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Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, is expanding its Deck-Drive™ DCU Composite screw product line to include two stainless-steel versions, providing professional builders and DIY enthusiasts with deck screws that offer additional corrosion resistance in marine or high-exposure environments.
The two new DCU Composite Stainless-Steel screws require no predrilling and provide a smooth, clean finish. One is made from Type 305 stainless steel, offering additional corrosion resistance in wet areas such as freshwater rivers and lakes. The other is made from Type 316 stainless steel and is designed for severe exposure conditions, such as marine and coastal environments, brackish water, pools and hot tubs.
"With the addition of these stainless-steel fasteners to the existing carbon steel-based DCU Composite screw line, we now offer customers a comprehensive selection so they can find the right screw for their decking material and environment," said Dr. Ed Sutt, vice president of Fastening Systems. "With availability in Type 305 and Type 316, as well as 11 colors in carbon-steel, the Deck-Drive DCU truly is the go-to screw for all composite decking construction."
Deck-Drive DCU Composite screws work with all composite and PVC deck boards. They are available in bulk and collated strips for Quik Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems.
Key features include:
For more information, view the online product flier at www.strongtie.com/dcucomposite.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers a special-purpose PVC Trim-Board screw engineered for easy, low-torque installations of exterior PVC trim and fascia onto wood.
The fastener's triple-thread design, box-shaped cutter head and flat underhead allow easier installations with higher pull-through resistance and clean, flush finishes.
"We tested the PVC Trim-Board screw and this fastener shows great holding power with increased pull-through resistance," said Dr. Ed Sutt, vice president of Fastening Systems. "One of the things we've heard from customers is the need for a fastener that provides a clean, professional finish when installing PVC trim and fascia. This fastener delivers all of that. It is specially designed to drive easily into PVC materials and to hold the boards in place for the long term."
Key features include:
For more information, view the product flier on the website at strongtie.com/pvctrimboard.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers Strong-Drive® structural-connector nails that have been designed as a pneumatically driven alternative to hand-driven nails.
The Strong-Drive® 33° SCN Smooth-Shank nails and 33° SCNR Ring-Shank Connector nails are approved for use with Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors and serve as replacements for 8d, 10d and 16d common hand-driven nails. These collated structural-connector nails are available in several sizes and coatings for installations in a variety of connector applications and environments, including interior, exterior, dry-service or corrosive.
"We really strive to listen to our customers and design products that meet their needs for a wide variety of applications and environments. This is a great example. These structural-connector nails have been engineered to be compatible with the Simpson Strong-Tie line of structural connectors," said Dr. Ed Sutt, vice president of Fastening Systems. "The addition of these collated nails to our line of Strong-Drive fasteners gives our customers an even more comprehensive selection of stainless steel, hot-dip galvanized, bright and electro-galvanized collated nails."
Key features include:
For more information, visit the website at www.strongtie.com/scn.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will demonstrate new concrete anchoring products at the World of Concrete 2016 and offer attendees a chance to participate in a "Drill 'n Fill" product installation contest during the tradeshow Feb. 2-5, in Las Vegas, in outdoor booth #O30220.
Participants in the "Drill 'n Fill" product installation contest will install an adhesive anchor, a Titen HD® concrete screw, three gas-driven fasteners, and a powder-driven fastener. All participants will receive a t-shirt and the daily champion will win a YETI® cooler. The contest champion will take home a Speed Clean™ Dust Extraction System, a comprehensive drill bit-and-vacuum system that reduces dust while producing precise, clean holes for adhesive installation. Power tools for the "Drill 'n Fill" contest are provided by industry partner, the Robert Bosch Tool Company.
Simpson Strong-Tie® repair, protection and strengthening products will be featured, with continuous product installation demonstrations and crush tests of the company's newly code-listed fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP). A 180-gallon tide pool will simulate the in-place installation capabilities of the FX-70® structural repair and protection system.
Featured anchor system products include the new Hollow Drop-In Anchor (HDIA), an internally threaded, flush-mount anchor for use in hollow materials such as CMU and hollow-core plank, and the new Piston Plug Adhesive Delivery System, offering an easy-to-use, more reliable and less time-consuming means to dispense adhesive into drilled holes for threaded rod and rebar dowel installations at overhead, upwardly inclined and horizontal orientations.
