Composite Decking is offered in tropical wood colors.

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Latitudes® Capricorn(TM) decking is offered in 2 tropical colors, adobe and koa, which resemble mahogany and ipe hardwoods. Featuring natural-looking woodgrain pattern on both sides, these barefoot-friendly boards are fortified with Strandex® technology and co-extruded for minimal maintenance. They will not splinter, split, or rot and are resistant to fading as well as moisture. Lengths of 12, 16, and 20 ft are available as slotted and standard planks.

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Latitudes® Capricorn(TM) Tropical Composite Decking to be Unveiled at International Builders' Show

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 15, 2009 - Universal Forest Products (Nasdaq: UFPI), makers of Latitudes® Composite Decking and Railing, announces the addition of Latitudes Capricorn to its composite decking lineup. The new tropical decking will be featured in the company's booth during the International Builders' Show, beginning Jan. 20 in Las Vegas, NV.

Latitudes Capricorn features two unique tropical colors, adobe and koa. These richly colored boards resemble the exotic hardwoods mahogany and ipe. With a natural-looking woodgrain pattern on both sides, Capricorn bridges versatility and aesthetics in one unique style. Capricorn tropical decking is fortified with the same proven Strandex® technology used in all Latitudes composite products, and it's co-extruded for ultralow maintenance.

"With the addition of the new Capricorn tropical colors, Latitudes has one of the most diverse, attractive and user-friendly lineups of composite decking in the industry," says John Hess, director of sales for UFP's consumer products division.

Resistant to fading and moisture, and virtually impervious to stains, Latitudes Capricorn is barefoot-friendly and proven not to splinter, split or rot, providing long-lasting beauty and comfort with no sealing, painting or staining required. Capricorn is perfect for pool decking, walkways, porches or anywhere low-maintenance deck material is desired. Latitudes Capricorn is covered by Latitudes' 15-year limited warranty.

Capricorn tropical decking is available in 12-, 16- and 20-foot lengths, in slotted and standard planks. Slotted planks feature the patented Equator® Hidden Fastener. The fastener's unique design automatically gaps each board and delivers automatic, consistent alignment of deck boards for striking results and considerable savings.

Universal Forest Products engineers, manufactures and markets wood and wood-alternative products for DIY retail home centers; structural lumber products for the manufactured housing industry; engineered wood components for the site-built construction market; and specialty wood packaging and components for various industries. The company's consumer products division includes wood and wood-composite decking and railings, decorative balusters and post caps, and other outdoor living products for the spectrum of tastes and budgets. To learn more about Latitudes Composite Decking and Railing products, call 877-463-8379, e-mail or log on to For more information about Universal Forest Products, visit

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