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Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $10,000 for Texas Flood Relief posted 7/1/15
Barnabas Connection Logo

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie announced it is making a $10,000 donation to assist in relief response and recovery efforts following the historic Blanco River flooding that affected Hays and Caldwell Counties in Central Texas.

The city of Wimberley in the heart of Texas Hill Country was especially hard hit, with a number of lives lost and many homes destroyed or damaged. The donation is being given to The Barnabas Connection, a Wimberley-based organization that has been providing health and human services and connecting individuals and families in need with resources for the last 10 years. The City of Wimberley requested the organization help lead long-term recovery by spearheading fundraising and information dissemination efforts.

The McKinney, Texas branch of Simpson Strong-Tie was made aware of The Barnabas Connection's recovery efforts by McCoy's Building Supply, a long-time customer. The donation will help the Barnabas Connection assist Wimberley residents rebuild and recover from the disaster, along with providing help to meet the financial and emotional needs of those impacted.

"In a period of a few months, Texas has gone from extreme drought to extreme floods and the people of Wimberley were hit the hardest on both ends. Hundreds of families lost their homes and many businesses were destroyed by this flood. We want to help them recover," said Phil Burton, vice president and manager of the Simpson Strong-Tie McKinney, TX branch.

For more information and to make a contribution to aid in the recovery efforts through The Barnabas Connection, visit www.barnabasconnects.org.



New Web App Identifies Comparable Anchor System Products posted 6/26/15
ART Web App

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, introduces its new Anchor Reference Tool (ART). Available at www.strongtie.com/art, the web-based ART helps users locate recommended Simpson Strong-Tie mechanical or adhesive anchor products and solutions for common competitor products.

Designed to be used by anyone from engineer to installer, the ART selects Simpson Strong-Tie anchor-system products that are the closest match in performance, application or code listing to the alternate manufacturer’s product, using the product name or code listing. From there, the user may link to the appropriate anchor product page or go directly to the Simpson Strong-Tie Product Submittal Generator to create a substitution/submittal request form.

ART features include:

  • Easy-to-navigate drop-down selection menus
  • Search capabilities by either product or code report
  • Search results that link to designated product pages
  • A link to the Product Submittal Generator to produce substitution/submittal documents

"The ART web-based application is a great step in helping engineers and builders select Simpson Strong-Tie products for their projects where competitor products have been specified," said Bill Georges, VP, Infrastructure, Commercial & Industrial – North America. "We are pleased to add this latest anchor-focused tool to our library of more than 20 web, mobile and desktop software apps."

ART currently features anchoring adhesive, mechanical anchor and general purpose anchor solutions. Future versions will expand capabilities to include regionally-specific requirements and an expanded list of common products.

To use this free, web-based application, visit www.strongtie.com/art.



Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Construction Trades Education through Local High School Engineering and Construction Academy Partnership posted 6/24/15
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Pleasanton, Calif. – To promote and support students pursuing careers in the construction trades, Simpson Strong-Tie has partnered with Lincoln High School's Engineering and Construction Academy in Stockton, California. The company has offices, a manufacturing facility and training center, along with its state-of-the-art Tyrell Gilb Research Lab, twenty minutes away from the Academy.

The partnership between the Academy and Simpson Strong-Tie began in 2014. The company's support includes donations of Simpson Strong-Tie product, building and scrap materials, student field trips, a scholarship program and internships. The company recently hosted two students at its Pleasanton headquarters for a week-long paid internship and has hired an Academy student for a summer internship at its Stockton location.

Lincoln High School Engineering and Construction Academy is a "school within a school" that provides educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in the building trades and construction industry. The curriculum includes coursework, hands-on training and career paths directly related to jobs in construction.

"It has been a fantastic partnership between Simpson Strong-Tie and our Academy. The company has provided incredible opportunities for our students and we are thrilled to have two former students now working at the Stockton facility. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Simpson Strong-Tie in the future," said Jeff Wright, director of Lincoln High School Engineering and Construction Academy.

"Supporting students in the Academy is a great way to build interest in the trades as well as familiarize potential future customers about our products. We're excited to be able to help the Academy reach its goal of 'building a workforce for California' through hands-on projects and real work experience," said Simpson Strong-Tie Vice-President and Stockton Branch Manager Bruce Lewis.



Strong-Tie® Strong-Rod™ Continuous Rod Tiedown System Wins Innovation Award, Featured at PCBC Show posted 6/22/15
PCBC

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will feature its innovative, award-winning Strong-Rod™ continuous rod tiedown systems during the PCBC tradeshow at the San Diego Convention Center on June 24-25.

