Simpson Strong-Tie News

Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. Announces Acquisition of Ready Products and Radius Tools from Radius Track Corporation posted 10/31/18
Radius Track

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions and a subsidiary of Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., recently acquired the Ready Products (Ready-Hat®, Ready-Track®, Ready-Arch® and Ready-Angle®) and Radius Tools (Radius Track Bender® and Radius Trim Bender™) from Radius Track Corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.

The strategic acquisition is expected to help Simpson Strong-Tie expand its offering of solutions for cold-formed steel construction. Radius Track Corporation will continue as its own separate entity focused on the design, engineering and fabrication of sub-systems for curved and complex surfaces, both preconstruction and post-contract award.

The Ready Products are hand-bendable curved framing solutions for light-gauge steel framing invented by Radius Track owner Chuck Mears and introduced to the market in 2004. They are an alternative to the manual, labor-intensive jobsite methods of cutting, snipping and shaping of cold-formed steel (CFS) framing. The Radius Tools are portable curved framing hand tools enabling the user to bend CFS framing to create curved walls and soffits quickly and accurately on the jobsite. Radius Track was originally founded in 1997 to distribute these tools.

"We are excited about acquiring these product lines from Radius Track to continue to expand our offering of CFS framing solutions to new and existing customers. This acquisition aligns with our value proposition of being the trusted provider of building solutions to the construction industry," said Jeremy Gilstrap, Simpson Strong-Tie General Manager of Concrete Construction Products.

Radius Track Corporation President, Bob Krebsbach, added, "The Radius Track team is delighted that Simpson Strong-Tie will now be offering the Ready Products and Radius Tools as part of their solution for CFS construction. With their focus on exceptional customer service, we believe this acquisition will benefit their customers in providing time- and labor-savings on the jobsite."

Visit our product page on our website to learn more.

Simpson Strong-Tie Brings Fastener Innovations and Expanded Line of Stainless-Steel Titen HD® Anchors to 2018 STAFDA Convention posted 10/26/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will bring an expanded line of code-listed, stainless-steel Titen HD screw anchors (THDSS) along with other product innovations to the 42nd annual Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) convention and trade show being held October 28-30 in Phoenix, Ariz.

"The STAFDA show presents an opportunity each fall for members of the specialty fastener and tool distributor community to convene and take part in educational programs and seminars on new industry trends, innovations and solutions," says Ryan Kaelin, Director of Concrete Construction Products for Simpson Strong-Tie. "It's always an exciting trade show that is well attended by leading manufacturers and distributors within the industry."

This year, the Simpson Strong-Tie fastener booth (505) will feature its Quik Drive®, Strong-Drive® and EB-TY® Premium Hidden Deck-Fastening System™ product lines. The concrete product booths (501 and 503) will showcase the new stainless-steel Titen HD screw anchors among other concrete and masonry products. Attendees will be able to see retail sets with supporting point-of-purchase options and hands-on counter-top displays.

Available in 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4" diameters, Type 316 stainless-steel Titen HD anchors were introduced in April 2017 for severely corrosive applications, including water treatment plants, bridges and environments exposed to chemicals or salt water. With the recent launch of Type 304 stainless-steel anchors, customers now have a value-added option for application in breweries, commercial kitchens, sports stadiums and other less severe environments where corrosion protection is still needed.

"Beer is acidic and can be corrosive to brewing tanks, bottling lines and other machinery used in the brewery. Commercial kitchens are likewise exposed to food acids and corrosive cleaners, and stadium seating faces all kinds of environmental exposures," says Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager Mike Steiber. "Type 304 stainless-steel Titen HD anchors provide the protection these applications require but usually don't get from other products currently available in the marketplace."

Simpson Strong-Tie was the first manufacturer to launch large-diameter stainless-steel screw anchors for concrete and masonry. Designed for both interior and exterior environments, Titen HD heavy-duty screw anchors install easily with an impact wrench or hand tool and are code listed in IAPMO UES ER-493 (concrete) and ICC-ES ESR-1056 (masonry) for a wide variety of applications.

