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Simpson Strong-Tie invites ‘best shots’

A photo contest highlights an expansion of the Outdoor Accents line.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie expanded its Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line to offer deck builders and others more options for outdoor projects.

And to highlight the fact, the company launched its Outdoor Accents “Give It Your Best Shot” photo contest, which runs through Oct. 22. Anyone who has built an outdoor living structure using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware is invited to send in photos for a chance to win an outdoor TV, YETI cooler and Simpson Strong-Tie-branded items.

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

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

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

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Eye on Retail: Alexa, order me a Christmas tree

BY Chain Store Age Staff

Amazon is moving in on a holiday tradition.

The online giant will sell live, full-size Christmas trees this year, the Associated Press reported, shipping them in its standard box format. Amazon sold small live Christmas trees last year, but they were of the table-top variety (shorter than 3 ft.).

The trees, which will include 7-ft. Fraser firs along with Douglas firs and Norfolk Island pines, will be shipped within 10 days of being cut down, if not sooner, allowing them to survive the shipping and still arrive fresh.

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Texas expansion for Chelsea Building Products

The manufacturer will open a second production facility in early 2019.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Chelsea Building Products, the composite building products manufacturer, will open a second manufacturing facility in Greenville, Texas.

The company also announced it will enhance and add capacity to its original Oakmont, Pa. facility.

Chelsea has operated from the Oakmont location since 1985. But the company said its product portfolio and customer base has continued to expand. Along with this growth, investments in equipment and infrastructure have been made in Oakmont to keep up with the demand for energy-efficient, high-performing window systems as well as PVC based products such as mouldings, railings, shutters, and Everlast Advanced Composite siding.

The new Texas facility is strategically located to service Chelsea’s current and future customers in the southern and western United States. The 126,000-square-foot space was previously used as an extrusion operation and has the capability for future expansion.

The infrastructure is set up for a total of 15 extrusion lines, which allows for a fast startup. Extrusion equipment has already been ordered and is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2018, and Chelsea anticipates a full startup in early January 2019.

“We knew at some point in time, the demand for our products would necessitate a second production facility,” said Peter Dewil, president and CEO of Chelsea Building Products. “We expect to continue to make significant investments over the next three years in capacity expansion between the Pennsylvania and Texas plants. With the addition of the Greenville facility, this will significantly increase the overall capacity of Chelsea Building Products.”

“We acquired Chelsea Building Products as a cornerstone of our global strategy; building a strong platform for substantial growth,” states Dirk Seitz, Chairman of the Aluplast Group. “The investments that the Aluplast Group continues to make, in the expansion of Chelsea’s capacity both in Pennsylvania and now Texas, demonstrate our commitment to the North American market.”

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