Fortress Deck Expands into the Canadian Market

Fortress Deck, an innovator in the decking industry, has announced its 2018 distribution expansion into the Canadian market. Baycrest Distribution Inc., based out of Ontario Canada, will now be offering the Fortress Deck product line. Baycrest Distribution proudly serves the retail lumber yards and specialty deck industry with both marine and residential building materials. Fortress is honored to have partnered with such a reputable company for the further expansion and distribution of the Fortress Deck product line.

“Baycrest Distribution Inc. is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Fortress Building Products, a leading manufacturer of decking and building materials”states Jason Smith, National Sales Director with Baycrest. “With a revolutionary new board, the Fortress line up will enhance and complement Baycrest’s current suite of marine and residential deck options.”

Using a unique combination of bamboo and recycled plastics, all Fortress Infinity Decking co-extruded composite materials are environmentally friendly and free of the toxic chemicals and preservatives typically used to treat natural wood. This one of a kind product makeup, combined with the unique board surface options and unmatched colors and textures, bring decking products once thought impossible, possible. Baycrest Distribution will proudly manage the distribution of the Fortress Infinity Dual Surfaced Square and Grooved Boards in three main colors – Pacific Pearl, Tiger Cove and Cape Town Grey – as well as two accent colors – Espresso Roast and Sapphire Silver. These dual surfaced boards come in both distressed and exotic hardwood options. To learn more, visit http://www.FortressDeck.com 

About Fortress Deck 
Fortress DeckTM is the newest member of Fortress Building ProductsTM, a privately held, family of innovative building product solution providers. Fortress Building ProductsTM boasts nearly 50 years of combined experience in building products supply and design. Fortress Building ProductsTM is comprised of Fortress Railing ProductsTM, Fortress Fence ProductsTM, OZCO Building ProductsTM and Fortress DeckTM. Fortress Building ProductsTM is based in the Dallas, Texas area with extensive product distribution throughout North America and expansion occurring to many other global markets. A young, innovative and entrepreneurial culture is alive and well at Fortress Building ProductsTM where the team is always looking for ways to lead our industries forward. Learn more at http://www.FortressBP.com or http://www.FortressDeck.com.

Member Spotlight: Tom Jacques, Hickory Dickory Decks

Member Name: Tom Jacques

Company Name: Hickory Dickory Decks

Position: CEO

Member Category: Builder

Location: Dundas, Ontario, Canada

When did you first get involved with this industry? 1987

What was the first thing you ever built? A tree fort.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Hickory Dickory Decks started in 1987 in Hamilton Ontario. Today we operate in over 65 cities with franchises and corporate operated local deck companies. We have specialized in low maintenance decking since it was first made. We build over 90 percent low maintenance decks and have since 1995. In 2017 our company will build over 1,000 custom decks.

How do you define success? Success is spending quality time with family and friends and doing something you love that makes the world a better place.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Build your business and your life living by the Golden rule of treating all people the way you would like to be treated. Pretty simple.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Write or teach.

A little more about Tom:  I am blessed with a loving wife Sue, and 7 great kids. We love spending time together traveling and at the family cottage.

A note from Tom: 

Hello fellow deck builders and deck company owners. Hickory Dickory Decks has been a long standing member of NADRA from it’s very beginning. I think the founding of NADRA has helped get deck builders around the world to start looking at their job as a career and a profession. We create outdoor dining and living rooms where our customers can relax after a hard day, and spend some quality time with family and friends. Just think about all the happiness we have helped spread in each and every backyard. We also provide good, honest, well  paying jobs to thousands upon thousands of men and women not only building and designing and selling our beautiful backyard environments but also supplying and transporting all the material to jobs around the world.

I think this October in Nashville, all professional deck builders should come to the 2017 Deck Expo.  Enjoy a few days away from construction sites and challenging work situations. To  relax with our peers, share some great stories and a cold beverage or two, and congratulate each of us for helping all of our customers to Enjoy Life…Outdoors! See you there.

~ Tom Jacques, President, CEO and Founder of Hickory Dickory Decks.

 

Connect with Hickory Dickory Decks online:

Website: www.Decks.ca
Facebook: Facebook.com/decks.ca

Pulling Together for Rosario

 

Rosario Ungaro is a NADRA Deck Builder, Artisan in the Greater Toronto area. Both Ross and his son Anthony were in a horrific car accident back on December 4th, 2013. Being a mom and pop operation, all on-going work and leads came to a halt. We all know too well what it’s like running a small operation. Their business, Benchmark Building Services, Inc. is undoubtedly suffering. Neither he or his son are able to follow up on leads or go on sales calls, giving them no choice but to pass up potential clients. Projects that started before the accident are yet to be completed. They are fortunate that clients have been so understanding and willing to wait a little while longer. However, they fear as the warm weather nears, their clients’ will demand work to be finished. Rosario and his son plan to start the interview process this week for potential carpenters to work with their team.  

We asked Ross for an update that we could share with you. Here it is:

“My son and I are humbled by everyone’s generosity and well wishes.  I have started therapy and with crutches and a brace on my left knee I am able to walk and tend to myself more.  As for me, I feel incredibly grateful and fortunate to be surrounded by such caring and giving family and friends.  Just when my spirits are low, one will call and lift my spirits and make my day, which has made these 4 months pass quicker.  When our colleague’s created the GoFundMe site, again, we were humbled with their incredible generosity. Thank you for all your effort and support.”

 

Rosario and his family have been helping others in his community his entire life. He has built decks and walkways for folks in need. Please help us help Rosario and his family. A small contribution from his fellow NADRA members along with the extended industry professionals receiving this message can help make a difference in this tough time. This could happen to any of us, please take a moment and make a contribution.” Mike Beaudry, Executive VP, NADRA.

NADRA, “Doing things for the right reasons and having fun doing them!” To make a contribution, please visit the GoFundMe site HERE or visit www.GoFundMe.org and search “Rosario Ungaro”

Ross is a highly regarded Deck Builder/Artisan in the Greater Toronto Area. He and Anthony were recently featured on HGTV’s “Deck Wars” Show (“The Ultimate Kids’ Deck”) . They also donated many days to help out the Marilyn Denis Show for a Mother’s Day makeover surprise, and a deck rebuild for the Goderich Tornado Assistance episode. The picture above shows them as part of the team that won the Best Booth Award in Construct Canada. They are proud members of NADRA, the North American Deck & Railing Association.