In addition to showcasing new product innovations, Simpson Strong-Tie will be offering sample giveaways of Strong-Drive and Deck-Drive™ screws to STAFDA attendees, and one lucky attendee will win a heavy-duty Simpson Strong-Tie cooler perfect for jobsites, tailgates and picnics.

For more information about STAFDA, visit the official convention web page here. For more information about the THDSS screw anchor, visit strongtie.com/titenhdss.

Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase Solution-Driven Building Component Design and Project Management Software at BCMC posted 10/15/18
Truss Studio + Director

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase their Component Solutions® (CS) software at the Building Component Manufacturers Conference (BCMC) October 23-26 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.

At exhibit booth #1115, Simpson Strong-Tie will provide BCMC attendees with an overview of Component Solutions software. CS Truss Studio® and CS Director® provide simple and robust tools for project management, truss design and fabrication. With its intuitive user interface, this flexible software solution is designed to support collaboration with other industry software and machinery applications. This approach provides a practical and scalable choice model for component manufacturing businesses.

"The BCMC show is always a great venue for component professionals to share ideas and innovations for improving component design and manufacturing," said April Burt, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president of Integrated Component Systems. "We're looking forward to sharing the capabilities of the Component Solutions software and exploring how we can partner with component designers, fabricators and builders to take advantage of new opportunities in this growing building sector."

CS Truss Studio software integrates truss design components into a 3D environment to provide dynamic interaction between layout and design, enabling manufacturers to analyze and engineer entire truss layouts with speed and efficiency. CS Director project management software complements CS Truss Studio software by consolidating project information into a single, central location accessible by both onsite and remote personnel. Other key highlights of Component Solutions include the following:

  • A configurable and scalable management solution that will grow with your business
  • An intuitive, easy-to-learn layout and design solution
  • PDF, DWG, DXF and BIM files that can be imported or exported as needed to expedite design and collaborate with other building professionals
  • Complete integration between layout and truss design view
  • Customized reporting

Component Solutions is part of a growing suite of value-driven design and project management software solutions from Simpson Strong-Tie. For additional information about Component Solutions software, visit strongtie.com/ics. For more information about BCMC, visit the official conference website.

Simpson Strong-Tie Redesigns RCKW Kneewall Connector for Greater Concrete and Steel Anchoring Versatility posted 10/10/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has redesigned its popular RCKW rigid kneewall connector for cold-formed steel construction to provide a versatile, two-anchor option for contractors using 1/2"- or 3/8"-diameter concrete anchors, resulting in faster and more efficient installation. When higher loads are required, the RCKW can be combined with the RCKWS stiffener (sold separately) to provide additional capacity for maximizing overturning moment resistance.

Fabricated from heavy-gauge, G90 galvanized steel, the RCKW and RCKWS have three large holes allowing either a one-anchor solution at the edge or center of a slab or a two-anchor solution for applications requiring higher capacities at the center of the slab. The screw holes and anchor holes in the stiffener line up with those in the RCKW clip, making fastener and anchor installation a snap.

"The redesign, offering additional anchoring options, answers the contractor's need for greater versatility in cold-formed steel connectors that are adaptable and easy to use," said Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager Clifton Melcher, P.E. "Multiple install options and load solutions help simplify installations while providing required rotation resistance to meet unique load requirements."

In addition, Simpson Strong-Tie has successfully tested the two-anchor solution with 3/8"-diameter anchors, suited for shallower-embedment applications such as fluted decks. Features of the RCKW system include:

  • Unique small and large anchor-hole patterns permit anchorage to both concrete and structural steel.
  • Stiffened anchorage leg flanges provide greater overturning moment resistance.
  • Large anchor holes accommodate 1/2"-diameter Simpson Strong-Tie® Titen HD® heavy-duty screw anchors or Strong-Bolt® 2 wedge anchors.
  • Additional smaller-diameter anchor holes enable attachment to structural steel with #12 self-drilling screws.
  • RCKWS stiffeners can be secured to the RCKW clip with screws, optimizing resistance to overturning and rotational moments.