Knowledgeable field representatives and product managers will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate product demonstrations and installations.
For more information and to demo these and other new products from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit booth #O30220 in the outdoor silver lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has expanded its Strong-Drive® line of structural fasteners to include the SDWS Framing screw, a multipurpose fastener designed and load-rated for replacing nails in framing and remodeling applications.
This versatile fastener offers a new alternative to 16d, 10d and 8d nails for contractors and do-it-yourselfers in areas too constrained for the use of a hammer or where there is a need for the superior holding power and pull-out resistance of screws. In addition to its many general uses, the Strong-Drive® SDWS Framing screw is code-listed under IAPMO UES ER-192 and meets 2009 and 2012 IRC and IBC code requirements for common wood framing applications.
"This is such a versatile screw and can be used for so many construction applications that we think it will become the 'go-to' screw for contractors and DIYers alike," said Dr. Edward Sutt, vice president of Fastening Systems. "We see the SDWS Framing Screw as not only a superior alternative in many framing applications, but also as a great solution for indoor and outdoor projects. It's easy to drive, fast to install and offers vastly superior holding power than nails."
Key features of the Strong-Drive SDWS Framing screw include:
In addition, the SDWS Framing screw is available in commonly used 2 1/2" and 3" lengths for extra versatility. For more information, visit strongtie.com/sdwsframing.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie was named the 2015 Vendor of the Year for the Building Materials products category by Do it Best Corp. This is the fifth consecutive year Simpson Strong-Tie has received this distinguished honor.
Do it Best Corp., the only U.S.-based full-line, member-owned distributor of lumber, hardware and building products in the home improvement industry, awards Vendor of the Year honors in 23 product categories, along with three top awards across all categories. The Do it Best Corp. team measures several criteria in choosing its award winners, including sales growth, customer service, product quality, communication and ease in working with the vendor. Simpson Strong-Tie was recognized at the Do It Best Vendor Excellence event last October.
"As we work to help our independent member-owners grow their share of the market, we work with thousands of great vendors across the country and around the world. That Simpson Strong-Tie has maintained a winning streak of five consecutive years as our top building materials partner speaks highly of their exceptional products and outstanding service to our members," said Gary Nackers, Do it Best Corp. vice president of lumber and building materials.
Dave Lawson, Simpson Strong-Tie national accounts manager, said the company never takes this award for granted and is deeply honored to be recognized by Do it Best Corp. with this recognition.
"We are so proud of the strong relationship we have built over the years with Do it Best members. We work hard every year to raise the bar and make it even stronger. This award is an honor and reflects our company's commitment to earn our customers' business every day," Lawson said.
Do it Best Corp. serves 3,800 member-owned locations in the United States and 54 other countries.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase several innovative and time-saving products as well as host professional contractor and popular HGTV star Mike Holmes and his son Mike Holmes, Jr. at the International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Jan. 19-21, in booths C1728 and C1827.
Simpson Strong Tie products featured at IBS include:
Simpson Strong-Tie will also feature product demonstrations of the Fein® cordless motor for Quik Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems as well as installation demonstrations of Strong Drive® and Deck Drive® fasteners. Quik Drive systems help save contractors time and expense on jobsites, and are easy to use, durable and come with an extension that enables stand-up-and-drive fastening.
Mike Holmes, professional contractor and the host and creator of the hit TV series Holmes on Homes®, and his son Mike Holmes Jr. will be visiting the Simpson Strong-Tie booths on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19-20. Simpson Strong-Tie is part of Holmes Approved Products.
Mike Holmes Sr.
Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. and 1:55 p.m.
Mike Holmes Jr.
Tuesday at 10:25 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday at 10:25 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.strongtie.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, recently acquired Blue Heron Enterprises, LLC and Fox Chase Enterprises, LLC, manufacturers of the EB-TY® and Lumber Loc® hidden deck fastening systems. Since 2008, Simpson Strong-Tie has promoted and sold EB-TY fasteners and provided its screws with the EB-TY product offering.
