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2020

August 21 MiTek Manufacturing Expansion in Tolleson, AZ

MiTek® Expands Tolleson, AZ Location, Bringing New Jobs to the Market.

CHESTERFIELD, MO – August 21, 2020 – MiTek announced today an expansion of its Phoenix-based manufacturing operations later this year.

 

MiTek, a diversified global supplier of integrated software, service, engineered products and automated solutions to the building industry, announced today an expansion of its Phoenix-based manufacturing operations later this year.

Currently, MiTek produces connector plates and MiTek Builder Products in its 261,000 square foot plant located at 7890 West Lincoln, Tolleson, Arizona. MiTek will expand its presence into a neighboring building (7506 West Lincoln) which provides another 153,000 square feetincreasing operation footprint by nearly 60 percent.

“Our experience working with the City of Tolleson and the Arizona Commerce Authority over the years has been nothing short of exceptional,” said Mark Lee, President – Residential North America at MiTek. “When considering where to invest resources to advance our business operations, it was only natural to further our commitment to the Phoenix area.”

Tolleson is known as a major employment center in the West Valley hosting more than 25 Fortune 500 companies who have grown their businesses in Tolleson. We are thrilled to learn of MiTek’s expansion and commitment to remain in the region, and just like they are committed to the success of their customers, we too believe that their success is our success,” stated Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar.

The expanded Tolleson site will produce MiTek’s Lateral Systems (Hardy Frame®) and Custom MiTek Builder Products. MiTek will add 40 new full-time positions and make an initial $5 million investment in facility and equipment.

MiTek’s decision to expand its Tolleson facility highlights the rapid manufacturing industry growth we continue to see here in Arizona,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “We’re proud to provide the ideal environment for innovative companies like MiTek to succeed. Thanks to the entire MiTek team for investing in our state and creating new opportunities for our residents!”

“We are excited to bring new jobs to a market with great talent,” Lee said. “We look forward to adding new team members who will contribute to our culture and enable us to accelerate our efforts to deliver technologies that provide much needed shelter and create thriving communities.”

MiTek operates around the world in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Its global locations are made up of manufacturing plants and distributions centers, along with software, engineering, and commercial offices.

 

MiTek® is a global provider of building solutions for the residential and commercial construction industries. Utilizing software, services, engineer products, and automated manufacturing equipment, MiTek partners with clients to deliver breakthroughs in building. With a rich 60-year history and a network of 6,500 team members worldwide, MiTek pairs local expertise with global capabilities. As a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B) company since 2001, MiTek has a record of continuous growth and innovation. Learn more at www.mii.com.

 

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January 23 MiTek Acquires Hornet Saw Systems by iN4 Solutions, Inc.

MiTek® Acquires Hornet Saw Systems by iN4 Solutions, Inc.

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 22, 2020 – MiTek announced today that it has acquired US-based Hornet Saw Systems and related software by iN4 Solutions, Inc.

MiTek® delivers technology solutions that optimize costs, shorten cycle times and eliminate waste through off-site prefabrication technology, resulting in a more efficient building process. The acquisition of Hornet Saw Systems and related software broadens MiTek’s range of automation solutions for component manufacturers helping increase their capacity and production efficiency.

Under the MiTek banner, Hornet Saw Systems will accelerate the adoption of wall panelization methods within the United States by connecting structural software design directly to cutting and marking capabilities.

“MiTek’s Automation Solutions Division welcomes the addition of the Hornet saw to our equipment range. The system’s advanced cutting and marking functions are tailored to wall panel production and represents great value for our customers. It aligns perfectly to our strategy for promoting off-site design and prefabrication in building.” – Cameron Wake, PresidentAutomation Solutions.

About Hornet saw systems by iN4 Solutions, Inc.
Hornet Saw Systems provides automated inking & sawing systems that deliver a high production, high quality supply of layout and parts cutting. Wall panel layout designs from MiTek software are seamlessly converted into pre-marked lumber that is ready to assemble. Learn more: www.hornetsaw.com

About MiTek
MiTek is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, services, and automation to the residential and commercial construction sectors. MiTek Industries’ passion for its associates’ well-being and its customers’ success is the company’s hallmark. A Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B) since 2001, MiTek has operations in more than 40 countries on six continents. Learn more: www.MiTek-us.com and www.MII.com.

2019

May 30 MiTek Releases Its New ProSeries™ “WSTS Truss/Stud Screw”

Chesterfield, MO – May 30, 2019 – MiTek USA today announced that it has released a new ProSeries™ fastener. The new ProSeries™ “WSTS Truss/Stud Screw” provides uplift resistance and lateral load resistance for the following connections: Truss-to-top-plate; rafter-to-top-plate; top-plate-to-stud; stud-to-bottom-plate.

 

The WSTS Truss/Stud Screw is tested in accordance with ICC-ES AC233 and AC13, and meets 2015 and 2018 IRC and IBC code requirements. The WSTS Truss/Stud Screw offers a “reverse thread angle” on opposite ends of the screw for greater resistance to withdrawal.

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March 14 MiTek’s Hardy Frame® Has Received an Evaluation Code Report for Its New Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame™ Products

Chesterfield, MO – March 14, 2019 – MiTek has just received an Evaluation Code Report for the new Hardy Frame Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame and Cold Formed Steel Picture Frame products.  Evaluation Code Reports enable designers to confidently specify “alternate building materials” not defined in the code, and they are accepted by the vast majority of building departments.

The MiTek Hardy Frame CFS Moment Frame Evaluation Code Reports can be downloaded at this link. These Evaluation Code Reports validate Hardy Frame Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame products as acceptable alternate building materials, allowing design professionals to rely on Hardy Frame’s allowable values and recommended installations, such as connections for transfer of forces.

“For Hardy Frame’s Cold Formed Steel Moment Frames, building departments now have third party validation that these products meet the intent of the code,” said Hardy Frame’s Jesse Karns. “These Code Reports will advance the use of our innovative Cold Formed Steel line by making specification and code-compliance easier for designers to achieve.”

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March 13 With Industry-Leading Technology, Clear Marketshare Leadership, and Deep Supply Chain Connectivity, MiTek Maintains its Status as the Software Solution Set of Choice for Home Builders

Chesterfield, MO – March 13, 2019 – To aggressively accelerate the technology solution offerings it provides to home builders, MiTek today announced that it is committing substantial new resources to its home builder software group. In 2019, MiTek will add 35 new associates in the areas of software development, documentation, support, product management, and implementation services.

MiTek has long offered the top home builder software solutions, including award-winning systems for workflow management, document management, CRM/sales process automation, drafting and estimating service, web-based sales of new homes, and HVAC system optimization.

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February 12 MiTek’s Enabling Technology and Equipment Helped the KB Home ProjeKt Dramatically Reduce Building Cycle Times, While Delivering Precision & Quality

IBS Show Floor, Las Vegas, NV – February 12, 2019 – MiTek® Industries is a sponsor and participant in the 2019 BUILDER Concept Home at Inspirada, in Henderson, NV, called KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives.

During the IBS show, MiTek’s participation will be demonstrated at the KB Home ProjeKt for visitors to the home site.   The home tour times are Feb. 19, 20, and 21, from 10AM to 1PM.  The address is 3131 Biancavilla Ave., Henderson NV.  Transportation to and from the home is free through a Lyft promo code: KBHP2019.  (See a virtual tour of KB Home ProjeKt now at this link.)

KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives is a forward-looking concept home that breaks new ground in homebuilding through innovative partnerships, while also demonstrating the viability of a highly accelerated construction pace when moving from “dirt to dry-in.”  The off-site construction framing process of this KB Home ProjeKt incorporated 3D-modeled and advanced panelized framing.

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February 5 MiTek Launches the Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame™ Design Manager

Chesterfield, MO – February 5, 2019 – MiTek Launches the “Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame™ Design Manager,” the Latest Shear Wall Design Software from Hardy Frame®.

MiTek USA’s Hardy Frame® brand has just launched its Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame Design Manager, a web-based software program that is the latest in a long line of shear-wall system solutions from MiTek. The new “Design Manager” supports the Hardy Frame CFS Moment Frame, the industry’s first cold-formed steel moment frame. Access the “Design Manager” at this link.

The new “Design Manager” is an interactive program used by building designers to enter lateral loading for wall elevations comprised of one or more floor levels of vertically stacked Hardy Frame Cold Formed Steel Moment Frames. The “Design Manager” is used to assemble a comprehensive compilation of loading requirements for multi-story walls. Submittal of the wall loading and geometry are routed directly to MiTek’s engineering department for them to provide the most economical shear wall design.

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2018

November 13 MiTek Implements Advanced Off-Site Framing in the KB Home ProjeKt

Chesterfield, MO – November 13, 2018 – MiTek Joins Hanley Wood, KB Home, and ENTEKRA to Implement Advanced Off-Site Framing in the KB Home ProjeKt.

KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives is a forward-looking concept home that will break new ground in homebuilding through innovative partnerships, led by KB Home, the industry leader in sustainability and innovation.

The off-site construction framing process of this KB Home ProjeKt will incorporate 3D-modeled, advanced panelized framing. Using a highly collaborative approach, the design and construction teams will account for all the framing details, as well as the MEP placement and HVAC optimization in the building process.  Overall, KB Home ProjeKt will demonstrate the viability of a highly accelerated construction pace when moving from “dirt to dry-in.”

This dramatic shortening of traditional home framing cycle times is only possible through a truly collaborative effort across all disciplines, which is enabled in part by MiTek’s SAPPHIRE® suite of 3D structural component design and manufacturing software

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October 24 New Cloud Initiative for Users of BuilderMT, Sales Simplicity, and Options Online

Chesterfield, MO – October 24, 2018 – MiTek has announced that the next versions of its BuilderMT, Sales Simplicity, and Options Online software solutions will be fully cloud-based.

Over the next 18 months, MiTek will begin offering users of BuilderMT, Sales Simplicity, and Options Online the option to migrate to a modern, unified, integrated, cloud-based platform.  This new version will be called BMT Cloud™, and it will be focused on mid-volume home builders.  MiTek will soon issue a timeline for BMT Cloud™ development and integration.

 

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October 22 MiTek features the MatchPoint(R) DirectDrive(TM) System at BCMC 2018

MiTek MatchPoint® DirectDrive™ System Offers Up To 40% Labor Reduction

At BCMC 2018, MiTek Will Preview New Energy-Saving and Equipment Safety Features.

2018-10-22 BCMC logo

CHESTERFIELD, MO – October 23, 2018 – MiTek Industries, Inc. today announced that it has advanced the labor-saving capabilities of its systems.  With just over one year in the field, the MatchPoint® DirectDrive™ system is reducing shop floor labor by up to 40% for its users.

The MatchPoint® DirectDrive™ system complements MiTek’s MatchPoint BLADE™ Wood Processing System (an automated saw and component manufacturing system) and MiTek’s Wizard PDS Auto Jigging system.  Visit BCMC booth 206 to learn more.

 

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September 12 McBride & Son Homes Affirms Status as Innovative Market Leader, Supported by MiTek Processes and Software

Missouri’s Largest Home BuilderMasters Homebuyer Options, as It Builds With Continuous Profitable Improvement

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – September 12, 2018 – MiTek USA today announced that McBride & Son Homes, already a customer of a wide range of MiTek building products, has affirmed its market leader status with the implementation of MiTek’s SAPPHIRE® Build software solution.  (Read the full case study and watch a video at this link.)

 

McBride & Son Homes will start 900 homes in 2018, up from 742 in 2017, making the Company the 64th largest US home builder.  McBride employs 225 people, a remarkably lean operation, with a ratio of just four 2018 housing starts for every employee.

 

View the PDF here.

September 6 MiTek® Wins the D.R. Horton 2018 Chairman’s Choice Award

The Chairman’s Choice Award Is Given to Trade Partners That Have Demonstrated Excellence

CHESTERFIELD, MO – September 6, 2018 – MiTek USA today announced that it was honored to recently receive the D.R. Horton 2018 Chairman’s Choice Award, a distinguished privilege. The award recognizes trade partner excellence, and MiTek was selected for its tremendous work as a national partner of D.R. Horton’s; for increased efficiency and technology opportunities introduced to many D.R. Horton divisions; and for MiTek’s overall responsiveness.

MiTek was cited for superior service delivering product solutions on a national scale from MiTek’s expansive offering of Builder Products, which include hangers, shear walls, fasteners, and software solutions.  This 2018 Chairman’s Choice Award comes just three years after MiTek initially engaged D.R. Horton with its MiTek Builder Products line of hangers and fasteners. D.R. Horton is the largest home builder in the United States, ranking No. 1 on the Builder 100 list since 2002.  In calendar 2017, D.R. Horton closed more than 47,000 homes, with revenues of over $14 billion.

 

View the PDF here.

August 29 MiTek’s Hardy Frame® Offers New Lateral-Load Solutions, Rounding Out a Complete Product Line

CHESTERFIELD, MO – August 29, 2018 – MiTek USA just announced that its Hardy Frame brand now offers a range of seven products in a “full spectrum” offering of lateral-load solutions for light-frame, multistory construction.  Two of the Hardy Frame solutions introduced here – the Hardy Frame® CFS Moment Frame™ and the Hardy Frame® CFS Picture Frame™ – are entirely new to the market.

 

“MiTek is the innovator in the field of lateral-load solutions.  With this full spectrum of solutions, anyone designing or constructing light-frame, multistory structures now has more choices, more advantages, and better value,” said Scott Miller, MiTek’s Senior Vice President of Engineering.  “Our new cold-formed steel solutions are especially innovative, allowing easy, on-site assembly.  We stand alone in the industry with this new alternative to structural steel moment frames.”

 

View the PDF here.

August 22 The Latest Version of MiTek® Deck Designer™ Adds Customization of Deck Levels and the Direction, Size, and Color of Planks, Among Other New Features

The Latest Version of MiTek® Deck Designer™ Adds Customization of Deck Levels and the Direction, Size, and Color of Planks, Among Other New Features

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – August 22, 2018 – MiTek® announced that it has released a new version of the highly popular MiTek® Deck Designer™ (formerly USP® Deck Designer) that offers a series of improvements.

 

MiTek® Deck Designer™ is a free online interactive software program that helps building material retailers and their customers design their dream decks.  The newest version of the software allows advanced customization of deck levels, as well as the direction, color and size of deck planks, among other features.

Read more here.

July 19 MiTek Announces the Hardy Frame® CFS Moment Frame™

MiTek Announces the Hardy Frame® CFS Moment Frame™,the Industry’s First Cold-Formed Steel Moment Frame 

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – July 19, 2018 – MiTek USA’s Hardy Frame® brand now offers the CFS Moment Frame, the industry’s first cold-formed steel (CFS) moment frame.

 

Built upon the success of Hardy Frame’s HFX Panel, the new CFS Moment Frame is the industry’s first cold-formed steel prefabricated moment frame.

 

 

 

View the PDF here.

March 23 The Updated MiTek® USP Catalog App is Available on Apple, Android, and Windows Mobile Devices

CHESTERFIELD, MO – March 23, 2018 – MiTek® USA just announced that it has released an updated MiTek USP Catalog App for Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices.

 

Now with improved navigation and graphics to search MiTek’s connector product line, the no-cost MiTek USP Catalog App features new product and application illustrations, installation instructions, and updated fastening schedules, as well as load ratings and reference conversions.

 

The MiTek USP Catalog App also offers navigation to search the entire MiTek USP product catalog, as well as cross reference specifications and easy, on-the-fly product look-ups.  Engineered wood products (EWP) and plated truss connectors are also included in the App.  Users can email MiTek USP product pages directly from the App.

  • Free download on iTunes App Store. Search for “MiTek USP Product Catalog.” iPad and iPhone Requirements: IOS 7.0 or later.
  • Free download in Google Play. Search for “MiTek USP Product Catalog.” Android phone or tablet Requirements: 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later.
  • Windows Phone or tablet Requirements: 10 or later.  Free download in Windows Store. Search for “MITEK USP Product Catalog.”

Download the complete press release here.

January 25 MiTek’s SAPPHIRE® Supply Offers New Functionality for ProDealers

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 25, 2018 – MiTek® USA just announced that its SAPPHIRE Supply software solution has added new features and functionality for its lumber and building material “ProDealer” users.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of lumber and building material dealers, SAPPHIRE Supply is a single-source software solution that uniquely combines complete, multi-category materials estimating and structural frame design.  SAPPHIRE Supply also incorporates the building material supplier’s product SKUs (and pricing) to create a complete “whole house” quote, while performing analysis and design on a wide range of structural products, including leading proprietary engineered wood products (EWP), dimension lumber, and metal connectors and hangers.

 

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Download the full press release here.

January 3 MiTek Appoints a New Vice President of Enterprise Communications and Philanthropy

Rachel Seward

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 3, 2018 – MiTek® Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced that Rachel Seward has joined MiTek as the Vice President of Enterprise Communications and Philanthropy.  In this newly created role, Ms. Seward will develop clear channels, and standards for communicating internally and externally, with a special focus on helping convey the “One MiTek” story with clarity, passion, and consistency on a global scale.

 

Read more here.

January 3 MiTek Appoints a New Vice President, Enterprise Operational Excellence

Richard Sullivan

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 3, 2018 – MiTek® Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced that Richard Sullivan has joined its leadership team as Vice President, Enterprise Operational Excellence.  In this newly created role, Mr. Sullivan will come alongside and partner with MiTek’s global Business Unit leaders as a resource and internal champion to assist them on their journeys of continuous improvement.

 

Read more here.

2017

November 29 MiTek® Expands Its FWH Fire Wall Hanger Series, With Hangers That Offer New, High-Load-Carrying Capacity

The New “Fire Wall Hanger for Beams and Purlins” Can Support Loads of More Than 5,700 Pounds

 

Chesterfield, MO – November 29, 2017 – MiTek USA, a leading manufacturer of code-approved structural connectors, anchors, and epoxy, and a developer of software tools for design and workflow, today announced the national availability of a new FWH Fire Wall Hanger connector: FWHBP, for Fire Wall Hanger for Beams and Purlins.  (Link to product description.)

 

The FWHBP can transfer loads of more than 5,700 pounds into supporting walls by bearing on the wall’s top plates and directly attaching to the stud pack or post below (see Figure 1).  As with MiTek’s original FWH hanger, the advanced design allows users to install the new hangers before the drywall is attached, eliminating an extra framing step, shortening the process, and allowing a project to be completely framed-up and weather-tight before the drywall shows up on site.

 

Read more here.

November 13 Dick Marriott Awarded the 2017 Dick Bowman Industry Enthusiast Award from the Structural Building Components Association

CHESTERFIELD, MO – November 13, 2017 – MiTek® today announced that its outgoing president, Dick Marriott, has won the 2017 Dick Bowman Industry Enthusiast award, a prestigious honor awarded annually by the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA).

 

“The Dick Bowman Industry Enthusiast award was created in 2005 in honor of Dick Bowman, long-time SBC Magazine and BCMC exhibit space salesman, who was the epitome of enthusiastic support for the structural building components industry. Dick Bowman faithfully served our industry until his unfortunate death in January of 2004,” according to the SBCA.

 

Before recently announcing his retirement, Dick Marriott had been President of MiTek USA, Inc.  Prior to that, Mr. Marriott had also served as Senior Vice President of Sales for MiTek USA until 2008. He first joined MiTek in 1978 as a sales engineer.

 

 

“Dick Marriott’s lifetime of service to MiTek and to the community of customers we serve is revered in the building industry, and rightfully so.  This award is well-earned by Dick, and I know I speak for the entire MiTek family, in offering a heartfelt thanks to Dick for all he has given to us and to this industry, and especially for the example he has set for his fellow MiTek team members,” said Maged Diab, President of MiTek USA.

 

 

“This award will honor a supplier individual who over the years has supported BCMC [the Building Component Manufacturers Conference] and the structural building components industry as a whole with enthusiasm and integrity in an unselfish and positive manner and has brought an all-around good attitude and joy to the show.  The selection committee for the Dick Bowman Industry Enthusiast Award is the SBCA Board of Directors, SBCA Past Presidents and the BCMC Committee,” the SBCA added.

 

The past recipients of this award have included Joe Kannapell (2013), Carl Schoening (2014) Jerry Vulgaris (2015) and Mike Martz (2016).

 

Download the press release here.

November 7 MiTek Publishes Hardy Frame Prescriptive Design Guide, Offering Alternative Braced Wall Solutions with HFX Panels that Comply with 2015 International Residential Code

Lateral Loads from Wind and Earthquakes Require Wood-Framed Structures to be Properly Braced.  Hardy Frame® Prefabricated HFX Narrow Shear Wall Panels Offer a Ready Solution in Limited Spaces.

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – November 7, 2017 – MiTek announced today that it has just published a new Hardy FramePrescriptive Design Guide that provides an overview of braced wall design, a flow chart of the design and specification process, and specific instructions to properly apply the Hardy Frame Alternative Braced Wall Solution.

 

The Hardy FramePrescriptive Design Guide describes the need to locate Braced Wall Lines, determine the Braced Wall Length, and identify the available Braced Wall Segments within each line.  When the total length of the Segments is insufficient to meet the Braced Wall Length requirement, the Hardy Frame Alternative Braced Wall is the solution to meet the International Residential Code (IRC).

 

Garage fronts commonly have limited space that is problematic when specifiers need to meet Braced Wall Lengths and Braced Wall Panel requirements.  The Hardy Frame HFX Prefabricated Narrow Shear Wall Panel – manufactured under a quality-control program – is a proven solution for these conditions.

 

Read more here.

September 28 MiTek® Launches Its New ProSeries™ Fasteners, Offering Exterior-Grade & Interior-Grade Structural Wood Screws

CHESTERFIELD, MO – September 28, 2017 – MiTek today announced that it has launched a new line of fasteners, called MiTek ProSeries™. MiTek ProSeries™ includes MiTek Washer Head structural wood screws, MiTek Bugle Head structural wood screws, and MiTek Hex Head structural wood screws.

 

Read more here.

September 21 MiTek® Launches “Hardy Frame® Special Moment Frame Design Manager,” an Online Interactive Design Tool for Engineers Who Specify Special Moment Frames

Chesterfield, MO, September 21, 2017 – MiTek USA today announced that MiTek Builder Products now offers a Hardy Frame Special Moment Frame Design Manager online tool for designing Hardy Frame Special Moment Frames (HFSMF).  Hardy Frame Special Moment Frames are used in the design, construction, and retrofit of single- and multi-story wood-frame structures in residential and light-commercial markets.  Engineered to resist significant lateral forces from high wind and seismic loads, Hardy Frame Special Moment Frames are state-of-the-art, pre-fabricated, pre-engineered systems that utilize next-generation SidePlate® moment connection technology.

 

The Hardy Frame Special Moment Frame Design Manager is highly interactive and replaces tedious manual input forms.  As the user enters dimensions, the Hardy Frame Special Moment Frame is instantly drawn to scale.  The input is continuously checked for consistency and accuracy, preventing costly specification errors and delays.  Heights, inside and outside widths, and other important dimensions are displayed, including clearance reductions for nailers and SidePlates®.

September 7 MiTek’s DIY Technologies Web-Based Design Tool for Outdoor Living Spaces & Deck Design Tops Four Million Projects

CHESTERFIELD, MO – September 7, 2017 – MiTek’s DIY Technologies, the market-leading, web-based design software for decks and outdoor living spaces, today announced that more than four million projects have run through the system, as consumers, DIYers, ProSumers, and professional contractors have all used MiTek’s software to optimize their design and generate material lists and building permit / code documents needed for the success of their projects.  DIY Technologies is the underlying technology that powers USP Deck Designer™. (Download USP Deck Designer at this link at no cost.)

 

DIY Technologies deck design software is just one of a far-reaching set of software solutions offered by MiTek to design, specify, and obtain “bills of material” (product lists) for construction projects of all types and sizes.  The wide spectrum of MiTek’s other software also includes specification, workflow management, and sales automation solutions for builders; estimating software for builder material dealers, as well as design and automation software for the wood structural frame and component manufacturing

June 14 MiTek® Acquires Mezzanine International

CHESTERFIELD, MO – June 14, 2017 – MiTek Industries, Inc (MiTek®), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineere products and systems; proprietary business management and design software; and automated equipment to the construction and industria markets, announced today that it has acquired UK-based Mezzanine International, one of Europe’s leading mezzanine flooring suppliers.

 

With a focus on European markets, Mezzanine International is a highly regarded leader in the design, prefabrication, and installation of custom work platforms and structural mezzanine systems. In addition to serving
the largest global e-commerce providers, the Company’s many customers include leading companies in distribution, processing, aerospace, manufacturing, retail, and entertainment. In order to support the Company’s tremendous growth, in early 2017, Mezzanine International opened a new location in Cologne, Germany.

 

Mezzanine International is renowned for its high-performance structures, and its new Mezzanine7® system, both of which can be tailored to match customers’ exact needs. Click on this link to see a video of the Mezzanine7 system.

 

The acquisition of Mezzanine International follows another recent acquisition by MiTek in this same sector, Cubic Designs, Inc., a US-based leader in custom work platforms and structural mezzanine systems. Together, Mezzanine International and Cubic Designs can now offer mezzanine platform solutions to their customers on a global scale.

 

“I am so pleased that Mezzanine International has joined the ranks of a storied company, MiTek Industries, Inc. A vital aspect of this acquisition was the remarkable alignment of our core values with MiTek’s, which is essential to executing our long-range growth plans,” said Scott Chambers, managing director of Mezzanine International. “Given our current design and manufacturing capabilities in Europe, combined with the momentum we are sure to experience with MiTek’s global footprint, formidable brand and resources, we expect growth rates and technology
developments that far outpace our competitors.”

 

“The acquisition of Mezzanine International furthers our strategy for global diversification. Scott and his team have built a growing business that is recognized as a leader in the markets where they compete, while building and maintaining a trust-based culture,” said Mark Thom, MiTek’s CEO. “This is an incredible addition to the MiTek family, and I’m truly excited about the future growth opportunities that we will create together.”

 

About Mezzanine International: 

 

Established in 1991, Mezzanine International is Europe’s leading mezzanine flooring supplier. Mezzanine International delivers bespoke performance structures, mezzanine decking, and ancillary products to clients across all industry sectors. Learn more: https://www.Mezzanine.co.uk/

 

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June 13 MiTek Introduces the MatchPoint™ DirectDrive System to Increase the Productivity of Roof Truss Manufacturing

CHESTERFIELD, MO – June 13, 2017 – MiTek Industries, Inc. today introduces the MatchPoint™ DirectDrive system. The MatchPoint DirectDrive™ system complements the MiTek’s MatchPoint BLADE™ wood processing system (an automated saw and component manufacturing system), as well as MiTek’s Wizard PDS Auto Jigging system.

Now, with the MatchPoint DirectDrive system, users can access new software and a material-handling system that fully rounds out roof truss component manufacturing, while also significantly minimizing labor. Plus, when delivering cut wood truss members from the saw to the truss make-up table, the MatchPoint Blade system offers sorting, optimizing, and printing capabilities which allow for unrivaled accuracy and speed. Users of MatchPoint DirectDrive system can also experience even greater increased output, achieved with a potentially reduced workforce. The MatchPoint DirectDrive system all but eliminates truss manufacturing “set-up time,” a major factor that can
limit truss production output.

With MiTek’s Virtual Plant software (MVP), users can also manage the truss manufacturing process, a.k.a. work in progress (WIP), far better than before, while increasing manufacturing capacity within a manufacturing facility’s existing footprint. Review the MatchPoint™ DirectDrive System at this link, which includes a video overview.

June 8 INCREDI-BOND® Two-Component Epoxy Joins Lineup of MiTek Builder Products’ High-Performance Epoxy Solutions

Chesterfield, MO – June 8, 2017 – MiTek today announced that its INCREDIBOND® product has joined MiTek Builder Products’ lineup of high-performance epoxy anchoring solutions, where MiTek offers epoxy solutions
for use in a wide range of projects, from heavy-industrial seismic and wind applications to household projects.

INCREDI-BOND is a high-strength, two-component epoxy specifically designed to be a bonding agent for almost all household materials including wood, steel, concrete, brick, stone, and CMU block. INCREDI-BOND, which is moisture-insensitive, has a two-year shelf life when stored in unopened containers in dry conditions between 40°-95°F.

INCREDI-BOND offers over 1,000 psi bond strength in two days, a quick initial cure time of two hours at 75°F, and a convenient 20-minute working time. INCREDI-BOND’s non-sag formulation makes it an excellent epoxy for overhead patching and repairs. Plus, there’s easy tool clean up with M.E.K. or WD-40.

INCREDI-BOND joins these other MiTek epoxy solutions:

• CIA-GEL 7000-C™, code-compliant epoxy designed for tension and
shear loads due to wind or earthquake (Seismic Design Category C-F).
CIA-GEL 7000-C is designed to attach anchor bolts into concrete that
is, or may become, cracked due to cyclic loading from wind or
earthquakes.

• CIA-GEL 7000™, masonry-approved epoxy designed to attach anchor
bolts into fully grouted concrete masonry units (CMU). CIA-GEL 7000
has ICC-ES AC58 approval for seismic, sustained load, elevated
temperature, and freeze-thaw suitability conditions.

• CIA-GEL 6000-GP™, general purpose, quick cure epoxy for general purpose
structural applications that require quick load times and for
doweling applications that require state DOT approval.

• CIA-EA™, epoxy acrylate structural adhesive for high-strength, fast-cure structural

anchoring of threaded rod and deformed rebar into uncracked concrete.

To calculate how much epoxy is required on any job, MiTek now offers an
Epoxy Quantity Estimator, available at this link.

“INCREDI-BOND joins our very strong epoxy product offering, where users can find an epoxy solution for virtually any projects, from industrial-grade commercial construction, to household uses. We really are a one-stop shop
for high-quality epoxies for a wide range of applications,” said MiTek’s Marty Ruch.

 

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June 5 MiTek Wins Three NRHA Packaging and Merchandising Awards

2017-05 MiTek Wins Three NRHA Packaging

 

Chesterfield, MO, May 8, 2017 – MiTek® USA announced today that its MiTek Builder Products division has won multiple awards from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) as part of its 2017 Packaging and Merchandising Awards Program.