In addition to co-hosting the Decks Done Right workshops, Simpson Strong-Tie showcase a full range of structural, deck and Quik Drive® fastening products, their complete line of Outdoor Accents® decorative structural hardware, and their patent-pending MPBZ moment post base at the DeckExpo event.

For more information about the RCKW system — including fastener pattern options, installation diagrams, and tables for allowable moment, rotational stiffness and allowable shear and tension loads for both concrete and steel applications — visit strongtie.com/rckw.

Pro Deck Builder Mike Guertin and Simpson Strong-Tie to Host Decks Done Right Workshops at the 2018 DeckExpo and Remodeling Show posted 10/4/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will be joined by professional builder and remodeler Mike Guertin for two days of workshops on building safer, stronger decks during the 2018 DeckExpo and Remodeling Show to be held October 9-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.

The "Decks Done Right" live workshops will provide real solutions for contractors seeking to build safer, stronger decks, and will include tutorials and live demos at the Simpson Strong-Tie booth (#2211) led by Guertin, a recognized expert in deck construction and home remodeling and a frequent author and popular presenter at both DeckExpo and JLC LIVE.

"I'm psyched to join the Simpson Strong-Tie team at DeckExpo and share practical advice on how deck pros and remodelers can incorporate high-performance construction techniques for safer, stronger decks," said Guertin. "We're looking to provide a lot of takeaways along with hands-on demos for enhancing and improving deck systems from the footers to the rails."

Guertin will be joined by Simpson Strong-Tie training director Jim Mailey for the two-day series of workshops offered to DeckExpo and Remodeling Show attendees. Simpson Strong-Tie senior research and development engineer Scott Fischer will also present several of the Decks Done Right workshop topics.

"We're incredibly fortunate to have both Mike and Scott leading conference attendees through these first-ever live construction workshops at DeckExpo," said Mailey. "The event is the perfect opportunity for Simpson Strong-Tie to share best practices and new innovations with our professional deck builder and remodeling customers, and we're excited to kick off this new educational series in tandem with the conference in Baltimore."

Workshops available in the Decks Done Right series will include the following:

  • Footings, Posts and Post-to-Beam Connections
  • Installing Ledgers Right: Fastening and Flashing
  • Lateral Load Options and Joist Connections
  • Guards: Posts, Rails and Balusters
  • Stair Solutions

In addition to co-hosting the Decks Done Right workshops, Simpson Strong-Tie showcase a full range of structural, deck and Quik Drive® fastening products, their complete line of Outdoor Accents® decorative structural hardware, and their patent-pending MPBZ moment post base at the DeckExpo event.

Simpson Strong-Tie is a recognized leader in construction systems and solutions designed to make building decks easier and safer. For more information, visit strongtie.com/deckcenter.

Multi-Finalist Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Coveted Pro Tool Innovation Award for Deck-Drive™ DCU Screw Plug Solution posted 9/24/18
Deck-Drive DCU Screw Plug

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has received a Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA) in the Specialty Drill Bits category for the Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck-Drive™ DCU screw plug solution. The company was also recognized as a finalist in the Drill/Driver Attachments category for its Quik Drive® PRODW drywall system, a lightweight auto-feed screw driving system designed to help complete drywall installations more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Launched by Simpson Strong-Tie in April 2018, the DCU screw plug solution is a complete hidden deck-fastening system and was selected as a PTIA category winner based on its high level of industry innovation. Comprising the Simpson Strong-Tie premium DCU Composite screw, the DCU screw plug and an Auto-Set Driver™ bit (each sold separately), the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution provides a comprehensive and convenient solution to the problem of exposed fasteners and enables builders to achieve a strong connection with a clean, professional look.

"Simpson Strong-Tie is pleased to receive recognition from the Pro Tool Innovation Awards judges for both the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution and the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system," said Simpson Strong-Tie product manager Scott Park. "Technology has enabled a faster pace of construction tool innovation that still requires significant research and development and testing to ensure the highest levels of quality and value, and Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to be recognized among the extremely tough competitors included in this year's awards."

