Hurricane Alberto and Meteorologists have Coastal Residents Scurrying

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Hurricane Alberto hit early in the season and many coastal residents are scurrying to sure up seawalls as scientists predict more frequent and more powerful storms pounding the shores of the United States and Caribbean.

Hurricane Alberto became the first named storm of the 2006 season and quickly reminded coastal residents how tenuous their relationship with the power of nature is.

“As beautiful as it is to live near the ocean, it is also dangerous,” Joseph Melillo, 56, Florida offers. “You have to use common sense, take precautions while enjoying living near the natural beauty. I could not imagine living anywhere else,” Melillo continues.

Melillo, like millions of other coastal residents looks towards the seawalls installed in his community as the front-line defense against flooding.

“The importance of seawalls was made all too evident last year and more communities and property owners are beginning to see the importance of upgrading and maintaining their seawalls,” Jeff Moreau, Northstar Vinyl Products, explains.

As coastal communities search for durable seawalls, the seawall industry has been fast at work improving the materials and installation technology that protect communities against flooding and other damage.

Northstar Vinyl Products, LLC, one of the premier manufacturers of seawall materials has been leveraging its relationship with Royal Outdoor Technologies, the largest PVC converter in North America, to expand production capabilities and shorten production time to meet the increasing demand for seawall sheet piling.

“We understand the importance of what we do and that is why Northstar continuously strives to improve the quality, durability and reliability of our seawalls in order to protect property, homes and lives,” Moreau explains. “We built a relationship with Royal in order to reduce our lead time for materials from 10 weeks to 1 week so we can continue to provide seawall installers with the products they need to protect coastal communities,” Moreau states.

With the first named storm piquing trepidation in storm-battered communities, vinyl seawalls and the patented marine composite seawalls produced by Northstar are being installed along hundreds of miles of coastal communities to provide front-line defense during the ’06 Hurricane Season and beyond.

About Northstar Vinyl

Northstar Vinyl Products, LLC is located in Kennesaw, GA. Manufacturing facilities are located in Pell City, AL, Rockford, IL, Houston, TX, Cartersville, GA and Woodbridge,Canada.

Jason Monday


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