to substantiate the validity or longevity of this adoption…..this is a “knee jerk” reaction and is an accident waiting to happen. Without a barrier between the pressure treated wood and galvanized hardware, serious corrosion is inevitable.

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NADRA Pennsylvania Chapter Builds Deck for a Soldier®

Harrisburg, PA – August 23, 2010 | Mike Wolgammuth, his wife Melissa their children Allison and Logan were the recipients of a Deck for a Solider® (D4S) build sponsored by the local Pennsylvania Chapter of NADRA.

Melissa had submitted a D4S application to The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) and to her amazement they were chosen! Mike an E-4 Specialist of the 25 Bravo Co., of the 628th Aviation Brigade located in York, PA was so excited “ this is amazing and now I know what it feels like to receive something I’ve always wanted” said the overwhelmed solider. Mike is obviously no stranger to giving as he has been active in the Armed Forces since 2001 giving his time and dedication serving overseas in many key military operations serving to our freedom back here in the USA.

The build took a short amount of time thanks to the volunteer force of key deck building contractors and suppliers involved from the NADRA Pennsylvania Chapter. Spearheading the build was Norm Boel; Knock on Wood Decks of Nazareth, PA along with Mike Beaudry, NADRA Executive VP, Matt Breyer of Breyer Construction, NADRA PA Chapter President, Mike Ebner of Back to Nature Decks, NADRA PA Chapter VP, Bob Lett of Wolf Distribution, NADRA National VP. Decking material donations were made by NADRA Members, Erin Barker of Simpson Strong Tie, John May of Fiberon, John Keller of Sequoia Supply and Erik Flick of Fortress Iron Railing & Fence Systems

Beaudry said “Norm was always in touch with me letting me know when he was going to have all the permits in order and so forth, I can’t give enough thanks to everyone who is here, it was built so quickly and makes the home look beautiful.” The deck build took approximately three days with a barbecue on the last day to kick off the festivities of the new outdoor living space. With their children laughing, the grill smoking and the conversations ongoing, the Wolgammuth’s will now have something to enjoy and reflect on for the rest of the summer and many others to come.

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Trex® Partners With Central Region Distributors

NILCO and Weekes Forest Products to Supply Trex® Outdoor Living Products

Winchester, VA – August 19, 2010 | Trex® Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing, is expanding its distributor network in the Central region. NILCO and Weekes Forest Products will now supply Trex® products – such as the new Trex Transcend® high-performance decking and railing collection – to dealer partners in six states.

“We’re pleased to welcome NILCO and Weekes as our newest distribution partners,” said Mitch Cox, vice president of sales for Trex®. “Both companies are well-known for their professionalism and personalized service – and these partnerships will help us to continue supporting our valued dealers and growing business in this key market.”

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August Meeting Update from Atlanta Chapter President

Atlanta, GA – August 12, 2010 | Thanks to everyone that attended last nights chapter meeting. I believe there were a total of 35 members and guest present with 7 members absent. We are thrilled to have the new members joining up and hope that the guest in attendance will consider becoming involved with us. We need more good people. Thanks to everyone who brought guest as well and please continue to help with this effort to grow our chapter.

Thanks to Kirk Hammond and Arch Chemicals for the very informative presentation and sponsorship.

Thanks to John Adams as well for his presentation and insight in regards to the Lead Paint Regulations we’re faced with.

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Extreme Home Makeover Update

Hamburg, PA – August 12, 2010 | The Extreme Home Makeover show of Berks County, PA is almost complete. The build started approximately on 7/28/2010 and should be completed on 8/04/2010.

Reason for the rebuild was the husband had just graduated with his PHD and was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after. His wife was pregnant at this time as well. After extensive surgeries, medical bills were into the hundreds of thousands for them. On the day of his child’s birth, the husband went out to feed the animals, collapsed, and died from a heart attack. The new family has struggled to survive ever since.

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Tiger Claw Gun/Fastener Package For NADRA Members

Bristol, CT – August 11, 2010 | Tiger Claw today announced a new benefit to NADRA builder members. Tiger Claw will be giving away its popular Tiger Claw pneumatic installation gun and TC-G (TC-150) fasteners to builders of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). The promotional package includes enough TC-G (TC-150) hidden deck fasteners to cover 50 square feet of deck surface, a TC-G (TC-150) Slot Cutter, two strips of collated pneumatic screws and a Tiger Claw T-shirt.

To qualify, builders must be a current NADRA member and must complete an application on the NADRA website .

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