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A fastener built for the coast

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Simpson Strong-Tie has released the Strong-Drive SDWH Timber Hex-HDG screw, a fastener designed for use in heavy-duty marine and coastal applications such as piers, boardwalks, pilings and docks.

“We developed this screw after talking to installers in coastal areas of the country where building codes require using structural pilings. We specifically designed, tested and now are manufacturing a hot-dip galvanized screw that will install faster than conventional bolts, saving time and money,” said Dr. Ed Sutt, VP Fastening Systems. “It’s exciting for us to be able to engineer and introduce a new product that our customers haven’t had until now. It’s especially gratifying that this new fastener will help them complete a difficult task faster and safer.”

Because of its SawTooth point and oversized integral washer, the Strong-Drive screw requires no pre-drilling and serves as an alternative for bolt, washer and nut assemblies, which helps reduce installation time. It’s also designed to withstand corrosion and moisture.

Additionally, the screw features a hot-dip galvanized coating to comply with the requirements of ASTM A153, Class C.

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Meet the new STAFDA president

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Elm Grove, Wisconsin-based Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association elected Rod Gowett of Acme Construction Supply as president.

Gowett is Milpitas, California-based Acme’s VP of sales and marketing. He is also the founder of Bay Tool Supply, which he sold to Acme in the summer of 2014.

STAFDA announced its new slate of officers during its 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, North Carolina last month.

Tery Earle of Fort Worth (Texas) Bolt & Toool Co. was elected STAFDA VP. Three new board members were also elected: John Hurwitz, co-CEO of Northeast Wholesale Nail & Fasteners Supply of Canton, Massachusetts; Marc Krofchick, VP of Crispo Canada of Bolton, Ontario; and Michelle St. John, co-owner and president of Industrial Bolt & Supply of Auburn, Washington.

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Scotts Miracle-Gro names a director

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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has named Brian Finn to its board of directors, replacing Stepanie Shern, who resigned from the board in October. Finn will serve on the Audit and Finance Committees for a term expiring in 2017.

Finn has been retired since last year, when he left his post as chairman and CEO of Asset Management Finance Corporation and as senior advisor to Credit Suisse. He held various other roles at Credit Suisse, including president of Credit Suisse First Boston and CEO of Credit Suisse USA.

"Based on his more than 30 years of experience in strategic investments and M&A, I’m confident our shareholders will benefit from Brian’s strong expertise," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. "On behalf of all the directors, I welcome him to the board and look forward to working together as we continue to position the business for long-term growth."

Finn is also past chairman of the Undergraduate Executive Board of The Wharton School, vice chairman of the board of the City Kids Foundation, a member of the board of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation.

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