Fortress Deck™ Announces 2017 Distribution Plans


Today, Fortress Deck™, an innovator in the decking industry, announced 2017 distribution plans throughout the central United States. Starting in January, Fortress Deck’s™ Infinity™ Decking and HULK™ Clips and Fasteners will be available in most of the central United States through distributors Hallmark Building Supplies, Inc., Mid-States Wholesale Company and JM Thomas Forest Products.

“Fortress Deck™ is excited to expand its presence in the Central United States,” Gary Smith, National Sales Manager at Fortress Deck™, said. “This is a competitive market, and customer reception in this region has proven strong demand for our innovative product offerings. We have partnered with some of the region’s leading distributors and are confident these partnership will deliver results to customers down the channel.”

In January, Hallmark Building Supplies, Inc. opened a new division to focus on the distribution of Fortress Deck™ products in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. The business will be supported by distribution centers in St. Louis, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Dallas, Texas with planned expansions of the Chicago, Illinois and Houston, Texas areas.

“We were so impressed with not only the product but with the story of the how the product came to life. The inability of the current US composite market to perform in the harsh climates of South Africa created a need for a better deck product. This lead to the development of the Infinity™ product line of deck products. The synergies between our two companies and the passion for providing quality and style were a perfect fit,” Robb Buechler, Executive Vice President at Hallmark Building Supplies, Inc., said.

Mid-States Wholesale Company who is already a distributor of OZCO Building Products and Fortress Railing Products™ —two other Fortress Building Products™ businesses — will begin Oklahoma distribution of the two Fortress Deck™ product lines, Infinity™ Decking and HULK™ Clips and Fasteners.

“Mid-States’ experience in composite decking spans some of the industry’s biggest brands, but we have never seen a product like Infinity™ before,” Mark Musgrove, Product Manager at Mid-States Wholesales Company, said. “The dense, bamboo and recycled plastic core with a 360 cap is a combination built for longevity, and the boards are beautiful. We are confident it will have a huge impact in Oklahoma and wanted to be the ones to take it to market.”

JM Thomas Forest Products was a part of the soft launch of the Fortress Deck business in 2016. JM Thomas has already begun to establish a network of lumberyards and deck builders that are promoting Infinity Decking and Hulk Clips and Fasteners. Even with a limited launch in 2016, the products have been well-received in the Colorado market with high expectations for the full launch in 2017.

“The variegated color and matte texture of the post sleeves and Modern Rail have a hit in the Colorado market,” Scott Gates, Purchasing Manager at JM Thomas Forest Products, said. “The Stair Tread and unique distressed hardwood surface are also getting lots of attention as these products have never been available to this market.”

Fortress Deck™ Infinity™ Decking and HULK™ Clips & Fasteners adds to the growing list of products offered by Fortress Building Products™, which includes railing, fence, pergola and other exterior focused building products. To learn more, visit


About Fortress Deck Fortress Deck™ is the newest member of Fortress Building Products™, a privately held, family of innovative building product solution providers. Fortress Building Products™ boasts nearly 50 years of combined experience in building products supply and design. Fortress Building Products™ is comprised of Fortress Railing Products™, Fortress Fence Products™, OZCO Building Products™ and Fortress Deck™. Fortress Building Products™ 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 Products™ where the team is always looking for ways to lead our industries forward. Learn more at or

Wolf Home Products Partners with Primesource

N E W S   R E L E A S E

DATE:                       August 22, 2016

CONTACT:             Jim Groff, 717.852.4842,


Partnership makes Wolf Decking available across the Midwest

YORK, PA — As part of an ongoing expansion effort to broaden its service area, Wolf Home Products has reached an agreement with PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. to be its newest Midwest distributor of U.S.-made Wolf PVC Decking. Effective immediately, the agreement with the Minneapolis location —  currently servicing dealers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota — will add decking to their wide array of building product offerings.

“We are excited about this partnership as it allows us to grow into an important segment of the building products industry,” said Brian Fallin, Regional VP of PrimeSource. “It is our mission to constantly refresh our product offering to include the newest innovations and to provide our customers with an array of choices that they and their customers will feel passionate about.”

Wolf PVC Decking is strong and lightweight, featuring polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and an acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate (ASA) capstock for superior durability. Wolf PVC Decking will not split or rot and is resistant to mold, mildew and insects. It’s also covered by Wolf’s 25-year Stain & Fade Warranty.

Both Wolf Home products and PrimeSource conducted extensive research on the market and found a widespread acceptance of synthetic decking in the Midwest. Robert Lett Sr., VP/National Sales & Marketing at Wolf, spoke with numerous independent contractors and dealers in the areas serviced by PrimeSource’s Minnesota location and experienced an overwhelmingly positive response to the Wolf-branded PVC decking products.

“After speaking with several industry professionals in the region, partnering with PrimeSource made complete sense. They are a favored distributor in the area, PVC decking is a favorable product in the area, and Wolf has a unique, high-quality product with the supply to keep up with the area’s demand,” said Lett.

