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NADRA launches First Annual National Deck Competition
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The North American Deck and Railing Association, now in its sixth year, has decided it's time to launch the First Annual NADRA National Deck Competition. The contest will award builders for their work in various traditional categories: Pressure treated deck, western red cedar deck, redwood deck, alternative deck less than 500 square feet, alternative deck more than 500 square feet, exotic wood deck less than 500 square feet and exotic wood deck more than 500 square feet.

And for builders who spend time on some of those special projects, there are categories such as Best Illumination and Best Unique Feature. And of course, the Best Overall Deck Project takes it all!

NADRA headed to Baltimore!
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NADRA HQ is headed to Baltimore today for a site review of the National Aquairum and The Hyatt, NADRA's official hotel during DeckExpo. We are very excited to wrap up some last minute details! If you haven't registered for the awards dinner yet, please do so by following the links below. If you are a deck builder, get your projects in today to earn your chance to be recognized in front of the industry on Sept. 15, at the National Aquarium.

We can't wait to see you in September!


Your Home Team at NADRA HQ,
Michael, Margie & Heather Beaudry

Sign up for the NADRA Awards Dinner and Deck Competition
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To enter the deck competition or to register for the awards dinner, click here. Several fantastic entries have already been entered, so be sure to get your incredible deck projects in today! The deadline for entries is Aug. 20! More

The NADRA Buzz - DeckExpo Special Edition
The countdown has begun! For all the details, read NADRA's eNews now! The BUZZ - DeckExpo Special Edition is your source for the most recent information about NADRA's big events happening at this years show!

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Special member promotions: NADRA/Tiger Claw Gun Launch
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NADRA and Tiger Claw are offering all NADRA Builder Members a FREE Tiger Claw Installation Gun. NADRA Builder Members must fill out the Tiger Claw Gun Launch application. Applications can be downloaded here: Tiger Claw Free Gun Application or contact your Tiger Claw sales representative for an application. Once the application is submitted to Tiger Claw headquarters, a Tiger Claw representative will deliver the free installation gun to the NADRA member.

Along with a Free gun, each member will receive:
(1) Bag of TC-G (TC-150)
(1) TC-G (TC-150) Slot Cutter
(2) Strips of TC-SG Pneumatic screws
(1) Tiger Claw T-Shirt

Applications can be faxed to: (860) 940-6267 ATTN: Anne Timko or emailed to

Education! Deck technical classes at DeckExpo 2010
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This year, the NADRA education committee with the help of our partners at Hanley Wood, are proud to introduce four new NADRA Member Certification classes for the Deck, Dock and Railing professional. These programs provide the professional deck builder with the education to keep you up to date on top business practices in the industry. As a NADRA Member, you are able to build professional credentials that will help set you apart.

Tuesday, Sept. 14
2:15 - 3:30 p.m
Make Your Customers Happier By Charging More
(T15) - Bobby Parks

Wednesday, Sept. 15
8 - 9:15 a.m.
Open Air and Screened Porch Design
(WO4)- Bobby Parks

Thursday, Sept. 16
4 - 5:15 p.m.
Advanced Framing Techniques & Requirements
(H12) - Glenn Mathewson

Friday, Sept. 17
9:45 - 11 a.m.
Designing a Deck Like a Home
(FO8) - Glenn Mathewson

Sequoia Supply's Deck Builder's Challenge winners to be announced Oct. 2
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NADRA-member Sequoia Supply will announce the winner of its Deck Builder's Challenge on Oct. 2, at the Rocktoberfest celebration in Hatfield Township, Pa. Rocktoberfest will take place at the Sequoia Supply located at 1700 Cowpath Road, Hatfield, Pa. The celebration will feature a car show and live music. There will be breakfast and lunch fare, kid's attractions, Sequoia Out Back's big end of the year sale and the grand opening of The Toy Box at Sequoia Out Back. The Toy Box will be a state of the art car storage facility and car museum at the Hatfield location. Sequoia Out Back will also start selling garage storage solutions and cabinets in many price levels. More

Deck collapse survivors break silence
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Have you made deck safety awareness a part of your companies business plan? How many more will be hurt, injured or possibly killed in the growing number of deck collapses across North America? As an industry professional, you are positioned to make a difference. Please help educate home owners in your neighborhoods and local communities as to the importance of checking their decks to ensure the safety of their family and friends. Please take a moment and watch this video of a recent deck collapse and see first hand the terrible results that could and should have been prevented by proper installation and inspection!

Learn more about NADRA's Deck Safety Awareness programs now!

GDP up in second quarter of 2010
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Despite the nation's sluggish economy, nonresidential fixed investment jumped 17 percent in the second quarter of 2010 following a revised 7.8 percent increase in the first quarter, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's July 30 gross domestic product (GDP) report. Fixed investment in nonresidential structures increased 5.2 percent in the second quarter following seven straight quarters of losses. Fixed investment in nonresidential equipment and software spiked up 21.9 percent following a 20.4 percent increase in the first quarter of the year. More

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Survey: Small business economic confidence tempered by slow recovery
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Uncertainty about the economic recovery has caused 61 percent of small business owners to delay their expectation of an economic rebound until 2011 or later, while over 18 percent feel a turnaround will happen in 2010 and 20 percent are unsure, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released by Administaff, a leading provider of human resources services for small and medium-sized businesses. More

Women stand ground in construction trades
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At the Kettelhut Construction work site where one of the Purdue University's residence halls is being renovated, the superintendent proudly sports a "Sisters in the Brotherhood" sticker on her hard hat. oy Stokes, 46, of Brookston, is in charge of the $6.9 million project and oversees about a dozen Kettelhut workers along with 27 subcontractors. She recently completed an 18-month Carpenters International Training program. Stokes was one of the first two women to graduate from the program. But despite her credentials and 27 years experience in construction, Stokes said she still faces difficulties as a woman in the male-dominated field. More

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NADRA Highlights

Join NADRA today!
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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

Important dates to remember
  • August 10 - Atlanta Chapter Meeting at 5 p.m. - Location TBA.
  • October 19 - Atlanta Chapter Meeting at 5 p.m. - Location TBA.

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to

Check out the NADRA Blog!
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Be sure to check out the official blog for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA)!
This blog is routinely updated to provide you with a deeper insight into our work and who we are.

Feedback is always welcome. We're very excited to be out here talking to you!

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