NADRA Industry Update
Oct. 26, 2011

NADRA Annual Meeting — Huge success! NADRA announces National Deck Competition winners at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL.
NADRA hosted their Annual Meeting & Second Annual National Deck Awards Ceremony at The Museum of Science and Industry on Oct. 13th. Attendees included NADRA members and guests, NADRA's National Board of Directors, local Chapter Directors, NADRA diamond level sponsors, Fiberon and Real Outdoor Living, Gold Sponsor, GAF, sliver level sponsors, Tamko, Wolf, Latitudes decking & railing, Deckorators, TimberTech and Screw Products, bronze level sponsors, rdi, Phoenix Manufacturing, ecolife and Everflashing, along with many other industry professionals.More

Georgia Chapter Update
Thanks to everyone that attended last Thursdays Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting.

Special thanks to Greg Mizerack and PMC Building Supply for sponsoring this event. PMC has been a good supporter of our chapter and this was their second sponsorship in the past two years. Greg gave a nice presentation regarding PMC Building Supply's services and brought along an associate who made a presentation on Feeney Cable Rail.

Special thanks go to Officer Hudson from the Georgia Public Safety Department who served as our guest speaker. His discussion and insight regarding legalities involved in operating commercial vehicles and the requirements pertaining to such was very interesting and helpful. Officer Hudson handled quite the influx of questions from our members and always had the answers. We really appreciate him taking the time to be with us. Thanks to Ginny Tibbetts for making the arrangements for Officer Hudson to attend.More

Fortress Iron becomes the Fortress Company

Leading iron railing and fence manufacturer Fortress Iron announced that it has a new name, The Fortress Company. The rebranding reflects the company's strong growth, as well as broadened product offerings in the residential and commercial building and remodeling markets. The Fortress Company is composed of three distinct business units: Divisions Fortress Railing Products and Fortress Fence Products as well as associate company, OZCO Building Products.

As part of the rebranding efforts, the company's website address changes from to, which includes new brand identities and websites for Fortress Railing Products and Fortress Fence Products that are specifically tailored to each individual market to help consumers quickly find their desired product.More

5 frugal ways to expand your living space
Fox Business
Robinson Crusoe might be able to relate to the plight of the modern homeowner. The sudden drop in housing values over the last few years has left millions of homeowners surrounded on all sides by a massive flood of negative equity. Homeowners face a choice. Either they make the most out of their current living space or put their talent, muscle and money to work expanding it. While following these tips isn't likely to make castles out of condos, you'll be surprised at the amount of extra square footage available in your home.More

Forest products industry has proud heritage
Helena Independent Record
The third week of October is "Montana Forest Products Industry Week," set aside by the 62nd Montana Legislature to observe the importance of forests and their products. Congress recognized that forests touch and inspire each citizen with majestic beauty and practical use through the wise management, constant replanting and growth of our vital resources. Emphasizing to each citizen the importance and heritage of our vast forest resources, which are inseparably tied to our present and our future.More

New home construction surges in September; recovery still elusive
Los Angeles Times
New residential construction surged 15 percent in September, turning in its best performance in 17 months, though economists warned that a housing recovery has yet to take hold. While new construction is key to getting the economy going, much of the new building came from the apartment sector, which can be very volatile. Many economists also noted that permits pulled for new construction, also an important measure of builders' plans for the future, declined in September.More

5,000-year-old building gets new anti-slip decking
The Knowth Megalithic Passage Tomb in Europe is older than the Eygptian pyramids. The Megalithic sites of the Boyne valley which include Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth were designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. Artifacts including pottery and flint discovered in the surrounding area of the Great Mound of Knowth date back beyond 4,000 B.C. Visitors can enter the tomb through several of the great tunnels that stretch in excess of 34 meters each.More

Finding the balance
Construtech Magazine
Striking a balance between price and functionality is critical for construction companies looking to adopt technology solutions, such as project-management and estimating software. Too much functionality can complicate the adoption process by lengthening personnel's learning curve, and result in an elusive return on investment — especially if the more complicated solution comes with a higher price tag. More

Gorgeous floors made of shipping crates
With the popularity of hardwood floors on the rise, Viridian Wood wants to offer consumers products that are more environmentally responsible than traditional hardwood flooring made of virgin lumber. The Portland, Ore.-based company makes flooring, decking, counters and other architectural products using wood reclaimed from shipping crates, pallets and scrap lumber, discarded at local docks. Viridian introduced two new exotic hardwood flooring products — both made of 100 percent recycled wood and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. More

Development amid the downturn
The Times and Democrat
Despite a sluggish economy and housing market, one developer is moving forward with his construction plans. Property Manager Peter Nash said, "I want to be a realist. I don't know how long it will take and how many units we will ultimately do. We will let the market regain traction again, hopefully, and we will let the market dictate just how much we will do."More