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Attention deck builders! Lumber yards, manufacturers, dealers and distributors: PLEASE pass this on to your builder lists. Help us spread the word! NADRA Challenges you to enter the 2011 National Deck Competition and upload your best deck projects today! The deadline for entries is Sept. 30.
What's in it for you?...Win national regonition and PR!
  • Earn a chance to talk about your project in front of the industry at the museum in the Omnimax Theatre in Chicago!
  • Photos displayed at NADRA's Awards Ceremony, The BUZZ, Industry Brief, Facebook pages, NADRA's blog and website!
  • Special logo for your use in all of your marketing!
  • Special logo placed next to your company profile on NADRA's website!
If your are not a member, join NOW! and enter the competition! NADRA would like to take a minute to thank the following judges for stepping up to judge this years National Deck Competition:
  • Shawn Miller, Deck Builder and NADRA President
  • Glenn Mathewson, NADRA Technical Advisor
  • Rick Schumacher, Publisher of LBM Journal
  • Andy Engle, Editor of Professional Deck Builder Magazine
  • Alan Oakes, Publisher of Building Products Digest & The Merchant Magazine
To view a slideshow of last years winners, click here.
If you are an industry rep, manufacturer, dealer, distributor, lumberyard or any other member category other than a builder, we would love for you to help us spread the word about our big event and National Deck Competition. Please do what you can to spread the word! Click here to view and save the flyers we created for you to print for your counters. Thank you!

DeckExpo 2011: NADRA's Main Event update
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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
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Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this years big event. To see a complete list of sponsors, click here.

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Deck for a Soldier update
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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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Chapter 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!
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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


Trends in deck and railing material preferences:
Wood vs. composites vs. vinyl vs. metal

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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    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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


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You may be walking away from more business and not even know it
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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
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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
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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

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Landscape lighting turns on ambience, stretches summer
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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
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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

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Important dates to remember

  • Oct. 3-4 - WPC Conference 2011: Decking & Outdoor Living Products in Charlotte, N.C. Click HERE for more details.
  • Oct. 12-15 - DeckExpo 2011: Exhibits on Oct. 13-15, and the Confernce is on Oct. 12-15, at the Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill. Click HERE for more details.
  • Oct. 13 - NADRA Main Event happening at and location to be announced soon! Stay tuned to learn more about NADRA's Annual Meeting, Dinner Party, Deck Competition and Awards Ceremony!

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