 

  • MiTek has been awarded a Gold Award for its “Bin Display.”
  • MiTek has been awarded a Silver Award for its “Carton Display.”
  • MiTek has been awarded an Honorable Mention for its “Packaging.”

The judges’ criteria for the award included: Overall Shelf and Sales Appeal, Graphic Design, Innovation, Packaging Efficiency, Shelf Life, and Selling Feature. The awards will be given at the All-Industry Conference and National Hardware Show, May 9-11 in Las Vegas.

 

“It has always been evident to our MiTek associates and our customers that we take enormous pride in enabling strong sales for their businesses,” said Maged Diab, President of MiTek USA. “These NRHA national awards are indeed an honor, doubly so because they bring recognition to the efforts we have made to drive the success of ou retailers and their customers.”

 

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June 5 McCabe Lumber Implements SAPPHIRE® Supply, Cutting Time 50%, Frees Up Sales Staff

CHESTERFIELD, MO – March 28, 2017 – MiTek USA today announce that Cincinnati-based McCabe Lumber has implemented MiTek’s SAPPHIRE Supply, resulting in a 50% reduction in the time required to generate estimates and material take-offs. McCabe Lumber is a longtime user of MiTek’s SAPPHIRE Structure for designing and manufacturing prefabricated components.

Using SAPPHIRE Supply, the newest SAPPHIRE module, McCabe can now create the most-accurate 3-D BIM structural frame in the building industry. With SAPPHIRE Supply, a wide range of structural products can be designed for roofs, floors, and wall applications, including proprietary EWP products, dimensional lumber, and MiTek’s USP Structural Connectors’ metal connectors. SAPPHIRE Supply can also estimate non-structural materials such as drywall, roofing, and housewrap. A flexible formula-builder gives SAPPHIRE Supply user the power to define their own accumulation rules, further increasing accuracy.

Watch a video about McCabe Lumber’s use of SAPPHIRE Supply: link.

McCabe Lumber has a staff of 120 and generates $40 million in annual revenue; customers are predominantly high-end custom production home builders and professional remodelers.

“With SAPPHIRE Supply, our material counts and delivery stages are so accurate, we see a clear path to reducing the error and waste rate from as much as 8% down to 2%, which is near-perfect accuracy,” said Dave Renchen, McCabe Lumber’s Estimating Manager.

“SAPPHIRE Supply uses a single shared structural model, and that offers McCabe a unified solution for efficient, consistent and accurate modeling, estimating, on order fulfillment across their organization,” explained MiTek’s Brian McCormick. “SAPPHIRE Supply eliminates the classic problem of inconsistent sales estimating, because it delivers accurate modeling and estimating on every structure.”

“Now our sales team is not spending hours on estimates; instead, they are selling more jobs and expanding relationship, often by using SAPPHIRE Viewer, a free download for reviewing SAPPHIRE models,” added McCabe Lumber’s Dave Renchen.

For information about SAPPHIRE Supply, and to read the full McCabe Lumber case study, visit link, or contact Brian McCormick; BMcCormick@MII.com.

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April 6 MiTek® Announces its 2017 MiTek Builder Technology Summit™

2017-04 MiTek Builder Technology Summit

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – April 6, 2017 – MiTek USA today announced the launch of the MiTek Builder Technology Summit. The 2017 MiTek Builder Technology Summit is an inaugural event that will showcase the very latest technology for home building design, estimating and workflow. The Summit will feature technology exhibits and demonstrations, as well as a wide range of educational/training sessions.

 

The technology Summit will feature MiTek’s builder-focused companie and software platforms including BuilderMT, Cubit, DIY Technologies, Sales Simplicity, SAPPHIRE Supply, SAPPHIRE® Build (KOVA), and Wrightsoft.

In addition, integration partner-companies that have linked to MiTek solutions will also be featured, including Avid Ratings, CG Visions, Build Intelligence (DOMO), Event 1 Software (Liberty Reports) LandDev, Punchlist Manager / Inspection Manager, Specitup, and Western Computer.

The three-day MiTek Builder Technology Summit is focused on information sharing. The Summit will kick off by hearing from current customers, presenting alongside their technology providers, to highlight their experiences and the impact these technologies have had on their businesses.

MiTek is urging attendance from senior home building managers, with a special focus on CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs, as well as personnel from the sales, purchasing, scheduling, and quality-assurance departments.

The MiTek Builder Technology Summit will be held at the Naples Beach and Golf Hotel, in Naples Florida, September 19-22, 2017.

“This Summit is designed as a technology exposition both in addition to a training/educational event.,” said MiTek’s Rob Hooker. “We intend to draw attendees from elite home building companies that want to see the latest technology designed to cut cycle-times, reduce the need for skilled labor, and drive higher profit margins. We’ll see you in Naples!”

Learn more: www.MiTekBuilderTechnologySummit.com.

 

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March 15 MiTek® Releases USP® Adhesive Anchor Design Program

2017-03 USP Adhesive Anchor Design Program

CHESTERFIELD, MO – March 15, 2017 – MiTek announced today that it has launched a new USP Adhesive Anchor Design program. The program, a free download, is a powerful design tool that provides optimized epoxy connection solutions for anchors post-installed into concrete using CIA-GEL 7000-C. The time-saving USP Adhesive Anchor Design program determines the required anchor rod steel grade, diameter, and effective embedment depth, based on applied factored tension, shear, and moment loads. Visit the program’s website to watch a video: Link.

Compliant with the 2012 IBC code requirements (ACI 318-11 Appendix D), the USP Adhesive Anchor Design program can be used in high-seismic regions (Seismic Design Categories C, D, E, and F), and it can accommodate up to eight anchor rods with slotted anchor plate holes. The USP Adhesive Anchor Design program also accepts factored loads for tension, shear, and moments, using ACI 318 Chapter 9.2 load combinations.

The USP Adhesive Anchor Design program also creates a comprehensive design report that can be emailed as a PDF for job submittal.

With French and Spanish language options, the software automatically scans for updates and will alert the user when updates are available.

“The USP Adhesive Anchor Design program can guide users through the process of specifying material and geometry properties, anchor plate/bolt groupings and applied factored loads,” said MiTek’s Jim Collins. “The calculation generates a completely optimized set of CIA-GEL 7000-C epoxy solutions for threaded rod and re-bar anchors and a quick way to filter the results based on steel type and diameter. Color coding is used to sort the optimum designs.”

February 21 MiTek’s New Hardy Frame “Picture Frame” Doubles the Efficiencies of its Special Moment Frame

2017-02 New MiTek HardyFrame Picture Frame

 

Chesterfield, MO, February 21, 2017 – MiTek® USA announced today that Hardy Frame® has added an innovative design to its Hardy Frame Special Moment Frame (SMF) product offering. By designing and fabricating the beam-to-column SMF connections – at the top and the bottom of the frame – the efficiencies in the utilization of the column are significantly increased. With increased column efficiencies, the designer can economize special moment frame member sizes, the number of frames required in a wall line, or achieve higher capacities when lateral forces are high and shear-load demands are extreme.

MiTek USA’s Hardy Frame Shear Wall System has long offered Hardy Frame Prefabricated Narrow Shear Wall Panels and Hardy Frame Prefabricated Special Moment Frames, along with installation accessory items, steel connectors, post installed epoxy and cast-in-place anchoring solutions. The Hardy Frame Shear Wall System is now
expanding to include the new “Hardy Frame Picture Frame,” a four-sided special moment frame with special moment connections at all four corners. Anchorage to the concrete for tension and shear can be a simple pinned base. The innovative addition of a beam with special moment connections (which replaces the need for an engineered, steel-reinforced concrete grade beam) provides the advantages of a fixed base connection, along with an easier field installation and a reduced need for inspections.

Interest in Hardy Frame Special Moment Frame design solutions is at its highest point since the product was introduced in 2008 due to “soft story retrofit” ordinances adopted within a growing number of California building jurisdictions. MiTek has developed a new special website ( link) for all soft-story retrofit related issues to showcase its structural retrofit solutions: http://www.HardyFrame.com/softstory. (A recent illustrated Journal of Light Construction feature article explains the Hardy Frame SMF installation process, in detail.)

“With this exciting innovation, we now offer Hardy Frame products to meet engineers’ daily design challenges, from creating architectural openings for large windows and doors for new structures, to strengthening soft story buildings for preparation of severe seismic events,” said Maged Diab, President of MiTek USA.

January 23 MiTek® Acquires Wrightsoft®

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 23, 2017 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (“MiTek”), a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products; proprietary business management and design software; and automated equipment to the construction and industrial markets announced today that it has acquired Wrightsoft Corporation (“Wrightsoft”). Headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts, Wrightsoft is the market pioneer and leading provider of software for residential and commercial energy code compliance and HVAC system design.

“I’m thrilled with the acquisition of Wrightsoft, as this expands our technology leadership into a new area of residential and commercial construction for MiTek: energy load calculation and HVAC system design,” stated Tom Manenti, Executive Chairman of MiTek. “Aligned with our current software platforms, Wrightsoft will provide MiTek a new software extension into this essential aspect of residential and commercial construction. The resources MiTek brings to bear, coupled with Wrightsoft’s deep industry relationships, unique expertise, and proprietary software, will provide unequalled capabilities and efficiencies to MiTek’s growing residential and commercial customer base.”

“We are delighted to welcome Bill Wright and his leadership team to the MiTek family, and we look forward to working with them to continue providing exemplary service to their customers and growing Wrightsoft’s business,” Manenti commented.

Bill Wright, founder and President of Wrightsoft added, “We have successfully partnered with MiTek for a number of years now, and I am excited Wrightsoft has joined the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway family. MiTek’s values-based approach to leadership combined with its vision of providing unsurpassed, value-added technology to the global residential and commercial construction industry, make this a perfect fit for Wrightsoft and
all its employees.”

About Wrightsoft

Founded in 1985, Wrightsoft provides Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)-approved software that combines residential and commercial energy load calculation with design functionality in a single, proprietary program known as Right-Suite Universal®. This technology allows the HVAC contractor to properly calculate energy loads, accurately design and size HVAC systems, efficiently produce parts takeoff lists and proposals, and generate all necessary professional documentation and reports. Learn more: www.Wrightsoft.com.

 

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January 11 MiTek® Acquires DIY Technologies

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 11, 2017 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (“MiTek”), a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products; a proprietary business management and design software; and automated equipment to the construction and industrial markets, announced today that it has acquired DIY Technologies (“DIY”). Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, DIY is a market leader in web-based design software for a wide range of
home improvement and renovation projects.

“I am delighted with the acquisition of DIY, which has an enviable leadership position as a provider of on-line design software to the do-it-yourself, home improvement market. This acquisition is yet another extension of our leading position in technology serving the residential construction industry,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “DIY has established long-term relationships with some of the nation’s largest and most-respected retailers and building-products manufacturers. The combination of MiTek’s software and capital resources, along with DIY’s comprehensive web-based software, will provide unparalleled technology tools that will enhance our customers’ value proposition.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael Heisler and his team to the MiTek family and look forward to supporting their business model while expanding their software offerings and services, as we continue to grow DIY’s business,” Manenti commented.

Michael Heisler, CEO and founder of DIY added, “This acquisition is the culmination of more than ten years of successful partnering with MiTek. I am excited that DIY and all our employees have joined the MiTek and Berkshire
Hathaway family. I have seen how MiTek truly ‘lives’ its core values, and because of this and its compelling vision of providing unrivaled, highly productive technology to the global residential and commercial construction industry, I know MiTek is the ideal home for DIY.”

About DIY

Founded in 1998, DIY provides web-based software focused on do-it yourself home improvement projects, including: decking, fencing and other outside living projects. DIY’s innovative software provides its users a wide range of capabilities, from generating project layout sheets, to creating cut sheets and material lists, to identifying and locating specific manufacturer’s products at local retail and building material stores. Learn more: www.DIYonline.com.

 

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January 9 MiTek® Adds New CEO to its Corporate Leadership Team

2017-01 Mark Thom

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 9, 2017 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (“MiTek”), a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products; proprietary business management and design software; and automated
equipment to the construction and industrial markets announced today that it has added Mark Thom to its leadership
as the new CEO. The current CEO, Tom Manenti, will assume the role of Executive Chairman for 2017. Mr. Manenti will continue to report to Warren Buffett.

Mr. Thom has a rich background of executive leadership and achievement in management and sales. For 16 years,
he led teams within the former Tyco Healthcare, a nearly $12 billion global manufacturer of medical and pharmaceutical products, where Mr. Thom received top honors as a sales person. He began his career at Tyco Healthcare after graduation from Miami University and rose to the role of President of the Tyco’s Vascular Therapy division in 1998, just eight years after he left college. Soon after Tyco Healthcare acquired Mallinckrodt Medical, Mr. Thom was named president of Mallinckrodt’s Diagnostic Imaging Business, and he was later named Group President, Tyco Healthcare in early 2003. In recent years he served as leadership consultant to the MiTek senior leadership team, where he learned the MiTek business and its culture.

Mr. Thom assumes the CEO role at MiTek at a fortuitous time for the company. With notable acquisitions, diversification, and organic growth, MiTek has doubled in size since 2011, and has a strategic plan in place to
double again over the next five years. His addition now provides leadership continuity as Mr. Manenti retires in January, 2018.

“The naming of Mark to the CEO position addresses one of my key business imperatives – Leadership Development and Succession Planning – a well-developed and widely used road map for MiTek leadership into the future,”
said Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “More importantly, Mark is simply a top performer, in the very elite class of executives in multiple categories of corporate operations and effective leadership. I was thrilled when Mark accepted the CEO position. It was a banner day for MiTek worldwide!”

About MiTek

MiTek is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, services, and equipment to the residential, commercial, and industrial construction sectors. MiTek Industries’ passion for its associates’ well-being, and its customers’ success, is the company’s hallmark. A Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B) since 2001, MiTek has operations in more than 40 countries on six continents. Learn more: www.MiTek-us.com and www.mii.com.

2016

December 16 MiTek’s New Atlanta, GA, Warehouse Offers Growing Customer Base Rapid Delivery of Building Products

2016-12 New Atlanta Warehouse

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – December 16, 2016 – MiTek today announced that it has opened a new warehouse and distribution facility in Atlanta, GA. This new facility is the third warehouse opened by MiTek in the last 13 months, and it joins other strategically placed manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution facilities already located in New Jersey, Florida, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Houston, Phoenix, and California.

The new Atlanta facility enables rapid distribution of MiTek building products to customers within a 500-mile radius. Fully functional on February 1, 2017, the new facility offers products that include USP Structural Connectors, USP
Epoxy and fastener products, as well as MiTek truss connector plates. The facility will primarily serve MiTek’s two-step customers and support MiTek’s rapidly expanding sales network.

The new warehouse offers 45,600 sq. ft. of space, of which 3,500 sq. ft. will be dedicated to offices, training, and customer support. The address of the new facility is 4380 International Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30354. The warehouse has immediate access to I-75, I-285, I-85, and is one mile from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“This is the third new MiTek warehouse and distribution center we have opened recently. With its strategic location, it provides us with even more coverage areas for one-day or two-day delivery of MiTek products,” said Todd Asche, Senior Vice President of Operations. “This new warehouse and distribution facility is clear evidence that MiTek is
‘on the march,’ with a goal of distributing our products at an expansive geographical scale.”

