DeckExpo 2011: NADRA's Main Event update
If you haven't heard yet, we want to let you know that due to our generous sponsors, we were able to extend the early bird pricing! Discounted tickets will be available through Friday, Sept. 16. This gives you some extra time to get the $99 price if you are a NADRA member. Please help us by letting your lumber yards, distributors, builders know about this huge industry event. This is sure to be a night you don't want to miss! Register now!
NADRA would like to thank our main event sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this years big event. To see a complete list of sponsors, click here.
Deck for a Soldier update
NADRA would like to take a minute to thank the countless NADRA members who have donated time, labor, materials and knowledge to our ever growing and passion-powered program, Deck for a Soldier. You know who you are! We hope to see all of you in Chicago next month to personally shake your hand, give you a huge hug and say thanks!
Remembering 9/11 - a small way the decking industry has been able to give back.
NADRA sent out an email last week in remembrance of 9/11. In case you did not receive this email, please take a minute to review it. If you are not subscribed to NADRA's direct eNewsletter, you can subscribe here.
Membership benefits update
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Hello NADRA New Jersey Chapter and prospective members. We hope you all had a happy Labor Day Weekend! It has been a while since we had a NADRA Chapter meeting and we MISS our team. We have a lot of exciting things happening in the next few months, so we need full participation at our next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. (venue to be determined). Remember we can only grow with YOUR help! We will be discussing the 2011 New Jersey Chapter Deck Awards and some other important items at this meeting that you will not want to miss. If you are a N.J. member in good standing as of Sept. 21, you will be able to vote on some of the upcoming items. More
Join NADRA today!
NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices and deck safety. More
Trends in deck and railing material preferences:
Wood vs. composites vs. vinyl vs. metal
Demand for decking and railing materials used in the North America residential deck market has experienced significant change over the past several years due to the housing market decline. Consumer reactions in this environment have been similar in nearly every region of the U.S. and Canada, and have affected deck projects and decking and railing product selection. More
Marketing Tips: Accepting change
Adrienne Zoble Associates, Inc. Share
When it comes to running their businesses, many business owners get in their own way. For example, they hire an assistant but don't give the assistant anything to do. Or, the assistant suggests changes, which the business owner swore were welcome, only to be completely ignored. It's difficult to let go. Change is the single most threatening thing to the human being. More
You may be walking away from more business and not even know it
DeckExpo 2011 Share
Decks are a cornerstone to any outdoor space enhancement and numerous other outdoor projects begin after the deck is done. Come to DeckExpo to experience the Outdoor Living Pavilion, an interactive demonstration area focusing on seven great trends you can immediately put to work to take your deck business to a whole new level and sell bigger jobs. More
Lumber suppliers in inventory challenge
The Tribune Share
Lumber yards are facing challenges replenishing their inventory due to the increased demand for supplies in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Tribune Business has learned. Several companies contacted by this newspaper said they were facing challenges replenishing their inventory, as demand for supplies spiked prior to Hurricane Irene and after the storm. More
Disease threatens walnut trees, Pennsylvania hardwoods and mulch industry
Bucks County Courier Times Share
All around Bucks County, Pa., lumber yards, firewood sellers and mulch manufacturers have great big piles of wood material — just sitting there. They can't sell it. They're not allowed. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture ordered a quarantine after they discovered a tree in Plumstead had thousand cankers d isease — a disease that kills walnut trees and has no known cure. So the owners of those lumber yards, firewood sellers and mulch manufacturing businesses lose money. More
Landscape lighting turns on ambience, stretches summer
The Cleveland Plain Dealer Share
The sun is going down earlier, but if you still you want to kick back and enjoy your back yard, the right landscape lighting could be just what you need. Pop a few lights on top of the posts of your deck and, voila, a romantic dinner after sundown. If you enjoy gazing at your glorious Japanese maple, illuminate it. If you want to enjoy your garden after dusk, bathe it in light. It's all about creating a mood, and spending time outdoors while the temperatures are still comfortable. More
Monthly report shows mostly gains for construction jobs in Michigan
Michigan Business Review Share
A recent report shows that Michigan's construction industry is growing and adding jobs again. The monthly report by the Associated General Contractors of America comparing July 2010 to July 2011 ranked Michigan third in the nation for growth in construction employment, behind North Dakota and Illinois. During that time period, Michigan added 10,900 construction jobs, an 8 percent increase to 143,900 jobs. More