FROM A SMALL STAGING COMPANY TO THE “BIG STAGE”

Trex Commercial Products Celebrates 30 Years of Engineering Innovation

MINNEAPOLIS, September 14, 2020 – It’s been three decades since the company that started as Staging Concepts entered the market with a portfolio of platforms, risers and stairs, and a vision for growth. Today that company is Trex Commercial Products, a leading national provider of custom-engineered architectural railing and staging systems for the commercial and multi-family sector. This year, the Minneapolis-based company commemorates its 30th anniversary and has more than a few reasons to celebrate.

Founded in 1990, Trex Commercial Products has become a supplier of choice for event venues of all sizes and functions, offering staging systems and railing under its legacy Staging Concepts brand and its Trex Commercial Products brand. During its first 10 years, the company developed and introduced staging products that set the bar for quality – many of which remain top sellers today. It also built a reputation for outstanding customer service, a core value that continues to be embedded in the DNA of Trex Commercial Products’ 160 employees.

Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
ADA compliant glass and cable rail with steel framing

Right Products, Right Time

Initially focused on the performing arts market, Staging Concepts started out working with theaters and live event spaces, including such high-profile venues as Madison Square Garden in New York City, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Spiegelworld in Las Vegas, and Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan.

Following the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), venues across the country sought to enhance the accessibility of their facilities and Staging Concepts’ platforms proved an ideal solution – particularly for major sports stadiums and arenas. “This was a pivotal time in our company’s history,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial Products. “We had the right products at the right time, and business took off.”

As the company designed ADA-compliant solutions for performing arts and sports facilities, railings became a natural part of the equation. Before long, customers were asking Staging Concepts to engineer railings for entire venues. In 2004, the company contracted its first major railing job at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, a project that proved to be a significant milestone.

“That one project propelled us from a small staging company for performing arts and cast us onto the national sports scene,” noted Cindy Albrecht, director of sales and marketing.

Continued Growth and Differentiation

Staging Concepts quickly became the go-to resource for specifiers in the ultra-high-end construction contract arena, booking jobs at dozens of other high-profile professional and collegiate stadiums and arenas, including Yankee Stadium in New York City, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., and Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth. The company also has provided custom staging and railing for the NCAA Final Four Tournament, Sundance Film Festival, American Country Music Awards, the “TODAY” show and the presidential inauguration.

Over the years, the business has continued to diversify within the commercial and multi-family market taking on projects in hospitality, healthcare, worship and retail. Its product line offers innovative options for seating, acoustical applications and patron engagement, and the company is currently working with customers to engineer solutions to facilitate social distancing due to COVID-19. It also engineers customized architectural structures, such as the 60-ft. tall perforated metal panel wall at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., a set of specially designed rotating doors at Ecolab’s headquarters in St. Paul, and the bat-inspired aluminum topiaries at Minneapolis’ Target Field.

Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
Bat-Inspired Aluminum Topiaries

“Instead of approaching projects like a traditional supplier, we come in with a turnkey support program and team, including in-house mechanical engineers, 3-D modeling technology, an intimate knowledge of codes and design stamping capabilities,” explained Dan Stachel, vice president of sales and marketing. “Essentially, we take the technical onus off of architects and specifiers and partner with them through the entire process.”

This “design-to-delivery” support, along with a focus on finding innovative ways to accelerate the specification process, have set Staging Concepts apart from the beginning and continue to differentiate the company as Trex Commercial Products.

New Ownership, New Opportunities

Following years of steady growth driven by new product development and diversification, Staging Concepts caught the attention of Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance, low-maintenance wood-alternative decking, railing and outdoor living products. In 2017, Trex acquired Staging Concepts to form Trex Commercial Products, Inc. The acquisition provided Trex with the opportunity to offer full-service railing systems in the growing commercial and multi-family market, access to a complementary product category with a track record of revenue growth, the ability to achieve economies of scale around raw material procurement, and an increase in the range of products it may offer its core customers.

In the past three years, Trex has made investments in manufacturing capabilities and capacity aimed at reducing operational costs for the commercial division. The combined companies also have focused on leveraging synergies to drive efficiencies, innovation and growth.

Looking ahead, Trex Commercial Products plans to continue what Staging Concepts started 30 years ago – focusing on providing best-in-class engineering and solutions, pursuing new opportunities and being a valued supplier partner.

