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Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie has been recognized as 2012 Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year by Sphere 1, a cooperative of independent tool and fastener distributors. Simpson Strong-Tie received the premier award over 84 other Sphere 1 preferred suppliers for the second year in a row.
Individual awards were presented to companies that performed well in one of the six different criteria categories established by Sphere 1. The Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year Award goes to the organization that ranks highest overall across all six criteria, including sales volume increase over the previous year, growth percentage, number of members purchasing from the supplier, completion of Gateway for Growth Programs and Sphere 1 University student course completions in 2012.
Sphere 1 CEO Carol Shackelford noted, “Congratulations to Simpson Strong-Tie for winning Partner of the Year again! We appreciate their participation and the commitment from their outstanding team. Simpson Strong-Tie will have another opportunity to exclusively showcase their wonderful line-up of products to our membership at our Annual Member Meeting next year in May in San Antonio, TX.”
A“Being awarded the Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year is a great achievement, and we thank the Sphere 1 membership for this outstanding recognition. We look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship with Sphere 1 by providing the membership with the products, testing and customer service we are known for,” said Simpson Strong-Tie President Terry Kingsfather.
The award was presented at Sphere 1’s Annual Member Meeting on May 7-9, 2013 in Tucson, AZ.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to once again join other industry associations and organizations in supporting the International Code Council's (ICC) 2013 Building Safety Month in May. As a Supporting 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 "Code Officials Keep You Safe." 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 Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie. "We're proud to support Building Safety Month and the work that code officials do every day to ensure structures are well built and 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 Building Safety Month website and the Simpson Strong-Tie® homeowner website, SafeStrongHome.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. – By customer request, Simpson Strong-Tie has added three new high-capacity truss hangers to its connector product line. The HTHGQ, HTHMQ and HHSUQ truss hangers are no longer custom orders, but now part of the standard catalog offering.
The HTHGQ heavy girder truss hanger is a high-load capacity girder hanger designed to carry multi-ply trusses (up to five plies) or structural composite lumber. Prior to the HTHGQ, such extreme loads required a bolted connection.
The HTHMQ heavy multiple truss hanger is a versatile, high-capacity truss hanger designed to accommodate various angles, member sizes and number of plies. This truss hanger is able to carry two or three trusses to enable a greater range of hip-jack configurations. The HTHMQ also facilitates single hip-jack combinations and two hip no-jack combinations.
The HHSUQ heavy severe-skew truss hanger is a high-load, face-mount, truss-to-truss and structural composite lumber hanger designed to accommodate severe skews. The 45° – 84° skew range for hip trusses enables greater installation applications.
Each of these welded hangers install easily and quickly with Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive® SDS structural wood screws. For more information about the new truss hangers, visit www.strongtie.com/newproducts.
Pleasanton, Calif. – TIM-BR MART Group, a $2 billion-plus member-owned corporation serving building supply retailers, commercial dealers and home manufacturers across Canada, has honored the Canadian branch of Simpson Strong-Tie with the 2013 "Gold Hardware Vendor of The Year" award. TIM-BR MART Group represents more than 750 independently owned lumberyard locations across Canada under the TIMBER MART and/or Ace Hardware brands.
"We are very pleased when we get to recognize a good partner like Simpson Strong-Tie. We have had a national agreement with them since 2006 and have seen continued growth in sales year over year. Simpson Strong-Tie is an innovative leader in the structural hardware category in our industry and offers technical expertise and effective retail merchandising. The Simpson Strong-Tie team is very professional and we have a good relationship with their team at all levels of their organization," said TIM-BR MART Group Vice President of Merchandise Randy Martin.
"Being awarded the Gold Hardware Vendor of the Year is an exciting accomplishment, and on behalf of our company and all of our employees in Canada, I thank TIM-BR MART Group for this honor. We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with TIM-BR MART Group and are committed to helping their members grow their business," remarked President of Simpson Strong-Tie Canada Mike Petrovic.
The Gold Hardware Vendor of the Year award was presented in Toronto at the TIM-BR MART Buying Show awards dinner on March 22.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie announces the acquisition of the TJ® Shear Brace product line from Weyerhaeuser. The TJ Shear Brace pre-fabricated shear wall complements the Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong-Wall® shear wall product offering and is the only trimmable shear wall on the market for custom heights and rake walls.
Simpson Strong-Tie will now handle all sales of the TJ Shear Brace. Weyerhaeuser will continue to distribute the product line in its 22 U.S. markets. Customers can also continue to source the product through current distribution in Canada and outside of Weyerhaeuser Distribution markets.
Simpson Strong-Tie and Weyerhaeuser have a longstanding relationship that spans more than three decades, beginning with the collaboration on new products for the Trus Joist® engineered wood products line.
