NADRA NJ May 2015 Meeting Recap

From the NJ Chapter President: Lainie Sleppin

On Tuesday night May 19th I opened the NJ meeting at about 6:40 and welcomed everyone.  The chapter was notably light on our regular deck builder attendees.  As we know this is not the easiest time of the year to get deck builders to attend.  A standard of about 20-25 people were in attendance.  I took a moment to remind everyone about the upcoming deck awards in June and reiterated to them that we need their support.

I introduced our sponsor Ken from Abbe Lumber and reminded everyone to please remember to support our local members.  Ken did a nice presentation communicating the history of Abbe lumber and how much he supports the NADRA brand.  He mentioned he actually lost a builder due to not participating in his organization so again he emphasized the importance of participating in NADRA.  He expressed their involvement in the decking industry and explained that they have become a dominant player in the specific brand Trex.  In addition to Trex he is a big supporter and supplier of RDI. He then turned the presentation over to Brianne from RDI.  She did a wonderful presentation in explaining the history of RDI as well as all the features and benefits of the product.  She also emphasized that they will be opening up a new 52 acre facility in Southern New Jersey where they will be doing all of their manufacturing

Following the Abbe/RDI presentation, Judi Rossi from Glazer promotions took the floor and discussed the benefits of using promotional items and provided some samples of what companies have used in the past to promote their businesses.

Our committee updates went well but were brief due to missing some committee chairs.  Judy and I again discussed the upcoming deck awards and again asked for support.  After this reminder I again thanked all in attendance and again thanked our sponsor Abbe Lumber & RDI.

Boston Cedar, Game Changer:

Nov 18th, 2013

Boston Cedar Hosts a Game Changing Event for its Northeast Independent Lumber and Building Materials Dealers

 Boston Cedar recently launched its new decking, railing, and trim product line up at its “Game Changer” kickoff event held at the Omni Providence Hotel. With many of the leading northeast independent lumber and building materials dealers in attendance, Boston Cedar Chairman Rob Ankner got things started with an overview of the company and the reasoning behind its updated best-in-class product offering, while company President Joe Cusack emceed the event.

Dealer attendees and industry affiliates attentively listened to business presentations made by owners and key executives of Boston Cedar’s new supplier partners; RDI, KOMA Building Products and Trex Company.

Rob Ankner explained some of the reasoning behind the decision: “RDI, KOMA Building Products and Trex offer everything that Boston Cedar requires of our manufacturing partners: High integrity, financial strength, forward-thinking product innovations, and unbending focus on all aspects of exceptional customer service.” Ankner continued, “By distributing these game changing lines, Boston Cedar continues a near thirty-year tradition of offering best-in-class products, delivered with unrivaled customer service to our highly-valued independent LBM dealer partners throughout the Northeast.”

To quote one the hundreds of attendees: “The product presenters and video lead-ins for RDI, KOMA and Trex were top shelf and eye opening. The positive energy and enthusiasm generated by such a display of professionalism, historical perspective and product knowledge is the “juice” that keeps us all excited about cutting edge products and our place in bringing goods to builders and end users.”

Following the presentations, dealers had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with each of the new supplier partners and then enjoyed a cocktail reception with a real game changer; Boston Bruins legend and NHL Hall of Famer, Bobby Orr. The evening culminated with an elegant group dinner and an inspirational talk by Ed Cooley, current head coach of the Providence College men’s basketball team, who encouraged listeners to always strive to be great and never settle for good enough.


I’m genuinely excited about the positive reaction by our loyal customer base to these game changing products and programs” stated Paul Colliton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Boston Cedar.

For more information, please contact Scott Babbitt at or by calling 800.222.6255.

Boston Cedar Proudly Announces Distribution of…

Boston Cedar Proudly Announces Distribution of Trex Decking and Railing, KOMA Trim boards, and an Expanded Line of RDI Railings

The New Products Will Join Boston Cedar’s Legacy Offerings

 Mansfield, MABoston Cedar is very pleased to announce that the company has been awarded distribution rights of three exceptional product lines. Starting on  Friday, November 1st, 2013 Boston Cedar will market, stock, and deliver Trex® Decking and Railing; KOMA® Trim boards; and an expanded RDI® Railing offering which features a revolutionary railing product that’s exclusive to Boston Cedar.

“Trex, KOMA, and RDI offer everything that Boston Cedar looks for in our manufacturing partners: High integrity, forward-thinking innovations, and unbending focus on customer service,” said Rob Ankner, Boston Cedar’s Chairman.  “By distributing these best-in-class product lines, Boston Cedar continues to build on a tradition of offering premium products, delivered with very reliable service to our affiliated independent LBM dealer locations throughout the Northeast. We’re so grateful for the nearly thirty years of solid support from our loyal customers and we’re excited to share these game changing products with them.”

“Boston Cedar has built a solid reputation for offering only the top-shelf products in their categories, and that’s true for everything we carry, from the finest western red cedar to house wrap to low-maintenance decking,” said Joe Cusack, Boston Cedar’s President.  “Moreover, our pro-dealer customers deserve all the support functions that are critical to the sale of building products today; dealer and contractor training, architectural education, sales, merchandising and marketing support, and very dependable order fulfillment services. With this as our core mission and tradition, we welcome Trex, KOMA, and the expanded RDI line with open arms.”

More info: 
Scott Babbitt

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



Railing Dynamics, Inc. Offers Material Take-Off Program

September 4, 2012 – Egg Harbor Twp, NJ | Railing Dynamics, Inc. (RDI) is pleased to announce its Material Take-Off Program, designed to save customers time and money through providing material planning assistance. The program assists customers by offering suggested materials and quantity requirements that RDI feels will best suit the customer’s railing and porch product needs- from is a small, residential porch, to a large multi-unit complex- at no cost to the consumer.

According to Joe Russell, RDI Customer Service Manager, “Through us doing material take-offs for our customers, we can provide accurate, detailed material quantities directly from an architectural plan or other building information sketch or model.” Russell advises that customers should have a material take-off done to assure that the customer does not find him/herself running short of materials or in excess of unneeded materials. “Through our providing recommendations at the start of a job, the customer can better budget what materials are needed, and can feel like they’ve got a running start, with less time wasted on guesswork”, adds Russell.

For RDI to provide a material take off, a blueprint or sketch with framework dimensions needs to be submitted to RDI Customer Service for review by the Customer Service and Engineering Teams. RDI will respond to the contact within 5 working days with a suggested material list. Additional information including product brand suggestions, mounting hardware, and installation tips may be provided as well, if requested.

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RDI Launches New Website

February 1, 2010 – Egg Harbor Twp, NJ | United States, February 1, 2012- Railing Dynamics, Inc. (RDI) is pleased to announce the release of its new website, A completely new structure than its predecessor, this new website promises more simplistic searching, easier navigation, and a more refined look. The site offers visitors the opportunity to search for complete product information within the site via SKU number, and the ability to create a “Wish List” for ease of planning.

“The creation of this new website was a huge undertaking,” said Bob Howe, IT Manager for RDI. “We wanted an interactive, customer focused site that serves as one-stop source for our customers to easily find what they need, accurately depicts who we are as a company, while concurrently acting as a resource for our Distributors. We are excited to unveil what we think is exactly that”.
According to Bob, the company’s driving force behind the new website was mainly customer requests for an easily navigated site with more comprehensive product information. As a customer focused company, RDI’s goals were to enable its visitors to form more educated decisions on which products to buy, develop a feel for the culture of the company, and create a conduit to encourage more interaction between the company and their customers (through feedback links, detailed contact information, and other links directly to individuals in each RDI department).

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RDI Receives ICC Code Approval On Endurance® QX Rail

Egg Harbor Twnshp, NJ – August 11, 2011 | Railing Dynamics, Inc. announces that ICC-ES code approval for its Endurance QX Rail has been released. The ESR report, ESR-1849, recognizes Endurance Original Rail and Endurance QX Rail as being code compliant to the 2006 and 2009 International Building Code. The report became official on January 1, 2009, and was applicable only to Endurance Original Rail. The reissue of the report has been modified to include Endurance QX Rail. The report will be available on and is currently available at

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Boston Cedar Partners With Railing Dynamics

Holbrook, MA – March 25, 2011 | Boston Cedar is pleased to announce that it has entered an agreement with Railing Dynamics, Inc to distribute the complete RDI product line, including all Endurance® and Titan Pro® Railing lines to its’ broad base of quality independent LBM dealers. Since 1989, RDI has established itself as a national leader in the manufacture of low-maintenance exterior railing systems through innovative design and ease of installation. The RDI brand has become synonymous with uncompromising commitment to excellence in all facets of business by consistently providing products and services that exceed the expectations of the dealer, installer and building owner.
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