This product was one of only 18 selected to win a 2015 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 new Strong-Rod continuous rod tiedown systems feature new code-listed components and optimized rod-run assemblies, giving Designers cost-effective and code-tested options for light-frame, mid-rise wood construction.

The Strong-Rod Anchor Tiedown System for shearwall overturning restraint (ATS) and Strong-Rod Uplift Restraint System for roofs (URS) address many of the design challenges specifically associated with mid-rise buildings that must withstand seismic activity or wind events. These systems are designed to restrain both lateral and uplift loads, while maintaining reasonable costs on material and labor.

For more information about the Strong-Rod continuous rod tiedown systems and other new products from Simpson Strong-Tie, including fasteners, anchors and Strong-Wall® shearwalls, visit booth 1241 at PCBC, or visit the website www.strongtie.com.



New Strong-Rod™ Systems Offer Seismic and Wind Design Solutions for Light-Frame, Mid-Rise Wood Construction posted 6/15/15
Strong-Rod

Pleasanton, Calif. – With the new Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Rod™ continuous rod tiedown systems, featuring new code-listed components and optimized rod-run assemblies, Designers have cost-effective and code-tested options for light-frame, mid-rise wood construction.

The Strong-Rod Anchor Tiedown System for shearwall overturning restraint (ATS) and Strong-Rod Uplift Restraint System for roofs (URS) address many of the design challenges specifically associated with mid-rise buildings that must withstand seismic activity or wind events. These systems are designed to restrain both lateral and uplift loads, while maintaining reasonable costs on material and labor.

Strong-Rod ATS solutions address the many design considerations necessary for ensuring proper performance against shearwall overturning, such as rod elongation, wood shrinkage, construction settling, shrinkage compensating device deflection, incremental loads, cumulative tension loads and anchorage.

Strong-Rod URS solutions focus on effective performance against roof uplift, taking into account factors such as rod elongation, wood shrinkage, rod-run spacing, wood top-plate design (connection to roof framing, reinforcement at splices, bending and rotation restraint) and anchorage.

"It's complicated designing multi-story buildings for these conditions. We want to share our testing and design expertise with Designers so they have the safest building possible with materials specifically designed for this application," said Tim Ellis, Simpson Strong-Tie product manager. "With our new Strong-Rod systems product offering, we are delivering streamlined and innovative system solutions that are code compliant and cost competitive."

New cost-saving components in Strong-Rod systems include expanding aluminum take-up devices for rods up to 1-3/4" diameter and increased shrinkage capacity, and coming soon, RTUD5 and RTUD6 ratcheting take-up devices designed for 5/8"- and 3/4"-diameter threaded rod, respectively. Once the RTUD take-up devices are installed on top of bearing plates, a series of internal threaded wedges enable the device to ratchet down the rod as the wood structure shrinks but engage the rod in the reverse direction when under tensile loading, ensuring continuous engagement and enabling the rod system to perform as designed. Unlike similar products, the RTUD can be attached using nails or screws.

To support Designers as they determine the most appropriate solution for their mid-rise project, Simpson Strong-Tie offers:

  • A new Strong-Rod™ Systems Design Guide (F-L-SRS15) that provides Designers with critical information about the specific challenges and solutions available to address shear wall overturning restraint and roof uplift restraint. The 68-page guide explains three methods of specification and includes design considerations and checklists. This new guide is now available in print or for download.
  • A new Strong-Rod Systems webpage that features an interactive 3D graphic of a mid-rise building under construction, showcasing ATS and URS runs in a continuous load path.

In addition, Simpson Strong-Tie is helping Designers solve the challenges with anchoring rod systems into shallow podium concrete slabs. "We have completed three years of testing to help Designers with tested practical solutions for concrete podium slab anchorage. Anchor reinforcement details, along with patent-pending Shallow Anchor Rod Kits, make design and installation easy while developing much higher loads both mid-slab and near-edge," said Ellis.

Customers interested in receiving more information about Strong-Rod systems can call 800-999-5099 and visit www.strongtie.com/srs.



Simpson Strong-Tie Named Evergreen Preferred Supplier of the Year posted 5/15/15

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.



Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors ICC's Building Safety Month posted 5/13/15
Titan HD®

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.