August 25 MiTek Appoints Chris McCorkle, Director of National Accounts for the Lowe’s Account

2016-08 Chris McCorkle

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – August 25, 2016 – MiTek® today announced the latest member of its growing Retail Sales Team. Chris McCorkle is the new MiTek Builder Products Director of National Accounts for the Lowe’s account (NYSE: LOW). Mr. McCorkle has a long history working closely with Lowe’s; he resides in the Mooresville NC community, here the Lowe’s corporation is headquartered.

Mr. McCorkle joins MiTek from Jarden Applied Materials, Lawn and Garden Consumer Products, where he was national Account Manager responsible for “big box,” distribution, and hardware coop accounts.

Previously, Mr. McCorkle spent 12 years with Valspar (NYSE: VAL), among the world’s largest global coatings manufacturers, and a strategic partner of Lowe’s. At Valspar, he served as National Account manager for Lowe’s, as well as marketing manager. Mr. McCorkle was responsible for managing the Floor Coatings, Primer and Specialty
Coatings program with Lowe’s.

“We couldn’t be more honored to have Chris on our MiTek Builder Products team,” said Marty Ruch, MiTek Builder Products’ VP, Retail Sales and Merchandising. “He brings a tradition of service and a wealth of highly specific experience working with A-list brands. We look forward to having Chris expand and deepen our relationship with
Lowe’s.”

August 23 MiTek® Releases New Version (1.5) of USP Specifier™ Software

2016-08 New Version of Specifier Software

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – August 23, 2016 – MiTek announced today that it has just released a new version (1.5) of its widely used MiTek Specifier™ software. With MiTek Specifier, users can design beam-to-joist type hangers, input load requirements, and generate connector schedules that can easily be input into CAD drawings. MiTek Specifier also lets users define product lists, group connectors by project, print pick list reports, and compare USP’s products alongside its competitors’ offerings. The new version of the MiTek Specifier software contains these enhancements:

 

  • Hanger specs. Users can use a Quick Select design feature that accesses USP’s full hanger product line. USP Specifier lets users define product lists, group connectors by project, print pick list reports, and compare USP’s products to competitors’ offerings.
  • Full catalog. Users can access a wealth of new connector products, because the entire 2015-2016 Product Catalog is available in MiTek Specifier today.
  • Updated codes. The latest building codes have been updated in MiTek Specifier’s design data, presented with an improved graphical display.

As with past versions of MiTek Specifier, users will find quick views of code compliance reports, as well as access to a reports-generating tool that is highly configurable. With USP Specifier, it’s also easy to prepare documents for engineers of record and building designers or to import cost and price information for comprehensive project management.

To install USP Specifier 1.5, visit the Specifier software page. New users will receive an authorization code via email.

“The MiTek Specifier software offers access to our entire catalog of hangers and connectors, while providing tools that simplify code compliance,” said Robert Shupe, VP of Engineering Software Services.  “We’re delighted to offer the enhanced Version 1.5, which is further evidence of our commitment to our customers in their efforts to build safe, code-compliant structures.”

August 4 MiTek’s New Indianapolis, Indiana Distribution Facility Offers Rapid Delivery of Building Products

2016-08 Indianapolis Facility

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – August 4, 2016 – MiTek today announced that its new distribution facility in Plainfield, IN is now fully operational. Offering distribution to a 500-mile radius, the new facility will provide same-day or next-day delivery for a wide range of products, including USP Structural Connectors, USP Epoxy and fasteners, and MiTek truss connector plates. Serving MiTek’s two-step customers, and supporting MiTek’s expanding sales network, the new facility also offers nearly 53,000 square feet of space and 6,500 square feet of office space, where MiTek will provide customer training and support. The address of the new facility is 2363 E Perry Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168.

 

The new MiTek distribution facility features 15 dock doors, one oversized drive-in door, and expansive staging bays. Excellent access to key transportation routes is available, including Indianapolis International Airport, I-70, I-455, SR 37, SR 67, and nearby downtown Indianapolis.

 

“MiTek’s new Plainfield, IN facility will allow rapid delivery – often same-day service – to an expansive 500-mile radius from our new location,” said Todd Asche, Senior Vice President of Operations. “With our recent Houston distribution facility coming fully online and our new Indianapolis facility fully operational, we have made great strides in expanding the reach for MiTek and the products offered by our MiTek Builder Products division.”

June 8 MiTek’s Houston Warehouse is Fully Operational, Offering Seven-State Delivery

2016-06 Houston Warehouse

 

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – June 8, 2016 – MiTek today announced that its expanded Houston, TX warehouse is now fully operational, providing more stock and improved delivery for a wide range of products, including USP Structural Connectors, USP Epoxy and fasteners, MiTek truss connector plates, and Hardy Frame shear wall systems.

 

The new warehouse offers sameday or next-day delivery service to a wide range of states, including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. As an added convenience, the warehouse will also offer local customers the expediency of “will call” delivery.

 

MiTek chose to expand the Houston warehouse to better service the needs of dealers, builders, local contractors and DIY markets, where MiTek has seen increased demand for its products, specifically those which address the stringent requirements of the coastal wind codes.

 

“MiTek has been adding more SKUs and shortening delivery times to an expanded list of locations and states, and our Houston facility provides yet one more part of our plan to deliver exceptional and prompt order fulfillment across multiple states,” said Todd Asche, Senior Vice President of Operations. “Plus, we now have advanced inventory monitoring and processing systems in place, which accelerate fulfillment times across multiple MiTek product lines.”

April 26 MiTek Offers Structural and Engineering Solutions for “Soft Story” Retrofits

2016-04 soft story retrofits

 

Chesterfield, MO, April 26, 2016 – MiTek® today announced that its MiTek Builder Products division offers a range of solutions for building owners, structural engineers, and contractors to design solutions that comply with new “soft story” retrofit ordinances in California. These ordinances (part of broad government retrofit mandates) require soft-story structures to be seismically retrofit to better resist earthquake loads.

 

A soft story structure is typically an apartment complex built over first floor carports with large openings but little structural support to resist the lateral forces of earthquakes.

 

According to the LA Times, in the City of Los Angeles alone, an estimated 13,500 structures will be subject to the new ordinances. Similar laws have been adopted in the San Francisco and East Bay areas. The Los Angeles and San Francisco building departments are often seen as building safety leaders, and their ordinances are commonly adopted by neighboring jurisdictions.

 

To bring buildings into compliance with the ordinances, MiTek offers the Hardy Frame® Shear Wall System that includes Prefabricated Panels and Prefabricated Special Moment Frames (SMF), as well as steel connectors from USP Structural Connectors and CIA GEL7000-C epoxy. MiTek has developed a new special soft-story website (link) to showcase its structural retrofit solutions: HardyFrame.com/softstory. (A recent illustrated Journal of Light Construction feature article explains the Hardy Frame SMF installation process, in detail.) “The cost to retrofit is a fraction of the cost to repair or replace a building that’s been damaged in an earthquake. And of course life, personal safety, or even displacement of tenants can’t be measured in terms of cost. The efficient design of MiTek Builder Products retrofit solutions, combined with the simplicity and flexibility of the field installation, will help assure successful retrofits,” said Maged Diab, President of MiTek USA, Inc.

April 19 MiTek Appoints Trace Biles as a Director of National Builders and Supply Chain for the MiTek Builder Products Division

2016-04 Trace Biles

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – April 19, 2016 – MiTek® today announced that it has appointed Trace Biles as a Director of National Builders and Supply Chain for MiTek Builder Products. Mr. Biles will focus on sales of MiTek Builder Products’ to large national U.S. home builders. Additionally, Mr. Biles will be a key team member in furthering interaction between MiTek Builder Products and MiTek’s Residential Supply Chain, which supports builders and the supply chain through the SAPPHIRE™ Suite of software solutions. Mr. Biles joins Patrick O’Malley, another Director of National Builders and Supply Chain, who was appointed in the Fall of 2015.

 

Previous to arriving at MiTek, Mr. Biles was MASCO’s director of national accounts, where he led strategic direction and sales for top-20 national home builders at the corporate, regional, and local levels. Previous to that, Mr. Biles worked at American Woodmark Corp., where he was general manager of the Texas division.

 

“With his past work with large home builders, Trace brings a highly specialized knowledge to MiTek Builder Products sales efforts,” said Tom Mort, MiTek Builder Products’ Senior VP for Sales and Marketing. “With the very attractive product programs, technical support, and services we have in place for large home builders, we see increasing opportunities to place MiTek Builder Products with them, and we couldn’t be happier to have Trace as part of the team that leads this effort.”

April 12 Carter Lumber Names MiTek “2015 Vendor of the Year”

CHESTERFIELD, MO – April 12, 2016 – MiTek® announced today that it has been named “2015 Vendor of the Year” by Carter Lumber.

 

Carter Lumber is widely regarded among the most-admired companies in the lumber and building materials sector. The Company ranks #13 on the ProSales 100 list of the largest lumber and building material retailers, with 146 locations in 12 states, 3,100 employees, and $1.15 billion in 2015 revenue.

 

“While a lot has changed in our industry over the last ten years, one thing that has remained constant is the importance of having strong, trusted partners when you go to market. MiTek saw the opportunity in Carter Lumber early on and dived in headfirst, an act that has had a profound and positive impact on both companies. It is because of this unwavering commitment that MiTek was our 2015 Vendor of the Year,” said Jeff Donley, President and COO of Carter Lumber.

 

“As we continue our growth, we often find ourselves in situations where the status quo doesn’t cut it any longer. As a result, it is important for us to align ourselves with partners like MiTek who can offer us flexibility, resources and the lateral thinking required to keep pace,” added Adam Lombard, Vice President of Product Management for Carter Lumber.

 

The MiTek relationship with Carter now includes not only the core component manufacturing partnership, but also the offering through its Builder Products division. The products and software now available to Carter include MiTek’s full range of building products and brands assembled after a remarkable series of acquisitions. These product brands include USP® Structural Connectors, the Z4 Tie-Down System, and the Hardy Frame® Shear Wall System.

 

“Just to count Carter Lumber as one of our customers has been an honor at MiTek. So, the fact that Carter has named us ‘2015 Vendor of the Year’ is all the more humbling. I know I speak for our entire team when I say that we couldn’t be more pleased with this award. Equally important is that we have been entrusted as a key trade partner,” said Tom Mort, MiTek Builder Products’ Senior VP for Sales and Marketing.

 

About Carter Lumber

 

Headquartered in Kent, Ohio, Carter Lumber is one of the nation’s largest building materials suppliers. The privately-held, family-owned company was opened in 1932 and now has 146 locations across 12 states in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. Learn more: www.CarterLumber.com.

April 5 MiTek Named U.S. LBM’s 2015 “Vendor of the Year”

2016-04 US LBM vendor of the year

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – April 5, 2016 – MiTek® announced today that it has been named U.S. LBM‘s 2015 “Vendor of the Year.”

 

At most of its locations, reaching across 27 states, U.S. LBM is served by MiTek through its SAPPHIRE™ Structure component design and manufacturing software, MiTek’s manufacturing equipment, as well as MiTek’s MBA™, MVP™, and Shopnet™ software modules. MiTek also provides U.S. LBM with a full line of truss connector plates, and, increasingly, additional products from the MiTek Builder Products division.

 

“MiTek earned our ‘2015 Vendor of the Year’ award because of their tireless efforts to improve and perfect our component manufacturing operations through superior products, software and support,” said U.S. LBM President and CEO L.T. Gibson. “MiTek has been with U.S. LBM since our inception in 2009, and we couldn’t be happier with their products, services and personnel.”

 

The award was presented to MiTek at a recent ceremony by L.T. Gibson, U.S. LBM President and CEO; Randy Aardema, U.S. LBM Executive Vice President of Supply Chain; and Rick Kolaczewski, U.S. LBM Chief Financial Officer.

 

“MiTek’s relationship with U.S. LBM is driven by dedication and excellence in our customer service and technical support, as well as our equipment and software, all of which are second to none,” said Bill Howard, MiTek’s Vice President National Accounts. “We’re honored to have U.S. LBM as a customer, and we will continue to deliver excellence across the full range of our service and product offerings.”

About U.S. LBM

 

U.S. LBM is a collection of leading building material distributors across North America, with operating locations in 27 states. It is the 3rd largest building products distributor in the United States and recipient of the 2015 ProSales Dealer of the Year award. U.S. LBM implements the philosophy of local management and leadership to capitalize on the premier reputation of its divisions and local customer relationships. Learn more: http://www.USLBM.com.

March 29 MiTek® New “Adjustable Deck Tension Tie” Transfers Lateral Loads from the Deck to the House Structure

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Fig. 1

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – March 29, 2016 – MiTek today announced the release of its new Adjustable Deck Tension Tie (ADTT-TZ), which effectively resists the lateral (horizontal) loads that pull a deck away from the house or structure. The development of the new ADTT-TZ is part of an overall effort by MiTek to make decks safer.

 

The ADTT-TZ also brings users in compliance with the 2015 International Residential Code R507.2.3(2) which requires the installation of a “Hold-Down Device” with a minimum allowable tension load of 750 lbs., in four locations on the deck. The ADTT-TZ satisfies these requirements.

 

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Fig. 2

 

The ADTT-TZ’s real innovation is its ability for adjustable installation. Using appropriate fasteners (such as USP WS8-HDG or 3/8-in lag screws), the ADTT-TZ can be installed with the screw either adjacent or up to 4-3/8-in below deck joist, avoiding the need for blocking extensions, see Fig. 1. The ADTT-TZ installed in a “full extension installation” or a “flush installation” is shown below in Fig. 2. Made of 14-gauge steel, with G-185 galvanizing, the ADTT-TZ offers a two-hole break-out washer that will work with multiple screw sizes. Detailed illustrated installation instructions are available at this link.

March 14 MiTek USA Announces Promotion of Scott Miller to Vice President, Engineering

2016-03 Scott Miller

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – March 14, 2016 – MiTek® – a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products, proprietary design software, and automated equipment sold into the broad construction and industrial end markets – announced today that it has promoted Scott Miller, P.E., to Vice President, Engineering.

 

Scott Miller has worked at MiTek USA since 1997, and he has been instrumental in the positive evolution of MiTek’s engineering services during his tenure. He started as a design engineer in Chesterfield, MO and then led MiTek’s Edenton, NC office for three years, before returning to Chesterfield as Director of Eastern Engineering Operations. In his new position as Vice President, Engineering, Scott will bring his leadership and expertise to distinguish the engineering division with new levels of excellence.

 

“In his nearly 20 years at MiTek USA, Scott has achieved a true mastery of the engineering skills that are required to serve our customers with the highest levels of safety and professionalism,” said Steve Cabler, MiTek’s Senior Vice President. “Scott will lead a world-class team of engineers.”

February 10 ICC-ES Issues ESR-3444 to MiTek® for FWH Fire Wall Hangers

CHESTERFIELD, MO – February 10, 2016 – MiTek today announced that ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), the experts in building product evaluation and certification, has issued ESR-3444 to MiTek’s FWH Fire Wall Hangers, providing evidence they comply with code requirements of the 2012, 2009 and 2006 International Building Codes® (IBC) and International Residential Codes® (IRC). Link to the full ICC press release here: Link.

