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January/February 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 1

HARDNEWS

Acquisitions Abound in Decking Industry

ACQUISITIONS

GeoDeck is Purchased by LDI Composites Co.

Kadant Composites Inc. of Green Bay, Wis., has sold its GeoDeck composite decking and railing system line to Minneapolis-based LDI Composites Co., an affiliate of Liberty Diversified Industries (LDI). 

According to a company news release, manufacturing of GeoDeck will continue at the Green Bay, Wis. plant, and headquarters will be in Green Bay as well. 

LDI is comprised of a family of companies involved in recycling solutions, material handling, office furniture and supplies and building products. Trimline roof ventilation system, created from corrugated plastic, is also an LDI product line. 

EXPANSIONS

Epoch Composite Products Expands Product Lines

Epoch® Composite Products Inc., has opened a new facility in Chilhowie, Va., as well as an additional plant in Lamar, Mo., to increase the company’s product offering and fulfill demand for EverGrain, a complete decking line.

“It’s been a tremendous first half of the year with EverGrain sales more than doubling,” said Tim Whelan, executive vice president of Epoch Composite Products. “The investments made in our Lamar facilities set us up to achieve these increases. In addition, we rolled out Elements®, a high-quality duo-finish extruded decking, and our plant in Chilhowie, Va.” 

Epoch says its new facilities will allow the company to meet demand for Elements extruded decking line, and to increase production of EverGrain.

Additionally, Epoch began production on a new railing system introduced early spring making a total of three Epoch railing systems. 

COMPANY NEWS

Apartment Complex Gets an Upgrade

Thanks to new touches such as CertainTeed Corp.’s EverNew® vinyl railing, the Strafford Station apartment complex in Wayne, Pa., has recently transformed from a dated 1950s look into a modern community built with luxurious low-maintenance curb appeal, according to a press release from CertainTeed. 

Among the most dramatic enhancements made to the apartments was the installation of EverNew Oxford-style railing on the balconies. 

“The railing by far had the most striking visual impact of all our exterior upgrades,” said Lori Liberatore, general manager for the 
apartments.

The classic-style white railing replaced worn, dark wrought iron rail. In total, the apartment complex installed 2,000 lineal feet of EverNew Oxford “T”-style rail, which is NER-605 IBC-approved. The entire re-model involved 187 units and 134 balcony renovations.


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