EB-TY® Receives 2005 Most Valuable Product Award

CALIFON, N.J.)-EB-TY® Hidden Deck Fastening Systems(TM) for composite and wood decks has received the prestigious 2005 Most Valuable Product (MVP) award from Building Products magazine. EB-TY is one of 28 unique products selected by the magazine in its annual MVP awards issue.

Editor Jean Dimeo said a six-judge panel consisting of builders, remodelers and architects called EB-TY hidden fasteners "innovative alternatives to traditional systems."

Hidden fasteners provide nail-free look and solve nail popping
"We created EB-TY hidden fasteners because builders and homeowners don't want to see rusty nails and screws on their decks," said Harry W. Eberle III, estate home builder and company founder, who designed the EB-TY Hidden Fastening System. "With EB-TY, decks always have a clean, nail-free look. The fasteners, used with either composite or wood decking, adjust to climatic conditions allowing a natural expansion and contraction. This is an improvement over traditional systems where decking materials are forced into a rigid position, causing a tendency to 'pop nails.' We refer to it as a 'living deck' because the adjustment process is ongoing."

Six different EB-TY Fasteners(TM)
One size does not fit all when it comes to EB-TY Hidden Deck Fasteners(TM). The company has created six customized fasteners to meet the different needs of decks, docks and boardwalks. Each fastener is designed for specific board widths, board thickness and spacing in use with composites, mahogany, Ipé or other types of wood.

Lasting a lifetime
Because EB-TY fasteners are made with strong and durable UV-resistant polypropylene, they offer lasting performance and a lifetime warranty. Independent testing has confirmed that EB-TY hidden fasteners can withstand high winds and keep decking materials fastened.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media company serving housing and construction. Through five operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Magazines (Washington, D.C.), publishes 22 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT. In 2004, BUILDER was named to B-to-B magazine's Media Power 50. For consumers, Hanley Wood Magazines publishes 14 shelter magazines and home plans titles and distributes more than 9 million copies to newsstands.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $225 million company owned by JPMorgan Partners, LLC, a private equity affiliate of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

About EB-TY
EB-TY® Hidden Deck Fastening Systems(TM) are manufactured by Blue Heron Enterprises, LLC. Founder and President Harry W. Eberle III created and developed the hidden fasteners in 1997 to meet the needs of architects, builders, contractors, developers and homeowners. EB-TY is available in six different fastening systems for all types of wood, composites and Ipé decking. The company is headquartered in Califon, N.J. Visit EB-TY's website at www.EBTY.com.

Ken Cowles
Tel: (800) 438-3289
E-mail: ebtyken@earthlink.net

Jordan Cohen
Becker Marketing/Innis Maggiore Group
Tel: (330) 492-5500
E-mail: Jordan@innismaggiore.com

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