Simpson Strong-Tie has a long history of ensuring high product quality through testing and a dedication to research and development. The company will continue this focus as it offers more hidden deck fastening solutions. It plans to invest in this product line to provide customers the best products and services in the industry.
"We are very excited about this opportunity to help our customers take advantage of the exceptional growth potential in the hidden deck fastening market. The outstanding quality and performance of the EB-TY and Lumber Loc lines fit in well with the Simpson Strong-Tie brand," said Ed Sutt, vice president of fastening systems with Simpson Strong-Tie.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, introduces its RCKW kneewall connector for cold-formed steel construction that features an anchor-hole pattern that enables anchorage to both concrete and structural steel.
The new RCKW kneewall rigid connector was developed to provide optimal rotational resistance at the base of exterior kneewalls and parapets as well as interior partial-height walls.
The versatile anchor-hole pattern features a larger hole to accommodate 1/2"-diameter concrete screws and wedge anchors, such as the Simpson Strong-Tie® Titen HD® screw anchor and Strong-Bolt® 2 wedge anchor. Additional smaller diameter anchor holes enable attachment to structural steel with #12 self-drilling screws.
"We developed this product with both engineers and installers in mind, making it easier for our customers to do their jobs," said Randy Daudet, Cold-Formed Steel Industry Manager at Simpson Strong-Tie. "Our testing simulates real-world conditions so Designers can save time and guesswork with their specifications. And by including an innovative anchor-hole pattern, installers can choose the one that works best for the jobsite without compromising the connector's load capacity."
Used with the Simpson Strong-Tie heavy 7-gauge RCKWS stiffener, this kneewall connector provides the industry's highest strength and stiffness values. The screw holes and anchor holes in the stiffener line up with those in the RCKW clip, making fastener and anchor installation quick and easy.
For more information, visit strongtie.com/rckw.
Pleasanton, Calif. Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, received multiple awards in the Construction Marketing Association (CMA) annual STAR™ Awards for marketing excellence in the construction industry.
The launch of the new Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Rod™ Systems (continuous rod tiedown solutions for mid-rise wood construction) garnered the SUPER STAR Award in the New Product Launch category, and the accompanying Strong-Rod™ Systems Design Guide received the SUPER STAR Award in the Technical Manual subcategory (Collateral/Literature category). The SUPER STAR Award in the Product Video category was awarded to the Simpson Strong-Tie DIY video featuring the WBSK Workbench or Shelving Hardware Kit to provide DIYers with instructions for the kit to help them build and customize various wood projects.
The company's Regional Soft-Story Retrofit campaign coincided with new City of San Francisco legislation requiring residential soft-story building owners (three-plus stories) to identify retrofit needs for strengthening the structure to withstand seismic activity. The campaign featured the Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® special moment frame and received the STAR Award for New Product Launch. The complementary High-Quality Retrofit Solutions flier was awarded SUPER STAR in the Brochure subcategory (Collateral/Literature category).
The company's "The Power To Build" ad, aimed at educating customers about the company's expanding range of product, system and software solutions, received the STAR Award for Print Advertising in Trade Publications.
Simpson Strong-Tie was also named Construction Marketer of the Year West Region.
The CMA STAR Awards recognize excellence in 16 marketing categories and 78 subcategories including advertising, social media and others, along with the CONSTRUCTION MARKETER OF THE YEAR™.
Pleasanton, Calif. The new Simpson Strong-Tie® DTT1Z deck tension tie has won a 2015 Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products magazine.
The DTT1Z is a less invasive alternative for attaching a deck to a home and meets 2015 IRC code standards. Instead of accessing floor joists from inside the house, the tension tie is designed to be fastened from outside the house, making it a safe and time-saving solution. The DTT1Z is attached with Strong-Drive® SD Connector screws and the new Strong-Drive SDWH Timber-Hex HDG screw with integral washer. The DTT1Z comes standard with ZMAX® coating for additional corrosion protection and can be purchased individually or as part of a retail kit with screws.
The Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards are judged by a group of 35 independent industry professionals, including architects, interior designers, lighting designers and veteran writers in the industry. The awards seek to recognize manufacturers that are working toward delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability.