Simpson Strong-Tie News

Strong Frame® Special Moment Frame Wins Innovation Award, Featured at PCBC Show posted 6/24/14
Strong Frame® Special Moment Frame

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will feature its innovative, award-winning Strong Frame® special moment frame during the PCBC tradeshow at Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 25-26.

This product was one of only 16 selected to win a 2014 Parade of Products@PCBC award, which is given by the California Building Industry Association to the top products representing the best in innovation and new product solutions. The special moment frame is now entered in the "People's Choice Award" during the show. PCBC attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite product via social media during two-day show.

The Strong Frame special moment frame is a cutting-edge lateral system solution designed to help prevent structural damage in earthquakes. It features new patented Yield-Link™ structural fuse technology. During a seismic event, the beam-to-column links are engineered to bear the brunt of lateral forces, keeping the structural integrity of the beams and columns intact. With bolt-on/bolt off ability, the links are fully replaceable if damaged, making replacement easier and faster because the beam and columns can remain in the structure during repairs.

Simpson Strong-Tie will be in booth 5719. Informational presentations about the special moment frame will be given on Wednesday, June 25, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and on Thursday, June 26, at 11 a.m.

For more information about the Strong Frame special moment frame and other new products from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit booth 5719 at PCBC, or visit the website www.strongtie.com/strongframe.

New Do-It-Yourself Hardware Kit Makes It Easy to Create Professional-Quality, Customized Home Improvement Projects posted 6/5/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has a new Workbench/Shelving Unit Hardware Kit (model WBSK) available through home centers, hardware stores and lumberyards for do-it-yourselfers who want to build a heavy-duty workbench, shelving unit or a multitude of other DIY home projects.

The WBSK kit features the new RTC2Z Rigid Tie® connector that connects one 2x2, 2x3 or 2x4 vertical post to two 2x3 (or greater) horizontal lumber, forming a quick and accurate 90-degree corner with no angle cuts or bolts. The RTC2Z's new streamlined design requires 40% fewer fasteners than the previous model, making it easier to build customized home improvement projects.

"This new hardware kit enables do-it-yourselfers to enjoy the satisfaction and pride of building professional-quality projects with the assurance that what they created is sturdy, strong and durable," said Dave Balzhiser, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president of National Accounts. "A key benefit of the connector's design is how easy it makes it for a do-it-yourselfer to use different size lumber to fully customize the dimensions of any project to fit their exact space."

The WBSK Hardware Kit contains eight RTC2Z connectors, Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Drive® SD screws as well as project plans to construct one workbench. Two kits are needed to build a shelving unit. For retailers, RTC2Z projects are ideal for driving collateral sales of lumber, plywood, tools and other accessories. The kit features consumer-friendly packaging and comes with merchandising support.

With the WBSK Hardware Kit and RTC2Z corner connectors, a professional-quality project can be built in a couple of hours. Project ideas and how-to plans are now available on the new Simpson Strong-Tie DIY website, www.diydoneright.com.

Retailers interested in stocking the new WBSK Hardware Kit and RTC2Z connector can contact their local Simpson Strong-Tie sales representative or call (800) 999-5099.

SEAOSC Honors Jeff Ellis with "Engineer of the Year" Award posted 6/5/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Jeff Ellis, director of Codes & Standards for Simpson Strong-Tie, has been named Engineer of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC), the engineering profession and the community. Ellis was honored last night at an awards ceremony by the association.

Ellis works closely with SEAOSC on the annual Buildings At Risk Summit. He helped develop the initial idea and then served as chairman successfully planning and implementing the event in 2011 and 2012, and on the executive committee in 2013 and 2014. The purpose of the summit is to reach out to community members (architects, building officials, policy makers, engineers, insurance companies, building owners, etc.) to inform them of seismic risk and how to mitigate it.

The summit offers information on identifying and strengthening "buildings at risk," which include light-frame weak-story buildings, older residential buildings, non-ductile concrete buildings and unreinforced masonry buildings (URM), as well as discussions on how to best move forward with consideration of past measures, such as education, policies and incentives to motivate action.

