SCRANTON, Pa. and MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In an agreement signed on August 31, 2011, AZEK Building Products Inc., manufacturer of the leading brand of premium, low-maintenance, exterior building products, and VAST® Enterprises, LLC, the materials science research and manufacturing company that invented and patented Composite Masonry, have established a strategic alliance. The agreement, in which AZEK Building Products purchased an interest in VAST, makes the VAST brand available to AZEK's extensive distribution network. AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors.
"Both companies manufacture highly engineered, low-maintenance, exterior products that offer exceptional performance and longevity," said Eric Jungbluth, CEO of CPG International Inc., AZEK's parent company. "VAST Composite Masonry products represent the future of alternative paver materials, a category with enormous growth potential."
"This partnership elevates the VAST brand and brings it to a much larger audience of architects, project planners and contractors," said Andy Vander Woude, LEED AP, CEO, VAST Enterprises, LLC. "AZEK has led the conversion from wood exterior trim and decking to cellular PVC, just as we are striving to establish composite pavers as a replacement for concrete and clay bricks in hardscapes."
VAST Composite Masonry products — including landscape pavers, permeable pavers, roof pavers, and deck and patio resurfacing pavers — offer a superior value proposition. Manufactured with 95 percent post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics, they offer visual appeal, design flexibility, strength, and durability. VAST Composite Pavers feature an innovative grid system engineered to reduce installation time and effort. At one-third the weight of comparable concrete products, they are perfect for rooftop walkways, paths, patios, and decks.
Both AZEK Building Products and VAST Enterprises are committed to the future of green building materials. VAST product manufacturing to date has utilized material recycled from 285,000 scrap tires and 8.5 million plastic containers, diverting a total of more than five million pounds of rubber and plastics from U.S. landfills. The VAST manufacturing process also uses 95 percent less energy and produces 96 percent less in CO2 emissions than conventional pavers. VAST Composite Pavers contribute to more LEED credits than any other paver.
AZEK® Trim, AZEK Mouldings, AZEK Deck and AZEK Porch have received the NAHB Research Center's "Green Approved" seal and are eligible to contribute points toward certification of a building under the National Green Building Standard™. CPG International also has a microsite to provide more details about the organization's sustainability initiatives and position at http://www.CPGgreeninitiative.com.
About VAST Enterprises, LLC:
VAST applies its patented technology to transform recycled materials into a new resource for green building: composite masonry. VAST composite products — including landscape pavers, permeable pavers for stormwater management, roof pavers, and deck and patio resurfacing pavers — offer an engineered alternative to molded concrete and clay brick. VAST meets the most demanding requirements for aesthetics, durability, sustainability and installation efficiency. Award-winning VAST pavers deliver rich colors, superior slip resistance and unbeatable strength at one-third the weight of concrete pavers. VAST can contribute to more LEED® credits than any other paver. Today, every 5,000-square foot VAST landscape installation keeps 2,500 scrap automobile tires and 75,000 plastic containers out of U.S. landfills. Tomorrow? The Future is VAST. Learn more at vastpavers.com.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
About AZEK Building Products:
With more than 25 years of cellular pvc manufacturing experience, AZEK Building Products makes and markets premium, low maintenance exterior building products under the AZEK brand such as AZEK Deck, the leading brand of low-maintenance decking, and AZEK Trim, the leading brand of low-maintenance trim. Other AZEK products include AZEK Mouldings, AZEK Porch, and AZEK Rail. All of these products offer tangible benefits as an ideal wood replacement product for a myriad of outdoor uses. For more information about AZEK Building Products, call 1-877-ASK-AZEK (275-2935) or visit the AZEK website at www.azek.com.
SOURCE AZEK Building Products Inc.