PrimeSource will carry Wolf PVC Decking in the Tropical Hardwood and Seaside Collections, totaling eight colors.

Click here to view a short video on WOLF PVC Decking.

Click here to view more information about WOLF PVC Decking on WOLF’s website.

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Wolf Home Products supplies kitchen and bath, outdoor living and building products using its innovative business model. With more than 170 years of experience and a vast inventory of high-quality products, Wolf strives to accurately deliver orders in a fraction of the time to ensure unparalleled satisfaction and value. For more information, go to 

About PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. With 33 distribution centers throughout the USA and more than 1,100 employees, PrimeSource is an international distributor of building materials serving residential and industrial new-construction and remodeling markets as a value-added link in the distribution chain. Core products distributed under the nationally known Grip-Rite® and Pro-Twist® brands include  nails, screws and collated fasteners; tools, compressors and accessories; residential and commercial roofing products; diamond blades and accessories, gypsum accessories, weather protection and covers, adhesives and caulks, contractor bags and poly sheeting, building accessories; rebar and concrete accessories; and fencing and wire. For more information please visit or call (800) 676-7777.

Screw Products, Inc. adds Holds-a-Bit, Screw Holder to its line

Screw Products, Inc. adds Holds-a-Bit, Screw Holder to its line 
New fastener accessories ideal for both professionals and serious DIYers (Photos and release may be found HERE)

GIG HARBOR, Wash. – In an effort to bring ease-of-use to market along with an ever-expanding
selection of fasteners, Screw Products, Inc. has introduced two new accessories to its line: the Holds-a-Bit and the Screw Holder.

The Holds-a-Bit bit holder can be used for drill bits, drivers, and tips, and can hold both round- and hex-shank bits of various sizes. The Holds-a-Bit can also be paired with Screw Products, Inc.’s color-coded bits, which help identify the needed drive size quickly and include 10 of the most common Star Drive bits needed to complete most jobs.

The Screw Holder, a transparent rubber sleeve that slides onto screwdrivers to hold a variety of screw sizes, was introduced to market this year following a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s designed with a tapered, ribbed head interior to keep screws straight and adjust to various screw-head sizes, while built-in ridges also ensure screws won’t shake out.

About Screw Products 
Screw Products, Inc. has been providing quality fasteners backed by customer service since 1999. Its extensive product line offers benefits such as a type 17 auger point, longer bit life, reduced splitting and they counter sink themselves. Orders ship out the same day they are received; for more information, visit or call (877) 844-8880. Screw Products Inc. products are available online and at retailers across the country.

RDI Announces Agreement with Boston Cedar

Railing Dynamics, Inc. For Immediate Release 135 Steelmanville Road
Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234
Phone: 800.488.7245

Press Contact: Carol Lyn Groce


(EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ) United States, Monday, September 30, 2013- Railing Dynamics, Inc. (RDI) is pleased to announce an agreement with Boston Cedar, effective, November 1st, 2013, as exclusive distributor of RDI’s newest railing line, TransformTM throughout their Northeast U.S. trading territory.

Transform railing is the first system of its kind within the market. Unlike composite systems, Transform has a resin based ResaliteTM core with no wood fiber or wood flour and is impervious to water and will not rot. Transform has the look, weight, and feel of real wood and is as easy to work with as traditional materials. Transform’s acrylic finish adds a painted wood-like look, provides superior pigment retention, and offers unmatched resistance to weathering. With a choice of 4 colors, 3 baluster types and 3 unique top covers, Transform offers not only strength and security but allows end users to truly “transform” their outdoor living space.

“For Barrette Outdoor Living/RDI, this announcement is significant in two ways: it reaffirms the strength in our partnership with Boston Cedar, one of our largest distribution partners and also fortifies the strategic combination of Barrette Outdoor Living and RDI as a team”, said Chris Terrels, Vice President of RDI 2-Step Distribution. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to once again partner with Boston Cedar. The launch of this product with our newest cutting-edge technology is game-changing for us and will be for the rest of the industry.”

According to RDI President Jean DesAutels, “Truly, the union of Barrette and RDI working together on this product launch has been very exciting. The hardworking ingenuity of both groups has enabled both partners to achieve results and break ground where neither could have done individually.”

According to Paul Colliton, Vice President of Boston Cedar, “We are excited to expand our relationship with Barrette and RDI. Transform allows us to bring a new technology to the market and to continue to build on the success we’ve had with the entire RDI railing program.”

About Railing Dynamics, Inc.:

Since 1989, Railing Dynamics, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of low-maintenance building solutions. As the Pro Dealer arm of Barrette Outdoor Living, RDI services 2-Step Distributors and Lumber Dealers nationwide. RDI’s products include Endurance® vinyl, Titan Pro® vinyl-clad metal railing systems, RDI Metal Works® pre-assembled, metal railing and TransformTM ultra-low- maintenance railing systems. For more information on RDI, or to find the nearest distributor, call (877) 420-7245 or visit







Railing Dynamics, Inc.                                                                            For Immediate Release

135 Steelmanville Road

Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234

Phone: 800.488.7245

Press Contact: Carol Lyn Groce



(EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ) United States, July 1, 2013- Railing Dynamics, Inc. (RDI) announces the release of their new Endurance® Original Rail, Titan Pro® Rail, and RDI Metal Works® installation videos, now available on the company’s website at and YouTube,  The videos demonstrate how to install these popular products in short, easy to follow videos, with tips and tricks to make installation simple.