According to the organizers, the Pro Tool Innovation Awards recognize best-in-class products determined by a panel of judges to be "ahead of their time." This year, nearly 300 tool entries from more than 60 manufacturers competed across several categories to be recognized as a finalist based on a combination of innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements and value.

"Manufacturers are consistently improving their tools. Each year, however, some exceed the norms and develop products which truly deserve recognition," said Clint DeBoer, Executive Director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. "Business owners, builders, contractors and tradespeople really need to understand which products can help them work smarter and more efficiently. Often, they can also save a lot of money in either material costs or time savings, and that innovation goes straight into their pocketbook."

For more information about the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution, visit strongtie.com/dcuscrewplugs. For more information about the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system, visit strongtie.com/prodw.

Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Disaster Relief from Hurricane Florence posted 9/21/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has donated $15,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to assist Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

The catastrophic effects of Florence persist throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Rivers continue to rise, roads remain submerged and flash flood warnings are still in effect. At least 37 deaths have been reported.

"The lingering impacts from Hurricane Florence continue to be felt by thousands of people in the area," noted Simpson Strong-Tie Chief Operating Officer Ricardo Arevalo. "As the devastation continues, we thank the work of the Red Cross and other organizations who aid them through this very difficult time."

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.

Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces First Hurricane Tie Specifically Designed for Engineered Wood and Heavy Snow Loads posted 9/19/18
The new H1.81Z

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has introduced the new H1.81Z hurricane tie, designed to provide stronger connections between heavy engineered wood rafters and wall top plates. Developed and tested to provide lateral resistance during seismic events, the H1.81Z is also ideal for roofs with heavy snow loads or connections where there are higher load demands on the structure.

The H1.81Z provides homebuilders, roofing contractors and remodelers a cost-effective solution for transferring loads from heavier laminated veneer lumber (LVL) roof systems and roofs subjected to higher snow loads.

"The H1.81Z connector is the first hurricane tie to be specifically sized for engineered wood," said Sam Hensen, vice president of connectors and lateral systems for Simpson Strong-Tie. "It offers a higher lateral allowable load, which means greater strength and design flexibility for builders dealing with heavier roof systems or with increased snowstorm frequency and severity."

The code-listed 1 3/4"-wide H1.81Z connector also installs with half the number of nails that would be needed for two single-sided twist straps, and it features a ZMAX® zinc finish to increase resistance to corrosion. Additional features of the H1.81Z include the following:

  • Wider seat to fit 1 3/4" LVL rafters
  • Ability to connect both side faces of the joist for better support
  • Connector embossments to provide stiffness in crucial areas for improved performance
  • Fastener holes sized to fit popular 0.148" x 1 1/2" connector nails
  • Flanges that can be installed facing inward or outward
  • Adaptability – installation on either the outside or the inside of the wall is acceptable according to all LVL manufacturers' installation instructions

For more information about the H1.81Z hurricane tie, including spacing tables and design schematics, visit our product page.

Simpson Strong-Tie Answers Contractor Demand for Comprehensive Line of Outdoor Accents® Structural Connectors and Fasteners posted 9/12/18
OA Contest

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has expanded its Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line to offer deck contractors, homebuilders and DIY experts a full collection of essential connectors and fasteners that bring both design elegance and structural strength to custom outdoor living structures.

To celebrate the complete line of load-rated hardware, Simpson Strong-Tie is sponsoring the first Outdoor Accents "Give It Your Best Shot" photo contest, now through Oct. 22. Anyone who has built an outdoor living structure using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware is invited to send in photos for a chance to win an outdoor TV, YETI cooler and Simpson Strong-Tie-branded items. Click here for more information about the contest.

Introduced in 2016, the Outdoor Accents collection accommodates nominal and rough lumber sizes to provide Designers and installers with maximum flexibility when planning and building custom outdoor structures. The patent-pending hex-head washer, when used with the structural screw, offers the look of a bolted connection with significantly faster and easier installation than through-bolting.

2018 additions to the Outdoor Accents line include joist hangers, gable plates, decorative side plates and new sizes of the popular APDJT joist tie, the APDTS3 Texas star and the APDMW56 decorative washer. All Outdoor Accents connectors and fasteners – including screws, post bases, strap ties and angles – are made from exterior-rated galvanized steel with a black powder-coat finish for corrosion protection.

