Simpson Strong-Tie Announces National Sponsorship With Habitat for Humanity International



    PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug. 13 /CNW/ -- A proud supporter of Habitat for
Humanity for more than a decade, Simpson Strong-Tie today announced its
national sponsorship agreement with Habitat for Humanity International. Over
the next four years, Simpson Strong-Tie will donate $1 million in cash and
products to help support Habitat's house projects across North America and its
national programs, such as the Gulf Coast-recovery program and the Jimmy
Carter Work Project. Simpson's national agreement also includes employee
volunteer time to help with building Habitat homes.
    "Through its relationship with local Habitat affiliates, Simpson
Strong-Tie has been making a difference in lives of Habitat homeowners for
some time," said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of Resource Development
for Habitat for Humanity International. "Their focus on local communities and
the families that live in them is just one of the reasons why Habitat for
Humanity International is so excited to announce this national partnership
with Simpson Strong-Tie and its employees. Together, we are building more
affordable homes and offering more families the opportunity to fulfill their
dreams of homeownership."
    Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit organization that is
dedicated to eliminating poverty housing around the world. Since 1976, Habitat
has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and
affordable shelter for more than 1 million people.
    As a manufacturer of structural connectors, prefabricated shearwall
panels and other fastening systems, Simpson Strong-Tie(R) products reinforce
the frame of a home, increasing its ability to resist high winds and
earthquakes. "Simpson's mission is to help people build safer and stronger
homes economically. By sharing similar goals with Habitat and working together
on a national level, we can provide more people homes that are built to last,"
said Tom Fitzmyers, CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie.
    Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie, says the company has
donated money, time and products to Habitat since the mid-1990s. Its efforts
have been primarily focused on a local level, supported by the company's
individual branches. "With a national sponsorship and an organized effort,
Simpson will be able to make an even greater impact across North America," he
said.
    Simpson will support its four-year contribution through its many branch
locations in the U.S. and Canada.
    
    About Habitat for Humanity International
    
    Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry
that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating
poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than
225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for
more than 1 million people. For more information, visit
http://www.habitat.org.
    
    About Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    
    For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-Tie products have been helping
people build safer structures economically. A leader in structural systems
technology, Simpson is one of the largest suppliers of structural building
products in the world. Visit the company's Web site at
http://www.strongtie.com.

    
    For More Information Contact:
    Shelby Heimbach
    sheimbach@strongtie.com
    925-560-9068
    




For further information:

For further information: Shelby Heimbach of Simpson Strong-Tie, 
+1-925-560-9068, sheimbach@strongtie.com Web Site: http://www.strongtie.com  
               http://www.habitat.org

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