"It's a great privilege and honor to receive this award from such an esteemed organization with a history dating back to 1929 and comprised of very talented and passionate engineers who are true leaders in our industry," Ellis said. "Additionally, I'm thankful for being part of the great team at Simpson Strong-Tie where we focus on finding the best solutions and serving our customers and the industry in many ways."

Solar Decathlon Europe Team Builds Multifamily Building with Simpson Strong-Tie® Fasteners posted 6/3/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Solar Decathlon Europe, a complementary international competition to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, is being held June 28-July 14, 2014, in Versailles, France. Simpson Strong-Tie worked closely with Team Réciprocité, a partnership between Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and Université d'Angers in Angers, France, to help students build Maison Reciprocity, a solar-powered, sustainable multifamily housing building consisting of six modular units.

The structure was built using primarily screws versus nails to provide superior holding performance. Wall framing and sheathing were installed using Simpson Strong-Tie® Quik-Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems. Foam insulation was fastened to the structure using Strong-Drive® SDWS Timber screws. Exterior decking and siding were installed using Deck-Drive™ DWP Wood SS screws, and Strong-Drive® SDW EWP-Ply screws were used to assemble the LVL floor system. Many of the screws were left exposed throughout the building to create a modern look and to "celebrate the connection."

Ninety-five percent of the fasteners and 100% of the hangers in the building are Simpson Strong-Tie products. The Simpson Strong-Tie McKinney, Texas, facility donated products as well as provided engineering support, fastener testing, product installation training and technical guidance to be a Gigawatt Level ($50,000) sponsor of the project.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 challenges collegiate teams from all over the world to design, build, and operate cost effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered houses. For more information about the Maison Reciprocity project visit http://reciprocity2014.com.

Cold-Formed Steel Structural Building Products Now Included in Software Database Geared Toward Drywall Contractors posted 5/28/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has partnered with On-Center Software to create a database that makes hundreds of structural building products immediately available for drywall contractors as they estimate their job bids.

On Center Software's Quick Bid® solution is the most widely used estimating software in the cold-formed steel (CFS) industry. Drywall contractors use the program to create a bill of materials for jobs they are bidding, which is then sent to their distributors for job quotes.

"Now that the Simpson Strong-Tie database is available, contractors will have a quick and easy method to incorporate our CFS connector, fastener and anchor products into their projects for job quotes," said Randy Daudet, Cold-Formed Steel Industry manager at Simpson Strong-Tie. "Drywall contractors have been asking for a database like this, so we are especially pleased to work with On-Center Software to deliver products and services that enable our customers to work at peak efficiency."

On-Center Software's Quick Bid solution enables contractors to easily, accurately and consistently increase project win rates and profit margins. It also improves ramp up time and bottom line profits, eliminates discrepancies, provides material quotes and reports, identifies and analyzes risk factors, and measures and analyzes project progress.

The new Simpson Strong-Tie product database is available through On-Center Software at www.strongtie.com/quickbid. For more information about Simpson Strong-Tie CFS solutions, visit www.strongtie.com/products/cfs.

Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces New Naming and Product Series to Simplify Fastener Selection posted 5/21/14
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Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie introduces a new series of premium deck screws called Deck-Drive™ Fasteners and has devised a new naming structure for its Strong-Drive® Structural Fasteners and Quik Drive® Auto-Feed Fastening Systems to make it easier for customers to identify the right fastener for the job.

"We listened to customers' feedback and worked diligently to make it easier to find our products by application. At the same time, we decided to organize all of our premium fastening solutions into three distinct series," said Ed Sutt, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president of Fastening Systems.

