Barrette Outdoor Living Acquires Madden Manufacturing   

Barrette Outdoor Living has acquired Missouri-based Madden Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of railing products for the do-it-yourself homeowner and professional contractors.

Railing, Decking Manufacturers Expand Distribution

New distributors have been signed on by railing manufacturers Regal ideas and Vista Railing Systems, and decking producers NewTech Wood America and DuxxBak Composite Decking.

Envision Strengthens Sales Team

Following the merging of the two prominent brands—Envision Outdoor Living Products and Envision Building Products composite decking—Envision has now improved its overall sales team alignment, leading to several internal leadership promotions.

Aluminum Drink Rail ICC Listed

Kadenz Aluminum Railing, a division of Fireball Fab & Metal Sales LLC, has completed testing and manufacturing quality control review to gain ICC ESR-4813 Listing from ICC-ES.

Deck Retailer Quickly Expanding

Fast-growing outdoor living retailer Lumber Plus early this fall is opening its third North America location—in Houston, TX.

Sakrete Launches First-Ever Concrete Competition Series

Sakrete has introduced Concrete Combat—the first ever concrete game show, with the same reality TV show feel and spirit of competition seen on Iron Chef, Forged in Fire and Dirty Jobs. Now, the dramatic elements of those classic shows are combined in a knock-down, drag-out concrete battle royale: Sakrete’s Concrete Combat available on YouTube.

Walpole Touches Down at New Patriot Place HQ

The completely renovated 9,300-sq. ft. space will house Walpole’s corporate offices, as well as a state-of-the-art retail showroom—allowing for an environment of shared thinking and integration across all company departments.

Deck Specialists of the Year: StoneCroft Construction

Owner Philip Purdy launched StoneCroft Construction in 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO. The company's specialty? Fortress Building Products' Evolution Steel Decking Framing.

TREX Launches New Website Dedicated to Serving the AEC Community

Trex Company is expanding its reach and accessibility with the launch of a new professionally focused website. provides new digital content dedicated to satisfying the information and material needs of the AEC (architect, engineer, contractor) community.

Fortress Promotes Drew Sundholm to Vice President, Supply Chain

Fortress Building Products has promoted Drew Sundholm to Vice President, Supply Chain. In this leadership role, Sundholm will focus on expanding the company's manufacturing and supply chain footprint, while improving operational performance.

MFM Readies for Big Growth

Marking its 60th anniversary, MFM Building Products has broken ground on a significant expansion project at its Coshocton, OH., headquarters and manufacturing complex. The manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products is adding nearly 50,000 sq. ft. to its production area and has purchased new production equipment to meet rising demand.

What is your building philosophy?

“Building” and “philosophy” may seem like subjects that are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but the latter should come into play for builders. Most successful contractors don’t just build stuff. They have a mindset that includes specific ideas of what they are about.

Trex Chooses BrandMuscle to Empower Builders With a One-Stop Shop for Local Marketing

Trex has selected BrandMuscle to provide fund management and print solutions for their vast network of TrexPro deck builders.

RDI Adds New California Distributor

RDI by Barrette Outdoor Living has added a new distribution partner: Galt, CA.-based Building Material Distributors, Inc. BMD will distribute RDI’s aluminum and steel railing product lines, further expanding RDI distribution in the California market.

Deck Builders Rally for First Annual Symposium

The first annual Deck Specialist Symposium was a success as deck builders and outdoor living professionals around the country rallied together in a virtual setting to hear from industry leaders and product experts.

Deck Builders Gear up for First Annual Symposium

The first annual Deck Specialist Symposium is rapidly approaching on July 7-8. The free two-day all-virtual event will feature renowned builders and attendees will have an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and win some awesome prizes.


With any luck, the global pandemic will soon be in the rearview mirror. It has been devastating for countless families and small businesses who have suffered loss of life and livelihood. Ironically, for anyone who has anything to do with building, the pandemic has created unparalleled consumer demand for home-related products and services.