"We are excited to continue the expansion of our successful line of decorative outdoor hardware and provide contractors and builders with a one-stop solution for attractive connectors and fasteners that are easy to install and provide superior load strength," said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president of connectors and lateral systems.

A mainstay of Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents advertisements and brochures, the 10x10 pergola photograph has generated a steady stream of customer requests for building plans, which are now available for free download for 10x10 and 25x17 pergolas.

To learn more, visit strongtie.com/outdooraccents.

Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Industry-First Cost-Effective Brick Tie Capable of Connecting Veneers to Light-Frame Construction Across Three-Inch Airspaces posted 8/27/18
BT Brick Ties

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, introduces the new, high-performance BTH brick tie, a first-of-its kind, cost-effective product capable of connecting brick and stone veneers to light-frame construction across spans up to three inches, offering contractors and homebuilders an innovative solution to meet ever-increasing spacing requirements.

Masonry veneer, often consisting of full-dimensional brick and stone, is used widely for exterior cladding, facades, foundation facings and chimneys.

"As homebuilders continue to use stone and brick veneers, they need wider airspaces between the veneer and wood framing to accommodate the thickness in materials and allow for adequate drying of moisture, especially in mixed humid climates," says Sam Hensen, vice president of connectors and lateral systems for Simpson Strong-Tie. "Contractors have consequently been asking for a structural product that can provide enough strength to cross up to a three-inch airspace between the veneer and light-frame construction, and we've responded with the BTH brick tie innovation."

Fabricated from 22-gauge galvanized steel, the BTH brick tie is field-adjustable in two places and can be installed with either side facing up, providing strength and versatility across varied jobsite conditions and offering labor-stressed contactors a fast and simple solution. Additional BTH brick tie features and benefits include the following:

  • Embossments for added strength when connecting wood framing and veneer across wider airspaces
  • Tie ends embed in the mortar a minimum of 1 1/2" and connect to the framing with a single 0.131" x 2 1/2" nail
  • Dual field-bendable zones allow for easy adjustment to airspaces within the 2"-3" range

For more information about the BTH high-performance brick tie, including spacing tables and design schematics, visit strongtie.com/bth.

Simpson Strong-Tie Hosts Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management Scholarship Recipients posted 8/1/18
2018/19 Scholarships

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, hosted more than 30 college students awarded with a Simpson Strong-Tie® Student Scholarship for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Scholarship recipients from throughout the country toured the company's manufacturing facility and training center in Stockton, California, on Thursday, July 19. They also observed product testing at the Tyrell Gilb Research Laboratory, one of the largest private labs of its kind in the US. Product demos of the company's concrete and fastener divisions, along with a visit to an active jobsite using Simpson Strong-Tie products, were also part of the group's first day.

The group traveled to the Simpson Strong-Tie home office in Pleasanton, California, for their second day, where they heard from a local architect and a structural engineer about the importance of building professional relationships in the industry. They then got their hands dirty with a mini-house build, a project calling on them to follow plans closely and collaborate with one another to complete the build. Closing out the day, the students met with several of the company's senior leaders, including CEO Karen Colonias and CFO Brian Magstadt.

Civil engineering major Evan Batton of the University of Texas commented, "The panel discussion was very enjoyable, it gave insight that the average student does not get to hear. Hearing the stories of the leaders of the company was invaluable in helping us on our path."

The Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship Program supports education and encourages the design and building of safer structures in our communities by assisting architecture, structural engineering and construction management students in meeting their education costs. Up to 68 scholarships of $2,000 per recipient are awarded every academic year to students at 76 participating schools.

Simpson Strong-Tie Renews Lead Sponsorship for Habitat Strong posted 7/18/18

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it has renewed its support of Habitat for Humanity's Habitat Strong program. Simpson Strong-Tie remains 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 offer Habitat for Humanity homeowners long-lasting safety benefits at affordable costs. Simpson Strong-Tie increased its monetary contribution to the program from $85,000 in 2015 to $150,000 in 2017.

