Simpson Strong-Tie News
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to assist Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to be felt throughout Houston. Thousands of people remain stranded while Harvey continues its harmful path as a tropical storm, expected to drop historic levels of rainfall in Texas.
The Red Cross has ranked Harvey a Level 7, the highest level of disaster designation within the American Red Cross. The organization has mobilized disaster relief workers, emergency response vehicles and supplies throughout the area while continuously monitoring the situation to provide needed support.
"The number of people affected by this disaster is profound and devastating. We are actively pursuing additional ways we can help locally," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. "We will keep the communities in Texas in our thoughts."
To make a contribution and aid in disaster recovery efforts through the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has earned the highest award – an "A" ranking for both quality and service – for the 7th consecutive year from David Weekley Homes, the nation's largest privately held home builder. Simpson Strong-Tie is one of only two companies to receive the prestigious Partners of Choice award – denoting "A" ranking in either quality or service, or both – for all 13 years since the program began.
The Partners of Choice award is part of the David Weekley Homes Supplier Evaluation Platform, a rigorous quarterly review of 200 national trading partners. Approximately 1,000 national team members at all levels within the company participate in the review. Their feedback provides partners an opportunity to evaluate and improve their channel alignment and performance. Survey feedback is offered to suppliers and conducted through a series of individual and group discussions, mentoring calls and strategy sessions to ensure ongoing improvement. The award program honors the suppliers who earn an "A" in quality, service or both within a 12-month period.
"It's just not enough to manufacture a great product anymore," said Bill Justus, Vice President of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes. "Our suppliers have to be aware of the entire 'purchase to installation' process, which means timely and accurate product delivery, providing product training, and identifying any problems within the supply chain. Suppliers' ability to do this well ensures we can build homes more efficiently for our home buyers."
Every supply chain partner is evaluated and measured by the same standards, regardless of their industry or product. At the heart of the evaluation process is the "National Trading Partner Survey," a web-based, interactive feedback platform that tracks employee responses to measure how effectively partners are managing the supply chain. Respondents are asked to rank how each supplier executes in several key areas. The suppliers are given detailed survey results so they can gauge their areas of strength and areas for improvement throughout the year.
"Simpson Strong-Tie is thrilled to receive the 'Partners of Choice' award," says Roger Dankel, President of North American Sales for Simpson Strong-Tie. "To be recognized by a valued partner for quality and service is the highest honor. Providing consistent, reliable customer service and value to our partners is our number one mission. Excellent customer service is what our company was founded on, and we diligently work to achieve that level of quality service with our customers."
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announces its support of Clemson University's Wood Utilization + Design Institute with a $50,000 donation.
The Institute brings together foresters, architects, engineers and other building industry professionals to design advances in wood-based products through education and training, product research and development, and development of technical and design solutions.
"Simpson Strong-Tie has been a strong supporter of Clemson University's work in wood construction for many years, with sponsored research, product donations and other projects," said CEO Karen Colonias. "We are pleased to continue our support by funding the Wood Utilization and Design Institute."
A representative from Simpson Strong-Tie will also serve on the institute's advisory board and work with other board members to shape the direction of the institute.
"Clemson's WU+D Institute is delighted to have the support of Simpson Strong-Tie. Innovation in wood products is intimately linked to innovation in fasteners and connections. The support financially and intellectually of Simpson Strong-Tie allows us to be on the cutting edge of the next generation of wood building products and systems," said Patricia A. Layton, director Wood Utilization + Design Institute.
Pleasanton, Calif. – The new DG fire wall hanger series from Simpson Strong-Tie, an industry leader in engineered structural connectors and fasteners, is ideal for Type III multi-family, multi-level building construction and easily installs on a two-hour wood stud fire wall during framing – before the drywall is in place.
The new series includes three models of top-flange hangers that connect floor joists to the wood wall and feature enough space for two layers of 5/8" drywall to be installed later. The completed fire wall assembly remains continuous from floor to floor. All three fire wall hangers have been tested according to ASTM E814 standards to verify that the hangers do not reduce the two-hour assembly rating, and therefore each of the DG hangers received F (flame) and T (temperature) ratings for use on either or both sides of a wall.
"With the increasing popularity of Type III multi-story wood construction, it's more important than ever to ensure that these large, multi-family buildings are constructed with the safest, strongest, most rigorously tested products," said Sam Hensen, vice president and general manager of Connectors at Simpson Strong-Tie. "Specifying and installing this product will help our customers streamline their workflows on the construction site while adhering to the strict code requirements for load and fire safety."
Key features of the DG fire wall hangers include:
To learn more about DG fire wall hangers, including installation information, load ratings and model sizes, visit strongtie.com/firewallsolutions.
Pleasanton, Calif. – The new PGT2OZ Pipe Grip Tie® bracket from Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, offers an economical solution for attaching wood fence rails to metal fence posts, eliminating rotted and failed wood posts.
