Simpson Strong-Tie News

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
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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
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Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has three new innovative, cost-saving utility clips for cold-formed steel construction: the SFC steel framing connector, the SJC steel joist connector and the SSC steel stud connector.

New features include pre-punched holes for anchoring to steel or concrete and intuitive fastener hole patterns to satisfy the structural needs of Designers and simplify installation for contractors. All three new utility clip connectors have been thoroughly tested by Simpson Strong-Tie.

"We are the only company providing application testing for this category of products," said Randy Daudet, P.E., Cold-Formed Steel Industry manager at Simpson Strong-Tie. "This ensures that system structural behavior is captured in load tables – saving Designers calculation time and mitigating design risk."

Key features of each of the new utility clips include:

SSC Steel Stud Connector

SSC connectors enable easy installation on the open side of studs or joists with flanges up to 3" long and return lips up to 3/4". Typical applications include curtainwall headers and sills, load-bearing headers, base of jamb, bypass framing, kneewalls, u-channel, joist framing, stud and joist blocking, rafter supports, and jack trusses.

SJC Steel Joist Connector

SJC connectors are specifically designed for various cold-formed steel joists and rafters as well as the underside of steel deck applications. They enable easy installation on the open side of joists and rafters with up to 3 1/2" flanges and return lips up to 3/4". Typical applications include joist and rafter framing, kickers, joist blocking, and framing to masonry and concrete.

SFC Steel Framing Connector

SFC connectors are multi-use for light to moderate loading conditions in cold-formed steel stud-to-stud and stud-to-structure applications. They are ideal where long leg lengths are not required. Applications include curtain wall headers and sills, bypass framing, u-channel bridging, and stud and joist blocking.

To learn more about the new utility clips, visit www.strongtie.com/cfs.

Simpson Strong-Tie Announces New President and COO posted 3/18/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie announced that Roger Dankel will be the President of North America Sales and Ricardo Arevalo will be Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 1, 2014.

These two new roles will replace Phillip "Terry" Kingsfather's current position as President and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie. Kingsfather, who recently announced his retirement, will remain at Simpson Strong-Tie through the end of June to ensure a smooth transition.

"We wish Terry all the best in retirement and want to thank him for all that he's done for our company during his 35-year career," said Karen Colonias, CEO of Simpson Manufacturing.

"Roger and Ricardo are proven leaders, and their deep knowledge of our company, customers and industry will be instrumental in driving growth and maintaining our strong culture," added Colonias.

Dankel, (50), will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the company's sales, customer support and distribution. Arevalo, (57), will be responsible for the operational leadership of the company's product lines and related support functions. Dankel started his career at Simpson Strong-Tie in 1993 and has served as sales manager for the southeast branch since 1997. Arevalo joined Simpson Strong-Tie in 1999 and has served as Vice President of Engineering since 2008. Both Dankel and Arevalo will work from the company's home office in Pleasanton, Calif.

"I've had the privilege of working with the most talented employees and customers in the industry, and I know Roger and Ricardo are the right leaders to take on these roles and guide Simpson Strong-Tie into its next chapter of growth," said Kingsfather.

Simpson Strong-Tie Named Vendor Partner by ACDI posted 2/26/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie has been named a Vendor Partner by the Associated Construction Distributors International (ACDI), a co-operative association of independently owned and locally operated distributors of specialty construction products and equipment.

Simpson Strong-Tie is now an ACDI Vendor Partner for concrete repair products, anchoring adhesives, mechanical anchors, direct fastening systems, and carbide drill bits and accessories.

"We are excited for this new opportunity to work with ACDI members," said Mike Clemente, Simpson Strong-Tie director of New Business Development for Infrastructure, Commercial and Industrial Construction. "This is great timing as we continue to expand our concrete repair, anchoring, fastening and carbide product lines."

For nearly two decades, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on providing innovative product solutions for concrete applications. In September of 2013, the company launched its repair, protection and strengthening systems product line, further expanding its product offering to customers and presence in infrastructure, commercial and industrial construction. For more information, visit www.strongtie.com/rps.

ACDI was founded in 1968 and has members in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its distributors account for nearly $1 billion dollars in the sale of materials and equipment to the construction industry.

For more information about the vendor agreement with ACDI, please contact Mike Clemente at 800-999-5099.

New Simpson Strong-Tie Video Highlights Industry-First Testing of FX-70® Structural Repair and Protection System posted 2/18/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, an industry leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, has a new video highlighting the first full-scale, cyclic tests of repaired wood piles using the FX-70® Structural Repair and Protection System. The tests verify the system's performance capabilities and will provide engineers with real-world data to help them evaluate the FX-70 system as a potential solution for their structural repair applications.

The three-minute video, available at www.strongtie.com/videolibrary, shows how the test was conducted at the Simpson Strong-Tie Tyrell Gilb Research Laboratory in Stockton, Calif. Developed by the Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Department, the testing demonstrated that the FX-70 jacket system performs as intended and is an effective structural repair solution.

