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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Consumer Product Awareness Charter (CPAC)

 

 
  

 

February 28th, 2017 UPDATE:
NADRA CPAC Committee Update:

The Consumer Product Awareness Charter (CPAC) Committee works in conjunction with NADRA and NTA to develop and implement consumer friendly labeling programs for outdoor living products.

  • NTA as the appointed third-party agency administers the certification programs.
  • The program will recognize applicable tests conducted by accredited third-party testing agencies.

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with a simple, straightforward labeling program to assist in their product selection.

  • Product comparisons simplified – allowing consumers to choose the product best suited for their needs
  • Certification reassures consumers of quality products
  • Easy to find technical information

This will assist NADRA members by providing useful information about product performance requested by consumers.

  • Certified products carry a higher level of credibility with consumers
  • Higher credibility = increased sales
  • Improved products through Quality Programs
  • Third-party involvement at lower cost
  • Reduced returns, warranty claims, and consumer questions

A recognized label will accompany easy to understand product performance measurements to educate consumers so they can make more knowledgeable product selections.

The example below for alternative decking represents performance measurements of items consumers have requested, and are under consideration by the CPAC committee.  The first phase for alternative decking products Consumer Product Awareness Specification is nearing completion.

  • The committee continues to work diligently; taking input from a range of supportive sources to drive the program to completion.
  • The alternative decking product committee has one  remaining voting positions available.Those interested in providing technical representation or being on the committee should fill out this form here with your contact information and request.
  • Base line data requirements and test protocols are on schedule for completion before or during the second quarter of 2017.
 
 
 
NADRA CPAC Committee Chair,  Andrew Clements

BrightClaim Inc. Customer Service / Warranty Claim Solutions / Compliance
Mobile:  540-454-7111 Office:  770-779-0940 Email:   andrew.clements@brightclaim.com

 

January 4th, 2017 UPDATE:
NADRA CPAC Committee Update:
The NADRA Consumer Product Awareness Committee (CPAC) has been working diligently and is making very good progress in the creation of the Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS).  The current CPAS draft contains three main metrics for testing and providing performance ratings for deck boards:
  • Slip Resistance
  • Fade Resistance
  • Swell and Water Absorption Resistance

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with simple, straight-forward information to assist in their deck board selection and to provide the industry with a standardized rating system for aspects of particular interest to consumers which are beyond the requirements of a certification program.

The current goal is to have the initial release of the CPAS ready for the next NADRA meeting in April.  If anyone would like to contribute by providing ideas, data, or input regarding the CPAS please contact Michael Beaudry at 215-804-6679 or mbeaudry@nadra.org.  Your support is very beneficial to the continued advancement of this program, thank you!

October 21, 2016 UPDATE:

Special Note to All Interested Parties:

The Consumer Product Awareness Committee (CPAC) was created to work in conjunction with NADRA and NTA to develop and implement an association sponsored labeling program for deck board products, which are already in a certification program.  This labeling program will be based on the Consumer Product Awareness Specification (CPAS), which is currently under development.

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with simple, straight-forward information to assist in their deck board selection and to provide the industry with a standardized rating system for aspects of particular interest to consumers which are beyond the requirements of a certification program.

Thank you in advance for your support, which will be very beneficial to the continued advancement of this program.

Sincerely,

Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive Vice President & Your Board of Directors

NADRA, “Doing things for the right reason and having fun doing them”.

NADRA, 2016 Main Event – Huge Success!

Contact: Heather Marchand, National Programs & Marketing, NADRA: 215-317-2018, Heather@NADRA.org

 

NADRA, 2016 Main Event – Huge Success! NADRA Announces National Award Winners at The Hard Rock Café, Baltimore, MD

NADRA hosted their Annual Awards Dinner & Sixth Annual National Deck Competition at The Hard Rock Café on Thursday, October 6th, 2016. Attendees included NADRA members and guests, NADRA’s National Board of Directors, Deck Competition Participants, spouses and crews, as well as, NADRA Sponsors. Thank you Gold Sponsors: Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, Fiberon, The Deck Store, and Koppers Performance Chemicals, Silver Sponsors: Spacemaker & Deckorators,  Bronze Sponsors: Westech, MoistureShield, Parksite, Dasso. XTR, Decks & More, Screw Products, Inc. , BrightClaim, Compton Sales, South Eastern Underdeck, Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc., and Partner Sponsors: Verblaauw & Sons, LLC , and UltraLox; along with many other industry professionals that joined us for the event.

To kick-off our big week in Baltimore, NADRA members and guests joined us at Mountain Branch Golf Course for a day on the greens. Blue skies and a great group! We couldn’t have asked for a better day! “Here we are the week after one of my favorite gatherings of industry professionals. It started with the NADRA golf event where I was fortunate to play with John Witt and Mark Passmore from Canada! It was such a fun and relaxing day!” NADRA Vice President, Bob Lett, Wolf Home Products

2016 NADRA Golf Tournament Results:

1st Place: 62

  • Martin Donahoe
  • Mark Boschert
  • John Manzari
Longest Drive:
  • #1: Anthony Casey
  • #2: Andy Workinger
Closest to the Hole 
  • #9: Steve Jenkins: 6’6″
  • #11: Mike Rawlett: 6’2″

Check out the photo album on NADRA’s Facebook page here.

2016 Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone who made the Tournament such a successful and fun event, especially our sponsors:

  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • Wolf Home Products
  • The Deck Store
  • BrightClaim
  • Green Bay Decking
  • MoistureShield Composite Decking
  • Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • LBM Journal
  • Ultra Fencing – Railing
  • UltraLox
HARD ROCK CAFE, AWARDS CEREMONY
The Hard Rock was nearly sold out with over 200 guests.  Attendees included NADRA Members from as far away as Ontario, Canada, Western Washington and even Australia! “As always, the NADRA Main Event was the place to be Thursday night! It was wonderful to come together, celebrate some jaw-dropping good work, and see some old friends we’ve been missing. The fact that our party could be heard across the bay was pretty cool, too!” Says NADRA Treasurer, Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction.
Kirk Hammond, NADRA’s President opened the awards ceremony for the evening. Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s executive Vice President & Kirk were masters of ceremony for the night. Check out the photo albums on NADRA’s Facebook page here. 
Special recognition and thanks was given to all event sponsors:
  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • The Deck Store
  • Fiberon
  • Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Spacemaker
  • Deckorators
  • South Eastern UnderDeck Systems
  • Parksite
  • Compton Sales
  • BrightClaim
  • Dasso. XTR
  • MoistureShield
  • Westech
  • Decks & more
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • Phoenix
  • Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • UltraLox
Thank you, Sponsors!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR INDUSTRY’S 2016 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS!

Mr. Hammond presented NADRA’s 2016 Recognition Award to Andrew Clements with BrightClaim. Andy commented on his recognition: “For over a decade BrightClaim’s Warranty Services has assisted the exterior building product industry by providing cost effective third-party warranty services. This provides the opportunity to work closely with a wide variety of industry leaders and associations.  NADRA represents an association driven to assist members and the betterment of the industry. It is BrightClaim’s privilege to be a part of the NADRA family.  We are  honored to receive a recognition award to assist the decking industry with the Consumer Product Awareness Charter.  The NADRA CPAC program’s goal is to assist consumers, manufactures, resellers, and installers.  It’s a great honor and privilege to assist NADRA help the decking industry. At BrightClaim our goal is to be your third party warranty services resource partner.” Andrew Clements, National Account Executive, BrightClaim

The 2016 Terry Award was presented to Bill Ross, Fiberon. Bill was unable to make it this year, but James Gunning was present to accept the award on his behalf. “ find it somewhat ironic that the one year (since the inception of DeckEXPO) that I was not able to come to the show or the NADRA Big Event, that this is the year I get the much respected Terry Award.  If I was a little paranoid I might wonder if it’s a payment for not showing up…, but I am not paranoid.  I am honored and humbled and joy-filled. As I said, I don’t wonder if it was a payoff, and if I didn’t wonder about that, I certainly don’t wonder whether or not it was time well invested.  My association with the NADRA has been a fantastic growth experience,  working not just for the company,  Fiberon, in which I earn my living, but  for the greater industry in which I thrive and gain great satisfaction.  It has been a lot of hard work at times and a whole lot of fun almost all the time. One thing that would make it all much better was if my peers stepped up to fill board leadership roles.  The industry needs you! Your time, talent and a little bit of your treasure.  My guess is, that you will get more than you give and have a great time making things better! Thanks again to all members.  Wishing you continued success.  Bill Ross, Fiberon

2016 National Deck Competition Winners: See all of the winning projects, on NADRA’s Facebook page here.

A special thank you to our 2016 National Deck Competition judges. This is a daunting task of scoring hundreds of photos in this years competition. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your time and dedication to the deck competition!

  • Dave and Susue Garcia – DPD Design
  • Bobby Parks – BP Consultants
  • Andrew Wormer – Editor, Professional Deck Builder
Judging Criteria:
  • Use of Space / Functionality
  • Creativity
  • Use of Materials
  • Overall Visual Appeal
The National Deck Competition 3rd place, 2nd place and finally 1st place winners were all announced and presented with awards at The Hard Rock Cafe’s center-stage. Check out the photo albums on NADRA’s Facebook page here.

 

Congratulations to all of the 1st Place Winners:

  • Alternative Deck up to $25K: Dr. Decks, LLC – WA
  • Wood Deck $25K – $50K: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: TIE: My Deck, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: TIE: My Deck, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck Over $50K: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT
  • Enclosed Porch: Decks and More, Inc. – GA
  • Open Porch: R.T. Kiefer LLC – dba Decks By Kiefer – NJ
  • Commercial Project: Barrett Outdoors – NJ
  • Illumination: Robco Fence and Deck, LLC – NC
  • Unique Feature: Barrett Outdoors – NJ
  • Limitless Creation: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Manufacturer’s Project: Feeney Inc.
  • People’s Choice Award, Manufacturer: Mbrico
  • People’s Choice Award, Builder: America’s DeckBuilder, LLC, NJ
  • Overall 1st Place Winner: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT

“We are so thrilled and humbled to have won FOUR awards at this year’s Annual NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) awards ceremony. Including two First place awards!! Paradisaic took home the top award of the year as well!! FIRST PLACE ~ ‘Best Overall 2016’. We couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the entire young, brilliant team here at Paradisaic that makes every job a work of art and an amazing experience for our incredible clients!” Ben Shelly, Paradisaic Building Group, Inc.

Congratulations to all of the 2nd Place Winners:
  • Alternative Deck up to $25K: Robco Fence and Deck, LLC – NC
  • Wood Deck $25K – $50K: R.T. Kiefer LLC – dba Decks By Kiefer – NJ
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: My Deck, LLC – NJ
  • Alternative Deck Over $50K: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Enclosed Porch: Decks and More, GA
  • Open Porch: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Commercial Project: Deck and Basement Company, MN
  • Illumination: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Unique Feature: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Limitless Creation: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT
  • Manufacturer’s Project: Feeney Inc.
  • Overall 2nd Place Winner: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
Congratulations to all of the 3rd Place Winners:
  • Alternative Deck up to $25K: Deckover Construction, AZ
  • Wood Deck $25K – $50K: BHD Construction, LLC, WA
  • Alternative Deck $25K – $50K: Paradisaic Building Group, Inc. – ONT
  • Alternative Deck Over $50K: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Enclosed Porch: Decksouth, GA
  • Open Porch: Amazing Decks – PA
  • Commercial Project: Deck and Basement Company, MN
  • Illumination: America’s DeckBuilder, LLC, NJ
  • Unique Feature: R.T. Kiefer LLC – dba Decks By Kiefer – NJ
  • Limitless Creation: DeckRemodelers.com, LLC – NJ
  • Manufacturer’s Project: Wolf Home Products, PA
  • Overall 3rd Place Winner: Dr. Decks, LLC – WA

NADRA December Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Our favorite time of the year is upon us which means that the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA gets to have our annual Christmas party.  It is always the highlight of the year which brings our biggest group, with many guest and spouses also in attendance.

This years meeting was held at Maggianos at the Cumberland Mall.  With almost 80 registered guests, the evening started with some socializing and catching up on the events since our last meeting.  A motion was made and passed to postpone the reading of the minutes and chapter business until our next meeting.

After a delicious three course family style Italian dinner our guest speaker entertained for the evening.  Scott Mawdelsy with 12Stone church delivered a very moving talk on living your life from the Inside Out.  It was the perfect topic with a new year around the corner.  Each person in attendance was able to think about how they can improve in their leadership and life as they set goals for next year.

To close the meeting we gave out a few awards and recognition.  Three of our four past presidents were in attendance and were thanked for their leadership and service.  Also chapter leadership awards were given to our outgoing board to Greg Mizerak, Ginny Tibbets, Mike Reasons and James Gunning.  Two new awards were given out as well this year.  The first ever Ginny Tibbets Award was given to Ginny for her many years of selfless service to the chapter along with a Founders Award to John Lea for his behind the scenes leadership and service.

Those who dared closed the evening on the dance floor thanks to our DJ who was playing great music all night to set the mood for the event.  The annual Christmas party is always one of the best ways socialize and spend time with vendors, competitors and friends.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – March 8th at the BRExpo show at the Cobb Gallerian Centre, Atlanta, GA where our main focus will be on education.

Respectfully Submitted

Mike Reasons

Atlanta Chapter President

 

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

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