"Our longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity just continues to grow stronger as we support their work in giving families and individuals access to safe, affordable and stable homes," said Karen Colonias, president and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie. "Habitat Strong provides a great model for other builders to follow when thinking about building strong, resilient housing in natural disaster-prone areas."

Simpson Strong-Tie has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades and has been a national sponsor since 2007, donating more than $5 million in cash and products, including the structural connectors, anchors, 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.

Simpson Strong-Tie Is Founding Sponsor of Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society posted 7/12/18
Dr. Lucy Jones Center

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has announced it is the Founding Gold Sponsor of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society. The Center works to increase the resilience of communities faced with natural disasters and other global changes by using science to make better-informed decisions about how to mitigate risk.

"I created the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society to get the best science used to create safer communities. This endeavor is only successful due to the support of partners who understand the value of science, like Simpson Strong-Tie," said Dr. Lucy Jones.

"We're very excited about supporting and partnering with the Center. Dr. Jones is renowned for her work in groundbreaking scientific research and for her ability to effectively communicate the findings to aid in disaster resilience," said Jeremy Gilstrap, vice president of Engineering with Simpson Strong-Tie. "We're committed to providing solutions and supporting efforts that help communities build better to improve safety and to recover faster after a natural disaster strikes."

The Center is currently developing resilience programs for communities, educational materials for individuals, and tools for local governments to assess their vulnerability to earthquakes.

Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Renew Fellowship for Engineering Excellence posted 7/11/18
Build Change International nonprofit Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie renew joint Fellowship for Engineering Excellence

Denver, CO. – Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announced the renewal of the Simpson Strong-Tie® Fellowship for Engineering Excellence program and call for applicants.

This is the second year of the Fellowship, resulting from the continuation of a successful 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 making structures safer and stronger, the fellowship allows innovative engineers the opportunity to provide impactful contributions to Build Change programs as well as support other engineers' professional development in developing nations around the world.

"We are very pleased to renew the Fellowship for Engineering Excellence with Build Change. With the positive impact to developing areas in Indonesia, Colombia and the Philippines where our first fellow worked, we're looking forward to the Fellowship contributing even more to safer and stronger design and construction methods," said Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Jeremy Gilstrap.

The Fellowship is open to licensed civil and structural engineers with a minimum of eight years of professional experience in structural engineering. Applicants should have experience working on earthquake- and wind-resistant design and construction of buildings, and on 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 September 1, 2018 and concluding August 31, 2019.

James Mwangi, the 2017-2018 Fellow noted, "The Fellowship offered me the opportunity to share my previous experience by working face to face with not only the Build Change technical teams, but also with local engineers in each country, to promote capacity building."

Applications will be accepted through July 16, 2018. For more information about the Fellowship and application instructions, visit buildchange.org/about/careers.

Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes' Distinguished "Partners of Choice" Award for 14th Consecutive Year posted 6/28/18
David Weekley Homes'

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has earned the homebuilding industry's most coveted award, – the "A,A Partners of Choice" award, conferring highest honors for both quality and service – for the eighth consecutive year from David Weekley Homes, the nation's largest privately held homebuilder. Simpson Strong-Tie is one of only two companies to receive the prestigious Partners of Choice award – which denotes an "A" ranking in either quality or service, or both – for all 14 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 more than 200 national trading partners. Approximately 1,000 team members 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 celebrates the suppliers who earn an "A" in quality, service or both within a 12-month period.

Every supply chain partner is evaluated and measured by the same standards, regardless of their industry or product. "Because of our unique grading system," said Bill Justus, Vice President of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes, "suppliers across business segments are evaluated equally on their ability and agility to handle challenges throughout the supply chain. This process enables us to look deeply at the skillfulness of their cost-effective, timely and consistent product delivery and customer service. We aren't just buying a supplier's product, we're buying their expertise, and the companies we recognize with this award are the very best-in-class."