 

The FWH Top Mount Firewall Hanger is designed for attaching wood truss, wood I-joist, solid-sawn lumber, or engineered wood lumber floor framing members to either minimum double 2-by 6 nominal wall top plates of wood frame walls or double 2-by solid sawn lumber headers, prior to installation of two layers of 5/8-inch-thick (15.9 mm) gypsum wallboard.

 

“We are pleased to issue another report to MiTek USA, a manufacturer of innovative building products who continue to rely on ICCES’ technical expertise and high-quality reports, demonstrating proof of code compliance,” said ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, P.E. “ICCES reports provide code officials with technical information to instantly approve products for installation.”

 

ICC-ES thoroughly examined MiTek USA’s product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code-compliant.

 

“MiTek USA is honored to receive this respected third-party validation of its new FWH Fire Wall Hanger,” said Maged Diab, President for MiTek Builder Products – MiTek USA. “This ICC-ES evaluation report will provide added confidence for specifiers who are looking for a worksaving fire wall hanger solution.”

 

 

About ICC-ES

A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. ICCES Evaluation Reports (ESRs), Building Product Listings and PMG Listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. The ICC-ES Environmental Programs issue VAR environmental reports that verify a product meets specific sustainability targets defined by today’s codes, standards, green rating systems and ICCES environmental criteria. The Environmental Programs now offer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), to meet global market demand for science-based, transparent, quality-assured information about a product’s environmental performance. ICC-ES is a member of the ICC Family of Companies. For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org.

January 13 MiTek® Launches the New Valley Truss Tie

2016-01 MiTek Launches Valley Truss Tie

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO, January 13, 2016 – MiTek® today announced the release of a new product from the MiTek Builder Products division. Focused on creating efficient and optimized wood framing, the new “VTT” Valley Truss Tie is an 18-gauge, G90 galvanized steel tie that transfers loads from a valley truss into the supporting structure below.

 

The VTT resists the sliding forces created from downward loads when the valley truss is set upon a sloped lower roof. This ability to resist the sliding force eliminates the need for support wedges traditionally used under the valley truss bottom chord. It also eliminates the need for “special order” valley roof trusses that would need to be manufactured with a bevel-cut bottom chord.

 

The VTT has double-dimple nail holes that assure all nails are driven in at the correct angle into the supporting member every time. It also features a flat design that requires no “field bending” to match the supporting roof pitch.

 

For ease of installation, the VTT has prong teeth that help hold the VTT in place for nailing. The VTT accommodates supporting roof pitches from 0/12 to 12/12. (Pitch guide embossments allow attachment to valley truss on ground.)

January 5 MiTek Acquires Sales Simplicity

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 5, 2016 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (“MiTek”), a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products; proprietary business management and design software; and automated equipment sold into the broad construction and industrial end markets, announced today that it has acquired Sales Simplicity Software, headquartered in Chandler, AZ.

 

Sales Simplicity Software is the widely acknowledged leader in CRM, sales automation, dynamic content management, and reporting for the home building and real-estate sectors.

 

“The acquisition of Sales Simplicity Software is yet another step that MiTek is taking to enrich its offering of operations workflow solutions for residential production builders,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “With this acquisition of Sales Simplicity Software, along with our 2015 acquisition of BuilderMT, and previous acquisitions of Simpad and Kova, we offer a truly unique and expansive selection of software for production builders. Sales Simplicity Software has an excellent user-base among production builders and integration into BuilderMT, which MiTek will further strengthen. MiTek will continue to offer solutions and resources to our customers that are second to none.”

 

“I am so pleased that Sales Simplicity has become part of the MiTek family. I can think of no better long-term home for our company,” said Sales Simplicity’s founder Barry Forbes.

 

As part of this acquisition, Tom Gebes, the current president of BuilderMT, will also become president of Sales Simplicity and work to tighten the integration between the two companies, as they move toward working together as one system. Customers will still be able to purchase BuilderMT or Sales Simplicity as stand-alone solutions. Sales Simplicity will remain in Chandler, AZ, with no changes to employee base, and Barry Forbes, the founder of Sales Simplicity, will retire in early 2016.

 

About Sales Simplicity

 

Sales Simplicity is the creator and marketer of leading sales automation, content management, lead management, eMarketing and reporting management tools for new single-family, semi-custom and custom homes; condo, multi-family, realtor and senior living providers. For more information about Sales Simplicity, call (480) 892-2500 or visit www.SalesSimplicity.net or www.SalesSimplicity.net/SeniorLiving.

2015

November 11 MiTek® Expands Its Houston, TX Warehouse, and Will Serve State and Regional Markets With 50,000 Sq. Ft. of Space

CHESTERFIELD, MO – November 11, 2015 – MiTek today announced that it has expanded its Houston, TX warehouse to 50,000 square feet to offer more product variety, more inventory, and fastest order fulfillment rates.

 

The expanded warehouse will contain USP Structural Connectors, USP Epoxy, MiTek truss plates, and Hardy Frame® Shear Wall product lines. MiTek chose to expand the Houston warehouse to address the needs of local contractor and DIY markets, where MiTek has seen increased demand for its products to address coastal wind codes and general building requirements.

 

Already operational today, the expanded warehouse will reach its new full capacity in January of 2016, allowing reduced “ship times” and heightened customer responsiveness. In fact, MiTek projects that it will be able to ship most products for same-day or next-day delivery. For even faster responsiveness, the warehouse will also offer local customers the convenience of “will call” capability.

 

“MiTek has seen growing demand for its products in the Texas markets, and this expanded warehouse will allow us to be much more responsive to order fulfillment for this larger customer base,” said Todd Asche, Senior Vice President of Operations. “The warehouse will feature the latest in inventory monitoring and processing systems, offering the utmost assurance to customers of product availability across our expanded product lines.”

October 1 MiTek Launches MiTek® TECO™ Collated Nails, Featuring Color-Coding and Head Stamping to Indicate Length & Diameter

2015-10 MiTek TECO Nails

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – October 1, 2015 – MiTek today announced that it has launched its new brand of pneumatic, collated gun nails, called MiTek TECO.

 

The MiTek TECO collated nails have a color-coded and head stamping identification system that identifies the nails’ length and diameter, before and after installation.

 

This unique color-coding and head-stamping identification system allows a building inspector, or installer, to determine that the right nail has been used when installing MiTek products, without having to remove a nail for inspection. Additionally, engineers who need to ensure that the right nails are used as specified can survey a jobsite and determine proper fastener selections by simply looking at nail colors and head stamps.

 

The MiTek TECO identification system is simple:

 

Bright nails. MiTek TECO bright nails feature a color to indicate the nail length and a numeric head stamp to indicate the nail diameter. The color purple indicates a 1-1/2” nail, and the color blue indicates a 2-1/2” nail. For head stamps, a #3 indicates a 0.131 inch diameter, a #4 indicates a 0.148 inch diameter, and a #6 indicates 0.162 inch diameter.

 

Hot-dip galvanized nails. MiTek TECO hot-dip galvanized nails feature a letter stamp on the head to indicate length (A = 1-1/2” and E = 2-1/2”) along with the numeric head stamp to identify the nail diameter.

 

Available in “bright,” hot-dip galvanized, or stainless steel, MiTek TECO nails can be installed with the majority of the popular 33-degree paper tape pneumatic nail guns (plus or minus 2 degrees). MiTek TECO nails are manufactured in lengths of 1½ or 2½ inches, in diameters of 0.131”, 0.148”, and 0.168”.

 

MiTek TECO nails are certified by ASTM F1667 (ASTM A153), and have been evaluated by ICC-ESR 3768 – 2015 & 2012 IRC/IBC.

 

MiTek Builder Products division will sell and represent the product nationally.

 

“MiTek TECO nails allow for easier, more accurate, fastener selection for framers, so they always get the right nail the first time,” said Brent Kreutzer, MiTek TECO brand manager. “Now, with MiTek TECO, we offer a dramatic improvement in the way that nails are identified in the field, lessening the chance for error and making the inspection process easier.”

September 16 MiTek’s Latest SAPPHIRE™ Module Offers the Industry’s Only Unified 3D Estimating Tool for Lumber and Building Material Dealers

CHESTERFIELD, MO – September 16, 2015 – MiTek® Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced that its SAPPHIRE Supply software solution is gaining strong reception, evaluation and adoption among leading lumber and building material dealers.

 

Designed specifically to meet the needs of lumber and building material dealers, SAPPHIRE Supply is a single-source software solution that uniquely combines complete materials estimating and structural frame design. SAPPHIRE Supply also incorporates the building material supplier’s product SKU’s to create a complete quote, while performing analysis and design on a wide range of structural products including leading proprietary engineered wood products (EWP), dimensional lumber, and metal connectors and hangers.

 

Since SAPPHIRE Supply is part of the SAPPHIRE Suite, SAPPHIRE Supply allows dealers who are suppliers of USP Structural Connectors and their MiTek component manufacturers to collaborate by sharing common Building Information Models (BIM), all of which can be viewed on MiTek’s free SAPPHIRE Viewer software.

 

SAPPHIRE Supply uses a single shared structural model, offering lumber dealers a unified solution for efficient, consistent and accurate modeling and estimating across their organizations. SAPPHIRE Supply approach eliminates the classic problem of inconsistent sales estimating within an organization, delivering accurate modeling and estimating on every home.

 

Since SAPPHIRE Supply is based on the geometry of a structural model, the software can also generate SKU-based materials counts for non-structural materials, such as drywall, house wrap and even millwork. SAPPHIRE Supply‘s flexible formula-builder, coupled with the power to define accumulation rules, results in accurate material counts to match how materials are actually supplied. Verifiable bills of materials (BOMs) can be generated with exacting precision and are visually tracked within the 3D structural model.

 

Additionally, SAPPHIRE Supply‘s automated framing tools allow users to quickly evaluate alternative framing scenarios. Since multiple structural product solutions can be simultaneously designed for the same framing member, this allows clear choices among a range of optimized solutions.

 

SAPPHIRE Supply also offers precision load distribution paths, from the ridge to the foundation, and it displays how those loads pass through each member of the entire structure. Load paths can be visually traced in either 2D or 3D view.

 

“MiTek continues to innovate and release new software solutions as part of our SAPPHIRE Suite. SAPPHIRE Supply is part of our award-winning offering of integrated, optimized, collaborative design solutions,” said MiTek’s Brian McCormick, Director of Residential Supply Chain. “Using any module of the SAPPHIRE Suite allows information sharing and design collaboration to the lot-specific level, helping to ensure the Buildability™ of any structure.”

September 10 MiTek Launches New Hardy Frame® Website, Displaying the Full Product Lines for Shearwalls, Moment Frames and TieDown Systems

2015-09 New HardyFrame site

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – September 10, 2015 -MiTek today announced that it has launched a new website to feature its Hardy Frame® product brands. Found at www.HardyFrame.com, the new site categorically presents numerous product brands, including the Hardy Frame Shear Wall System, the Hardy Frame Special Moment Frame, and the Z4 Tie-Down System. Within the webpages for each product brand, website visitors can obtain general product information, installation details, catalogs, and even product-specific code reports. The new website design minimizes drop-down menus, allowing visitors to easily navigate from a top-bar menu instead. The new site has also been optimized for mobile phones and tablets, as well as for PCs.

 

The Hardy Frame brands featured on the site include:

 

•  The Hardy Frame Shear Wall System is available in widths of 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 24 inches, and in heights up to 20 feet. All panels have been evaluated per the ICC Evaluation Service Acceptance Criteria AC322 to meet the 2006 2009 and 2012 IBC Codes as well as the 2009 and 2012 IRC Code. The evaluation includes installation on New Website: The new Hardy Frame website design minimizes drop-down menus, allowing visitors to easily navigate from a topbar menu instead. The site has also been optimized for mobile phones and tablets, as well as for PCs. Foundations, Raised Floor and Upper Floor Systems as well as various supporting surfaces.

 

•  Hardy Frame Brace Frames are available in widths of 32 and 44 inches and in heights up to 13 feet. All Brace Frames have been evaluated per the ICC Evaluation Service Acceptance Criteria AC322 to meet the 2006, 2009 and 2012 IBC Code as well as the 2009 and 2012 IRC Code. The evaluation includes installation on Foundations, Concrete, Raised Floor and Upper Floor Systems as well as on various supporting surfaces.

 

•  Hardy Frame Special Moment Frames are available in standard column widths of 9, 12 and 18 inches and standard heights up to 20 feet. Two story applications are also available upon request. Special Moment Frames use the SidePlate connection, which is approved by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for inclusion in AISC 358 Prequalified Moment Connection Standard.

 

•  The Z4 Tie-Down System is used in multi-story buildings to transfer uplift tension forces that result from earthquake and wind loading to the foundation. The CNX Cinch Nut allows for easy, fast, and dependable one-step installation. Z4 Tie-Down Runs are engineered for maximum material and labor efficiency to provide the most economical system in the industry.

 

“All the Hardy Frame and Z4 Tie-Down System brands are experiencing strong growth, as well as an expansion of the geographic areas where our products are specified and installed,” said David Lopp, Vice President, Hardy Frame Technical & Customer Services. “We have redesigned the new Hardy Frame website to allow fast access to code-compliance information and a full complement of product literature and installation guidelines.”

July 29 MiTek Releases New iPhone & iPad App for Viewing the New USP Structural Connectors 2015-2016 Catalog

2015-07 iPad app USP structural connectors

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – July 29, 2015 – MiTek announced today the release of a new iPad and iPhone app for viewing the new USP Structural Connectors 2015-2016 catalog.

 

The new USP Structural Connectors 2015-2016 catalog features a vivid product display, offering new illustrations of products and applications, installation instructions, updated fastening schedules, load ratings, and more. Engineered Wood Products (EWP) and plated truss connectors are also included. With this release users of iPads and iPhones can access detailed product information through a free app, available at iTunes App Store. The new app requires iOS6.1 or later. Download now.

 

“At MiTek, we are tireless in our effort to make it easier for users of USP products to view and spec our offering of connectors, adhesives, fasteners, and associated hardware,” said Robert Shupe, VP MiTek has released a new iPad and iPhone app for viewing the new USP Structural Connectors 2015-2016 catalog. Engineering Software Services. “This new app for iPads and iPhones offers ready access to our new USP catalog, which is simply loaded with product alternatives for every imaginable construction connection.”

June 25 MiTek® Drives Up Profits for Developer of a 1,200-Unit Luxury Development

CHESTERFIELD, MO – June 25, 2015 – MiTek Industries (MiTek), a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced that multiple MiTek product brands were recently specified in a 1,200-unit luxury apartment development in southern California, allowing the developer to comply with strict state codes and generate significant cost savings over competing alternatives.

 

 

The project, Encanto at Dos Lagos, involved vendors and service providers at every station in the value chain, including MiTek, the engineering firm, the building material dealer, and the large framing crew. Encanto saw the installation of 465 Hardy Frame Shear Wall Systems and more than $250,000 worth of straps, hangers, and connectors from USP Structural Connectors, supplied by Reliable Hardware and Supply. Read the full case study here.

