FEENEY, INC. TAKES FIRST PLACE IN NADRA DECK COMPETITION

FEENEY, INC. TAKES FIRST PLACE IN NADRA DECK COMPETITION FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

Cable railing provider takes home top honors in manufacturer category

OAKLAND, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2017 – For the second consecutive year, Feeney, Inc. has been awarded first place in the Manufacturer Project category of the 2017 National Deck Competition. Feeney won for its deck railing on a Connecticut home designed to emulate the look of a boat. The awards, which are hosted each year by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), were presented last month at the 2017 Remodeling Show/Deck Expo held in Nashville.

“NADRA is proud to have Feeney as part of its membership roster. The winning project sets the bar high in creativity through the unique and distinctive architectural design, which incorporates multi-level decks throughout the home,” said Mike Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA.

The “Boat House”, which overlooks the Niantic River in Waterford, Connecticut, utilized Feeney’s DesignRail® aluminum railing with stainless steel CableRail infill for the deck railings, highlighted with Feeney LED Rail Lighting under the top rail. An ipe wood top rail was used to create a more authentic boat look while also matching the decking for a seamless appearance. Feeney worked very closely with the general contractor, Jonathan Laschever of Laschever Building Company LLC, and others to create a railing solution that accentuated the unconventional shape of the home, including the curved bow at the top – one of the standouts of the design.

“The Boat House project was truly a work of art created by the home’s owner and Jonathan Laschever, and Feeney was honored to be involved,” said Andrew Penny, vice president of marketing and advertising, Feeney, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum railing systems. “We regularly receive photos of decks featuring our DesignRail® and CableRail railing products, and it is exciting to see the beautiful and creative spaces in which the railings are used. We are proud to be recognized by NADRA with such an important award.”

Prizes are awarded in a number of different categories, such as Wood Decks under $25,000, Porches, Illumination and Manufacturer Projects, to name a few.

Projects were judged on the following criteria:

Use of Space / Functionality

Creativity / Innovation

Evidence of Craftsmanship / Degree of Difficulty

Overall Visual Appeal

The panel of judges included: Katy Tomasula, “Content Builder”; Andrew Clements of BrightClaim WarrantyLink Solutions; Patrick Adams, publisher of Deck Specialist, Merchant, Building Products Digest and building-products.com; Andrew Wormer, editor of Professional Deck Builder; Victor G. Faggella of Centurion Home Inspections, Inc.; and Corban Quigg of NTA, Inc.

All entries were judged anonymously, and no identifying information could be included in the project photos. The contest was open to current NADRA members, and submitted deck projects had to be completed during 2017.
For more information about Feeney, visit the company’s website at www.feeneyinc.com.

 

About Feeney

Feeney, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high quality architectural products that enhance the spaces where people live, work and play. Feeney residential and commercial construction products for exterior or interior applications include CableRail stainless steel cable assemblies, Quick-Connect® auto-locking cable fittings, DesignRail® aluminum railing systems with optional LED lighting, Sta-Lok® stainless steel rods, and the Trellis Collection of garden trellises. Since 1948, Oakland, California-based Feeney has been committed to providing construction professionals and DIY homeowners with innovative, easy-touse products and unsurpassed service. For more information or the location of a dealer near you, please visit www.feeneyinc.com.

About NADRA

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is a not-for-profit trade association made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers to the deck and railing industry. NADRA emphasizes safe building practices and deck safety. For information, visit www.NADRA.org.

About Jonathan Laschever

Jonathan Laschever is owner of Laschever Building Company LLC, a custom home builder based in West Simsbury, Connecticut that specializes in designing and building homes on difficult sites. Laschever has more than 39 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, as a carpenter, project manager, new home builder, home improvement contractor and remodeler and restorer of historic homes.

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May Member Spotlight Winner – Andy Penny

Member Name: Andy Penny

Company Name:  Feeney, Inc.

Position: VP Marketing & Advertising

Member Category: Manufacturer

Location: Oakland, CA

 

When did you first get involved with this industry? It’s been about 30 years…ouch!

What inspired you to join NADRA? Our company had been working with contractors, carpenters and deck builders for years providing our CableRail products, so when NADRA approached us we thought it’d be a great way to support the industry and keep informed. We were one of the charter members of NADRA.

What was the first thing you ever built? I built this really cool coaster with a 2×4 frame, rope steering, and thin ball-bearing wheels held on to 1/2″ rod axles with cotter pins. Completely dangerous but totally fun. I’ve never built a deck, but I’d like to.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Feeney’s been around since 1948. They started as a small, family owned wire, rope, and rigging supply company serving the San Francisco Bay Area maritime and industrial communities. In the late 1980’s I joined the team to manage the marketing of a new line of stainless steel cable assemblies that was soon to become our CableRail product. Since then, the company has grown exponentially, and while we still do some industrial rigging, our main business is architectural products. We obviously still have CableRail going strong, but we also have our DesignRail aluminum railings, stainless steel structural & decorative rods, as well as a line of rod & cable garden trellises. We distribute throughout the USA and beyond and have worked on thousands of deck and railing projects spanning commercial, institutional, and residential applications. I still head up the marketing and advertising, and it continues to be busy, crazy, fun (and sometimes not-so-fun) and rewarding.

How do you define success? Personally, I’d say happiness is my primary measure of success. Professionally, building a profitable company/business while treating people (employees, customers, vendors) honestly and respectfully.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? A lot of people don’t know what they’re talking about but pretend otherwise, so as my wise old Nicaraguan media director boss used to tell me, “follow your gut, man; follow your gut.”

Why do you support NADRA’s Deck Safety Initiative? Given the nature of our deck and railing products, Feeney, Inc. has always been committed to deck safety, and we’re proud to partner with NADRA during May’s Deck Safety Month.  Deck safety hits close to home with our Feeney family, especially when the safety of a deck and railing can depend on how we develop and explain our products.  We strive to ensure that all of our products, when installed properly, exceed code safety standards, and we proudly support an organization like NADRA that shares our standards and values.  This month we’re supporting the cause with social media promotions as well, utilizing our Facebook and Twitter feeds to share information about NADRA and our industry’s Deck Safety Month efforts.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Good question. You, know, it’d have to be something outdoors. I could see being a carpenter or contractor, and then I could also see being a river raft or backpacker guide somewhere. Hmmm… now you got me thinking.

A little more about Andy:  Born and raised in Oakland and still not a Raiders fan. No pets, married with one 14 year old daughter who is the love of my life even though she drives me crazy sometimes. I enjoy biking, both road and mountain, skiing, golfing, kayaking, building/repairing stuff around the house, BBQing, and drinking beer.

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