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DuraLife debuts new railing lines

Merrimack and Nantucket expand DuraLife’s railing price points.

BY HBSDealer Staff

DuraLife, the composite decking and railing brand, has debuted its new Merrimack and Nantucket railing lines.

The new railing products complement the company’s composite decking line and create a suite of railing products in three different materials and price points.

“When it comes to selecting decking and railing, we want to make it easy for contractors and homeowners to find exactly what they’re looking for and at a price that works for them and their clients,” said Jim Poulin, national sales manager of Barrette Outdoor Living, the manufacturer of DuraLife decking.  “We provide that choice with our decking – offering three unique deck board profiles in a variety of colors and price points. With the addition of the Nantucket and Merrimack Railing systems, we are now able to give contractors and homeowners multiple railing choices as well, in a variety of materials and at three different price points.”

The Merrimack Railing System is made of a non-wood PVC composite. Available in a bright white finish, the traditional classic railing design will complement any home style. Merrimack features a contoured top rail, a hidden fastening rail connection system and an innovative (optional) drink rail deck board adapter allowing contractors to easily match the top of the railing to any DuraLife decking color to create an elegant, cohesive design. The easy-to-install deck board adapter fits securely on top of the rail, creating a flat surface for deck board installation.

Made of a powdered-coated aluminum, an increasingly popular deck railing material, the new Nantucket Railing System pairs with contemporary and high-end architecturally designed homes. It is available in a matte black, matte bronze and matte white finish. To ensure durability, especially in seacoast installations, Nantucket has been tested to withstand salt spray, up to 10,000 hours. Screws are not required to attach the balusters (3/4”) to the rails (36” and 42” heights). Instead, an innovative, patented locking strip secures the balusters and rails together with a simple snap.

Like the new Merrimack system, Nantucket also offers an optional drink rail deck board adapter so that the top of the rail can be matched precisely to any DuraLife deck boards. The Nantucket system is available in 6’ and 8’ rail kits and a 6’ stair rail kit. The new railing features extruded posts with a matching pyramid-style post cap and collar and a flat top rail design.

The two new railing systems join DuraLife’s existing Rockport Railing System, a millwork-quality cellular PVC formulation with an aluminum-reinforced core for maximum strength and durability.

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Brady named president, CEO of HBI

The former NAHB chairman looks to combat labor shortage problems.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ed Brady, the 2016 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a Bloomington, Ill.-based builder, has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the Home Builders Institute (HBI).

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Brady most recently served as president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1962 by his father, William Brady Sr.

HBI is the non-profit partner of the 140,000-member NAHB. Brady will replace current HBI president and CEO John Courson, who is retiring after leading the organization for the past seven years.

“Our industry is currently facing a severe shortage of skilled labor, and as we look forward, it is critical that we continue to educate, train and develop the men and women who are the future of the home building industry,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from La Place, La. “With his home building background and past NAHB leadership experience, Ed is the perfect person to take the lead at HBI. We look forward to working with him on this important mission, and continue the great strides we have already made in building our workforce.”

NAHB and HBI work in tandem to find solutions to alleviate the industry’s labor shortage issue. Earlier this year, the two groups attended a White House event where together they pledged to train 50,000 new workers over the next five years, as part of President Trump’s new workforce development initiative.

In addition to Brady’s time as NAHB chairman, he has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career, including serving as president of the Illinois Home Builders Association and president of the Home Builders Association of Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

 

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Home Depot Foundation increases disaster relief

The foundation has added another $1 million in aid after Hurricane Michael.

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Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, The Home Depot Foundation said it has increased its financial support to $4 million for associates, customers and communities impacted by storm and other recent disasters.

Last month the foundation increased its pledge for disaster relief to $3 million following Hurricane Florence.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Michael,” says Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’re currently working closely with our nonprofit partners to assess the impact of this unprecedented storm to determine how we can best help the community recover immediately and over the coming weeks and months.”

The latest move by The Home Depot Foundation adds to funding provided to nonprofit partners for other disasters throughout 2018, Florence, Hurricane Olivia, the California wildfires and flooding in the Midwest. The Foundation will continue to serve those impacted in these areas, while broadening support to include the Gulf Coast region.

Earlier this year, The Home Depot Foundation provided more than half a million dollars to Operation Blessing and Convoy of Hope to stock their warehouses for the 2018 disaster season.

The warehouses in Florida were activated earlier this week to prepare for Hurricane Michael’s landfall. In spring 2018, the Foundation also granted $2 million dollars to Team Rubicon and American Red Cross to fund their disaster relief and recovery efforts.

The Homer Fund, the company’s employee assistance program, is also providing emergency financial assistance to associates who have been affected by the latest tragedy.

To foundation said those who want to donate to American Red Cross for those impacted by recent storms can visit bit.ly/THDgive.

Lowe’s, which had thousands of employees impacted by Florence, also recently increased its funding for disaster relief to $4 million following the impact of Michael.

 

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