Simpson Strong-Tie is one of only eight companies to receive the 2018 "A,A" ranking for the award. "Receiving the 'Partners of Choice' award for 14 years in a row," says Nate Johnston, Vice President of Builder Sales for Simpson Strong-Tie, "demonstrates not only how Simpson Strong-Tie products stand the test of time through continuing economic challenges, but how our customer service does as well. We strive every day to provide consistent, reliable customer service and value to our partners – it is our number one mission."

Simpson Strong-Tie Showcases Two-Story Special Moment Frame Along with CG Visions BIM Solutions at PCBC posted 6/26/18

San Francisco, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will display the seismic resiliency of a two-story Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® special moment frame at the 2018 Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) June 27-28 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Simpson Strong-Tie will also showcase 3D modeling software along with state-of-the-art planning solutions from CG Visions, the leader in Building Information Management (BIM) technology for the residential construction industry.

Sponsored by the California Building Industry Association and endorsed by the Leading Builders of America, PCBC is a professional trade show and conference for the residential housing market and annually draws more than 10,000 builder attendees for education, networking and product innovation demonstrations.

"We're excited to meet new builders and connect with our existing customers as Simpson Strong-Tie continues to identify opportunities to provide value in residential construction," says Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Builder Sales, Nate Johnston. "PCBC has also always been known as an annual highlight of emerging technologies and solutions, and we're looking forward to sharing the booth with CG Visions for the first time as the industry increasingly turns to BIM for next-generation advancements in design, modeling and project management."

Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in January 2017, CG Visions provides BIM consultation, technology and services to single-family and multifamily residential builders to help them realize cost and labor efficiencies across the design and construction cycle. In addition to CG Visions, software kiosks at Simpson Strong-Tie (Booth #651) will provide demonstrations of Ruby Sketch and LotSpec BIM solutions as well as exhibit the Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software™, a 100% free, cloud-based technology providing 3D plan views, materials lists, permit information and more to improve the overall deck-building experience for contractors.

Designed to provide optimal moment transfer solutions for both new and retrofit projects, the Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame special moment frame features Yield-Link® structural fuse technology to ensure the resiliency of the frame during seismic events. Additional Simpson Strong-Tie hardware featured at PCBC 2018 includes the following:

  • The Deck-Drive™ line of conventional wood, composite and exotic hardwood decking screws available either in bulk for hand-driving or paper-collated for the Quik Drive® auto-feed driving system
  • The Strong-Drive® WSV and WSNTL Subfloor screws designed and tested to hold subfloor connections tight and available collated for the Quik Drive subfloor systems for fast installation while standing
  • The Outdoor Accents® line of decorative hardware — including screws, washers, angles, straps, hangers and post bases — combining strength and beauty for custom outdoor living structures
  • The DG fire wall hanger series, designed for connecting floor trusses and joists to wood stud fire walls, and available with either skewed or offset options

Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Guatemala Volcano Relief Efforts posted 6/19/18
MPBZ Moment Post Base Is First Product Code Listed for Moment Resistance posted 6/7/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Habitat's Women's Leadership Build posted 5/21/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors ICC's Building Safety Month in May posted 5/3/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports STEM Education With Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build at Local Middle School posted 4/18/18
Code Listed SET-3G™ High-Strength Anchoring Adhesive from Simpson Strong-Tie Provides Exceptional Bonding in Extreme Environments posted 4/11/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Pulls a Disappearing Act on Exposed Deck and Trim Fasteners with the Deck-Drive™ DCU Screw Plug Solution posted 4/4/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Boosts Its Portfolio of Scalable Software Solutions for Homebuilders with Acquisition of LotSpec App Suite posted 3/29/18
Partnership Between CG Visions, a Simpson Strong-Tie Company, and Hyphen Solutions Anticipates Increased BIM Adoption and Project Collaboration in Homebuilding posted 3/20/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Large-Diameter Stainless-Steel Screw Anchors for Wastewater Treatment Plant and Critical Bridge Repairs posted 2/28/18
Innovative Hinged Roof Connector from Simpson Strong-Tie Featured in New Modular Building Products Catalog posted 1/30/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Renews Partnership with Habitat for Humanity to Help Build More Disaster-Resilient Homes posted 1/22/18
New Quik Drive® PRODW Drywall System Provides Faster, Easier Drywall Installation in a Sturdy, Lightweight Tool posted 1/17/18
Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase Concrete Construction Products at 2018 World of Concrete Show posted 1/10/18
New SHH Steel Header Hanger Provides Fast and Easy Solution for Supporting Lay-In and Cold-Formed Steel Box Headers posted 1/8/18
Simpson Strong-Tie to Showcase BIM, Deck Planning Software, and New Structural Connectors and Fasteners at 2018 International Builders' Show® posted 1/2/18
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Next Generation of Composite Strengthening Systems™ for Concrete and Masonry Structures posted 12/15/17
New Fire Wall Hanger Now Available with Skewed or Offset Top-Flange Options posted 12/14/17
New SET-3G™ High-Strength Anchoring Adhesive from Simpson Strong-Tie posted 12/5/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches New Blog for Construction Professionals posted 11/9/17
Redesigned Strong-Rod™ System Components from Simpson Strong-Tie Reduce Installation Time and Costs posted 10/25/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Platinum in Hanley Wood Brand Builder Awards posted 10/25/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Increases Production of Truss Plates to Better Serve Customers posted 10/19/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Demonstrate Design and Project Management Software at BCMC posted 10/12/17
New Fascia-Fastening Solution from Simpson Strong-Tie Delivers Superior Corrosion Resistance posted 10/10/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches New Microsite for OSHA Silica Dust Regulations posted 10/4/17
New Drift Strut Connector from Simpson Strong-Tie Simplifies Panelized Installation in Cold-Formed Steel Construction posted 9/26/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Supports Disaster Relief from Hurricane Harvey posted 8/30/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Receives David Weekley Homes Nationally Recognized "Partners of Choice" Award for 13th Consecutive Year posted 8/28/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Donates to Clemson University Institute to Support Wood Products Building Industry Advancement posted 8/8/17
New Hanger for Two-Hour Fire-Rated Walls Easily Installs Before Drywall posted 8/2/17
Compact Metal Post Bracket Makes Connections Strong and Easy to Conceal posted 7/27/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Expands Habitat for Humanity Support with Increased Habitat Strong Sponsorship and New Local Funding posted 7/19/17
The Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck-Drive™ DWP WOOD SS Screw Is Now Load Rated posted 7/12/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Debut Deck Planner Software™ and More at PCBC in San Diego posted 6/26/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Free, Web-Based Deck Planner Software™ posted 6/21/17
Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Announce Fellowship for Engineering Excellence posted 5/16/17
Enhanced Hidden Deck-Fastening System for Premium Decking Delivers Increased Versatility posted 5/10/17
New, Stainless-Steel Titen HD® Screw Anchor from Simpson Strong-Tie Combines Cutting Ability with Improved Corrosion Resistance posted 4/25/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Recognized as 2016 Vendor of the Year by U.S. LBM posted 4/21/17
New Fence Bracket from Simpson Strong-Tie Installs Easier with Lower Profile posted 4/19/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Updated Strong-Wall® Shearwall Selector Web App for Construction Projects posted 3/27/17
Redesigned Foundation Plates Provide Stronger Seismic Retrofit Solutions for Older Homes posted 3/1/17
New, Innovative Moment-Resisting Post Base Offers Greater Design Possibilities for Freestanding Structures posted 1/31/17
Faster Stud Layout with Innovative Spacer Bracers posted 1/27/17
Simpson Strong-Tie to Highlight New Products and System Solutions at World of Concrete 2017 posted 1/11/17
Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. Announces Acquisition of CG Visions, Inc. posted 1/10/17
New Products Unveiled at 2017 Builders' Show with Guest Visit from Building Expert and HGTV Star Mike Holmes posted 1/3/17
New Innovative, Easier-to-Install Rafter Hanger for Roof Framing posted 11/17/16
New Decorative Hardware Brings Strength and Style to Outdoor Living Structures posted 11/15/16
New Fastening Solutions for Underlayment and Subfloor Installation posted 11/1/16

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