 

 

Involving 250 house framers and lumber orders that ran $1 million per month at their peak, the Encanto project demonstrated the ability of MiTek to help synchronize multiple vendors and services, so that Hardy Frame Shear Wall Systems and USP connectors arrived on site during precise time windows, ready for use by the crews. (The complexity of this task is underscored by the fact that the framing crew involved 250 framers, who were using 48 cartons of 16d pneumatic nails every six hours.) The floor trusses and roof trusses, which used 435 different truss profiles across 47 structures and 10 building phases, were supplied by Madera Components, a component manufacturer that uses MiTek’s award-winning SAPPHIRE Suite software and MiTek steel connector plates.

 

 

“As a supplier, even beyond the cost savings, I saw a great deal of responsiveness from MiTek on this project,” said Reliable Hardware and Supply’s Andy Perkins, “and by ‘responsiveness’ I don’t just mean their relationship to me. MiTek was responsive to my customers’ needs as well, which makes me look great.”

June 23 MiTek Releases the New FA4 Foundation Anchor, Offering an Alternative to Anchor Bolts for Sill Tie-Downs

2015-06 New FA4 Foundation Anchor

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – June 23, 2015 – MiTek announced today the release of a new USP Structural Connectors product, the FA4 Foundation Anchor.

 

The International Building Code and International Residential Code now commonly require the use of 5/8″ diameter anchor bolts on design plans for anchoring a structure to its foundation. The FA4 Foundation Anchor may be installed as a replacement for these anchor bolts, while achieving the same load capacity. In addition, 1/2” diameter anchor bolts, which have been called out in the building code for many years, may also be replaced with FA4 Foundation Anchors. For replacing 1/2” diameter anchor bolts, fewer FA4 Foundation Anchors would be required than the number needed to replace 5/8” anchors bolts, further driving down product and installation costs.

 

The FA4 Foundation Anchors are installed in wet concrete. The design of the legs of the FA4 allow the concrete to flow through the anchor, reducing the chance for spalling. Once the concrete cures, mudsills can be put in place and secured by bending the FA4 flanges for a tight fit and then nailing the FA4 in place with the size and quantity of fasteners specified by USP. The FA4 can also be mounted to a form board before concrete is poured.

 

“The specification of 5/8″ and 1/2” anchor bolts is costly, to say nothing of the labor-intensive task of embedding them in concrete and bolting down the mud sill,” said Steve Brekke, P.E., Engineering Operations Manger for USP. ”The FA4 offers a cleverly designed alternative that can save both money and time.”

June 10 MiTek Home Office Exemplifies its Culture and Innovation

CHESTERFIELD, MO – June 10, 2015 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (MiTek®) – a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products, proprietary design software, and automated equipment sold into the broad construction and industrial end markets – announced today that it will complete construction of its new home office in Chesterfield, Missouri and occupancy by year-end.

 

Inspired by its corporate mission, vision, and values, and the drive to incorporate People First principles into its physical surroundings, MiTek has employed a wide range of products, people, and collaboration in the creation of its Chesterfield, Missouri headquarters. Chesterfield-based Keystone Construction Company, a leader for three decades in design-build construction, was selected to lead the process that created the new corporate headquarters. Designed by ACI Boland Architects along with KPFF Consulting Engineers and Stock and Associates Consulting Engineers, the new MiTek headquarters will be a handsome addition to the Chesterfield business community.

 

Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek said, “The collaboration on this project alongside Keystone has been a delight. Their stewardship of the process, of our ideas, and of our products brought about a genuine expression of who we are as a company. It is so rewarding to see the heart of our People First culture expressed in this building that will soon be our corporate home.”

 

Beginning with the design of the interior spaces themselves, purposeful interaction is reflected in the new home office. From the central auditorium for team meetings and customer training sessions to the interior “neighborhoods” designed to enhance team engagement, the new building is built to empower innovation in the people who will work here, and the customers who will visit.

 

Bill Hardie, Keystone’s President, who founded the company along with father, John Hardie, in 1987 added, “We are truly proud of the building and of our terrific partnership with MiTek through this design-build process. Once in a great while we have the opportunity to create not only a uniquely important building, but to put our system to work with a uniquely fine client. MiTek hits the mark on both counts.”

 

Beyond the design of its interactive spaces, the building incorporates innovation in its physical structure that features products and systems from no less than eleven of MiTek’s subsidiaries and its Berkshire Hathaway sister companies. This became a seamless incorporation with MiTek throughout the design process from conceptual design sketches to selection of materials and systems to the final contract documents.

 

Those products and manufacturers include:

 

• SidePlate steel frame connections: SidePlate Systems

• Ultra-Span® Trusses and metal studs: Aegis Metal Framing / Negwer Materials, St. Louis, MO

• Brick veneer anchors and Envirobarrier™: Hohmann & Barnard / Irwin Products, St. Louis, MO

• Custom unitized exterior curtain walls: Benson Industries

• Exposed duct work: café and fitness center: M&M Manufacturing

• Non-structural display: MiTek, USA, Inc. Connectors & Builder Products

• Ceilings and drywall: USG / Negwer Materials, St. Louis, MO

• Brick: Acme Brick Company/ Maryland Heights, MO

• Paint: Benjamin Moore & Company

• Insulation: Johns Manville

• Carpet and Tile: Shaw Industries

 

Julie Ring, MiTek’s project leader for the building, worked closely with ACI Boland Architects, Keystone Construction, plus a number of internal teams that explored the latest in design space innovation and furnishings to select those that best fit MiTek’s culture of team collaboration and a “better technology” environment.

 

“We are all truly excited to watch the building take shape,” Julie Ring said, “because it reflects so much of what we aspire to in our business, and also what we believe about each other’s capabilities for achieving great accomplishments. We can’t wait to move in.”

 

Construction is scheduled for completion in September 2015, and move-in will reach substantial completion by year-end, 2015.

 

About Keystone Construction Company

 

Keystone Construction Company, founded by Bill Hardie and John Hardie in 1987, offers a proven design/build system that provides the format to explore creative ways to get the best final product for less. Their unique process was chosen by Harvard University as a course study on “How to do Design/Build Right.” The Keystone mission has always been to simplify the design and construction process for our clients. Keystone’s clients always get more building for their budget. Learn more: http://www.keystone-stl.com.

April 22 MiTek Acquires BuilderMT

CHESTERFIELD, MO – April 22, 2015 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (“MiTek”), a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products; proprietary business management and design software; and automated equipment sold into the broad construction and industrial end markets announced today that it has acquired BuilderMT, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. BuilderMT is a leader in providing industry-specific workflow process management software to the residential home building market, serving both single family and multi-family builders.

 

“The acquisition of BuilderMT brings extended breadth to MiTek’s offering of operations workflow solutions for residential production builders,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “MiTek’s previous acquisitions of Simpad and Kova established a firm, technological foundation for its SAPPHIRE Build software suite for production builders, especially those with a large enterprise-driven environment. Expanding on the SAPPHIRE Build software suite, BuilderMT’s unique configuration and established customer base allows an even wider range of production builders to leverage MiTek’s software solutions and resources for unparalleled process efficiencies and accuracy.”

 

“We are delighted to have Tom Gebes and his leadership team continue leading and growing the BuilderMT business,” Manenti commented. Tom Gebes, President of BuilderMT added, “We are thrilled to become part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway family. MiTek’s vision of providing unsurpassed, value-added technology to the global residential construction industry, along with its values-based approach to leadership, make this union a perfect fit for BuilderMT and all its employees.”

 

About BuilderMT

 

BuilderMT, founded in 2001, provides mission-critical workflow process management software that enables a production builder to manage its complex business operations. BuilderMT’s software offers multiple, tightly integrated modules, each one focused on a specific workflow activity, such as estimating, purchasing, and scheduling. Learn more: www.BuilderMT.com.

February 24 MiTek Acquires M&M Manufacturing Company

CHESTERFIELD, MO – February 24, 2015 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (MiTek®) – a diversified, global business supplying a wide range of engineered products, proprietary design software, and automated equipment sold into the broad construction and industrial end markets – announced today that it has acquired M&M Manufacturing, Fort Worth, Texas.

 

M&M Manufacturing is one of the country’s largest producers of sheet metal products, primarily servicing the air distribution and ventilation market. M&M provides a comprehensive range of round, rectangular, oval and spiral ductwork, fittings and accessories for residential and commercial construction. MiTek is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

 

“The M&M Manufacturing name stands for quality, service and reliability throughout the Southwest,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “They earn their customers’ business every day based on their integrity and a commitment to excellence-two things we value highly.”

 

“We are excited to have Rob Felton and his leadership team continue leading and growing this outstanding business,” Manenti commented.

 

Rob Felton, CEO of M&M Manufacturing added, “We are thrilled to become a part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway family. MiTek’s vision, values, and focus on people are a perfect fit for M&M. With the strength and support of MiTek and Berkshire behind us, we plan to continue to grow the business through a series of strategic initiatives and capital investments. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

 

M&M was founded by the Stepp family in Fort Worth, Texas in 1958. From humble beginnings as a small sheet metal shop, the company has grown to become one of the largest HVAC ductwork and product manufacturers in the United States, with 6 manufacturing facilities producing more than 9,000 different products and employing nearly 800 team members.

February 10 MiTek® Releases “SAPPHIRE™ Mobile Viewer” for Windows

2015-02 SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – February 10, 2015 – MiTek Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced the release of SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer, from MiTek USA. With SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer for Windows, users can receive links to 3D SAPPHIRE architectural BIM models via email and use them for design collaboration on Windows 8.1 tablets, PCs, or Windows Phones.

 

With this free Windows Store download from MiTek, SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer users can control what structural features they see with “visibility switches.” They can also fly through the BIM model, or use a placement tool to choose which rooms to view and compare as-built field framing to the 3D BIM model to detect discrepancies. SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer users can easily take a picture and email a visual comparison of the model to actual field-framed conditions.

 

Using SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer as a collaboration tool, users can also quickly find and navigate to selected areas of the BIM model with “bookmarked views,” placed in the BIM by component manufacturers or other allied trades for quick, effective communication of issues and SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer users can turn on or off the visibility for all object types. solutions. For a full list of SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer features, visit BuildabilityNow.com.

 

“Up-front collaboration is the key to profitability when designing framing using trusses and prefabricated wall components. SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer enables great collaboration across the various trades with enormous ease,” said Dick Marriott, Group President of MiTek North America. “The real-world benefits of accurate estimating, great cost control and high speed installation are being realized today as builders bring this toolset into their home building process.”

January 27 MiTek’s New Face-Mount Joist Hanger Requires No Joist Nailing

2015-01 THFI Face Mount Joist Hanger

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 27, 2015 – MiTek Builder Products, a division of MiTek Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced the release of a game-changing joist hanger. The new THFI hanger is a “face-mount hanger” designed to attach I-joists to wood headers, and it can accomplish the task while requiring no joist nails.

 

Entirely unique to other hanger options, the THFI face-mount design combines the installation ease of a “top-mount” hanger with the installation flexibility of a “facemount” hanger. The THFI hanger features strategically placed Seat Cleats that lock the bottom flange of the I-joist to the hanger, eliminating the need for joist nails.

 

The THFI’s side flanges extend to the top chord of the I-joist, so web stiffeners are not required, saving material costs. What’s more, alignment tabs simplify the proper vertical alignment of the THFI, which has cleats to hold the hanger in place. (If the alignment tabs are not needed or are in the way of larger joists, the tabs can be easily bent out of the way at no loss of strength to the THFI. “Speed prongs” allow temporary placement if alignment tabs cannot be used.)

 

News of the new THFI comes on the heels of the launch of MiTek’s new MiTek Builder Products division, which integrates a number of MiTek businesses, building products, and brands, including USP Structural Connectors, the Z4 Tie-Down System, and the Hardy Frame Shear Wall System, as well as specifying and collaboration software tools such as SAPPHIRE Supply and SAPPHIRE Viewer.

 

“Our USP brand has quickly become a national leader in innovative hanger design, and the THFI is just the latest in a long line products that will save contractors time and money,” said Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. ”The fact that we also offer software tools for specifying and collaboration only makes the USP product line more valuable.

2014

December 10 MiTek Launches MiTek Builder Products Division

CHESTERFIELD, MO – December 10, 2014 – MiTek Industries (MiTek®), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B) today announced the formation of its MiTek Builder Products division, which has been created to unify its growing list of products and services offered to the residential and commercial construction sectors.

 

MiTek is a leading developer of software tools for structural design product specification and manufacturing. As part of its complete offering of structural connection solutions, the Company also manufactures or distributes automated equipment and code-evaluated structural connectors, including anchors, epoxy, tools, and safety equipment.

 

A division of MiTek USA, the MiTek Builder Products division integrates a number of businesses, building products and brands that MiTek has assembled after a remarkable series of acquisitions. These product brands include USP Structural Connectors, the Z4 Tie-Down System, and the Hardy Frame Shear Wall System, as well as design software solutions for decks and structural connectors for its USP Structural Connectors brand.

 

Also offered through the MiTek Builder Products division is SAPPHIRE Supply, an estimating and design module within the MiTek SAPPHIRE software suite, designed for lumber and building material suppliers. This module is also compatible with SAPPHIRE Viewer for collaboration with builders and others in the design and optimization of the wood structural frame.

 

With the launch of the MiTek Builder Products division, the company will continue to invest in the expansion of its software, manufacturing, customer services, product support, and education – all of which tightly integrates the division’s products to deliver a better building process and optimized structures for builders.

 

“We will continue to focus on our component manufacturing and building supply customers to equip them with the tools that consistently make them the suppliers of choice among builders,” said Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. ”To that end, the new MiTek Builder Products division is a natural fit. It allows us to further our customers’ desire to build safe, optimized, code-compliant wood structures at the lowest possible cost.”

September 4 MiTek Releases New FWAN-TZ Foundation Anchor

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Chesterfield, MO (September 4, 2014) MiTek USA, a leading manufacturer of code-approved structural connectors, developer of software tools for structural design and product selection, and distributor of anchors, epoxy, tools, and safety equipment, today announced the national availability of its new FWAN-TZ Foundation Wall Anchor.

 

Offered as part of MiTek’s USP Structural Connectors product brand, the FWAN-TZ Foundation Wall Anchor is designed to transfer in-plane and out-of-plane foundation wall loads through the joist or blocking into the floor diaphragm. The unique design allows for installations that straddle the joist or blocking, which eliminates bending stresses in the rim board that resulted from offset installations. The FWAN-TZ Foundation Anchor is made of 16- gauge steel, with G-185 galvanizing.

 

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The FWAN-TZ offers two methods of installation: 1) a Centered Installation, which is compatible with joist or blocking up to 3-1/2 inches wide and offers direct load transfer of out-of-plane loads into the floor framing. 2) an Offset Installation, where the anchor is installed in the space between the joists or blocking, where out-of-plane loads are transferred through the rim board into the floor framing.

September 4 MiTek University Surpasses 3,500 Online Training Students

Chesterfield, MO (September 4, 2014) MiTek USA, a leading manufacturer of code-approved structural connectors, developer of software tools for structural design and product selection, and distributor of anchors, epoxy, tools, and safety equipment, today announced that it has seen dramatic adoption rates for MiTek University, the Company’s online training and certificate system for truss and wall panel designers. Enrolled student numbers have far surpassed early projections, jumping 267% in just one year. Today, more than 3,500 users have accessed MiTek University’s online training system, which is focused on teaching efficient use of all of MiTek’s software systems, including its award-winning SAPPHIRE™ Suite.