The three series of Performance Driven™ fastening solutions are:

  • Strong-Drive™ Structural Fasteners
    These load-tested structural fasteners are engineered to efficiently meet the most demanding wood and metal applications. The series now includes structural metal screws, connector nails, and subfloor screws. "The Strong-Drive series is the go-to choice for contractors and engineers when a fastener is needed in a structural situation. They know Simpson Strong-Tie does extensive testing and quality control to verify the performance of the fasteners," Sutt said.
  • Deck-Drive™ Premium Fasteners
    This new line of premium outdoor wood screws offers superior performance for decking projects. Deck-Drive™ screws are designed for professional deck builders with unique features to speed installation. Whether the project calls for wood decking, premium composite or exotic hardwoods, these fasteners are designed to install faster and cleaner, which results in labor savings to the contractor.
  • Quik Drive® Auto-Feed Screw Driving Systems
    Quik Drive® Auto-Feed Screw Driving Systems are the fastest fastening systems on the market, ensuring maximum time savings during repetitive fastening applications. Instead of installing individual screws or other more complicated fastening options, Quik Drive Systems enable customers to work faster and in most cases from an ergonomic standing position.

For the highest level of corrosion resistance, Simpson Strong-Tie offers one of the largest selections of stainless-steel screws, nails and staples, including many Strong-Drive and Deck-Drive fasteners. Simpson Strong-Tie fasteners and Quik Drive Systems are featured in the new 2014 Fastening Systems Catalog. All product naming has been updated to make it easier for customers to find the products they need. In addition, the catalog features a robust technical information section with clear load tables and installation information to help engineers specify and if needed, substitute products.

The 2014 Fastening Systems Catalog (C-F-14) can be ordered by mail or downloaded from the Simpson Strong-Tie website at www.strongtie.com/literature.

New Post Base Simplifies Installation When Pouring Porch Slabs posted 5/20/14
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Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has a new PPBZ porch post base that eliminates the need for temporary vertical support of the porch roof structure while still providing adequate safety to enable full access for installers and inspectors.

Unlike other porch post bases, the PPBZ is installed once and supports permanent porch framing throughout all stages of construction. The porch post base is fastened to the footing with two Simpson Strong-Tie® Titen® screws when framing the porch roof. The concrete contractor can then complete the last phase of the porch slab without the interference of temporary vertical support. Designed to withstand vertical construction loads prior to embedment in concrete, the PPBZ will support the weight of most framed porches and overhangs.

Key product features include:

  • Stiffened embedded side stirrups provide temporary vertical download support without being embedded into concrete
  • 1" stand-off reduces the potential for decay at post or column ends and satisfies IRC requirements for protection of wood columns
  • Two available sizes for both 4" and 6" slab thicknesses, and it may be ordered for all thicknesses in between
  • Help minimize disruptions to jobsite scheduling
  • Eliminates additional move-ins by trades and certain inspection callbacks
  • ZMAX® coated for added corrosion resistance

To learn more about the PPBZ porch post base, visit www.strongtie.com/newproducts.

Simpson Strong-Tie to Donate $10,000 to Support Tornado Relief Efforts in the South and Midwest posted 5/5/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – In the wake of devastating tornados and storms that recently swept through several states in the South and Midwest, Simpson Strong-Tie announced it will make a $10,000 donation to assist in the relief response and recovery efforts as these areas continue to weather storms.

The donation will be given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and will aid in providing food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the tornados and storms in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee and other states. The company will also match employees' personal contributions to the Red Cross and is waiving its usual $1,000 individual cap on matching donations.

"Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the communities who continue to be affected by another harsh tornado season," said Simpson Strong-Tie President Terry Kingsfather. "We hope our support can help everyone endure and begin recovery efforts."

To make a contribution and aid in the tornado recovery efforts through the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief Fund, or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.

New CFS Designer™ Software Offers Automated Tools and Versatility for Cold-Formed Steel Design posted 5/5/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has a new software program for cold-formed steel Designers that automates product selection and complicated design provisions of AISI, and offers more robust design tools for users.

CFS Designer™ software is the new version of LGBEAMER, a software program that for years has been one of the most widely used CFS member design tools in the industry. This software gives Designers the ability to design CFS beam-column members according to AISI specifications and to analyze complex beam loading and span conditions.

Now, with the CFS Designer program, engineers will enjoy the key benefits of LGBEAMER, and also have access to connection design and a more powerful software platform. The new version maintains the useful design tools that automate common CFS systems such as wall openings, shearwalls, floor joists and rafters, but with an upgraded user interface that makes input faster and more intuitive. The software allows the design of multiple engineering models within the same job file, and supports connection design for specific Simpson Strong-Tie curtain wall and bridging connectors like the SUBH u-channel bridging connector and the SCB by-pass slide clip.

