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October 17th, 2010

Originally posted on 11Alive.com

Altanta, GA – October 16, 2010 | It’s the story of the beautiful harmony between a husband and wife who have handled adversity with the utmost grace – and the people so inspired by it that they helped bring this family a wonderful surprise. Dana Thompson will be the first to tell you: it’s never been easy keeping up with four kids while her husband serves in the army.

“My grandfather was in World War II,” said Captain Don Thompson. “Actually, both grandfathers were. My dad was an Air Force captain.”

Don felt the same calling and enlisted just in time to be sent to Iraq in 2004; he so appreciated the experience that he decided to go into a military career. He served another tour last year, this time in Afghanistan, and now works in Macon; he commutes two hours each way from Cumming every day. And it’s obvious why.

“When he comes home, it’s just, ‘Aaaah!’” says Dana Thompson. “Utter excitement …”

It’s hard for Don to be away, as well as for Dana to handle the home — or, at least, it should be. But the couple has stuck to the belief that the bonds of family beat the strains of distance every time.

“If I’m not in the field or completely indisposed and can’t talk, I call her every night,” Don says. “It doesn’t matter where I am; I’ll find a way.”

It’s why they made a tape of Don reading bedtime stories, so his kids could still hear his voice when he was overseas. And it’s why, a few months back, Dana wrote an essay whose voice would carry far wider than she ever expected. It was an essay for a contest run by “Operation Homefront”, a non-profit out of Marietta that supports veterans and their families. They been had approached by NADRA, the North American Deck and Railing Association, for a new campaign called “Deck for a Soldier”. In Georgia, they all read Dana’s essay and found their soldier. So for a week-and-a-half, they got to work, building a front porch and a two-level deck, with 32 local companies volunteering to help.

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October 17th, 2010

October 16, 2010 | If you want to get a heated debate started among deck builders, assemble 30 from any part of the country in a room, walk out in the center of the floor, ask them to state their opinions regarding alternative decking or real wood, and move out of the way quickly. You’re going to hear strongly held opinions split down the middle. I’ve observed blogs that followed this course. The proponents believe alternatives offer lower maintenance solutions than wood and avoid the problems that can be associated with it and buy into the concept. A lot of deck contractors simply prefer real wood for what they build. But many of the naysayers are made up of earlier generation builders who have experienced problems are newer ones that have heard too much about them. This group believes it’s too risky to bet their reputations on. Interestingly enough, they’re both right.

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October 17th, 2010

Best Alternative Decks Feature Fiberon® Decking

New London, NC – October 14, 2010 | At the North American Decking and Railing Association’s (NADRA) Annual Meeting and National Industry Awards banquet held in Baltimore, MD, on September 15, 2010, six prestigious deck builders were recognized in nine categories of the 2010 NADRA Deck Competition. Barry Streett, of Rolling Ridge Deck Co., Inc., and Jamie Turrentine, of Southwest Fence & Deck, Inc., won Best Alternative Deck Over 500 SF and Best Alternative Deck Under 500 SF, respectively; both of which were built with Fiberon® decking products. A diverse panel of media and industry representatives honored the deck competition winners for skill, craftsmanship, and creativity.

“Fiberon is proud of each deck competition winner, but especially of FiberPROs Mr. Streett and Mr. Turrentine who were recognized for their deck construction and design that features our Horizon and Tropics decking products,” said Chris Beyer, vice president of marketing for Fiberon. “We believe the enduring beauty and durability of these products parallels the talent and originality these Fiberon deck builders put forth to win in their respective categories.”

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October 17th, 2010

Growth Spurs New Job Opportunities in the Coming Months

New London, NC – October 14, 2010 | Fiberon®, a leading manufacturer of composite and PVC decking, railing and fencing products, has hired John Scarborough as Fiberon Product Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic Sales region. John will be responsible for increasing and managing the network of decking contractors in the Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, markets. In addition, Scott Cathcart has been promoted to Regional Manager directly responsible for sales in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah.

“Fiberon is pleased to welcome Mr. Scarborough and recognize Mr. Cathcart’s performance as our company continues to dedicate the necessary resources toward establishing strong relationships with customers and prospects in targeted markets throughout the country,” said Bill Ross, Vice President of Sales for Fiberon. “The dedication and experience these gentlemen bring to Fiberon will allow us to create greater access to our programs and innovative product lines that deliver exceptional performance year after year.

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October 12th, 2010

NADRA Announces National Deck Competition Winners at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.

Quakertown, PA – October 12, 2010 | NADRA hosted their Annual Meeting & First Annual National Deck Awards Ceremony at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. 250 guests were in attendance, consisting of NADRA National Board of Directors, NADRA diamond level sponsors, Fiberon and Real Outdoor Living, silver level sponsors, TimberTech and bronze level sponsor, FastenMaster. Other guests included NADRA builder contestants, manufacturers, distributors, Industry representatives, and many other industry professionals.

The evening started at 6:00 with a cocktail reception open to all industry professionals, 250 guests packed the reception area.



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October 12th, 2010

Atlanta, GA – October 12, 2010 | The weather was perfect and the atmosphere festive for the 2010 “Deck for a Soldier®” ribbon cutting ceremony this past Saturday. Members from Atlanta NADRA Chapter, Operation Home Front, and The Associated General Contractors (Georgia Group) were in attendance. Food and drink were plentiful as were the balloons, banners, and American Flags.

Atlanta NADRA Chapter, Operation Home Front, & the Associated General Contractors Members pose with Captain Don Thompson & family in front of their new deck. October 9, 2010

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September 21st, 2010

Trex® Outdoor Furniture Collection to Combine Style and Comfort with Durability

Winchester, VA – September 14, 2010 | Trex Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing, fencing and trim products, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Syracuse, Ind.-based Poly-Wood, Inc., to develop and market stylish and comfortable outdoor living furniture. The Trex® Outdoor Furniture collection will include 26 exclusive designs across four different product lines to complement low-maintenance and eco-friendly Trex outdoor living spaces.

Featuring beautiful craftsmanship and with an emphasis on comfort, the introductory Trex Outdoor Furniture collection will include seating options like Adirondack chairs, ottomans, settees, sofas and chaise lounges, as well as coffee tables, side tables and dining sets. Each piece will be available in six distinctive colors – such as Vintage Lantern, Tree House, Classic White and Charcoal Black – that may be mixed and matched with Trex Transcend® decking and railing for a completely customized outdoor living space. The line will boast Trex’s signature curved look, thermoformed contours and generous seat widths, as well as cushions and pillows in a range of Sunbrella® fabrics.

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September 9th, 2010

Trex Transcend® Recognized for Superior Innovation, Design and Performance

Winchester, VA – September 8, 2010 | Trex Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing and trim products, has won Building Products magazine’s 2010 Most Valuable Product (MVP) Award for its revolutionary new Trex Transcend® high-performance decking and railing collection. Trex Transcend was one of just 31 products selected from hundreds of entries to receive the award, and the only decking product to be recognized.

The magazine’s annual awards honor the best new products in the building industry, as selected by a panel of architects, builders and remodelers from across the country. Trex Transcend was assessed on its value to professional contractors and homeowners, based on factors such as reduced installation time and labor costs, customer satisfaction, curb appeal and ability to add a “wow” factor to a home.

Trex Transcend boasts an unprecedented combination of performance and aesthetics guaranteed to outperform wood, composite and PVC for decades. Engineered with an exclusive low-sheen, high-traffic formulation, Trex Transcend resists stains, scratches and mold. As a result, contractors can be confident in the stability and durability of their work, while homeowners can enjoy comfort and beauty without the maintenance issues of wood or the plastic-like appearance of PVC.

“Builders and contractors clearly value the low maintenance, beautiful aesthetics and one-of-a kind composition of Trex Transcend, as evidenced by this most recent honor,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “It is always rewarding to have our products recognized, particularly by our very own customers, as we strive to elevate the entire outdoor living category with our design and manufacturing innovation.”

Each MVP winner is featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Building Products and on the magazine’s website at www.ebuild.com. Published bi-monthly, Building Products is the premier information source for trade professionals searching for what’s new in building materials and products.

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September 9th, 2010

Acquisition adds professional-quality nails and tools to Grabber line of product offerings

September 3, 2010 | Grabber Construction Products, recognized for its professional-grade fasteners and construction products, has made yet another connection. The company announced its acquisition of the Fasteners division of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company (HS Fasteners). Products from HS Fasteners will now be sold through Grabber’s international distribution system expanding its services and products to customers in the Carolinas and surrounding areas.

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August 23rd, 2010

Article presented by EZ Stairs® For more information, please visit www.ez-stairs.com

August 23, 2010 | In a recent article published in The Los Angeles Times, July 6th. of this year, a tragic deck collapse resulting in serious injury and death, is reported. The deck was part of a three story apartment complex in a Birmingham suburb. Seven party-goers is all it took to create this tragic event. Unfortunately, this is an all to common occurrence now days. Reports are continually surfacing, confirming the growing frequency of these serious, life threatening collapses.

Over the past several years, much has been done to address deck and stair safety issues, but we still have a long way to go. One glaring example of the failure in deck and stair safety protocol is the industry standard of permitting “hot dipped galvanized” anchors, screws, hangers and other hardware to be in direct contact with ACQ, pressure treated wood. The galvanic corrosion created between the high copper content of the wood and the galvanizing is so severe that the normal industry standard of G90 galvanizing will corrode in as little as 12 months and G185, such as Z-Max® can be gone in 24 months. The industry (including code officials) has adopted G185 as a fall back position with no engineering testing available to substantiate the validity or longevity of this adoption…..this is a “knee jerk” reaction and is an accident waiting to happen. Without a barrier between the pressure treated wood and galvanized hardware, serious corrosion is inevitable.

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