 

MiTek University’s education content is presented in a self-paced format, available 24/7/365. (MiTek University is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and South Africa.) Within the MiTek University online system, a number of course modules are set up for mandatory sequenced study, after which MiTek offers a Certificate of Completion. (Certificates of Completion are offered to complying students in Component Design 101: Floor Only, Roof Only, and Roof and Floor.) Other courses are available even for students who are not seeking Certificates of Completion. You must be a MiTek customer to access MiTek University. MiTek software is not required for each student, but training is truly optimized when software is used to follow along with the online exercises.

 

There are 78 courses in all (categorized by the software the student is using in their design work), and if recent jumps in attendance are any indication, MiTek University’s online content has garnered an increasingly large following. In one recent month, student count leapt from 401 students to 639. (Student activity increased 267% from the same month in 2013.) Many new students are accessing MiTek University to view brand new content, which is being added on an ongoing basis. Recent course additions include new features for SAPPHIRE™ Structure and MiTek® Truss Engineering software.

 

“MiTek University is an essential part of our onboarding process when hiring new designers in training or bringing on experienced designers without Sapphire experience,” said Patrick Coulter, Director of Component Design, with ProBuild. “The new individual can focus on learning SAPPHIRE at their own pace, and we don’t have to allocate valuable design resources to support that training. This assures us that the training is done in a short amount of time and there are no gaps in their knowledge. Bottom line, the overall training timeline is compressed and our new designers are ready much sooner and have a more complete understanding than would have without the MiTek University resource.”

August 21 MiTek Named to Prestigious Constructech 50 2014 List of Top Technology Companies

Chesterfield, MO (August 21, 2014) MiTek USA, a leading manufacturer of code-approved structural connectors, developer of software tools for structural design and product selection, and distributor of anchors, epoxy, tools, and safety equipment, today announced that it has been named to Constructech 50 2014, a prestigious list of the top technology companies serving the construction industry.

 

Only elite companies are named to the Constructech 50 2014 list, and they are selected through a highly competitive national survey of applicants. According to the Constructech editors: “Each year, the submitted entries [for the Constructech 50 list] are ranked by Constructech‘s editorial team based on unique criteria, which includes evaluating the ongoing customer satisfaction and growth, having a strong product/service aimed at the construction industry, as well as outreach and educational efforts in the industry.”

 

MiTek is the creator and marketer of a range of award-winning software products, including the SAPPHIRE™Suite, a comprehensive and versatile set of software tools for optimizing wood frame design and producing truss and wall-panel components, and USP Specifier, a software tool that lets users design beam-to-joist type hangers, input load requirements, and generate connector schedules that can be input into CAD drawings. Visit www.MiTekUS.com for more information about these products and a wide range of other solutions.

 

“MiTek is dedicated to delivering solutions that optimize wood-frame structures, especially through the collaboration between all the parties involved in the design and construction process,” said MiTek’s Gregg Renner, VP of marketing. “We focus our resources to develop top-performing products that are both effective and valuable to the construction industry. So, it’s particularly satisfying to be acknowledged by this recognition from Constructech.”

July 22 MiTek Releases FWH Fire Wall Hanger, A New USP Structural Connector Product

Chesterfield, MO (July 22, 2014) MiTek USA, a leading manufacturer of code-approved structural connectors, developer of software tools for structural design and product selection, and distributor of anchors, epoxy, tools, and safety equipment, today announced the national availability of its new FWH Fire Wall Hanger.

FWH Fire Wall Hanger. The FWH Series Fire Wall Hanger is the industry’s most economical solution for attaching floor framing to two-hour fire rated wall assemblies in wood-frame construction. The FWH Series Fire Wall hanger’s advanced design has an ASTM E814 approved two-hour resistive rating, and it allows framers to install the hangers before the drywall is attached. This allows the project to be completely framed-up and weather-tight when the drywall sheathing is delivered to the site. The FWH Series Wire Wall Hanger accommodates two plies of 5/8” drywall and is designed to support 4×2 open-web trusses and the most common I-joist sizes. Driving points easily mark slot locations on drywall without measuring.

July 9 MiTek Releases Three New USP Structural Connector Products

Chesterfield, MO (July 9, 2014) MiTek USA, a leading manufacturer of code-approved structural connectors, developer of software tools for structural design and product selection, and distributor of anchors, epoxy, tools, and safety equipment, today announced the national availability of three new structural connection products: 1) HTT45 Tension Tie, 2) LUGT, and 3) SRC Sill Retrofit Connector.

 

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HTT45 Tension Tie. This is the newest addition to USP’s line of tension ties, and it provides two different load carrying capacities by utilizing a diamond hole max nailing pattern. The HTT45’s high load-carrying capacity exceeds the hold-down connection requirements for Braced Wall Panels of Table R602.10.6.1 of the 2012 IRC. HTT45’s installs (with 10d or 16d nails) above the sill plate in new or retrofit applications. A fully integrated 3Ga washer provides positive load transfer to wood framing members, and there is no pre-drilling required. When installed using USP’s 5/8″ STB anchor bolt, the HTT45 Tension Tie becomes part of a fully-tested and structurally rated system.

 

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LUGT. The LUGT series is an extremely adaptable tie-down for girder trusses, and it offers several installation options to accommodate different framing conditions. The LUGT series is an ideal retrofit solution to reinforce truss connections to transfer high wind loads to supporting walls, and the connectors can be used on either wood framed, concrete or CMU block walls. LUGT1 is designed for wood framed walls. LUGTC2 is designed for corner hip trusses on wood framed walls. LUGT2, LUGT3 and LUGT4 are designed for wood frame, concrete or CMU block walls.

 

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SRC Sill Retrofit Connector. The new SRC Sill Retrofit Connector is designed as a seismic retrofit sill-to-foundation connection. The SRC is a two-piece design consisting of a channel and plate that installs with (5) WS6 wood screws (supplied). It adjusts to foundations of varying thickness and can also be used where the sill plate may not be parallel to the face of the foundation wall.

 

“These new products are just three in a series of highly innovative connectors we are introducing to the market in 2014,” said Tom Mort, Senior VP, MiTek Builder Products. “They demonstrate our enduring commitment to innovative engineering excellence and our dedication to providing connector solutions for any wood frame structural challenge.”

June 24 MiTek Announces New Distribution Facility, Increased Production Capacity for the Western United States

Chesterfield, MO (June 24, 2014) MiTek USA, a leading manufacturer of code-approved structural connectors, developer of software tools for structural design and product selection, and distributor of anchors, epoxy, tools, and safety equipment, today announced that it will expand manufacturing of its USP Structural Connectors line at its facility in Phoenix, AZ, and relocate its current Livermore, CA operations into a new state-ofthe-art distribution and manufacturing facility in Tracy, CA.

 

MiTek’s acquisition of USP has generated continuous growth in sales and market share, and proven to be a strong addition to MiTek’s broad range of products, software, and services. This success has resulted in additional investments in capital, capabilities, and personnel to grow the business as the pace of housing starts increases.

 

In addition to supplementing MiTek’s existing manufacturing facility in Corona, CA, this expansion represents a strategic investment that will substantially increase both manufacturing and inventory capacities for the USP product line. The expansion will allow MiTek to accommodate expected growth and to better serve its MiTek Builder Products™ customers in all its Western U.S. markets.

April 3 MiTek Acquires Ellis & Watts Global Industries

CHESTERFIELD, MO – April 3, 2014 – MiTek Industries (MiTek®), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), is the world’s leading supplier of a wide range of engineered products, software, and equipment sold into the residential / commercial construction, and industrial end markets, announced today that it has acquired Ellis & Watts Global Industries. Ellis & Watts is the recognized leader in the engineering, design, and fabrication of highly customized HVAC and other products sold into the nuclear, military, and other industrial end markets.

 

“By offering highly engineered HVAC and other solutions into a wide range of end markets, Ellis & Watts enables MiTek to further expand its Industrial Business segment. Ellis & Watts is a terrific fit within the MiTek family,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “Andrew Pike and Richard Porco, along with the entire management team, will continue to lead the company. Ellis & Watts will operate as a separate subsidiary of MiTek,” Manenti commented.

 

“We are excited to be part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway team,” said Andrew Pike, CEO. “MiTek’s business philosophy towards sustaining profitable growth and its outstanding corporate culture makes this acquisition ideal from Ellis & Watts’s perspective. With the strength and backing of MiTek and Berkshire, we plan to grow the business through a number of strategic initiatives.”

 

Ellis & Watts was founded in 1952 and is located in Batavia, Ohio. Over the past sixty years, Ellis & Watts has grown substantially by delivering a unique offering of highly engineered solutions to customers across the globe. Learn more at http://www.elliswatts.com.

 

MiTek is based in Chesterfield, Missouri and is a diversified global supplier of engineered products, software and equipment to the residential and commercial construction, and industrial end markets. Its passion for its employees’ well-being and its customers’ success is the company’s hallmark. The company has operations in over forty countries on six continents and has been a Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001. (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B)

February 12 USP Structural Connectors Launches Five New High-Performance Epoxy Solutions

Burnsville, MN (February 12, 2014) USP Structural Connectors, a MiTek-US company, today announced it has launched a new line of five highperformance epoxy anchoring solutions, with applications ranging from heavy-industrial seismic and wind applications to household projects. The five new products are:

 

• CIA-GEL 7000-C™, Code-Compliant Epoxy is designed for tension and shear loads due to wind or earthquake (Seismic Design Category C-F). CIA-GEL 7000-C is designed to attach anchor bolts into concrete that is, or may become, cracked due to cyclic loading from wind or earthquakes. CIA-GEL 7000-C may also be used with fully grouted CMU construction. This low-odor, solvent-free, non-shrink, non-sag adhesive is dispensed (1:1 ratio) through cartridges that are sealed with a D-plug designed for easy opening; partially used cartridges can be saved for later use.

 

•  CIA-GEL 6000-GP™ General Purpose – Quick Cure Epoxy is a highperformance epoxy designed for general-purpose structural applications that require quick load times and for doweling applications that require state DOT approval. CIA-GEL 6000-GP is a twocomponent (1:1 ratio) adhesive epoxy with 100% solids. It is solventfree, moisture-insensitive, and non-sag, with no odor. CIA-GEL 6000- GP can be used in temperatures between 35°F and 115°F, with exceptional bond strength: 3,400 psi in two days @ 75°F. The working time is 20 minutes @ 75°F.

 

•  CIA-EA™ Epoxy Acrylate Structural Adhesive is a high-strength, fastcure structural adhesive for anchoring threaded rod and deformed rebar into uncracked concrete. It can be used in colder temperatures (32°F), yet still maintain excellent flowability. CIA-EA may also be used with fully grouted CMU and reinforced brick construction. It is a two-component solution, composed of a proprietary blend of solventfree epoxy acrylate resin. Approved for static, wind, and seismic (SDC A-B) loads for uncracked concrete, CIA-EA cures in 40 minutes (68°F to 95°F). Partially used cartridges may be resealed for later use.

 

•  Miracle Bond™ is a high-strength, two-component epoxy specifically designed to be a bonding agent for nearly all household materials including wood, steel, concrete, brick, stone, and CMU block. It is moisture insensitive and can also be used to fill cracks in concrete, block, and stone. Miracle Bond has a strength of over 1,000 psi in two days, with a quick initial cure of two hours @75° F. Working time is a convenient 20 minutes. Plus, the non-sag formulation makes Miracle Bond excellent for overhead patching and repairs.

 

“USP Structural Connectors has a long history of epoxy engineering and development dating back to its Covert Injectable Adhesives product line. These new formulations are leading edge and developed to meet future job site and code requirements. We couldn’t be more proud of this exceptional line of epoxy, and we firmly believe we now offer industry-leading stand-out solutions in every category,” said USP’s Marty Ruch, who led the Company’s epoxy product development.

January 23 The Mungo Company Selects MiTek’s SAPPHIRE™ Build

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 23, 2014 – MiTek Industries (MiTek®), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), and the world’s leading supplier of proprietary software for the residential construction markets and advanced engineered structural connector systems, equipment, and services for the building components industry, announced today that The Mungo Company (Mungo Homes) has recently deployed MiTek’s suite of workflow software designed for production builders, SAPPHIRE™Build. Based in South Carolina, Mungo Homes is the 37th largest home builder in the U.S., according to Builder magazine’s Builder 100. In 2013, Mungo Homes started more than 1,000 housing units.

 

After a thorough review of workflow software alternatives, Mungo Homes found that only the SAPPHIRE Build suite offered complete integration for all operational processes, from lead prospecting to warranty/customer service.

 

“SAPPHIRE Build allows our company to bring together all functions – from sales, production, and service – in a seamless system that is configurable to fit our specific company needs,” said Mike Lowman, Mungo Homes’ Program Manager. “The features and configuration provided by SAPPHIRE Build‘s solution finally lets us pursue our vision without being limited or defined by the technology. We found no other software that delivers such a range of functional features while also offering this high degree of configuration.”

 

The adoption of SAPPHIRE Build by Mungo Homes is driven by the Company’s focus on achieving measurable performance improvement. “By eliminating the current fragmentation of our multiple software systems and processes, we expect to reduce the man hours needed to maintain our current operations,” Lowman added. “As a result of the improved purchasing and scheduling capability that SAPPHIRE Build offers, we also expect to realize reduced cycle times and cost variances on the production of our homes. SAPPHIRE Build’s document repository and website integration will allow Mungo Homes to consolidate many systems into a single source of all data to be used to operate our company more efficiently.”

 

The adoption of SAPPHIRE Build by Mungo Homes follows the 2013 adoption of SAPPHIRE Build by Hayden Homes, another Top 100 builder, with 850 starts in 2013. These are just two of several Top-100 builders that have adopted SAPPHIRE Build. This is indicative of the current trend among production builders to implement high-performance workflow and documentation systems that are specifically designed to increase their operational efficiency and productive capacity in a steadily growing housing market.

 

About Mungo Homes

 

Currently ranked the 37th largest builder in the country by Builder magazine, the Mungo family started building new homes in Columbia in 1954. With a track record of success based on quality, value and stability, Mungo Homes – still family-owned and operated – built more than 1,000 new homes in 2013 in seven markets throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

 

Mungo Homes was named America’s Best Builder 2012 by Builder magazine – an award for overall excellence in homebuilding based on finance/operations, design/construction, customer service/quality, community/industry service and marketing. The National Association of Home Builders honored Mungo Homes as the National Green Advocate of the Year 2012 for hauSmart, Mungo’s exclusive energy-efficiency program. The company was also recognized as the winner of the 2008 National Housing Quality Award and is the only South Carolina-based builder ever honored with this prestigious award. Mungo Homes is currently celebrating its 60th Anniversary. Learn more: Mungo.com.

January 6 MiTek Acquires Truss Industry Production Systems, Inc., Owner of the Wizard™ PDS Automated Jigging System

CHESTERFIELD, MO – January 6, 2014 – MiTek Industries (MiTek®), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), and the world’s leading supplier of advanced engineered structural connector systems, equipment, software and services for the building components industry, announced today that it has acquired Truss Industry Production Systems, Inc. (TIPS), the maker of the Wizard PDS system. The Wizard PDS system is a leading automated jigging system sold to component fabricators across North America.

