Universal Expands Deck Market

    GRAND RAPIDS — Universal Forest Products Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with USA Deck Inc. to manufacture, sell and install USA Deck’s proprietary Designer Deck through Home Depot stores.

    USA Deck is owned by Lewisville, Texas-based U.S. Home Systems, a manufacturer and designer of custom-quality home improvement products. Designer Deck is a high-end wood deck that comes in 12 standard designs.

    Universal has established sales agreements with Home Depot in geographical areas not directly served by USA Deck. The agreement gives Universal exclusive rights to add additional territories next year.

    Universal launched the program through Home Depot in the Atlanta market, and will now expand it to other regions of the country.

    “We knew when we reviewed both the product and the company that we had winning partners with Designer Deck and USA Deck,” said Universal President Mike Glenn. “The Atlanta launch is early proof of that.”

    Dan Betts, President of USA Deck, said the launch exceeded his company’s expectations.  

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