Fortress Building Products Teams with Rethreaded

Fortress Building Products has teamed up with Rethreaded, a Jacksonville, FL.-based social enterprise and purposeful gift company that employs, trains, and reignites hope in survivors of human trafficking.

Inspired by Rethreaded’s bold advocacy of human trafficking awareness and prevention, the team at Fortress Building Products knew they wanted to partner with the like-minded, people focused organization. What better way for the outdoor building products manufacturer to get involved than to bring the facility’s designated outdoor living zone to completion?

While Kristin and her team were thrilled to work with Fortress Building Products to create an outdoor living space, they didn’t know the extent of the donation until the construction of the 2,000 square foot deck was near completion. Far larger than the small platform deck she had originally envisioned, the sprawling bamboo-based composite deck maximizes the potential of the entire outdoor space behind the warehouse.

The capped bamboo-plastic composite decking from Fortress Building Products emulates the natural wood grain patterns that traditional deck boards provide, but will not warp, crack, fade or deteriorate over time. Its rich, chocolate-colored boards provide visual distinction against the industrial look of the warehouse roof, siding and the commercial garage door that connects the outdoors to the indoors.

The Al¹³ PLUS commercial and residential aluminum railing in black from Fortress Building Products encloses the expansive deck. It is dressed in a multi-layered, anti-corrosion powder coating for a low-maintenance outdoor solution.

The reimagined outdoor living space behind the Rethreaded warehouse is the perfect complement to the comprehensive list of services that Rethreaded provides for survivors of human trafficking. It will offer a necessary, peaceful environment for women to build friendships, attend counseling sessions and rediscover their identify and self-worth. “I could have never imagined we’d have this beautiful, safe space that inspires people—it’s where the impossible can be made possible,” said Kristin Keen, founder and CEO of Rethreaded.

Support anti-trafficking efforts by visiting Each purchase of a handmade good provides job training and holistic services for survivors of human trafficking. Learn about other ways to get involved at

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