The patent-pending design is simple to install and its compact size makes it easy to conceal behind a 1x wood box frame. The PGT2OZ may also be used to retrofit new rails into place on an existing fence. This is the newest addition to the existing line of pipe grip ties for attaching wood fence rails to metal posts.
"This new bracket makes it easy to build a beautiful wood fence that is wind resistant and will stay strong for years to come," said Sam Hensen, vice president and general manager for Connectors.
Key features include:
To learn more about PGT2OZ, visit strongtie.com/pgt2oz.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it has increased support of Habitat for Humanity's Habitat Strong program. Simpson Strong-Tie nearly doubled its monetary commitment and is now the major sponsor of the program.
Habitat for Humanity homes in areas susceptible to flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, winds and wildfires can benefit from Habitat Strong building standards, which include a suite of fortified codes and best practices for building more resilient homes. Available to all Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country, the Habitat Strong program was created to be affordable, while offering long-lasting benefits to Habitat for Humanity homeowners. Simpson Strong-Tie increased its monetary donation for the program from $85,000 in 2015 to $150,000 in 2017.
In addition to expanded support for Habitat Strong, Simpson Strong-Tie funded a new pilot STEM playhouse build program with the local East Bay/Silicon Valley Habitat affiliate in California. The STEM playhouse program was created to enhance, supplement and support existing classroom learning around STEM while encouraging creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Students in grades 6-8 followed specific curriculum leading to application of their STEM learning with the building of playhouses for younger children.
In March, Simpson Strong-Tie participated in its largest Habitat build to date, with over 350 employees from around the world constructing new homes in a Tucson, AZ community as part of its international sales meeting.
"The support and excitement our employees have shown for Habitat for Humanity inspires and motivates us to continue and expand on our great partnership. We are very proud of our work with such an outstanding organization and look forward to growing our relationship," said Simpson Strong-Tie president and CEO Karen Colonias.
Simpson Strong-Tie has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades and has been a national sponsor since 2007, donating $5 million in cash and products, including the structural framing hardware (connectors and fasteners) and reinforced shear walls used in new home construction. The company also supports Habitat for Humanity's annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, is offering new load-rated sizes of the Deck-Drive DWP Wood screw in stainless steel. The fastener is designed for use in decks, docks, boardwalks and high-exposure environments that require exceptional corrosion resistance and higher loads. Engineered to provide fast, easy installations, the DWP SS screw is an ideal solution for almost any exterior wood-to-wood fastening application and, now with larger load-rated sizes, it's also recommended for structural connections.
The popular DWP screw has undergone rigorous testing per ICC-ES acceptance criteria AC233 for shear, pull-through and withdrawal resistance in various wood species (Douglas fir-larch, southern pine, spruce-pine-fir, hemlock-fir) in a range of thicknesses. (Please check strongtie.com for sizes, lengths and applicable loads.)
The new load-rated DWP SS screws are available in flat-head sizes #10, #12 and #14, and in lengths from 2 to 6 inches in Types 316 and 305 stainless steel.
"Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to lead the industry by offering the first load-rated stainless-steel fasteners that don't require predrilling for use in decks, docks and boardwalks," said Dr. Ed Sutt, VP of Fastening Systems at Simpson Strong-Tie. "Load-rated stainless-steel fasteners give builders, engineers and architects more confidence in the strength of the products they use and specify, along with the exceptional corrosion resistance of stainless steel."
For more information about the DWP line and other Deck-Drive fasteners, visit strongtie.com/deckdrive.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase new deck planning software and structural product solutions at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) on June 28-29 at the San Diego Convention Center. Simpson Strong-Tie will be located at booth 1917 just inside the main entrance of the show floor.
At the exhibit, Simpson Strong-Tie will provide attendees with demonstrations of the new, innovative Deck Planner Software, a 100 percent free, cloud-based software that improves the overall deck-building experience for contractors, builders, homeowners, and do-it-yourselfers. With just a few, simple clicks, users can design a safe, strong and stylish deck complete with a comprehensive materials list, permit information, educational literature, and various 3D plan views.
Simpson Strong-Tie will also showcase the new EB-TY® Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System™, a new and improved fastening solution for ensuring structural strength and ease of installation without detracting from the beauty of a deck's finished appearance. EB-TY Premium™ is specially designed for high-end decking materials such as exotic hardwood, cedar and redwood.
In addition to its Deck Planner Software and hidden deck fasteners, Simpson Strong-Tie will offer attendees information about the following products and services:
To learn more about the new software and other residential products from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit booth 1917, or visit strongtie.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, an industry leader in engineered structural connectors and fasteners for decks, has launched Deck Planner Software to help contractors, builders, homeowners, and do-it-yourself enthusiasts design safe, strong and stylish decks with just a few mouse clicks.
The 100% free, cloud-based Deck Planner Software improves the overall deck-building experience by highlighting critical deck connections, and enabling users to select Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors and fasteners, along with products from leading deck board manufacturers, including Trex and Fiberon.