“While a lot has changed over the past 30 years, our core philosophy remains the same,” added Rygielski Preston. “We understand that our role is more than just a fabricator of a designer’s vision. It’s about being a meaningful partner with our customers, from the conceptual beginning to the successful completion.”

For more information, visit www.stagingconcepts.com and www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Commercial Products

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Trex Commercial Products is a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc., and is a leading national provider of custom-engineered railing and staging systems for the commercial and multi-family market, including performing arts venues and sports stadiums. For more information, visit www.stagingconcepts.com or www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Company, Inc.

Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as an environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany), or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook (@TrexCompany) or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

TREX NAMES NEW PRESIDENT OF COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS DIVISION

Laura Rygielski Preston Takes the Helm at Trex Commercial Products

WINCHESTER, VA., July 27, 2020 – Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX) announces the appointment of Laura Rygielski Preston as president of Trex Commercial Products, Inc. Effective today, Rygielski Preston takes over management of the company’s commercially focused subsidiary, which includes two Minneapolis-based businesses – Trex Commercial Products, a national leader in architectural railing systems, and Staging Concepts, a leading provider of portable staging solutions.

Laura Rygielski Preston Takes the Helm at Trex Commercial Products

Rygielski Preston brings with her more than 25 years of experience as a sales and operations executive with large global companies. Most recently, she served as Vice President and General Manager of a $200 million business with Trane, Inc, a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand, where she succeeded in driving record sales growth and implementing lean manufacturing processes. Rygielski Preston began her career with Trane in 2006 and served in a variety of sales and operations management roles during her 15-year tenure with the company. Previously, she held progressively more responsible sales and strategic planning positions at Johnson Controls where she worked from 1991 to 2006.

“We are very pleased to welcome Laura to our leadership team,” said Bryan Fairbanks, president and CEO of Trex Company. “Her well-rounded background and proven management skills make her an excellent fit to drive growth while implementing operating efficiencies and continuing to achieve synergies with Trex Residential Products.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to utilize the extensive sales and operating experience I have gained throughout my career,” noted Rygielski Preston. “Trex Commercial Products and Staging Concepts have industry-leading engineering and design capabilities that can be leveraged to gain additional market share and improved financial performance. I look forward to working with the teams to achieve these goals.”

Rygielski Preston earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Global Business from the University of Manchester in the U.K.

For more information about Trex Commercial Products, visit www.trexcommercial.com.

About Trex Commercial Products

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Trex Commercial Products, Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc. The division is comprised of two distinct business units that serve the commercial building arena. Trex Commercial Products (www.trexcommercial.com) is a national leader in engineering architectural railings for commercial applications. Staging Concepts (www.stagingconcepts.com) is a leading international provider of portable staging solutions. Acquired by Trex Company in 2017, both companies were founded in 1990 and have industry-leading reputations for engineering innovation, quality and customer service.

About Trex Company, Inc.

Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com. You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook (@TrexCompany) or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

Trex Commercial Products Teams Up with Hanley Wood University for Virtual Education Summit

CEU Webinar on “Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails” Slated for July 29 at 11 a.m. EST

When it comes to railing systems, there is no need to compromise a beautiful aesthetic for function and safety – you can achieve both. Join Trex Commercial Products on Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. ET as we team up with Hanley Wood University to present a virtual CEU course entitled “Efficient Design Utilizing Decorative Guardrails.”

Presented by Trex Commercial Products National Sales Manager Shelly Farmer, the webinar will examine guardrails in terms of structure, safety and style. Attendees will learn all about specifying for guardrails, including loading requirements, safety factors, IBC code criteria, materials, finishes and more.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how loading requirements, member selection and deflection affect guardrail system design and performance
  • Recall 2018 IBC code criteria related to handrails and guards and apply them to the design of a safe guardrail system
  • Discuss the advantages and considerations of three types of glass guardrail support systems (base shoe supported, post supported and point supported)
  • Specify guardrail materials, finishes and infills that are appropriate for the project environment, design goals aesthetic and budget

This is a great opportunity for architects and specifiers to learn something new or brush up on their knowledge and receive AIA continuing education credits!

For more info, please visit: https://www.hanleywooduniversity.com/events/.

To register, please visit: https://reg.hanleywood.com/rf/HWUVES2020/7282020L/s/HWUD2/a/7088/.