"We rebuilt the software program to make it more compatible with modern operating systems. This not only enables Designers to work more efficiently, but it also gives us the ability to upgrade and enhance the program far into the future," said Randy Daudet, Cold-Formed Steel Industry manager at Simpson Strong-Tie.

New features include:

  • An updated and intuitive user interface that enables fast input, and immediate feedback on design results.
  • Updated software platform that allows Designers to save multiple engineering models in a single file instead of having to save models as individual files.
  • Ability to view member and connection analysis and design information onscreen without having to access printed output.
  • Ability to save and print output files in Adobe® Acrobat® PDF format.
  • Selection of Simpson Strong-Tie SUBH wall-stud bridging connectors, SCB by-pass slide clips, SCW head-of-wall slide clips, SSB by-pass strut slide clips, and FCB by-pass fixed-clips. Future versions of the software will support a more expanded line of connectors.

Simpson Strong-Tie will continue to support LGBEAMER through March 2015. After this date, users will need to upgrade to CFS Designer software. Click here for more information.

New Strong-Drive® XL Large-Head Metal Screw Makes Fastening Steel Decks Easier, More Efficient posted 4/22/14
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Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers the new patent-pending Strong-Drive® XL Large-Head Metal Screw. Engineered as a one-for-one screw replacement option for pins and 5/8" welds in steel decking, it enables installers to keep the same spacing and easily substitute screws for pins and welds.

When used with the Quik Drive® BSD200 Structural Steel-Decking system, these screws offer a convenient alternative to other methods of attaching steel decking, such as welding and powder-actuated tools (P.A.T.). The tool's extension enables stand-up-and-drive fastening to save time and reduce worker fatigue. Collated fastener strips eliminate fastener waste, and the patented Quik Drive auto-feed mechanism provides hands-free screw advancement, eliminating the need to handle individual screws. In addition, no special inspection or certifications are necessary as with welding and powder-actuated tools.

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"This new Strong-Drive XL Large-Head Metal Screw is the only fastener on the market that has loads and spacing equal to P.A.T. pins and 5/8 inch welds," said Ed Sutt, Vice President, Fastening Systems at Simpson Strong-Tie.

"With screws, there are also no under-driven pins at four-layer deck corners. Using screws is more cost effective than welding because there is no need for welding leads, welding rod, portable welders, fuel and certified welders," he added.

The Strong-Drive XL Large-Head Metal Screws are available in bulk as well as collated for use with the Quik Drive system. Quik Drive Systems come with a limited lifetime warranty (for more information, see strongtie.com/warranty). To learn more about the Strong-Drive fasteners, visit www.strongtie.com/fasteners.

'Built in America' TV Show to Feature Simpson Strong-Tie on April 27 posted 4/18/14
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Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will be featured on the television show Built in America on the FOX Business Network on Sunday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific/1:30 p.m. Eastern.

The American-owned-and-operated television show is a documentary series hosted by John Holden that turns the spotlight on U.S. manufacturing companies. Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to be an American-made company with 2,300 employees and several U.S. manufacturing facilities. The company manufactures many products, including connectors, pre-fabricated Strong-Wall® shearwalls, Strong Frame® moment frames and anchoring adhesives.

The show was filmed at Simpson Strong-Tie facilities in Stockton, Calif., and Riverside, Calif. The 10-minute segment provides a behind-the-scenes look into how Simpson Strong-Tie gets its products in the hands of customers quickly and efficiently. It also showcases the company's strong commitment to providing the best service.

In addition to the television broadcast, the Built in America episode featuring Simpson Strong-Tie is available on the company's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com.strongtie.

New Hangers Install Over Two Layers of Drywall posted 4/11/14
Simpson Strong-Tie DHU Hangers

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has introduced new drywall hangers that can be installed over two layers of gypsum board (drywall) into a wood stud wall.

The new DU/DHU face-mount hanger and the DHUTF top-mount hanger are designed to carry joist floor loads to a wood stud wall through two layers of 5/8" drywall. These hangers install after the drywall is in place and are available in sizes that accommodate most joists used in multi-family construction, including I-joists and trusses.

