Deck for a Soldier® Build – New Jersey UPDATE

January 24th, 2017 UPDATE & Thank You:

Dear NADRA Members and Supporters,

I am extremely pleased to let everyone know that the Northeast Regions Deck for a Soldier® build went very smoothly and was completed in four days.  The build started on Monday, January 16th, 2017 with a crew from three separate builder member companies. We installed the Trex Elevations steel framing, along with the help from several Trex and distributor representatives.  Tuesday was supposed to be a wash-out of a rainy day, but several of us gathered, installed the stairway platform and cut all of the stair stringers.  Wednesday, we had crews from four builder members and we installed the decking, stairways, some fascia trim and the Andersen sliding door.  We also had representatives from Fortress Railings, Fiberon, and AZEK helping out.  Thursday, we had two crews, plus representatives from Trex, Wolf Home Products, Fortress Railings and Excelsior Lumber, Inc. that helped install the last of the fascia trim and the railings.  We were lucky enough to have spiked the interest of a local newspaper and also the TV station News 12, New Jersey. We also received coverage from The Daily Record, you can read more & see photos / video here.

Our Soldier was extremely thankful and really could not believe that a program like ours exists.  He was overwhelmed when wheeled out on the deck for the first time and was able to look around his neighborhood.  Kyle added: “The Deck for a Soldier® program has been top notch. Really great crew. I couldn’t even imagine something like this existed where people are just giving away decks for people but it does,” Chappell says.

I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone involved in this project for their time and materials.  Many gave so freely to this project that it was inspiring to all.  I continuously heard the following words, “Whatever you need for this project, just let us know”.  We certainly could not have gotten this project done without the support of the best team in the decking industry.  NADRA Rocks!!

Respectfully,

Bruce Verblaauw

NADRA National Deck For A Soldier Committee – Chair Person

Listed below are all of the companies and individuals who donated their time and materials:

Material Donations:

–        Trex Decking & Steel Framing

–        Fortress Railings

–        FastenMaster

–        Simpson Strong Tie

–        Starborn Industries

–        Eastern Engineered Wood Products

–        Excelsior Lumber

–        Abbe Lumber

–        Fox Lumber

–        Zuidema Portable Toilets

–        Boonton Township

–        Jeff Fleischer, Architect

–        Lunch was provided by Trex, CPG/AZEK, Fiberon and the Soldier’s mom

Labor Donations

–        C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
Bruce Verblaauw

Scott Olson

Melissa Olson

Tommy DeLuise

Miguel Dominguez

Jose Santos

Neal Moran

–        My Deck

Ed Drake

Ben Sherman

–        Barrett Outdoors

Gustavo deLaCruz

–        Deck Remodelers

Chuck Briggs

Cory Bohner

–        Legends Built

Bill Lecorchik

–        All American Decks

Scott Nadrotowski

Robbie Sciacchetano

Steve Daum

–        North Jersey Custom Decks

Joe Onorevole

Mark Onorevole

John

–        Decks by Kiefer

Bob Kiefer & Helper

–        Trex

Butch Palaza

Tim Schlosser

Mike Ryan

Laura Hays

Jamie Binns

Tim Van Vaketis

–        Manufacturers Reserve Supply

Chris Christakis

Peter King

Weiss Froogh

Sean O’Brien

Jared Noble

–        FastenMaster

Josh Hall

–        Fortress Railing

Craig Dowdy

–        Fiberon

Lainie Sleppin

–        CPG/AZEK

Alan Bensen

Drew Giganti

Kyle McEnroe

–        Wolf Home Products

Paul Kovach

–        Excelsior Lumber

Sophia Bishop

Adam Spratt

–        Mid-State Lumber

Pete Miller

January 18th, 2017 UPDATE:

Hi NADRA!
Well, everything has fallen into place and we were able to start our Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton Twsp., NJ on January 16th!  The Township has waived the permit fees except for the DCA fee.  We’ve had a local builder member offer to help out and dig the footing holes on Saturday 1/7/17.
We had a footing inspection on 1/11/17 and we completed the pour right after that along with the bottom of the stairway landing. We have several builders lined up to help out with this build for the four days that we anticipate the build to take, but we can always use more.  If anyone else wishes to help out please go online to fill out a pledge form found  here, or contact Bruce V. at  BruceVerb@njdecksandrailings.com.
Thanks to our awesome manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the necessary materials have been donated.  Be on the lookout for pictures and more on NADRA’s Facebook pageLike us on Facebook
Sincerely,
Bruce Verblaauw NADRA National – Deck for a Soldier ® Committee Chair
Cell  201-803-2909
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January 4th, 2017 UPDATE: 

We want to start out by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!

We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be starting the Deck for a Soldier® build in Boonton, NJ on January 16th, weather permitting.  This project is located a little way off of Route 287 about 10 minutes north of Morristown, NJ.  This deck will be built using Trex Elevations Steel Framing, so if any of you would like to learn some of the ins and outs of working with this product, please let us know so we can schedule you to volunteer to frame.  Of course we will need help for about 4 days in order to complete this build and help tying up loose end to finish is always needed.  If you have already filled out a labor pledge, please let us know what day(s) that week work best for you or your crew.  We are also hoping to dig and pour the 10 footings required for this deck either late next week or very early the following week so that the concrete has time to cure before we start building.  We would appreciate if we could get a few guys to help dig these footings.  We have some builders but can still use a few more to step up and help out with this build.  If you are interested in helping and have not notified us or completed an online labor pledge, please email us or click on this link We will try to keep a steady flow of help on the project so that we do not have too many workers on any given day.
Thanks to all of our manufacturers, distributors and lumberyards, all of the materials have been accounted for.  The one thing that has not been supplied yet is a Porta-John.
As we hear back from each of you, we will put together a schedule that best fits the needs of the build and will be back in touch with you soon.
Thank you very much for your support and help,
Judy Verblaauw (on behalf of)
Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA National Deck For A Soldier® Committee Chair

 

December 2016 UPDATE: 

With the holidays just around the corner it is the time of year to think about giving in the old fashioned tradition for the holidays, donating to a great local cause and giving back to the community where we make our living.  The NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program is about to kick off it’s Northeastern build on 1/16/17, weather permitting.  We are planning to get a start right after the first of the year and install the footings prior to this build date.  We have almost all of the materials accounted for except for some concrete form tubes, a Porta-John, and some small hardware.  If anyone can help us with these last few things it would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, we can still use a few more builders to step up and help out with the build.  If anyone can donate time to help out on this project please contact us at bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com.   You can fill out the online form to make your pledge of material, labor or even a monetary pledge for various unexpected expenses right here.

We will start to send out emails in order to figure out who can help on which day in the near future.  This will keep a steady flow to the project and keep from having too many workers on any given day.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to all.

NADRA Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair,

Bruce Verblaauw

Phone: (201) 327-7864(201) 236-0393

Email: bruceverb@njdecksandrailings.com

Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

NADRA’s 2015 Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

From James Gunning, NADRA Atlanta Chapter President:

I am trilled to recap on Atlanta’s first NADRA golf outing that we had on Monday, June 15th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the brutal 95-degree temperatures with 100% humidity, on a Monday during the busiest time of year…we still Had 60+ golfers attend what turned out to be a pretty competitive golfing journey.

Festivities began with a shot gun start at 1:00 in the afternoon (peak heat) – so what is the solution to proper hydration supply for the finest NADRA golfers?  20 cases of water and Powerade backed up with plenty of beer and booze of course! I want to give thanks our beverage cart sponsors PMC and Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, as well as all of our official golf outing sponsors:

  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • PMC Building Supply
  • Boise Cascade
  • Stock Building Supply
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • Rainaway
  • FastenMaster
  • Trex
  • Fiberon
  • CoolScreens
  • ProWood
  • Metro Building Products
  • Compton Sales
  • MultiView
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • Decksouth
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • YellaWood
  • Guardian Building Products
  • UltraLox

Without the support of all our sponsors, local chapter members and the help from NADRA HQ – the Beaudry’s, we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event.

NADRA National Board Member, and active Atlanta member, Heath Bowman said, “The golf outing was great. A lot of us don’t get to see each other outside of chapter meetings. It’s fun to catch up in a different setting and have a good time with friends in the industry. It also helps create awareness. NADRA does a lot for the industry, and many of the guests who played, got a chance to see the benefits of being involved with a group like ours. Obviously, networking is a huge part of it, and all of us work hard to stand out in a very competitive industry. But even more important are the friendships beyond the word. At the end of the day, the work we do is to add enjoyment in the lives of the people we work for. Events like the golf outings are a great reminder that we can have fun while we work hard.”

We finished the evening with a wonderful southern style buffet and awards ceremony.

The blistering weather apparently helped the golf scores heat up. Two teams finished with a score of 55:

  • Team Trex
  • Team Outback 

After a scorecard playoff, Team Outback was given the winners trophy with Team Trex as runners up.

  • On Hole # 3 the closest to the pin award was given to Lamar Lea of Decksouth – 20” from the hole
  • On Hole #15 the closest to the pin award was given to Blake Buckler of PMC – 42” from the hole
  • On Hole #18 the long drive award was given to Ty Nowell of Universal Forest Products   – 348 yds ( ouch! )

Several attendees told me that this golf outing was one of the best they have ever participated in; others (even the country club) could not believe that this was our first tournament.  I was so pleased to hear that the common opinion was that the event was ran extremely well and I’ve got to say, we could not have done that without the help of John Lea and Mike reasons of Decksouth. John, thanks for letting us attend your club. It was fun and I am looking forward to the next one!

See you all August 18th at the Ivy in Bulkhead meeting start at 6:00!

James Gunning and the NADRA Atlanta Chapter Board

NADRA NJ Update from the President

From the President:

Last night was an excellent meeting, we had over 30 attendees. In fact we had 33 people attend.

What pleased me the most was the blend of builders vs. distributor’s vs. manufactures vs. retailers.

It was an awesome mix of all levels of the channel.

I stayed on task at all times with the agenda and the meeting flowed very efficiently. I gave everyone an opportunity to introduce themselves and give a blurb about what they do. We had over 10 new attendees at this meeting so I wanted to ensure everyone knew who was present in the room.

Our sponsor Fastenmaster did an absolute wonderful presentation. In place of just talking about fasteners they explained ways to utilize social media thru their company. Certainly an opportunity for builders & retailers to create value for themselves. They offered our members a few nice opportunities to not only self-promote but to earn some free product. Again it was wonderful information for all levels present at the meeting.

On the heels of that presentation we had Rich Largman, Empire of Hope www.empireofhope.com discuss how he helps many mid-size businesses define their goals. He helps them to identify how they can work on their business rather than in their business. He also did a fantastic job of offering some wonderful goal setting advice. He even had a hand out where we had to list our goals for the next 6 months. Wonderful tools and suggestions for us all to apply to our businesses.

Both the sponsor and speaker tied together wonderfully making this a value packed meeting.

My plan in becoming President was to create substantial value in the meetings that I believe was met last night.

Prior to the close of the meeting we discussed helping a 17 year old quadriplegic who needs a wheelchair ramp desperately, all were in favor of us exploring this idea.

We had some volunteers step up for committees that we will look to continue to modify or add to as we move forward.

Some discussion focused on our next meeting place and we tabled the location but confirmed that date.

Overall I could not be happier or more pleased with the attendance and the excellent feedback I have received on how last night’s meeting went.

I look forward to moving at a good pace with more value packed meetings in the future.

 

Your NADRA New Jersey President, Lainie Sleppin

How Valuable is a Trade Association – FastenMaster

January 17th, 2014

The Value of Trade Associations for Professional Contractors

by Greg Hartmann, National Account Manager

Why doesn’t every deck builder belong to NADRA? What can we do to spread the word about the benefits of belonging to trade organizations? I see some NADRA chapters that have become relevant, educational, generous groups of builders. They are doing great things in their communities and sharing experiences, knowledge, and their time with each other. These are the groups that are making an impact in our industry. How can we get more chapters started and reinvigorate chapters that have not gotten off the ground?

In this latest FastenMaster Blog post I look at some of the benefits of trade organizations. Who wants to help get more chapters going?

As a sales person working for a manufacturer, I know that by joining an association of builders I have the opportunity to connect with the people that use the products I sell. For me the value I receive is far greater than the annual fee I pay. For builders the value can be even greater.

  1. Financially it is in your best interest to belong to the trade associations representing your business. These organizations are made up of members at the core of your business and can bring you many benefits. Benefits may include advice on building issues and code compliance, or advice on legal issues concerning your customers, your business and your employees. The availability of this advice alone can outweigh the cost of membership if you avoid one costly legal issue. Your annual membership is probably going to be less than 1 or 2 hours of legal fees.
  2. Associations give you a voice. I’m sure you can think of plenty of things having an impact on your business that you wish could be changed. It may be local, state or national regulations. It may be availability of materials or the quality of the materials. Alone it is hard to get anyone to listen or to appreciate the issues you are having. Get together with a group in your same industry and you will be heard by manufacturers and suppliers, you will even start to make gains with the building officials. Hearing from a group gives the authorities confidence that they are hearing about issues affecting an entire sector of an industry. As your trade group grows so does your voice.
  3. Belonging to a trade group can even improve your image by increasing your professional credibility. For many industries membership in the trade association can be a mark of quality and shows the public you are part of a respected group of builders. This is especially true when the association works hard promoting community involvement projects. I am sure you are aware of groups that have done remodeling work for families suffering through hardships, home repairs for victims of tornados or hurricanes, decks built for veterans, and even homes built and given to deserving families. Not only is the recognition of being associated with these projects valuable. You will also enjoy volunteering yourself and your resources for these extremely meaningful projects.
  4. Educational opportunities are a benefit realized at nearly all trade associations. Members are offered continuing education opportunities, certification programs, and discounts with online education and local colleges. Regular chapter meetings will often times include presentations by experts in materials, software, marketing, and other aspects of your business.

Any of the above benefits are of greater value that the annual dues you pay.

But wait… there’s more!

Members also take advantage of:

  • Business Resources such as easy access to forms and templates exclusive to your industry.
  • Public Relations: Most groups are doing marketing for their members. Brochures and mailers, “How to Select a Builder” or “Deck Safety Month” flyers.
  • Connect to customers through websites and trade shows.
  • A Higher Level of Accountability: The unlicensed handyman, the Chucks with Trucks, the lower quality builders are not part of these groups.
  • Trade Show Attendance: You will have free or discounted access to attend many shows. NAHB claims that members saved more than $1 million in admission fees at the International Builders Show last year.
  • Trade Show Exhibiting: Many associations sponsor shows for homeowners giving you a great venue to attract new customers.
  • Insurance Group Savings: Insurance plans and prescription drug plans can represent huge savings compared to any plan an individual could get.
  • Networking with Your Peers: A non-competitive environment to talk with and learn from others that are in your business.
  • Make More Money: Members of trade organizations make more than their non-member competitors. The knowledge, resources, and expertise gained are realized in greater revenues.
  • Weekly newsletters with the latest news in your industry.

 

Trade associations are critical to improving the industry you make a living in. Not only do associations help you become more successful, they give your industry a voice and can quickly communicate to everyone in the industry how government regulations will affect members.

Below is the reply I got from Lainie Sleppin. When I asked her about the benefits of being a NADRA member.

“Being a NADRA member has helped me stay within the nucleus of the decking industry. It has helped me develop wonderful relationships with many of the key deck builders, manufacturers and suppliers. Through the years we have all worked diligently to raise the bar in the decking industry. The local chapter of NADRA has served us well to be able to carry that message.”

Glenn Mathewson is extremely active in the decking industry and has been involved at nearly every level of the industry. From laborer to carpenter apprentice to business owners and as a building inspector in Colorado. He is an expert in our industry. Below is his reply when asked about the value he sees in trade associations.

“As a single individual or single company, it is difficult to single-handedly guide and steer your industry and contribute your experiences and knowledge for the greater good.  However, when many individuals and companies pool together their experiences, knowledge, time and finances, they are able to lead their industry in everything from legislation to bulk rates for services…and they are heard and respected.  With so much change anticipated in the future regarding deck building codes, now is more important than ever to have the professionals of the deck industry leading the future of the deck industry.  This can only come through membership and support of the leading industry organization.  For decks…that’s NADRA!”

Glenn is also a member of the International Code Council, and the Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council

What is your experience? Do you belong to a trade association? Let me know what ones you belong to and what you see as the benefits to your business.

NADRA June Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap                                                                                              

June 2013

It was another successful meeting for the Atlanta NADRA Chapter on Tuesday, June 18th held at the Ivy in Buckhead.  Even with the busy season, summer vacations and our crazy weather we still had 35 in attendance with several visitors and one new member – Artistic Remodeling.

We caught up on the minutes from last month, heard from the treasurer that we are still in good standing and also discussed some updates from the code committee.  We will set aside time in the August meeting to thoroughly review the current proposed code changes for Georgia and we will give time for questions and follow up from Steve Matrangos, Craig Dickerson and Rick Goldstein on these issues.  If you would like a copy of the proposed prescriptive changes that are in place then please email Craig Dickerson at (craig@decksource.com)  and he will forward you a copy. We announced the kick off for Deck for this year’s Deck For A Solider build.  Scott McCawley of Dixie Plywood will be the lead for vendor participation and David Tibbetts of Atlanta Decking & Fence will be the lead for builder participation.  Scott has contacted Operation Homefront our partner in securing a deserving military family and we will be a initiating a write in contest with them in the coming weeks.  Please email Scott (smmccawley@dixieply.com) if you are interested in participating with materials and David (via Ginny)( ginny@atlantadecking.com) if you are interested in participating as a builder.  This is one of the highlight events that we participate in every year and it is a very rewarding event for all those that take part and for the chapter.

Special thanks to Joey Matthews and Mark Guthrie of FastenMaster for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Mark gave an informative and interesting presentation centered on deck failure and examining proper deck building to avoid failure.  We also had a great presentation from David Ellis our featured speaker of the evening.  David is the Executive Vice President of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and he gave us an overview of the primary function of the Home Builders Association and also spoke on the current market conditions and future of the new construction market in Atlanta.  We hope to continue and to further our participation with the Atlanta HBA in the future and become the Deck resource for their members. Special thanks to David for agreeing to be with us this month. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – August  the 20th at the Ivey  in Buckhead.  Our sponsor for the meeting is Dixie Plywood and our guest speaker will be the President of Dixie – Danny Bachman

Respectfully Submitted

Keith Compton / Chapter President

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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