Are U.S. Marinas, Docks and Boardwalk Parks Ready for the Hurricane Season? Timber Holdings International Expands its Operations in Savannah, GA and New Jersey

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Marine, Dock & Boardwalk hurricane readiness. Timber Holdings, a supplier of naturally durable hardwoods finds its products and services in high-demand to repair, reinforce and ready our waterway structures for hurricane preparedness.

As the hurricane season approaches, it may be wise to look back at hurricane Katrina to learn what materials and methods worked best to weather the storm. In the case of the Beau Rivage Marina in Biloxi, MS., the Iron Woods™, IPE wood marina decking as supplied by Timber Holdings International survived virtually unscathed. Due to the Iron Woods unique character - weight, density, strength and holding power, it was able to withstand some of the most severe pressures of the storm. As documented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) photograph and caption on their website "Marina at Beau Rivage Hotel (casino can be seen at upper right). It's hard to imagine how this wooden structure survived intact." See the photos on the (NOAA) site: (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/wea02503.htm).

Dating back to a 1961 study conducted in Panama by the U.S. Naval Research Lab which found that IPE Wood also known as Iron Woods ranked among the top three of 69 species tested for performance in the resistance to biological deterioration, boring insects, and other wood destroying organisms. Real world evidence has proved this to be true, as Timber Holdings has installations of these naturally durable woods, such as the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, in continued use for over 30 years. Timber Holdings Iron Woods can be found in a diverse range of applications, from the exterior rainscreen wall cladding of the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters., Harvard University roof top deck & benches, Liberty Island, NY. boardwalks, to single family residential decking. Whether it's a hurricane, termites, time and weather or hoards of people shuffling along, it pays to research what materials and methods are the best for future boardwalk, marina, decking and other waterfront structures.

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