In an agreement signed on Aug. 31, 2011, AZEK Building Products Inc., manufacturer of the leading brand of premium, low-maintenance, exterior building products, and VAST Enterprises, LLC, the materials science research and manufacturing company that invented and patented Composite Masonry, have established a strategic alliance.

SCRANTON, Pa. and Minneapolis, Minn. – In an agreement signed on Aug. 31, 2011, AZEK Building Products Inc., manufacturer of the leading brand of premium, low-maintenance, exterior building products, and VAST Enterprises, LLC, the materials science research and manufacturing company that invented and patented Composite Masonry, have established a strategic alliance.

The agreement, which AZEK Building Products purchased an interest in VAST, makes the VAST brand available to AZEK’s extensive distribution network. AZEK and VAST will collaborate on sales and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness among architects and contractors.

“Both companies manufacture highly engineered, low-maintenance, exterior products that offer exceptional performance and longevity,” said Eric Jungbluth, CEO of CPG International Inc., AZEK’s parent company. “VAST Composite Masonry products represent the future of alternative paver materials, a category with enormous growth potential.”

“This partnership elevates the VAST brand and brings it to a much larger audience of architects, project planners and contractors,” said Andy Vander Woude, LEED AP, CEO, VAST Enterprises, LLC. “AZEK has led the conversion from wood exterior trim and decking to cellular PVC, just as we are striving to establish composite pavers as a replacement for concrete and clay bricks in hardscapes.”

VAST Composite Masonry products - including landscape pavers, permeable pavers, roof pavers, and deck and patio resurfacing pavers - offer a superior value proposition. Manufactured with 95 percent post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics, they offer visual appeal, design flexibility, strength, and durability. VAST Composite Pavers are easy to install, and at one-third the weight of comparable concrete products, they are perfect for rooftop walkways, paths, patios, and decks.

Both AZEK Building Products and VAST Enterprises are committed to the future of green building materials. VAST product manufacturing to date has utilized material recycled from 285,000 scrap tires and 8.5 million plastic containers, diverting a total of more than five million pounds of rubber and plastics from U.S. landfills. The VAST manufacturing process also uses 95 percent less energy and produces 96 percent less in CO2 emissions than conventional pavers. VAST Composite Pavers contribute to more LEED credits than any other paver.

For more information, visit www.azek.com or www.vastpavers.com.