Versatile shelf for utility sink
Cashel LLC, maker of a line of durable, plastic utility sinks, is now also the maker of a versatile shelf to attach to any utility sink, or any other product that could use a shelf.
The company launched the Shelfie, described as a “new workspace solution that’s Made in the USA and designed to fit on utility sings, tubs, coolers and more.” The company will unveil the Shelfie at the upcoming National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
The Shelfie is made from heavy-duty, waterproof and stain resistant polypropylene. The retail sales price is about $50. The product comes in a full-color retail-ready box.
Deckorators widens deck product offerings
Deckorators has introduced a trio of new products that will be available to deck builders beginning April 1.
The exclusive Deckorators Fastendry system helps deck builders create dry zones while realizing significant labor and cost savings. Fastendry combines weatherproofing and deck board fastening capability in one solution while allowing builders to add under-deck living space or storage. Deckorators says the system allows builders to save up to 50% on installation time and 25% on installation cost versus competitive weatherproofing products.
Fastendry fits in the slotted edges of Deckorators composite decking, forming a water-tight seal that prevents rain, melting snow and debris from passing through the spaces between boards. The polymer insert has a rigid base plate that fastens decking to joists with a nail gun, resulting in a fastener-free look without the use of hidden fasteners.
ALX Contemporary aluminum railing, in brushed titanium, is also new from Deckorators and brings a sleek, simplified look of stainless steel to outdoor living in a durable aluminum deck railing. Made of heavy-gauge aluminum, the rail features a beautiful anodized finish that offers the appearance of stainless steel while resisting scratches and corrosion.
The product is available in two profiles: rectangle top rail with Deckorators Estate balusters and round top rail with Classic balusters. It comes in 36- and 42-inch heights and 6- and 8-foot pre-assembled sections for easy installation. Deckorators backs ALX Contemporary aluminum railing in Brushed Titanium with a lifetime limited warranty on manufacturing defects and a 25-year removal-and-replacement warranty.
Deckorators has also introduced porch flooring with patented Eovations technology, making the product strong, lightweight, and stable the manufacturer said. Because the technology allows virtually no water absorption, Deckorators porch flooring is backed by a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty that covers water and ground contact.
“We strive to develop innovative products that help our partners stand out from the competition,” said Chris Camfferman, director of category marketing for Deckorators.
Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Deckorators is a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc.
Simpson Strong-Tie expands builder software portfolio
Simpson Strong-Tie continues to step up its game in the builder software application sector.
The LBM fastener, connector and anchor manufacturer has acquired LotSpec — a suite of software applications designed to optimize efficiency and productivity for production homebuilders. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
This purchase follows Simpson Strong-Tie’s 2017 acquisition of CG Visions and continue the manufacturer’s technology partnership with builders, architects, and engineers by offering software solutions via key apps for the industry-standard design platforms Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, and Autodesk Revit.
LotSpec focuses on the design and development of efficiency tools, practices, and workflows for large-volume homebuilders. The company’s core LotSpec application is built on a similar code base in both 2D or 3D AutoCAD Architecture and Autodesk’s flagship product Revit. The dual functionality allows builders to gain added efficiency from their existing 2D drawings, while easing into advanced functionality with Revit and other complementary technology solutions provided by CG Visions.
“As the industry looks to achieve more from their existing construction documents and evolve to newer technology, solutions are needed that provide immediate value and still allow for adoption of more advanced programming, but on the builder’s own timeline,” says Jon Albert, a construction IT who founded LotSpec in 2016. “With LotSpec now available as a choice from the Simpson Strong-Tie technology offering, current and future customers will have access to additional product resources and technologies which are designed to integrate with their business needs.”
The move also widens the Pleasanton, Calif.-based manufacturer’s portfolio of builder software and tech.
“This strategy continues to strengthen our value proposition of being the industry’s trusted partner in construction solutions and building systems,” said Roger Dankel, president of Simpson Strong-Tie North American sales.