Simpson Strong-Tie entered the repair, protection and strengthening industry after acquiring Fox Industries in late 2011. The FX-70 Structural Repair and Protection System was the first in-place repair solution for damaged concrete, steel and wood piles when it debuted in 1970, and many of those first repairs remain in service today. By eliminating the need to dewater the site or build cofferdams, FX-70 drastically reduces the overall expense and loss-of-use cost as the structure can generally remain in-service while the repair is executed. Manufactured in the U.S., the system is customized to the requirements of each project and site.

The Simpson Strong-Tie line of repair, protection and strengthening systems for concrete and masonry includes a wide variety of new products, including repair mortars, coatings, grouts, epoxies, sealants and the FX-70® structural repair and protection system. The new Repair, Protection and Strengthening Systems for Concrete and Masonry product guide features all of the new products and is available at www.strongtie.com/rps.

New Strong-Wall® SB Shearwall Featured at 2014 Builders' Show posted 1/20/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase its new field-trimmable, prefabricated wood Strong-Wall® SB shearwall and other time-saving products at the International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Feb. 2-6, in booth C1827.

The Strong-Wall SB Shearwall provides greater lateral-force resistance for a broad range of residential and multifamily applications, including garage portals and large openings. The wall is available in dimensions ranging from 12"x7' to 24"x20' for standard, portal, two-story stacked, balloon-framing and rake-wall applications. Unlike other prefabricated walls, the SB shearwall is field-trimmable for custom applications and rake walls. It also is designed to easily fasten to headers with convenient drill zones and a chase for wiring. The wall is code listed to the 2012 International Building Code® (ICC-ES ESR-2652) and the City of Los Angeles building code (RR25730).

Simpson Strong-Tie will also feature its Strong Frame® special moment frame, a cutting-edge lateral system solution designed to help prevent structural damage in earthquakes, and Steel Strong-Wall® shearwall, a composite design that features some of the highest allowable loads in the industry while offering easy and fast installation.

In addition, attendees will be able to preview and download the new Simpson Strong-Tie® Literature Library mobile app, which enables users to easily view catalogs, fliers and technical bulletins on their mobile devices. With the app, users can customize their "library," search for products and bookmark favorite catalog pages. The Literature Library app is available for iPhone®, iPad® and Android™.

For more information, visit www.strongtie.com.

Simpson Strong-Tie is First Sustaining Organization Member of ASCE Structural Engineering Institute posted 1/6/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, demonstrated its continued commitment to the structural engineering community by becoming the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute's first Sustaining Organization Member.

SEI is a network of more than 20,000 individual members who represent the broad range and diversity of the structural engineering community. It is the premier organization committed to advancing the structural engineering profession by providing its members resources for research, education and standards development.

For nearly 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has led the industry in structural connector design. Today, Simpson Strong-Tie holds more patents than all other connector companies combined and has more than 60 engineers on staff. The work Simpson Strong-Tie does in its labs not only helps with new product development, but also with new technology and ideas for the industry on how structures are designed and built.

"We are proud to be the first SEI Sustaining Organization Member," said Jeff Ellis, S.E., director of Codes & Standards. "In addition to the research performed at our own test facilities, we also support the engineering community through academic collaboration with other researchers in the United States. Sponsoring SEI at this level is another great opportunity for us to support the structural engineering community."

Simpson Strong-Tie® Exhibit at World of Concrete to Feature Anchoring Products and Repair, Protection & Strengthening Systems posted 1/2/14

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie will feature new products, conduct product demonstrations and give World of Concrete attendees the chance to win a Weber® Genesis® barbeque by participating in a 'Drill n' Fill' product installation competition at its indoor (#S10507) and outdoor (#O31746) booths.

At booth #S10507 in the South Hall, Simpson Strong-Tie will feature the FX-70® structural repair and strengthening system, and demonstrate the latest version of its Anchor Designer™ software. The new anchorage design tool quickly and accurately analyzes an existing design or suggests anchorage solutions based upon user-defined design elements in cracked and uncracked concrete conditions.

New for 2014 is the Heli-Tie™ helical stitching tie, an innovative solution for preservation and restoration of masonry facades. Installed in the bed joint of damaged masonry courses, the type 304 stainless-steel helical tie distributes loads over a large surface area and provides corrosion-resistant reinforcement. The Heli-Tie is embedded in Simpson Strong-Tie® FX-263 rapid-hardening vertical/overhead repair mortar and covered with FX-263 or mortar patch to provide an inconspicuous repair.

Additional product demonstrations and a show-only special on product purchases will be featured as part of an ongoing strategic alliance with the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation at outdoor booth #O31658.

For more information and to demo these and other new products from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit 2014 World of Concrete booths #S10507 and #O31746 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 21-24.

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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