New Diameter on Popular Titen HD® Screw Anchor Offers Optimum Performance in Cracked and Uncracked Concrete posted 5/12/15
Titan HD®

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:

  • Qualified for static and seismic loading conditions in cracked and uncracked concrete
  • Suitable for horizontal, vertical and overhead applications
  • Installs with low torque for maximum efficiency
  • Code-listed under the current IBC/IRC in accordance with AC193 for cracked concrete applications per ICC-ES ESR-2713 and with AC106 for masonry applications per ICC-ES ESR-1056
  • Classified as a Category 1 anchor, the highest attainable anchor category for performance in cracked concrete under static and seismic loading.

For more information, visit strongtie.com/thdb25.



Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $10,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief posted 5/7/15

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.



New Strong-Wall® Bracing Selector Web App Makes it Easier to Specify Equivalent Strong-Wall Shearwall Solutions for Wall Bracing posted 4/20/15
Strong-Wall Web App

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.



Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors The Tech Challenge 2015 posted 4/15/15
New DTT1Z Deck Tension Tie Addresses New Code Provision and Offers Method for Attaching Decks to Homes posted 3/16/15
New Bridging Connector Offers Lower-Cost Option for CFS Stud Construction posted 3/2/15
Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Wall® SB Shearwall Named to Retrofit Magazine’s List of Top 50 Products posted 2/11/15
Simpson Strong-Tie Hosts 60 Local Middle- and High-School Girls in GAINS Program posted 2/5/15
Simpson Strong-Tie Exhibit at World of Concrete to Feature Timed Product Installation Challenges and New Product Demonstrations posted 1/27/15
New Deck-Drive™ DCU Composite Screw Versatile for All Types of Composite Decking posted 1/14/15
New Simpson Strong-Tie® Fasteners and Lateral Systems to be Featured at 2015 Builders' Show posted 1/8/15
Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Two Construction Marketing STAR Awards posted 12/19/14
New RPBZ Retrofit Post Base Simplifies Post Reinforcement posted 12/16/14
Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Do it Best Corp. Vendor of the Year in Building Materials Products Category for Fourth Consecutive Year posted 12/5/14
New Simpson Strong-Tie Fastener Provides Installers a Faster, Easier and Safer Solution for Pile Construction in Coastal Areas posted 12/3/14
New Post Caps Designed to Offer More Versatility, Easier Installation posted 11/24/14
New Code Report for Blue Banger Hanger® Cast-In-Place, Internally Threaded Inserts in Cracked and Uncracked Concrete posted 11/20/14
Simpson Strong-Tie hits $2 million milestone in donations to Habitat for Humanity posted 10/29/14
Simpson Strong-Tie® CPTZ Concealed Post Base Named to This Old House List of Top 100 Best New Home Products of 2014 posted 10/27/14
Seismic Retrofits Now Provide Earthquake Protection Later posted 10/14/14
Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase New Fasteners and Deck Safety Demo at the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo posted 10/9/14
New Facebook "Power Break" Campaign Features Prize Pack for Construction Industry Professionals posted 10/7/14
New Steel Deck Diaphragm Web App makes it Easier for Engineers to Design and Evaluate Fastener Solutions for Shear and Uplift Loads posted 8/19/14
New Simpson Strong-Tie Web App Makes It Easier and Faster to Find the Right Joist Hanger for Each Project posted 8/5/14
Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes' Coveted "Partners of Choice" Award for 10th Consecutive Year posted 8/4/14
Strong Frame® Special Moment Frame Wins Innovation Award, Featured at PCBC Show posted 6/24/14
New Do-It-Yourself Hardware Kit Makes It Easy to Create Professional-Quality, Customized Home Improvement Projects posted 6/5/14
SEAOSC Honors Jeff Ellis with "Engineer of the Year" Award posted 6/5/14
Solar Decathlon Europe Team Builds Multifamily Building with Simpson Strong-Tie® Fasteners posted 6/3/14
Cold-Formed Steel Structural Building Products Now Included in Software Database Geared Toward Drywall Contractors posted 5/28/14
Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces New Naming and Product Series to Simplify Fastener Selection posted 5/21/14
New Post Base Simplifies Installation When Pouring Porch Slabs posted 5/20/14
Simpson Strong-Tie to Donate $10,000 to Support Tornado Relief Efforts in the South and Midwest posted 5/5/14
New CFS Designer™ Software Offers Automated Tools and Versatility for Cold-Formed Steel Design posted 5/5/14
New Strong-Drive® XL Large-Head Metal Screw Makes Fastening Steel Decks Easier, More Efficient posted 4/22/14
'Built in America' TV Show to Feature Simpson Strong-Tie on April 27 posted 4/18/14
New Hangers Install Over Two Layers of Drywall posted 4/11/14
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

 
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