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Pleasanton, Calif. – Evergreen Marketing Group has recognized Simpson Strong-Tie with its 2014 Preferred Supplier of the Year award. It is one of only five companies honored with this distinction this year.
Evergreen created this award to recognize its top distributors and manufacturers based on multiple criteria, including contribution to the group, growth, participation, and member and supplier input. Simpson Strong-Tie ranked 10th overall in 2014 for total Evergreen member purchases.
"Simpson Strong-Tie has established itself as one of the leading preferred suppliers in Evergreen since they joined the group," said Evergreen CEO Kevin Higginbotham. "In addition to becoming heavily involved in our training and education programs, Simpson Strong-Tie is also extremely engaged in Planning for Profit and other group activities. They earned supplier of the year recognition as a result of this hard work and commitment to the group."
Simpson Strong-Tie joined Evergreen as a preferred supplier in 2009 and has been working hard to establish itself in this organization, said Mike Clemente, Simpson Strong-Tie director of Business Development – Infrastructure, Commercial & Industrial (ICI).
"We are proud to have earned this significant achievement in a relatively short period of time," Clemente said. "This award recognizes our effort, and motivates us to continue improving our level of sales support going forward."
Evergreen members represent a group of well-established distributors from the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association. Founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors, it currently consists of 69 distributors with more than 280 locations in the United States and Canada, and has combined revenues of more than $1.6 billion. Evergreen preferred suppliers are national companies widely recognized as leaders in their fields, providing the highest quality industrial products together.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to once again join other industry associations and organizations in supporting the International Code Council's (ICC) 2015 Building Safety Month in May. As a Major Sponsor, Simpson Strong-Tie is encouraging the industry and the general public to learn more about ways to make buildings, homes and decks safe and strong.
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign during May to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. As an annual event, this year’s theme is "Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes." The four-week campaign focuses on key safety areas each week, including fire safety and awareness, disaster safety and mitigation, backyard and pool safety, and energy and green building. The overall goal is to reinforce the need for adopting modern, model building codes as well as implementing strong and efficient code enforcement. To learn more about the campaign and how to get involved, visit www.buildingsafetymonth.org.
"Simpson Strong-Tie structural products help people build safer, stronger homes, buildings and decks," said Karen Colonias, CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie. "We're proud to support Building Safety Month and the efforts of code officials to ensure these structures are safe."
As a sponsor, Simpson Strong-Tie has several resources that help support the initiatives of Building Safety Month, including educational materials about designing and building homes and buildings to resist earthquakes and high winds as well as building and retrofitting code-compliant outdoor decks. These resources can be found on the Simpson Strong-Tie homeowner website, safestronghome.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers its patented, high-strength Titen HD® screw anchor for concrete and masonry in 1/4" diameter.
This new size offers optimum performance in both cracked and uncracked concrete, as required by the 2012 IBC for post-installed anchors. The newly redesigned anchor has all the features of the original Titen HD – plus optimized thread geometry and the 1/4" diameter.
The self-undercutting, non-expansion characteristics of the Titen HD anchor make it ideal for structural applications, even at reduced edge distances and spacings. It is recommended for permanent applications in dry, interior, non-corrosive environments or temporary outdoor applications.
Other key features include:
For more information, visit strongtie.com/thdb25.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie announced it will make a $10,000 donation to assist in relief response and recovery efforts following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and powerful aftershocks that shook Nepal on April 25.
The epicenter of the earthquake was the village of Barpak in the Gorkha District. The quake and aftershocks resulted in thousands of lives lost, twice as many injuries and hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings destroyed across the country.
The donation will be given to the American Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund and will aid in providing food, shelter and other assistance to those affected by the earthquake. The company is also encouraging its employees to contribute to the fund.
"Two years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Kathmandu and I'm saddened to think of the overwhelming devastation for the families and communities of Nepal," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. "We hope this donation can help contribute to the recovery there."
To make a contribution and aid in the earthquake recovery efforts through the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.
Pleasanton, Calif. – The new Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Wall Bracing Selector web app provides pre-engineered Strong-Wall shearwall alternatives to code-prescribed braced wall panels.
Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Wall model numbers and foundation anchorage designs are established to meet job-specific requirements and provide the narrowest bracing solutions possible. This new tool replaces the Strong-Wall Shearwalls Prescriptive Design Guide.
"This app automates our 84-page design guide. With a few easy steps, a designer can select a solution to meet the exact amount of bracing that is required," said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president and general manager, Core Products Group. "This new tool makes it easier to specify equivalent solutions and also provides builders with all the information they need to submit to building departments for permit approvals."
The Strong-Wall Bracing Selector web app can be used in conjunction with the Simpson Strong-Tie Wall-Bracing-Length Calculator web app, which helps calculate the required length of wall bracing per the 2009 or 2012 IRC®. After the wall-bracing length requirements are determined, project information and bracing requirements can be exported to the Strong-Wall Bracing Selector.