An easy-to-follow, step-by-step menu helps users to design the size, shape and other features of a custom deck. As the design plan is developed, the program offers hardware choices including model numbers, sizes and finish options based on the custom design. Once completed, Deck Planner Software generates a comprehensive report including a materials list, permit submittal pages, additional educational literature, and various 3D plan views.
"Deck Planner Software offers customers an enjoyable deck-designing experience that lets them be in control of the entire development process," said Lydia Poulsen, Product Manager at Simpson Strong-Tie. "This can facilitate productive conversations between homeowners and their contractor and engender greater confidence that the customer is purchasing the right material and hardware for a strong, beautiful deck."
The software is free for all users with no hidden fees, trial periods, downloads, or licenses to manage. At any time during the deck design process, a user can save their progress to revisit at a later date. Users register basic information for log-in purposes that provides them access to saved plans. Reports and materials lists can be shared via email to increase collaboration between contractors, builders and owners.
Unlike similar programs in the marketplace, Deck Planner Software is compatible with all web browsers.
Design your own deck today with the Deck Planner Software by visiting strongtie.com/deckplanner.
International nonprofit Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie announce joint Fellowship for Engineering Excellence
Denver, CO (May 15, 2017) – Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announce the
The Fellowship program is the result of a recent partnership between international nonprofit social enterprise Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie. Complementing the Simpson Strong-Tie goal to find solutions for structures to make them safer and stronger, the fellowship will allow innovative engineers the opportunity to provide impactful contributions to Build Change programs and engineers' professional development in developing nations around the world.
"We are excited about this new partnership with Build Change. The Fellowship for Engineering Excellence provides a unique opportunity to reduce risk from natural disasters by helping to identify and implement innovative solutions for building safer, more resilient structures in emerging countries throughout the world," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias.
The fellowship is open to licensed civil and structural engineers with a minimum of six years of professional experience in structural engineering. Applicants should have experience working in earthquake- and wind-resistant design and construction of buildings, and in existing building seismic and structural evaluation and retrofit according to recognized standards, such as the IBC, ASCE 7, ASCE 41, and others. Candidates should be willing to travel to, live, and work in emerging countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia for a period of one year beginning July 1, 2017 and concluding June 30, 2018.
Applications will be accepted until June 5, 2017. For more information on this fellowship and application instructions, please visit buildchange.org/about/careers.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has redesigned the award-winning EB-TY® hidden deck fasteners for premium wood decking in both residential and commercial applications. The new EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System™ provides professional builders and do-it-yourselfers a unique method of fastening deck boards that leaves the fasteners virtually invisible.
"With the warmer weather, deck building is ramping up. The new EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System produces not only a more visually appealing deck surface, but one that's extremely strong and durable," said Scott Park, Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager.
EB-TY® Premium™ is the ideal fastening solution for ensuring structural durability without detracting from the beauty of a deck's finished appearance, especially when working with high-end decking materials such as exotic hardwood, cedar and redwood. The biscuit-shaped fastener installs inside a slot cut in the narrow side of the deck boards, and is reinforced with a stainless-steel plate for enhanced holding power. The steel plate also prevents over-driving of the screw, and has angled screw holes that guarantee a direct connection of the decking to the joist. Along with this added strength, the fasteners also maintain the necessary flexibility to accommodate seasonal contraction and expansion of the deck boards. Combining this innovative design with the EB-GUIDE predrilling guide creates a system that not only has hidden strength, but is also precise and easy to install.
Each EB-TY Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System kit includes:
For more information about EB-TY Premium, visit strongtie.com/ebtypremium.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, has launched the next era of stainless-steel screw anchors for concrete and masonry. The new stainless-steel Titen HD® heavy-duty screw anchor (THDSS) delivers a new standard of performance in exterior applications, even in severely corrosive environments. The introduction of THDSS offers a state-of-the-art screw anchor solution that combines the corrosion resistance of Type 316 stainless steel with the undercutting ability of heat-treated carbon-steel cutting threads.
The THDSS screw anchor's cutting ability comes from a proprietary bi-metal design that uses a carbon-steel helical-coil thread brazed into the shank of the anchor. These serrated carbon-steel threads undercut the concrete allowing subsequent threads to securely interlock with the concrete.
Other stainless-steel bi-metal anchors are made by welding a full carbon segment onto the end of the anchor to facilitate cutting. Over time, however, carbon steel is vulnerable to corrosion, which can cause the steel to expand and crack the surrounding concrete. In the stainless-steel Titen HD, the carbon steel is confined to the helical-coil thread so as to limit concrete damage when it corrodes. For comparison, a 1/2" x 5" THDSS screw anchor contains less than 1% carbon steel while other stainless-steel screw anchors of the same size can contain up to 18% carbon steel.
"The new stainless-steel Titen HD anchor is a game-changer for contractors working in harsh environments," said Corey Clark, product manager, Simpson Strong-Tie. "Prior to this product being available, contractors were largely limited to using wedge anchors or adhesives. Now we have a solution available that is reliable and easy to install."
Key features and benefits of the THDSS screw anchor:
For more information about the THDSS screw anchor, visit strongtie.com/titenhdss.