"We are pleased to continue our relationship with Simpson Strong-Tie through this transaction. Both companies are dedicated to creating high-quality, innovative products for our customers and backing them with world-class service. We'll work hand-in-hand to make this a smooth and efficient transition for our valued customers," stated Carlos Guilherme, vice president of Engineered Lumber Products for Weyerhaeuser.
"The purchase of the TJ Shear Brace product line is mutually beneficial, and a positive step for both companies. We look forward to new opportunities and collaborations with Weyerhaeuser to bring new products to our customers," said Simpson Strong-Tie President Terry Kingsfather.
A Simpson Strong-Tie branded shear wall will be launched later this year. Until that time, the product brand will remain TJ Shear Brace. Simpson Strong-Tie sales and technical reps will be working closely with Weyerhaeuser to ensure a smooth transition for customers and will notify customers when the product conversion is complete.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie has expanded its line of fasteners to include the XEQ self-drilling screw for use in exterior metal framing applications.
Designed specifically for use with Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors and cold-formed steel framing, the new XEQ screw features a unique heat treatment. It has a hardened tip at 52 HRC and a load-bearing, threaded shank that is less than 34 HRC. This dual-hardened heat treatment is not utilized in standard self-drilling screws and results in a screw that is more ductile and less prone to hydrogen embrittlement.
The XEQ screw meets ASTM C1513 drill-time performance, and is the only fastener load rated for Simpson Strong-Tie L70Z and LS70Z connectors for use with Trex® Elevations™ steel deck framing. It also features a proprietary Quik Guard® double-barrier coating for corrosion resistance in exterior applications.
The #10 x ¾" hex-head screw is available in 100 and 1000 count boxes. For more information about the XEQ self-drilling screw and other Simpson Strong-Tie fasteners, visit www.strongtie.com/fasten.
Pleasanton, Calif. – The Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive® SDWC structural wood screw has been named to "The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2012" by This Old House magazine. The TOH Top 100 is a compilation of innovative, unique and useful home products listed in seven categories and chosen by the editors of This Old House.
The Strong-Drive SDWC wood screw is highlighted in the building products category as an innovative structural solution. The code-listed SDWC provides a time-saving, reliable, and high-capacity solution for fastening trusses and rafters to wall top plates, and for stud-to-bottom plate or stud-to-top plate connections in light-frame wood construction. The fastener requires no pre-drilling and allows for a wide installation-angle range for easier and faster installation. The screw can be installed from inside the structure, eliminating work on the upper stories of the building and enhancing job safety.
"We are privileged that the SDWC structural wood screw has been named to The TOH Top 100 for 2012," said Dr. Ed Sutt, Simpson Strong-Tie Fastening Systems General Manager. "The SDWC is just one example of the Simpson Strong-Tie commitment to providing exceptional products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings."
The TOH Top 100 is online at www.ThisOldHouse.com/top100 and in the 2012 November/December issue of This Old House magazine.
For more information on the Strong-Drive SDWC fastener, visit www.strongtie.com/fasten.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie announces that its Strong Frame special moment frame, a unique lateral system solution for both new construction and soft-story multifamily retrofits, is now code listed (ICC-ES ESR-2802). The special moment frame is designed to ease installation and offers quick specification using readily available design software. The special moment frame will be featured at the International Builders' Show, January 22-24 in Las Vegas, Booth C1826.
As a structural framing system, the new Strong Frame special moment frame is designed to help prevent damage to structures in seismic events. The frame is built upon a new patented Yield-Link™ Structural Fuse technology. In a large earthquake, the beam-to-column links are designed to bear the brunt of inelastic deformation demands, keeping the structural integrity of the beams and columns intact. With bolt-on/bolt-off ability, the links are fully replaceable if damaged. The Yield-Link Structural Fuse technology also enables the special moment frame to be designed without lateral bracing from the beam to the adjacent roof or floor diaphragm.
The steel frame is available in 192 pre-engineered sizes and also can be custom-engineered using Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame Selector software. All specialty bolts are installed and inspected at the factory, so no special tools are required in the field.
With straightforward installation and prompt lead times, the special moment frame is an economical solution for both new construction and soft-story retrofits in wood and light-frame structures. For more information, visit www.strongtie.com/smf.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie introduces its new Dealer Locator mobile app, enabling customers to quickly and easily locate dealers carrying Simpson Strong-Tie products while on the go.
Using the mobile app, customers can get instant results for dealers within a specific zip code, and can map to a location in seconds. Customers also can visit dealer websites, instantly copy store information to the clipboard, and dial a dealer phone number directly from the iPhone® with the app. In addition, the Dealer Locator mobile app displays the Simpson Strong-Tie product lines carried by each dealer.
North American customers can download the free Dealer Locator mobile app to their iPad® or iPhone by visiting the App Store™. For Android®, BlackBerry and other mobile devices, visit www.strongtie.com/mobiledl for the mobile-optimized version of the Dealer Locator. A list of all the Simpson Strong-Tie mobile apps is available at www.strongtie.com/apps.