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Fortress Building Products is celebrating its 20 year anniversary of delivering an arsenal of high-performance outdoor living solutions that provide a low environmental impact, including wood-alternative decking, railing, fencing, framing, lighting, fasteners, cladding and pergolas.
A family business, Fortress Building Products was born out of Woodmark International. In its early years, the company’s goals were modest: deliver product-focused solutions to its customers. But as the company grew to meet increased customer demand, it became clear that there was an opportunity for Fortress to help lead positive change on a larger scale.
“It quickly became about much more than selling widgets,” said Matt Sherstad, Founder and Chairman of Fortress Building Products. “We were fueled by the principle that when the world is a better place, we all win. Putting that into action meant promoting the widespread adoption of sustainable building materials like steel, aluminum and composite.”
Passionate about leading positive change, Fortress continues to partner with like-minded organizations such as the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) and the American Fence Association (AFA). Fortress also continues its purpose with nonprofit organizations such as Kiva, which is committed to creating a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives.
“After two decades of hard work, the machine is certainly built and working—but far from complete,” said Sherstad. “As we celebrate this milestone with our Fortress family and our loyal customers, we can’t help but eagerly anticipate the next 20 years and the impact we can make on people and communities around the globe. We can look ahead and put words to our purpose, “Leading Global Change in the Way People Build and Live.”’