According to Vera James, RDI Customer Service, “Even though our printed instructions are pretty easy to follow, there’s nothing better than seeing a video of the real thing. Not only do these videos help installers, but they also serve as convenient tools for our sales team while presenting our products. We work with our products every day, so we know how easy our products are to install; now potential customers who aren’t too familiar with us can see just how easy installing our product is as well.”

RDI’s release of our videos on YouTube is the latest addition in the effort to make its information easily accessible to its customers. According to Carol Lyn Groce, Marketing Communications manager for RDI, “Between our website & blog, Facebook page, Linked In page, Pinterest page, Twitter page, YouTube, and our new mobile site, it will be almost impossible for anyone to have difficulty finding us.” Groce commented that RDI fully welcomes and encourages their customers to call them, but understands that for many people sometimes contact via internet is just as easy. “Another great thing about social media is that it can be entertaining to see our posts and pictures too; it can really be a good vehicle for us for sharing a bit of ourselves with not only members of our RDI/Barrette family, but to our outside associates as well.”

The above mentioned sites may be accessed at:

RDI Blog –

Facebook –

Linked In –

Pinterest –

Twitter –

YouTube  –


About Railing Dynamics, Inc.:

Since 1989, Railing Dynamics, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of low-maintenance building solutions. As the Pro Dealer arm of Barrette Outdoor Living, RDI services 2-Step Distributors and Lumber Dealers nationwide. RDI’s products include the Endurance® Original, Deck, Porch and ADA continuous handrail lines, Titan Pro® vinyl-clad metal railing systems, and RDI Metal Works® pre-assembled, metal railing. For more information on RDI, or to find the nearest distributor, call (877) 420-7245 or visit



NADRA MN Chapter Engaged Experts Event

May 9th, 2013 was a memorable day for the MN NADRA Chapter. Representatives from every sector of the Minnesota Deck and Rail industry were on hand to support NADRA’s effort to further develop its industry leading CPAC program (Consumer Protection Awareness Charter).

Engaging speakers gave viable, educational information that sparked many valuable conversations for attendees. Presentations were then followed up by tours of Element’s St. Paul facilities, including live testing demonstrations.

Third-Party testing experts were on hand to share their knowledge in the areas of corrosion, environmental, flexural, mechanical and live load testing. Code officials from several local jurisdictions and a representative from the ICC-ES were present to answer questions concerning codes or product evaluation.  Product manufactures, lumberyards, distributors and local deck builders were all present to discuss industry issues and learn more of the NADRA CPAC program.

The common message thread; Quality and Approved Tested Products are a must! Whether it is ICC-ES, CCRR or ASTM tested products; all were in agreement, that the world of product testing is convoluted and there is a need for industry standardization.

Please contact NADRA EVP, Michael Beaudry to join the NADRA CPAC effort by emailing

A special thank you to the following MN NADRA contributors:

  • Host:  Element Materials Technology
  • Sponsors: Screw Products, Inc., Williams Architectural Products, Gossen Corp., and Homeland Vinyl Products, Inc.
  • Speakers: Barry Johnson-ICC-ES, Stan Hathorn-Homeland Vinyl, Roger Axel-New Hope Code Official and Tom Kolden-Element Materials Technology



Decks and More, Inc. Named NARI 2012 CoTY

February 2, 2012 – Smyrna, GA | The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Decks and More, Inc., of Smyrna, Georgia, 2012 Southeast Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Exterior Specialty category of its annual awards competition.

Decks and More, Inc., operated by Frank Pologruto of Smyrna, GA, has been serving the Atlanta area since 2001, completing over 400 projects ranging from $1,000 to over $350,000. Decks and More, Inc. has been a member of NARI since 2004. NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis, and all regional winners are eligible for the National CotY Awards. National winners will be announced at NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center, located in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas.

All projects submitted for judging were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure, with the exception of one category, “Residential Exterior Specialty.” Otherwise, new construction projects were not eligible.

Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2010, and November 30, 2011, and were not submitted in previous NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s submission, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

The winning entry submitted by Decks and More, Inc. features a dramatic covered walkway connecting the customer’s garage to her home. Frank Pologruto and his team of professional craftsmen built a structure with a curved dome roof that is supported by custom-built alder wood columns. A flagstone walkway and new lighting further enhance the updated design. Eco-friendly innovations include the use of a rain chain leading to a clay storage basin in lieu of an ordinary downspout and the addition of drought tolerant plants. The project increased the functionality of the area as well as its visual appeal.

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