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August 16, 2013

This November, industry professionals will be gathering in Atlanta to convene over plastics growth and trends in the residential building market. The inaugural session of Plastics Building Innovations will feature nearly 20 speakers who will lead informational sessions regarding the emergence of plastics technology in the rebounding economy.

According to a company statement, the building and construction industry is already the second-largest end market for plastics consumption, and the presence of plastics is likely to increase in the near future.

December 4, 2012

A growing emphasis on sustainability in packaging will help drive up demand for post-consumer recycled plastics, according to a study published by the Freedonia Group. The Cleveland-based industry market research firm estimates that U.S. demand will rise 6.5% annually. Other factors pushing gains are advancements in processing and sorting technologies; higher quality resins; and an improved collection infrastructure, which raises the plastic recycling rate.

April 13, 2012

Kleer Lumber, Inc., a manufacturer of extruded free foam cellular PVC building products, introduced KLEER Fasteners, the first comprehensive hidden fastening solution for cellular PVC trim and decking products.  Engineered to provide long-term performance, KLEER Fasteners are backed by a lifetime warranty and offer a lifetime of beauty for projects built with Kleer Decking and Kleer PVC Trim products.

March 30, 2012

A group of plaintiffs seeking class action status have filed a lawsuit against decking manufacturer Fiberon over its Portico wood composite line. The lawsuit, filed March 14 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by Hagens Berman, a Seattle-based firm, claims that the decking has a defect that results in the growth of mold, mildew and other fungal growth. Furthermore, the complaint claims that Fiberon refused to repair the decks under its 20-year warranty.

February 1, 2012

Demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber, used in decking, railing, trim and other building materials, is projected to rise 13% per year until 2015, according to a report from The Freedonia Group.

January 31, 2012

Demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber, used in decking, railing, trim and other building materials, is projected to rise 13% per year until 2015, according to a report from The Freedonia Group.

December 9, 2011

York, Pa.-based WOLF, the supplier of kitchen cabinets and building products, has received code compliance approval for its WOLF PVC Decking. 

This approval was issued following product testing by ATI Evaluation Services, a division of Architectural Testing, which measures product performance for 90 of the top 100 U.S. building product manufacturers, the company said.

December 2, 2011

Choosing material for a new deck used to be a simple proposition: There were pressure-treated lumber, which most people used, or fancier woods such as cedar, redwood and mahogany. Then came Trex, and a bunch of other composites, and the alternative decking market exploded. Cellular PVC, capped versus non-capped, decking made from recycled nylon carpet, special fasteners, not to mention all those railing systems.

November 17, 2011

Demand in the wood-alternative decking market is driven by aesthetics, according to Fiberon marketing director Edie Kello.

Fiberon, the manufacturer of PVC and composite decking and railing products, is introducing an expanded color palette for the new Pro-Tect capped composite decking line. The new Pro-Tect Chestnut and Gray Birch colors add exotic aesthetics to low- maintenance outdoor living products.

October 3, 2011

New London, N.C.-based Fiberon, a manufacturer of composite and PVC decking and railing products, hired Greg Reed as a Fiberon product specialist for the Northern California territory. He will be responsible for increasing and managing the network of decking contractors in his market.

October 2, 2011

Weyerhaeuser has announced plans to enter a consortium that will study the feasibility of producing fuel for U.S. commercial and military jets from wood and wood waste in the Pacific Northwest. 

September 16, 2011

AZEK Building Products, a manufacturer of PVC-based molding, trim and decking, has entered into a strategic alliance with VAST Enterprises, a maker of composite masonry products. Under the agreement, AZEK Building Products has purchased an interest in VAST and will make the VAST brand available to AZEK's distribution network. AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors, according to the announcement.

August 17, 2011

RPM Performance Coatings Group, a Medina, Ohio, holding company that owns consumer brands Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP and Varathane, has purchased API, an Italian flooring and deck coating business. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Based in Genoa, Italy, API is a $28 million company that produces and installs epoxy and polyurethane flooring systems for the Italian building market. It specializes decking solutions for cruise ships, mega-yachts and naval applications.

August 8, 2011

The North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) and Habitat for Humanity have begun a formal relationship to promote Habitat's ReStores.

Although many NBMDA members already support Habitat through local or national partnerships, NBMDA is encouraging all of its members to join the effort by donating materials and products to the Habitat ReStore in their trade area.

Habitat promotes the reuse and recycling of building materials through its efforts to build homes for low-income families.  

July 29, 2011

DuPont changed its Tyvek Distributor Geographic Market Area (GMA). Effective immediately, the GMA encompassing portions of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas formerly represented by Four States Supply, has been assigned to Weatherization Partners, Limited (WPL).

June 16, 2011

RockSolid Floors Polyurea Floor Coatings are taking the cans out of the equation for a more environmentally friendly product plus better product handling, according to the Minneapolis-based company.

The multi-layer Polyurea floor coating systems now feature advanced pouch technology. The kits still feature the same Polyurea floor coating formulas, providing 20 times the durability of epoxy floor paints.

May 31, 2011

York, Pa.-based WOLF ramped up production of its WOLF PVC Decking – less than six months after the January 2011 introduction of the line, the company announced Tuesday.

WOLF President Craig Danielson said independent dealers who have evaluated the product have increased demand for the decking "dramatically," he said. 

In addition to expanding production of WOLF PVC Decking, the company has added three new colors of PVC Porch – complementary products to WOLF PVC decking that include quarter-round, fascia and bull-nose trim.

May 2, 2011

Trex Co., a leading manufacturer of composite decking, has acquired the assets of Iron Deck Corp., a manufacturer of steel deck framing systems based in Denver.

February 7, 2011

Listening to a company’s quarterly earnings conference can be the equivalent of watching a CEO read a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a group of analysts grilling him on EBIT margins, payout ratios and basis points. Or it can be like panning for gold, with nuggets surfacing about store openings and closings, new products launches, new accounts with retail customers or “terminated” relationships with former customers. Competitors even talk about each other — sometimes by name — with a little prompting from analysts.

December 2, 2010

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October 26, 2008

Perf Go Green, a marketer and distributor of biodegradable plastics, announced that its 13-gallon kitchen...

October 26, 2008

Perf Go Green, a marketer and distributor of biodegradable plastics, announced that its 13-gallon kitchen...

October 20, 2008

The fence category offers retailers several openings -- including the growing popularity of vinyl, the...

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