Simpson Strong-Tie will begin supplying software systems and truss plates to the U.S. component industry, the company has announced. Mike Bugbee, a 30-year veteran of the company, will lead the new division.
Simpson Strong-Tie has already developed many products that have helped expand the innovative use of trusses in light-frame design, so offering software and truss plates is a natural progression for the company, it said.
Bugbee, who has been very active in the truss industry and its organizations since 1982, has played an active role in creating truss-related products for the company. "As software becomes increasingly integrated, it makes sense for us to help lead the development of high-integrity design tools,” Bugbee said. “Working with the existing companies in this arena has become increasingly more difficult over the past several months, leading us to the realization that we need to jump into the market with total commitment."
Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie added: “Our customers have been asking for these products for a long time. We know the complete Simpson Strong-Tie solution will take some months to pull together, but we are deeply committed to providing innovative products to this industry, along with our engineering, testing, training and field support."