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NADRA Georgia Chapter Christmas Party a success!
In total, close to 65 NADRA members, wives and family were in attendance at the Soho Atlanta Restaurant in Vinings for the Georgia Chapter's Christmas Party. Among the guests were Michael Beaudry, NADRA's Executive Vice President. Mr. Beaudry passionately introduced several very special guests of the night, including our very own Terry and Diann Dempsey - founders of DeckExpo and PDB Magazine, along with NADRA's very first President, Mr. John Mortimer. As if the guests couldn't get any better, the Georgia Chapter Board of Directors arranged for Srgt. Thomas and his wife, recipients of this years Deck for a Soldier project to attend the event so that the local members could thank them just one more time!

The event wouldn't have happened without the support from NADRA member, TimberTech - thank you for sponsoring a great night!

The local chapter took this time to award two very special NADRA members.The first, Ginny Tibbetts for her time, passion and effort with the local chapter. The second was Keith Compton, who was thanked for the time and energy he put in to spearhead the Chapters 2010 Deck for a Soldier project.

A special thanks goes out to Bobby Smith, NADRA Georgia Chapter's first president - for without his extraordinary efforts in developing one of NADRA's most successful chapters, the evening would not have been possible. Thank you, Bobby for getting us to where we are today!

In the end, the entire room was filled with the spirit of Christmas, thanks for what we can all accomplish together, and roughly 4-5 brand new distributor members of NADRA! Wow!

We feel very blessed to have so many great people involved with our industry association!

Please look forward to a full recap and photos in the weeks ahead!

Minnesota NADRA Chapter meeting tomorrow!
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When: Thursday, Dec. 16

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Location: Stork TCT – 662 Cromwell Ave, St. Paul, Minn.

Who Should Attend: Builders, manufacturers, distributors, industry reps and suppliers who want to get involved are welcome!

Topic: Working with Building Officials – Guest Speaker: Roger Axel – New Hope Building Official

Construction employment up or steady in one-third of metro areas between October 2009 and 2010
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Construction employment either increased or remained steady in one-third - 113 of 337 metropolitan areas - between October 2009 and October 2010 according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said construction job gains are becoming more widespread thanks in large part to an increase in power, stimulus and other publicly-funded construction projects. More

Deckorators® integrated aluminum railing system passes critical building code
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Universal Consumer Products, Inc. announced that Deckorators® brand aluminum deck railing has passed both the 2006 and 2009 International Building Code and International Residential Building Code for its 6-foot railing system in 36- and 42-inch heights. A code-compliant research report (CCRR) issued by Architectural Testing provides the evidence, technical information and professional evaluation that a building official relies upon to determine that a product, component or construction method complies with specific building codes. More

Taking a close look at composite lumber
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There are many solid sustainability arguments for making composite lumber part of the design for a home or office. This material is a recycler's dream, mixing together scrap plastic and wood fiber wood mill sawdust into relatively stable boards that have been used for outdoor decks and railings, garden accents, trim and window frames, and even for interior flooring, to name a few options. More

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October new home sales drop 8.1 percent, prices fall
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New home sales tumbled in October while the median home price dropped to the lowest point in seven years. Sales of new single-family homes declined 8.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 283,000 units in October, the Commerce Department reported. More

Profiting from the return of the American consumer
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Towards the end of 2009, with the U.S. economy mired in a deep recession, hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs, and many consumers counting the cost of excessive spending, the shift began. Americans collectively sucked in their fat bellies and tightened their financial belts. It was a good move for them, but disastrous for the U.S. economy. More

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Most small businesses eligible for tax credit under health care law
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Businesses with fewer than 25 employees may qualify for a tax credit on their 2010 federal income taxes under the new federal health care law. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is part of the law's effort to maintain employer-based health coverage by reducing costs so small businesses will provide health insurance for workers. More

Lending to US small businesses declines as firms repair balance sheets
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Lending to U.S. small businesses fell in the third quarter, showing the companies that account for more than half of total job creation are still struggling to emerge from the recession. Net borrowing by non-financial non-corporate businesses shrank by $162.7 billion at an annual rate from July through September, the seventh consecutive quarterly decrease, according to the Federal Reserve's Flow of Funds report released in Washington. More

NADRA Highlights

Important dates to remember

  • Dec. 16 - Minnesota Chapter formation meeting at 5:15 p.m. CST. The meeting will take place at Stork TCT, 662 Cromwell Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Working with building officials - Guest Speaker: Roger Axel, New Hope Building Official. For more information, email
  • Jan. 12-15 - International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla.
  • Feb. 8-10 - Fence Tech 2011 in Las Vegas
  • March 2-5 - Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in Salt Lake City
  • March 23-26 - JLC Live Residential Construction Show in Providence, R.I.
  • April 6-8 - Atlantic Builders Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

For more details on NADRA Events, email your questions to

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

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