"The multi-story construction market continues to grow nationwide and in response, builders need innovative solutions for a variety of applications. The SDS screws used with these hangers have the ability to reach farther than nails through a soft material like gypsum," said Tom Evans, product manager for Simpson Strong-Tie.

For more information about the new DU/DHU face-mount and the DHUTF top-mount hangers, visit the website at www.strongtie.com/newproducts.

New Fully Tested Utility Clip Connectors Offer Versatile, Efficient Installation for Cold-Formed Steel Construction posted 3/20/14
Simpson Strong-Tie Announces New President and COO posted 3/18/14
Simpson Strong-Tie Named Vendor Partner by ACDI posted 2/26/14
New Simpson Strong-Tie Video Highlights Industry-First Testing of FX-70® Structural Repair and Protection System posted 2/18/14
New Strong-Wall® SB Shearwall Featured at 2014 Builders' Show posted 1/20/14
Simpson Strong-Tie is First Sustaining Organization Member of ASCE Structural Engineering Institute posted 1/6/14
Simpson Strong-Tie® Exhibit at World of Concrete to Feature Anchoring Products and Repair, Protection & Strengthening Systems posted 1/2/14
Simpson Strong-Tie Named Sphere 1 Primary/Core Preferred Supplier for Concrete Repair, Protection and Strengthening Products posted 12/18/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Expanded Literature Library Mobile App posted 11/20/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $50,000 to Support Philippines Recovery posted 11/18/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Architectural Products' Innovation Award For Strong Frame® Special Moment Frame posted 11/14/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Habitat For Humanity's Carter Work Project with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter posted 11/6/13
Do it Best Awards Simpson Strong-Tie Vendor of the Year in Building Materials Products Category posted 11/4/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Toronto-Based Hardcore Renos' Build A Home Project with Product Donation posted 10/30/13
THIS OLD HOUSE Jersey Shore Series Features Simpson Strong-Tie posted 10/24/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Our American Made Home Project posted 10/22/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Platinum Award for Best Corporate Blog in Hanley Wood's First Annual Brand Builder Awards posted 10/18/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Donates More Than $10,000 in Connector and Fastener Products to Solar Decathlon Collegiate Teams posted 10/10/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $10,000 to Support Colorado Flood Relief posted 10/9/13
Simpson Strong-Tie® Exhibit at DeckExpo to Showcase New Products, Deck Safety Demo and Fastener Installation Contest posted 10/8/13
"Buildings At Risk" Summit Brings Stakeholders Together To Mitigate Earthquake Damage posted 9/30/13
New Field-Trimmable Strong-Wall® SB Shearwall Offers Greater Design Flexibility and Lateral-Force Resistance posted 9/16/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Continues to Expand Its Technology Offering with New and Updated Web and Mobile Apps and Online Calculators posted 8/29/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors Final Phase of Cold-Formed Steel Seismic Tests posted 8/22/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Employee Jorge Ruiz Introduces President Obama for "A Better Bargain for the Middle Class" Tour posted 8/20/13
Researchers Test Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® Special Moment Frame to Validate Seismic Retrofit Solutions for Soft-Story Buildings posted 8/12/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes' Coveted Partners of Choice" Award for Ninth Consecutive Year posted 7/29/13
New DBC Drywall Bridging Connector for Cold-Formed Steel Reduces Labor and Material Costs posted 6/20/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $25,000 to Support Oklahoma Tornado and Storm Relief Efforts posted 6/18/13
New Innovative Anchor Designer™ Software with Interactive 3D Interface posted 6/10/13
Simpson Strong-Tie is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for Architects posted 5/30/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Honored with Sphere 1 Partner of the Year Award for Second Consecutive Year posted 5/14/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors Building Safety Month in May posted 5/6/13
Three New High-Capacity Truss Hangers Added to Simpson Strong-Tie Product Line posted 4/29/13
Simpson Strong-Tie Canada Named Vendor of the Year by TIM-BR MART Group posted 4/29/13

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