WWA Chapter's Deck for a Soldier Project® 2011
A uniquely sunny Memorial Day in Washington State marked a cheerful day for the members of the Western Washington NADRA Chapter, who held their ribbon cutting ceremony for their 2011 "Deck for a Soldier®" project. BBQ, drinks, banners, balloons and American flags were abundant in the celebration of a true American hero. More than 100 vendors, builders, news crews, fellow servicemen, family and friends gathered to congratulate recipient JBLM Staff Sergeant Marshall Diaz Jr. and his wife Cristina.
In November, the WWA NADRA members called to congratulate a very humble SSG Diaz who was chosen as a unanimous vote after receiving his essay application. SSG Diaz has served his country honorably for the past 13 years. During his last deployment to Afghanistan he was wounded in a roadside explosion and medically evacuated back to the U.S. His recovery was a long and hard road for him and his wife, as he was held in The Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis McCord from May 2008 until April 2010 suffering from injuries to his knee, back and ankle. He has received many prestigious awards during his career, including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. More
Marketing Tips: Marketing small
Adrienne Zoble Associates, Inc. Share
All too often Adrienne Zoble hears people say they don't have the money to market. That's because there's an overwhelming marketplace perception that marketing and media advertising are the same thing. Not so. Advertising can be a part of your Marketing Plan, but marketing isn't just advertising. In marketing it's not what you spend, it's how you spend it. Unfortunately, most people don't spend their marketing budgets of money, people and time wisely. More
Win a trip to Chicago for the 2011 DeckExpo
Attention deck builders! Here is an unbelievable chance to win a free trip to DeckExpo 2011 in Chicago! NADRA-members Arch Chemical and Wolmanized Outdoor Wood are in the middle of accepting deck photos in appreciation of "real wood." Send in your photos and you could win, a free trip to Chicago, $500 and a one-year membership with NADRA! Download the entry form here.
To learn more, visit http://www.wolmanizedwood.com/Splash/sweepstakes.htm.
Growth in demand for outdoor living space
Realty Biz News Share
Recent trends towards buying smaller homes seem to be tapering off, with more consumers seeking to refurbish their existing homes, says the new Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects. Architects report the biggest increasing trend is in outdoor living space. More
When the moon isn't enough: mood lighting for patios
The Globe and Mail Share
As anyone who has delighted in a glorious sunset will vouch, lighting is a big mood setter – especially in summer, when the warmer nights inspire after-dark outdoor social gatherings. But while hurricane lamps, patio lanterns or good old-fashioned candlelight have characterized al fresco lighting past, today's options have become much more high-tech, with solar- and LED-powered technology illuminating everything from furniture to planters. More
Lumber prices continue to lag
CBC News Share
Figures released by Statistics Canada showed that Canadian lumber prices continued to fall in May. Lumber prices fell 1.6 percent from April and are down seven percent over the year. According to StatsCan's Industrial Product Price Index, lumber prices in May were 13 percent below their levels in 2002. More
AZEK Building Products teams up with Woodford Plywood, Inc. for distribution in the Southeast
PR Newswire Share
AZEK Building Products announced its distribution partnership with Woodford Plywood, Inc. based in Albany, Ga., which will supply the full line of AZEK® products throughout Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas. AZEK Building Products is dedicated to manufacturing premium, low-maintenance exterior building products including AZEK Trim, the leading brand of low-maintenance trim; AZEK Mouldings, AZEK Deck, the leading brand of low-maintenance decking; AZEK Porch; and AZEK Rail. More
Gas prices aren't likely to drop much more this summer
Los Angeles Times Share
Motorists can expect gasoline prices to drift slightly lower over the rest of the summer, but most of the declines are over, analysts said, as the average for a gallon of regular in California reached $3.794 and stood at $3.579 nationally. The price averages are calculated by the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration, which uses a telephone survey of gas stations across the U.S. More
Construction unemployment drops to 15.6 percent in June 2011
For Construction Pros Share
Despite a loss of 9,000 jobs in June, the construction industry unemployment rate dropped to 15.6 percent - the lowest level since December 2008 - according to the July 8 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. Meanwhile, the construction industry has added 2,000 jobs compared to the same time last year. More
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