To use the app, go to www.strongtie.com/software and click on the Web tab. The app includes a step-by-step tutorial along with a design example.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie is sponsoring The Tech Challenge 2015, an annual team design challenge for children in grades 4-12 presented by The Tech Museum of Innovation located in San Jose, California from January 1 to April 26, 2015. The Tech Challenge introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared toward solving a real-world problem.
The Tech Challenge 2015 invites teams to build a scaled structure that supports live load and is earthquake safe. The structures will be placed on a test rig for a series of three 20-second simulated earthquakes. In between each earthquake simulation, the teams will have one minute to repair the structure to help ensure it survives the remaining earthquakes.
Teams will be judged on creativity, thought process, design and construction, teamwork, documentation and adherence to the spirit of the challenge.
“The Tech Challenge 2015 is a great forum for educating students and the general public about the importance of building safe, strong structures. Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to doing just that with our structural building products. We're happy to support The Tech as an Underwriting Sponsor of this event,” said Jeremy Gilstrap, vice president of engineering at Simpson Strong-Tie.
"The Tech is grateful to Simpson Strong-Tie for its support of The Tech Challenge and our mission of inspiring the innovator in everyone," says Tim Ritchie, President and CEO of The Tech. "We hope the kids learning about seismic engineering in this year's competition decide to pursue STEM careers and go on to make the world a better, safer place through technology and innovation."
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has introduced a new deck tension tie that provides deck builders with a less invasive approach for attaching a deck to a home and meets newly updated code standards.
The DTT1Z deck tension tie is a safe and time-saving alternative that eliminates the need to access floor joists from inside the house. Instead, it is fastened from outside the house. The DTT1Z addresses a new 2015 International Residential Code provision (section R507.2.4) that now allows four 750-lb. lateral connectors to be fastened to structural framing joists members in the house. This provision is an alternative to using two 1,500-lb. lateral connections from the deck to the floor joists within the house.
"Our engineering team proactively designed this new cost-effective tension tie to give deck installers a product that would specifically comply with this new code detail. It allows the lateral connection from the deck joists to be made to top plates, studs or headers within the supporting structure," said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president and general manager, Core Products Group. "By eliminating the need to access the floor joists inside the house, it not only saves installation time, but also spares the homeowner from the disruption of added construction inside the living space."
The DTT1Z fastens to the narrow or wide face of a single 2x with Strong-Drive® SD Connector screws. The new Strong-Drive® SDWH Timber-Hex HDG screw with an integral washer attaches the tension tie to the supporting structure with a minimum of 3" of penetration.
Other key features include:
To view the product flier, visit www.strongtie.com/dtt1z.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers a lower-cost option to its popular SUBH line of u-channel bridging connectors for cold-formed steel construction. The newly released LSUBH 20-gauge bridging connector provides all of the benefits of the SUBH connector, and is suitable for many wind- and load-bearing situations with light to moderate load demand.
Key features of the LSUBH bridging connector include:
For more information about the LSUBH and the entire product line for cold-formed steel construction, visit www.strongtie.com/cfs.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Retrofit magazine has named the Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Wall® SB wood shearwall to its Top 50 Products of 2014 list, published in the current January-February issue.
The Strong-Wall SB shearwall is a prefabricated, trimmable wood shearwall that offers enhanced design flexibility and greater lateral-force-resistance performance for a range of applications, including supporting two-story structures, garage portals and large openings. In areas susceptible to seismic activity or high winds, it provides structural support comparable to steel shearwalls in narrow panel widths. The design of the Strong-Wall SB enables installers to field-trim the shearwall for customized heights and rake walls.
The second annual Retrofit Top 50 Products list celebrates the 50 products that received the most reader inquiries from the magazine’s September-October 2013 through July-August 2014 issues.
"We are honored that our Strong-Wall SB shearwall has been recognized by Retrofit magazine as one of the Top 50 Products in 2014. It is quickly becoming a favorite product among installers because the height can be customized for each job, making it ideal for retrofits as well as new construction," said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president and general manager, connectors and lateral systems.
A complete list of the Retrofit magazine Top 50 list can be found in the January-February 2015 issue of Retrofit magazine, www.retrofitmagazine.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Recently, Simpson Strong-Tie hosted two day-long field trips for 60 middle- and high-school girls in the Santa Clara County Unified School District's GAINS (Girls Achieving In Non-traditional Subjects) program. The GAINS program encourages and inspires young women to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and other non-traditional career options.
The girls visited the Simpson Strong-Tie home office in Pleasanton, CA, where they had the opportunity to hear and ask questions of the company's female leaders, including CEO Karen Colonias and Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Jacinta Pister.
The students toured the company's connector lab and watched a bowling ball and other objects being flattened on the testing rigs to understand load testing. Many of them also participated in a hands-on activity installing Simpson Strong-Tie engineered connector products.
"The team at Simpson Strong-Tie provided our GAINS girls with a day of engagement, curiosity and information about how to be the most successful female they can be. Every girl left the company feeling empowered and excited for their futures," said Cabrillo Middle School Education Specialist Kaycie Woldhuis, who served as chaperone. Many of the girls also commented that it was the best field trip they had as part of the program.