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Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, was recognized in the inaugural Watermark Index as paving the way for gender diversity in corporate leadership. It is one of only 11 companies in the San Francisco Bay Area where women hold 30 percent or more of the top-five compensated executive positions and board seats.
Watermark, a leading Bay Area executive women's organization, collaborated with UC Davis to launch the Watermark Index, which is based on data from the 2015-2016 UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders. The study analyzed the 223 largest public companies headquartered in the Bay Area. From a revenue standpoint, the study found that companies on the Watermark Index outperformed other companies in the region by 49 percent, and companies in the state by 35 percent.
"We are very honored to be among a stellar group of companies recognized in the inaugural Watermark Index. Women in senior roles at Simpson Strong-Tie is a natural extension of our company culture. It's the right thing to do, it has the support of the entire management team, and its the way we do business," said Simpson Strong-Tie President and CEO Karen Colonias.
"This recognition is a wonderful endorsement of our efforts, and it inspires us to get better at ensuring that women have the opportunities and support to lead our company. I hope to see many more organizations recognized for supporting the development of women," she added.
Simpson Strong-Tie received the recognition at the annual Make Your Mark Awards held on November 17 in Burlingame. For the full list of companies recognized at the event, visit www.wearewatermark.org.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie has expanded its anchoring systems for residential, commercial and industrial uses to include a new Hollow Drop-In Anchor and a Wood Rod Hanger.
The Simpson Strong-Tie® anchoring systems products include adhesives and mechanical anchors as well as direct fastening solutions for attachment to concrete, steel, CMU or metal deck. The new product additions help provide a wider array of project solutions, and include:
The Hollow Drop-In Anchor (HDIA) is an internally threaded, flush-mount anchor for use in hollow materials such as CMU and hollow-core plank, as well as in solid base materials such as brick, normal-weight and lightweight concrete. Designed for anchoring in thin-walled material, the HDIA is suitable for suspending conduit, cable trays, pipe supports, fire sprinklers and suspended lighting into concrete, as well as handrails into CMU. The HDIA can be installed with setting tools designed to aid anchor embedment in both solid and thin-walled materials, and the internally threaded design allows for easy bolt removal.
The Wood Rod Hanger is a one-piece fastening system for suspending 1/4" or 3/8" threaded rod. Vertical rod hangers are designed to suspend threaded rod in overhead applications from wood members. Horizontal rod hangers are available for applications requiring installation into the side of joists, columns and overhead members. Both rod hangers feature a Type 17 tip for fast installation starts with no pre-drilling, and also provide attachment points for use in pipe hanging, fire protection, electrical conduit and cable-tray applications. A custom-matched nut driver is also available as an accessory, which sets the rod hangers to optimal depth every time.
For more information, visit strongtie.com/anchors.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers several new sizes of its HHRC heavy hip-ridge connectors to accommodate additional hip and ridge beam combinations.
Hip-ridge connectors are field-slopeable connectors that attach hip beams to the end of ridge beams. The new 12-gauge HHRC can be sloped downward to a maximum of 35° for hips that accommodate a 45° roof slope. Both the new and existing hip-ridge connectors can be used with structural composite lumber, glulam and solid sawn lumber.
The latest HHRC models offer great strength and design flexibility. When installed with Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Drive® SD10 Connector screws (provided), the heavy HHRCs provide higher allowable loads than HRCs that are installed with nails. An open-back ridge connection allows elevation adjustment, and a field-adjustable hip slope facilitates easier installation.
For more information about the HRC/HRRC series, visit strongtie.com/hhrc.
Pleasanton, Calif. The Simpson Strong-Tie Soft-Story Retrofit Solutions Campaign has won the top award for Best Content Marketing Campaign in Hanley Wood's 2015 Brand Builder Awards. The Brand Builder Awards recognize the most innovative and effective marketing campaigns throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industries.
The Soft-Story Retrofit Solutions Campaign coincided with legislation passed by the City of San Francisco requiring certain residential soft-story buildings to undergo retrofitting to meet national FEMA building standards. The campaign educates stakeholders about the ordinance and how Simpson Strong-Tie products, including the Strong Frame® special moment frame, can serve as comprehensive system solutions to meet the requirements of the ordinance and make soft-story buildings safer for years to come.
The campaign included several content marketing assets, including a customized landing page at www.strongtie.com/softstory, the High-Quality Soft-Story Retrofit Solutions flier, in-person and online training, the Weak Story Software Tool, online banner ads and an advertorial.
"We're proud to receive the Platinum Award for Best Content Marketing Campaign," said Simpson Strong-Tie SVP of Worldwide Marketing Kristin Lincoln. "Our goal for the Soft-Story Retrofit Solutions Campaign is to educate building owners and other stakeholders about the new legislation and how our products provide solutions. Winning this award inspires our commitment to serve other areas considering similar legislation."
The award was presented on October 22, 2015 in Chicago at the Hanley Wood Foundations Conference.
Pleasanton, Calif. The new Simpson Strong-Tie® Adhesive Piston Plug Delivery System offers a reliable, time-saving and easy-to-use method for dispensing adhesive into drilled holes for threaded rod and rebar dowel installations at all orientations and at deep embedments.
The ten models of adhesive piston plugs are sized to provide a matched tolerance fit with the drilled hole. The barbed fitting on the end of each piston plug ensures a secure fit to the flexible tubing (PPFT25) that attaches directly to the static mixing nozzle. The relatively tight tolerance fit between the piston plug and drilled hole virtually eliminates the formation of air voids during adhesive dispensing. The flexible tubing is available in 25-foot-long rolls that can be cut to the required length.
The ten models of adhesive retaining caps are drill bit/drilled hole-diameter specific and are used when performing installations varying in orientation from horizontal to vertical overhead, and are intended to prevent adhesive from flowing out of the drilled hole prior to complete cure.
The piston plug system is suitable for use with Simpson Strong-Tie® AT-XP®, SET-XP®, ET-HP®, AT, SET® and EDOT™ anchoring adhesives. The Adhesive Piston Plug Delivery System incudes pre-packaged piston plugs, flexible tubing and adhesive retaining caps.
For more information, visit the product page on the website.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie has officially received an ICC-ES Code Report for its Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) solutions, making it the only manufacturer with a code-listed precured laminate in North America.
As part of the Simpson Strong-Tie® offering of Composite Strengthening Systems™ (CSS), FRP systems are externally-bonded and applied to concrete and masonry structural elements for repair and strengthening. They consist of carbon and glass fabrics combined with epoxy resin to create the FRP composite system or a carbon fiber precured laminate applied with an epoxy paste. FRP systems have a high strength/stiffness-to-weight ratio and provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional retrofit or strengthening methods.
"Our new code-listed carbon fabrics provide some of the highest design values in the industry. Full-scale testing is a requirement of the acceptance criteria for a code report, which we were able to perform at our Tye Gilb Lab in Stockton," said Brad Erickson, S.E., CSS Engineering Manager. "Many specifiers will only include code-listed products in their specifications. With this report, our FRP products now meet that standard."
Simpson Strong-Tie offers code-listed fabrics, epoxies, precured laminate (cut to size) and coating products. The code report, ICC-ES ESR-3403, includes:
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie and Calculated Structured Designs (CSD) have agreed on a strategic alliance to provide customers with a Simpson Strong-Tie branded version of the iStruct™ EWP software.
"Our current EWP software customers will have the option to migrate to this new platform that will provide enhanced 3D modeling, precision loading and flexible output," said Mike Bugbee, SVP and General Manager of Integrated Components Systems for Simpson Strong-Tie.
Plans are underway to incorporate elements of the current Simpson Strong-Tie EWP software into the new iStruct™ program and to leverage CSD's software to enhance other Simpson Strong-Tie programs, including Component Solutions™ Director and Truss Studio.
Simpson Strong-Tie will continue to support customers using its legacy EWP software until they can transition to the new iStruct™ platform. Current CSD clients and users will not be impacted by the new software, and CSD will continue to offer their complete line of EWP software.
"We are excited to collaborate with CSD to jointly develop new software solutions for light-frame building while continuing to provide customers with our engineering knowledge and trusted level of service. CSD and Simpson Strong-Tie share the same focus on delivering efficient, flexible and easy to use software designed around what customers tell us they need," added Bugbee.
"The entire CSD family and I are very excited to be teaming up with Simpson Strong-Tie. We're confident that our joint efforts will deliver some of the best solutions available in the industry; today and into the future," said Sean Nason, President & CEO of CSD.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie will feature its Titen HD® anchors and Strong-Drive® structural fasteners as well as demonstrate Quik Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems at STAFDA in Phoenix, Nov. 8-10. Simpson Strong-Tie will be located at booths #811-813, #816-818 and #846-848.
Anchor Systems Booth #816-818
The Anchor Systems booth will feature the newly redesigned Titen HD 1/4" screw anchor, which has all the features of the original Titen HD plus optimized thread geometry. Titen HD screw anchors offer optimum performance in both cracked and uncracked concrete, as required by the 2012 IBC for post-installed anchors. 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 new anchor products include the Adhesive Piston Plug Delivery System, Wood Rod Hanger, Hollow Drop-In Anchor (HDIA) and redesigned Drop-In Anchor (DIAB).
Fastener Booth #846-848
The Simpson Strong-Tie Fastener booth will showcase several Strong-Drive® structural fasteners. The new Strong-Drive® SDWH Timber Hex-HDG screw is a fast, easy-to-install fastener that replaces bolts, washers and nuts in piers, boardwalks, structural pilings and docks. It requires no pre-drilling and is specifically designed to resist severe corrosion levels in heavy-duty marine and coastal applications. The new Strong-Drive® SCN and SCNR Connector nails are pneumatically driven alternative to hand-driven 8d, 10d and 16d nails. They are designed for connector applications in interior, exterior, dry-service or corrosive environments. The Strong-Drive WSNTL® Subfloor screws are ideal for fastening subfloor, sheathing, sill plate and stair applications using the Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving system. With withdrawal and pull-through values that exceed those of 10d nails, the holding power of WSNTL screws reduces the gaps between the joist and subfloor that cause floor squeaks.
Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems help save contractors time and expense on jobsites every day. The tools are easy to use, durable and come with an extension that enables stand-up-and-drive fastening. Featuring quick-loading screw strips, precise countersink adjustment and a patented auto-advance mechanism, they are designed to be fast, reliable and more cost-effective than traditional nail guns. The Quik Drive® BSD200S Structural Steel-Decking System comes with a Precision Placement™ nosepiece that allows for easy location of the holes in standing seam metal roofing clips.
Bosch Alliance Group Booth #811-813
Simpson Strong-Tie and Robert Bosch Power Tool Corp. are a powerful team bringing the concrete construction market field-proven anchor and tool solutions for infrastructure, commercial and industrial markets. Several product demonstrations will be featured at the show as part of the ongoing strategic alliance Simpson Strong-Tie has with the Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
For more information about these and other Simpson Strong-Tie products, visit strongtie.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has partnered with the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® to host QuakeSmart™ Earthquake Business Preparedness Summits to provide businesses with specific, actionable steps to improve preparedness and avoid business interruption.
The latest summits will be held November 3-4 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The summits will feature USGS Geologist David Swartz and the chief resilience officers for the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Simpson Strong-Tie has supported the summits since 2014 throughout the western U.S., including in Riverside and San Mateo, Calif., St. Louis, Mo., Yuma, Ariz., Kent, Wash. and Portland, Ore. Nearly 400 attendees have participated in the programs to date.
The summits are part of a continuing series of earthquake damage prevention workshops offered nationally that feature the FEMA QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program, which provides comprehensive earthquake assessments, engineering and retrofit information designed to keep businesses open after a seismic event, and information about how to budget for business retrofit projects.
Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to providing education and resources for buildings to better withstand seismic events. For resources on seismic retrofitting of homes and other buildings, visit strongtie.com/softstory and safestronghome.com/earthquake. For more information or to sign up for the free summits in the Bay Area, go to earthquakesummit.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon was held October 8-18, 2015, in Irvine, Calif. Regional Simpson Strong-Tie locations provided product and cash donations, along with engineering resources and technical assistance, to several collegiate teams competing in the Decathlon to design, build and operate cost-effective solar-powered houses.
The Simpson Strong-Tie Columbus, OH, facility sponsored the Stevens Institute of Technology team in New Jersey on the SU+RE (Sustainable + Resilient) HOUSE project, which took first place in the overall competition. Simpson Strong-Tie donated structural connectors and fasteners to help the house resist high winds, flooding and the corrosive coastal environment. The SU+RE HOUSE team used the Simpson Strong-Tie Flood-Resistant Construction Guide as a critical reference in the design and build of the house.
The Simpson Strong-Tie Stockton, Calif., facility supported both the UC Davis Aggie Sol and the CSU Sacramento Solar Nest projects with product donations, including a Strong-Wall® SB shearwall. The company's local Engineering department also helped design hinge connectors for the Solar Nest.
In Southern California, the company's Riverside, Calif., location sponsored Cal Poly's INhouse project along with Team Orange County, consisting of students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College, on the Casa Del Sol project with product and monetary donations.
To learn more about the Solar Decathlon, visit www.solardecathlon.gov.
Pleasanton, Calif. The Simpson Strong-Tie® Quik Drive® BSD200 Structural Steel-Decking system has won a Pro Tool Innovation Award in the Drill/Driver Attachments: Collated Driving category.
Quik Drive BSD200 is an auto-feed screw driving system specifically designed to fasten metal decking to steel framing using Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Drive® XL Large-Head Metal screws. Strong-Drive XL screws have been engineered as a 1-for-1 screw replacement option for pins in steel decking. The patented Quik Drive auto-feed mechanism provides hands-free screw advancement, eliminating the need to handle individual screws. Unlike welding and powder actuated tools, no special inspection or certifications are necessary, making the Quik Drive system a convenient alternative to other methods of attaching steel decking. The extension enables standup driving to save time and reduce worker fatigue.
Judges for the Pro Tool Innovation Awards noted, "We love the fact that screw installation reduces the number of inspections we have to arrange. The extension for the Quik Drive BSD200 offering stand up use is a time and back saver. We also like not having to sub-contract a welder or worry about OSHA concerns surrounding powder actuated fastening."
The Pro Tool Innovation Awards are judged by a panel of professional tradesmen in the electrical, plumbing, MOR and concrete fields as well as general contractors and builders. The Awards seek to recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry across a wide variety of categories. The Awards were founded by Pro Tool Reviews, an online tool review magazine.