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February 3rd, 2011

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February 2, 2011 | After years of shelving projects and doing only improvements deemed absolutely necessary, more homeowners are dusting off their remodeling plans this year as they grow more hopeful about the economy.

And given that many contractors are still willing to slash their prices to get new business, it could be a good time to get projects done for a low price.

For remodeling, it’s a buyer’s market, says Paul Zuch, president of Capital Improvements, a remodeling firm in Dallas, and president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

During the downturn, Mr. Zuch’s company lowered profit margins in order to stay competitive with not only other established remodelers but also home builders who began to dabble in remodeling when demand almost completely dried up for new homes.

In fact, 80% of the 554 home-improvement contractors who participated in a recent Angie’s List survey said they would slash prices to win a bid — with some saying they’d drop their price by as much as 20%.

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January 20th, 2011

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January 20, 2011 | Mark your calendar for the first NADRA New England Chapter meeting!

When: Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

Where: Harvey Corporate Office located at 1400 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Waltham, Mass., 02451

RSVP: Fred Aldrich at 781-398-7722 or fred.aldrich@harveybp.com

Builders, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who want to get involved are welcome!

Hosted by NADRA Member:
HARVEY Building Products

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January 5th, 2011

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January 5, 2011 | NADRA will be attending the International Builders Show next week! If you are a NADRA member, and we see you wearing your NADRA lanyard from DeckExpo, we will put your name in the hat for a chance to win a prize! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19 edition of the NADRA Industry Update!

“I am really looking forward to seeing everyone next week, it will be so refreshing to walk the show floor and have time to stop and see our members products. I can’t wait! If you would like to schedule time to discuss NADRA benefits and programs for 2011 during the IBS, please email me at Heather@NADRA.org. Happy New Year!”

- Heather Beaudry

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December 21st, 2010

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December 21, 2010 | Thanks to everyone that attended Tuesday night’s Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting at the Soho.

Special thanks go out to Timbertech for their generous sponsorship of what I believe to be one of our best meetings to date. Bill Georgelis and James Gunning teamed up to make a very informative presentation of their decking products and market forecast.

We had a full house which included several very special guests. Terry and Diann Dempsey, the founders of Deck Expo and Professional Deck Builder Magazine were in attendance. John Mortimer, the first President of NADRA was present along with our 2010 “Deck for a Soldier” customers, Captain Don Thompson and his wife Dana.

Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President of NADRA was our keynote speaker and gave a great presentation and really helped strengthen the local and national membership connection.

Ginny Tibbetts, of Atlanta Decking and Fence Company, who has been the secretary and treasurer for our chapter since it’s inception, received a recognition award for her valuable contributions to the Atlanta Chapter. Ginny has devoted countless hours to our cause and has provided a lot of behind the scenes leadership. Her enthusiasm, willingness to help, and general wisdom have served this chapter beyond what any can realize. Keith Compton, who headed up our 2010 Deck for a Soldier campaign, was recognized for his contributions as well. Keith has been a valuable asset for our chapter and has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to complete our first DFS effort.

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December 15th, 2010

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Decmeber 15, 2010 | In total, close to 65 NADRA members, wives and family were in attendance at the Soho Atlanta Restaurant in Vinings for the Georgia Chapter’s Christmas Party. Among the guests were Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President. Mr. Beaudry passionately introduced several very special guests of the night, including our very own Terry and Diann Dempsey – founders of DeckExpo and PDB Magazine, along with NADRA’s very first President, Mr. John Mortimer. As if the guests couldn’t get any better, the Georgia Chapter Board of Directors arranged for Srgt. Thomas and his wife, recipients of this years Deck for a Soldier project to attend the event so that the local members could thank them just one more time!

The event wouldn’t have happened without the support from NADRA member, TimberTech – thank you for sponsoring a great night!

The local chapter took this time to award two very special NADRA members.The first, Ginny Tibbetts for her time, passion and effort with the local chapter. The second was Keith Compton, who was thanked for the time and energy he put in to spearhead the Chapters 2010 Deck for a Soldier project.

A special thanks goes out to Bobby Smith, NADRA Georgia Chapter’s first president – for without his extraordinary efforts in developing one of NADRA’s most successful chapters, the evening would not have been possible. Thank you, Bobby for getting us to where we are today!

In the end, the entire room was filled with the spirit of Christmas, thanks for what we can all accomplish together, and roughly 4-5 brand new distributor members of NADRA! Wow!

We feel very blessed to have so many great people involved with our industry association!

Please look forward to a full recap and photos in the weeks ahead!

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December 8th, 2010

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December 8, 2010 | Hope all of you are doing well. You should have received the “evite” for our upcoming chapter meeting that will be held at Sohos in Vinings, Ga., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Click here to view the invitation.

I encourage each of you to bring your spouses, significant other or a friend. Michael Beaudry (Executive Vice President of NADRA), Heather Beaudry (National Chapter Committee Chair) and Margie Beaudry (Executive Administrator) will attend this meeting. Michael will be our keynote speaker. This will be an opportunity for local members to meet some of the key people in NADRA.

We plan to have our Deck For A Soldier recipients, Captain Don Thompson and his wife Dana, present as well.

Please make every effort to attend and support our local chapter and make this a success.

Respectfully,

Bobby Parks
Atlanta Chapter President
Peachtree Decks and Porches

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December 1st, 2010

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December 1, 2010 | The week of October 24th, I attended the International Code Council (ICC) Conference on NADRA’s behalf.

Special thanks to board member Mick Feduniec (Deckscapes, Inc.) and his family for putting me up (and putting up with me) at their beautiful home in Charlotte for the duration of my stay.

While at the Conference, I participated in a meeting of the ICC Evaluation Service Advisory Committee (ESAC). ESAC is charged with improving service to manufacturers seeking Evaluation Service Reports (ESR). Please see http://www.icc-es.org/Help/esac.shtml for a more in-depth discussion of the purpose of ESAC.

The committee is open to participation from members of industry and manufacturers. What struck me as most important was an earnest effort on the part of all participants to move toward resolution and improvement. I was able to meet several vice presidents of ICC-ES as well as manufacturer and industry representatives.

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November 24th, 2010

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November 24, 2010 | WOW! Twenty-four individuals from the Deck and Rail Community came together for the Minnesota NADRA formation meeting held at Stork Twin City Testing in St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 17. The “kick-off” meeting brought deck builders, manufacturers, distributors and industry experts together to discuss the launch of this exciting new Chapter. Sixteen of those attendees are now NADRA members!

Join us in December when Mr. Roger Axel, New Hope Building Official, explains the right and wrong ways of working with local building officials. Mr. Axel will also share his experience with NADRA professionals vs. Chuck in the Truck! Email info@NADRA.org to get involved.

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