Producers of composite fence, deck and railing now have a trade group under the American Fence Association of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
The Composite Fence, Deck and Rail Association formed March 9, starting with an interim steering committee, said Lee Crumbaugh, AFA's executive director.
That steering committee includes Chairman Bill Thorton of Integrated Composite Technologies Inc. in Montezuma, Ga.; Vice Chairman David Porter of Elk Composite Building Products Inc. in Dallas; Treasurer Jen Tomalesky of Trex Co. Inc. in Winchester, Va.; and Secretary Neil Sexton of CertainTeed Corp. of Valley Forge, Pa.
Burch Zehner of Crane Plastics Co. in Columbus, Ohio; David Stammen of Deceuninck North America LLC in Monroe, Ohio; and Bob Tichy of Washington State University in Olympia, Wash., will serve as at-large members.
Crumbaugh said the new group will not necessarily serve companies focused on structural composites and marine waterfront applications.
``It may be that some of the people who do have fence, deck and railing lines may also have products in those markets, but this organization is not meant to address those concerns,'' said Crumbaugh March 29 by phone.
AFA is able to accommodate the new group thanks to changes it made last year that also allowed it to form a Vinyl Fence, Deck and Rail Manufacturers Association, which it did in June.
``A little over a year ago, AFA changed its structure to incorporate divisions,'' Crumbaugh said. ``At the same time, AFA formally took in deck and railing.''
One group keeping an eye on the new association is the Akron, Ohio-based Plastic Lumber Trade Association. PLTA had been working to form an umbrella group, including both manufacturers of composite products and those that make 100 percent plastic items. At this point, it is unclear how manufacturers of all-plastic products will fit within the new organization.