 

“By acquiring TIPS, MiTek is able to offer more choices to the structural building components industry. Further, this acquisition will support the overall growth of our equipment offering in North America and the international markets,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “Clyde Fredrickson will continue to serve as the leader of the Wizard equipment line, and the entire TIPS team will remain with the company. TIPS will operate as a division of MiTek USA,” Manenti commented.

 

“We are excited to be part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway team,” said TIPS’ Clyde Fredrickson. “MiTek’s unmatched sales and marketing team in North America and the international markets will help introduce the Wizard to many new prospective customers. We are also delighted that, along with MiTek, Eide Integrated Systems will continue to represent sales and marketing of Wizard, which has been instrumental in making the TIPS business a success.”

 

TIPS was founded in 2005 in Britton, South Dakota. Over the past 9 years, TIPS has grown substantially by delivering a highly engineered, sophisticated and robust automated jigging system to component fabricators across North America.

2013

December 17 MiTek Announces SAPPHIRE™ Build, Software Suite for Production Home Builders

CHESTERFIELD, MO – Dec 17, 2013 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (MiTek), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), and the world’s leading supplier of advanced engineered structural connector systems, software, equipment and services for the building components industry announced today the introduction of SAPPHIRE Build, a suite of business and workflow management software tools for production home builders.

 

MiTek’s recent acquisition, Kova Solutions, LLC, provides the functional core and framework for SAPPHIRE Build, which is now an end-to-end integrated solution. In addition to SAPPHIRE Build‘s powerful options management capability, and the advanced structural framing software that underlie all SAPPHIRE software, SAPPHIRE Build now provides workflow and operational management which integrates and controls the entire home building business operation with one complete system.

 

“SAPPHIRE Build now represents a truly unique and leading-edge offering to community-based production home builders,” stated Chris Hollander, MiTek’s Corporate Vice President. “This platform not only streamlines and improves the effectiveness of their internal business processes, but it also allows them to collaborate very efficiently with their supply chain partners.”

 

The introduction of SAPPHIRE Build is the integration of two MiTek solutions that are already in the market: MiTek Blackpoint™ software and Kova. Now they are integrated into a single, re-branded platform. Enabling production builders to seamlessly integrate their processes, the SAPPHIRE Build suite offers the industry’s only unified system – sales & marketing, product development, purchasing, production, land management, and customer service. The software suite is in use by several private and publicly held U.S. production home builders today. MiTek’s rollout of the expanded SAPPHIRE Build suite will be focused initially at the nation’s production home builders.

November 6 USP Partners With Muro to Offer Three Industry-Leading Auto-Feed Screw-Driving Systems

Burnsville, MN (November 6, 2013) USP Structural Connectors, a MiTek-US company, today announced a North American partnership with Muro, a manufacturer of the construction industry’s premier auto-feed screw-driving systems. Through its expansive sales channels, USP will offer three Muro products: Muro’s FDVL41 Speed Driver (a coil-feed screw system); Muro’s CH7390 and CH7392SF Ultra Drivers (rigid tape-fed systems); and Muro’s CH7241 Easy Driver (a rigid tape-fed system).

 

Ideal for driving multiple screw fasteners in drywall, subfloor, decks, roofing, fencing, and backerboard, Muro’s Auto Feed Screw Driving systems autofeed screws with easy-load coils or rigid-tape systems. (Muro offers the industry’s only coil system, and its coil payload of 150 screws leads the industry.) Muro’s Speed Driver and Ultra Drivers have adjustable handles to match the worker’s height, low-mounted motors for improved balance and less vibration, and T-handles for an ergonomic grip. Plus, all Muro Auto Feed Systems have an easily adjustable countersinking feature. The screw head depth is the same each and every time.

 

Weighing just 10 pounds, Muro’s FDVL41 Speed Driver (shown above) is a coil-feed system that can drive screws from 1” to 3” with just a simple adjustment.

 

The Muro’s CH7390 and CH7392SF Ultra Drivers (shown above) drives 1- 1/2” to 3” screws and 1-1/2” to 2” screws, respectively, with no adjustment required. Strip systems use 30 screws per strip. Strips are rigid, so they are much easier to load then the floppy tape style systems.

 

Designed for drywallers, Muro’s CH7241 Easy Driver (shown above) can drive fasteners from 3/4″ to 1-5/8″ in length. Double-ended bits can be changed without tools, and a rubber-tipped nose protect the work surface.

 

“The Muro product line is an outstanding addition to USP’s product assortment, and these tools will generate sales in every market channel we serve,” said Tom Mort, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales for USP Structural Connectors. “It’s an added bonus that Muro offers the industry’s only coil system.”

 

“USP has shown an impressive breadth and reach into multiple market channels, and we are very excited to partner with them to expand our market share in a long-term relationship,” said Jeff Goebel, President of Muro North America.

November 5 MiTek Acquires Cubic Designs, Inc.

CHESTERFIELD, MO – November 5, 2013 – MiTek Industries (MiTek®), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), and the world’s leading supplier of advanced engineered structural connector systems, equipment, software and services for the building components industry, announced today that it has acquired Cubic Designs, Inc. Cubic is the recognized leader in the design, prefabrication and installation of custom work platforms and structural mezzanine systems used in distribution, processing, manufacturing, aerospace, and other types of operating facilities. Billow Butler and Company acted as Cubic’s advisor on this transaction.

 

“Through Cubic, MiTek is able to expand into new end markets with highly customized, tightly engineered, prefabricated structural steel products. Cubic is an outstanding fit within the MiTek family,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “Mike Giffhorn will continue to serve as President of Cubic, and the entire Cubic management team will remain and continue to lead the company. Cubic will operate as a separate subsidiary of MiTek,” Manenti commented.

 

“We are thrilled to be part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway team,” said Mike Giffhorn. “MiTek’s approach to profitably growing a business and building outstanding organizations makes this acquisition ideal from Cubic’s perspective. With the strength and backing of MiTek and Berkshire, we plan to grow the business through a number of strategic programs.”

 

Cubic was founded in 1986 in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Over the past three decades, Cubic has grown substantially by delivering a full complement of unparalleled design, engineering, fabrication and installation capabilities to customers across the United States. Cubic’s sales, engineering, and administration are headquartered in New Berlin, WI, and its fabrication operations are located in Waupaca, WI. Learn more: www.CubicDesigns.com.

October 14 USP Partners With Super Anchor to Offer Fall-Arrest OSHA Compliance, While Reducing Tripping Hazards

Burnsville, MN (October 14, 2013) USP Structural Connectors, a MiTek Industries company, today announced the national availability of its MAX XLine fall-arrest system. The MAX X-Line fall-arrest system is designed to keep contractors safe in work locations that require protection, while helping them comply with OSHA’s new stringent fall-arrest regulations. (The new OSHA rules require contractors to use guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, or safety nets on all roofs with slopes exceeding 4/12 when working six feet or more above a lower level.)

 

In addition to offering increased safety and OSHA compliance, USP and Super Anchor Safety have found that the MAX X-Line fall-arrest system can reduce jobsite tripping hazards. This is accomplished, in part, by incorporating a pneumatic air hose within the fall-arrest system’s lifeline, allowing contractors to eliminate the unsafe presence of a pneumatic air hose in addition to a lifeline beneath their feet when they are working. In yet another innovation by USP, the MAX X-Line lifeline can be clipped into a USP permanent, gasketed anchor that can be install by attaching it to the structure’s framing.

October 10 MiTek Acquires Kova Solutions, LLC

CHESTERFIELD, MO – Oct 10, 2013 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (MiTek®), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), and the world’s leading supplier of advanced engineered structural connector systems, software, equipment and services for the building components industry announced today that it has acquired Kova Solutions, LLC. Kova offers business process and operational management software for residential production builders that integrates and controls the entire business operations with one complete end-to-end system.

 

“The addition of Kova expands MiTek’s software offering very effectively into the builder side of the residential construction market. Kova is a complement to our current SAPPHIRE™ software offering and a key addition to the MiTek family,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “Jouko Väkiparta will continue to lead Kova, and the entire Kova team will remain with MiTek. Kova will operate as a separate subsidiary of MiTek,” Manenti commented.

 

“We are truly excited to be part of MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway,” said Jouko Väkiparta. “We have worked very closely with MiTek for the last five years with great success. The financial strength and market position of MiTek will allow us to extend our capabilities to offer this truly unique solution to even more residential building companies.”

 

Founded in 2005, Kova enables production builders and manufactured housing companies to seamlessly integrate – in one unified system – sales, design, bidding, purchasing, estimating, scheduling, change-order management, customer service, warranty and accounting. It is currently being utilized by several publicly held U.S. production builders today.

September 11 Truss and Wall-Panel Component Manufacturers Stand Ready to Respond to Framing Labor Shortage

CHESTERFIELD, MO – September 11, 2013 – MiTek, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), announced today that a recent NAHB survey found that 48% of America’s home builders could not find framing crews in the first quarter of 2013, up 30% from 2012. The severity of the labor shortage was underscored by Builder magazine’s editorial theme for August, entitled: Help Wanted: Will the Labor Shortage Stifle the Housing Boom. In one feature article from that issue, Builder magazine points out that “Concerns about labor shortages started surfacing more than a year ago, about the same time the housing market began showing signs of sustained recovery. A survey of builders conducted by John Burns Real Estate Consulting released in the fall found that shortages were causing delays of up to three weeks to start houses, and up to three months to finish them.”

 

To assist builders with time- and labor-saving measures, MiTek also announced that the component manufacturers it serves stand ready to provide an immediate solution to help resolve the framing labor shortage — in the form of precisely manufactured, affordable roof trusses, floor trusses, and wall panels. These components are designed using MiTek’s industry-leading SAPPHIRE™ software and built by skilled labor in controlled manufacturing facilities. Roof, floor, and wall components arrive at the jobsite in staged deliveries, where they can be quickly assembled with a fraction of the labor required for traditional stick framing.

 

“Housing starts are showing sustained growth, and they are predicted to spike to a run rate of 1.3 million by the end of 2014, and 1.5 million in 2015,” said MiTek’s Gregg Renner. “That’s good news, but it also indicates that the framing labor shortage won’t ease, and builders need a different approach to framing houses. That’s what MiTek’s component manufacturers offer.”

 

“Structures that are designed and produced by MiTek’s network of component manufacturers using SAPPHIRE™ Structure offer a betterquality, low-cost solution for today’s labor shortage,” Renner added. “One recent case study shows that using trusses and wall panels can cut overall framing times in half when compared to stick framing. With home building clearly moving to a ‘production-custom’ posture, builders are discovering that even complex trusses are remarkably more efficient and economical than framing from ‘sticks’ on site.”

 

Learn more at www.BuildabilityNow.com/LaborSavings.

August 6 MiTek Industries Subsidiary Acquires RKL Building Specialties

CHESTERFIELD, MO – August 6, 2013 – MiTek Industries, Inc. (Chesterfield, MO) announced today that its Hohmann & Barnard, Inc. subsidiary (Hauppauge, NY) had completed the purchase of the assets of Astoria, NY-based RKL Building Specialties Company.

 

Hohmann & Barnard, Inc. (“H & B”) is the world’s largest manufacturer of reinforcing products, anchoring and flashing systems, vapor barriers and restoration products for masonry construction. RKL manufactures and distributes custom stone and masonry anchors and accessories throughout the northeast, with an especially strong presence in the New York City market.

 

“We are very proud and excited to have RKL as part of the H&B family,” said Ron Hohmann Sr., CEO of Hohmann & Barnard. “RKL has established a broad and consistent customer base built over the years by a very talented and aggressive sales and management team. Our goal will be to further enhance our customer service position and introduce innovative new product lines to support the future growth of the stone and masonry industry in New York and the surrounding markets. To that end, we will be relocating the entire RKL team and operations to a new, expanded facility just a few miles away in College Point, Queens, NY.”

 

Gary Kucich, one of the owners of RKL Building Specialties, commented, “We are honored to become a part of the MiTek/Hohmann & Barnard family. We look forward to continuing our tradition of exceptional customer service and top-of-the-line products. With the backing and support of the Hohmann brand, we expect to exceed the expectations of the ever-evolving construction industry.”

July 1 MiTek Acquires Benson Industries, LLC

CHESTERFIELD, MO – July 31, 2013 – MiTek Industries (MiTek), a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), and the world’s leading supplier of advanced engineered structural connector systems, equipment, software and services for the building components industry announced today that it has acquired Benson Industries, LLC. Benson is the global leader in the design, prefabrication and installation of custom unitized curtain wall systems for high-end commercial, hotel, residential, governmental, and institutional buildings worldwide. MiTek is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

 

“The acquisition of Benson extends MiTek’s product offering into the global high-rise commercial building construction market. Benson is a terrific addition to the MiTek family,” stated Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “Lou Niles will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Benson, along with Joe Aholt as Chief Operating Officer. The entire Benson management team will remain, and continue to lead the company. Benson will operate as a separate subsidiary of MiTek,” Manenti commented.

 

“We are delighted to be part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway team,” said Lou Niles. “Their business philosophy and corporate culture are a perfect fit for Benson. With the strength and backing of MiTek and Berkshire, we plan to grow the company through a series of strategic initiatives. This is truly an exciting combination, and together we will do remarkable things.”

 

Benson was founded in 1926 in Portland, Oregon. Over the past three decades, Benson’s unrivaled engineering, assembly and project management capabilities have earned them praise and recognition for some of the world’s most prominent curtain wall projects, including One World Trade Center and the re-cladding of the United Nations Secretariat in New York City, and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Benson has offices and operations in multiple countries around the world. Learn more: www.BensonGlobal.com.

May 21 USP Structural Connectors Introduces “Gold Coat” Structural Connectors and Fasteners, Engineered for Corrosive Environments

Burnsville, MN (May 21, 2013) – USP, a MiTek product brand, announced today that it has launched a new line of Gold Coat extended life structural connectors and fasteners. Gold Coat offers a multi-layer protection system that is ideal for corrosive environments. For all Gold Coat products, USP first applies a standard zinc layer over a steel substrate. To add to the zinc’s protection against corrosion, USP applies an innovative and patented organic polymer barrier layer. The non-reactive, organic polymer layer – the Gold Coat – provides an extremely effective barrier to the ion exchange and electrochemical reactions that cause corrosion. USP’s patented polymer application process creates superior adhesion that bonds the Gold Coat to the zinc galvanization, providing maximum durability throughout manufacturing, shipping, and installation. USP’s double barrier offers the industry’s best protection against corrosion, far exceeding the performance of other connectors and fasteners on the market today. Visit USP’s Gold Coat website for more information: Gold Coat.

 

“Gold Coat’s double-layer protection offers resistance to corrosion that rivals stainless steel, and is by far the industry leader in the connector and fastener sector for its cost,” said USP’s Barry Ashwell. “Most connector and fastener companies offer zinc coating or the much more expensive option of stainless steel for protection from corrosion, but the double-barrier protection of Gold Coat offers a cost-effective alternative in highly corrosive environments.”