Correct Building Products
What they do: Manufacturer of CorrectDeck, a home decking material made out of sawdust and polypropylene.
Why they're hot: This sixty-five-employee company is bringing innovation -- and jobs -- to one of Maine's manufacturing strongholds. Correct Building Products takes waste sawdust, reclaimed from mills and manufacturing plants across the Northeast, and combines it with polypropylene -- the same stuff Tupperware is made from -- to make home decking material that is durable and stain-resistant. The best feature, if you ask us? No need to put your deck out of commission -- and your back into spasms -- with the annual strip-and-stain ritual.
Of course, there have been some bumps along the way. Customers complained about their fancy new decks staining and getting infected with mildew. Since you pay a premium for CorrectDeck -- though the low cost of maintenance and upkeep makes it more than earn out in the long run -- that was obviously unacceptable. So founder Martin Grohman, a Carthage native, and his team came up with CorrectDeck CX, a stain-resistant material that includes antimicrobial protection. The new product competes effectively with composite decking material made by large, publicly traded companies like Trex and Louisiana-Pacific. "We don't have their distribution power," Grohman says. "We're sort of like the microbrew of composite decking. We have to make products people want so we can get shelf space to sell them."
And you don't have to just take his word for it. The company has earned kudos from organizations ranging from the Maine International Trade Center to Inc. magazine, which named Correct Building Products to its list of the five hundred fastest growing private companies in America two years in a row. What's more, the company has become the number one supplier of composite decking products in the United Kingdom. "Everyone over there is trying to copy us," Grohman says, noting that the Maine mystique goes a long way overseas. In fact, he adds, a British firm has gone so far as to manufacture a product that's a direct knockoff of CorrectDeck. Its name? "Maine Deck," he says with a laugh.