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Pleasanton, Calif. - In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Simpson Strong-Tie announced it will make a $25,000 donation to assist in the relief response and recovery efforts throughout the East Coast.
This donation was given directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and will aid in providing food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the hurricane. The company will also be matching employees' personal contributions to the Red Cross and other nonprofit disaster relief organizations.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have been impacted by this tragedy," said Simpson Strong-Tie President Terry Kingsfather. "We hope that through the combined national support efforts, the East Coast will be able to quickly recover and rebuild the communities that have been devastated."
To make a contribution and aid in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through the Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.
Pleasanton, Calif. - Simpson Strong-Tie, one of the largest manufacturers of structural products for the building industry, recently acquired Baltimore-based Fox Industries. The strategic acquisition will help Simpson Strong-Tie enter the concrete repair, protection and strengthening market while continuing to expand its presence in commercial, industrial and infrastructure construction.
Founded in Baltimore in 1969 by the late Douglas L. Fox, Fox Industries manufactures a complete line of cementitious, epoxy, urethane, elastomeric and polyester coatings, grouts, mortars, adhesives, sealers, sealants, membranes and custom manufactured fiberglass parts for the marine, industrial, transportation, commercial building and public works industries. The late founder, a Holocaust survivor, moved to Baltimore in 1954, with the dream to develop a line of products based on the construction techniques he had learned while working in concentration camps run by Nazi Germany. For more than 40 years, Fox has compiled a long and successful track record of providing its customers with responsive service and economical and innovative product solutions. One noticeable local landmark painted with Fox coatings is the Howard Street Bridge.
For more than 55 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Its product lines include structural connectors, fasteners, screw fastening systems, wood and steel prefabricated shearwalls, moment frames and tiedown systems for multi-story buildings, and anchor systems for concrete and masonry. The company is committed to helping customers succeed by providing code-listed products, full-service engineering and field support, product testing and training.
"We are very excited about this new partnership. It will enable us to provide our customers with a complete product offering for repairing, protecting, restoring and strengthening concrete and will complement our existing Anchor Systems product line," said Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie.
Edye Fox, former co-owner of Fox and current director of business development for Simpson Strong-Tie added, "Fox Industries is thrilled that our products will launch Simpson Strong-Tie further into the important world of construction products relating to the repair, protection and strengthening of concrete, steel and wood structures. The opportunities are endless for our products and systems to expand globally through the sales, marketing and manufacturing expertise of Simpson Strong-Tie."
Simpson Strong-Tie has retained Fox's 37 employees and will continue production at the Hampden facility. Customers interested in purchasing products from Fox should contact the inside sales team in Baltimore at
About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
For more than 55 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with industry professionals to provide code-listed, field-tested products and value-engineered solutions. Its extensive offering of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, anchors and lateral-force resisting systems are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to helping customers succeed by providing exceptional products, full-service engineering and field support, product testing and training. For more information, visit the company's website at www.strongtie.com.
Fox Industries' Paper Published in The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings
This article by Fox Industries describes the requirements for repair systems that would be effective on concrete, wood, or steel pilings to prevent deterioration.
All of us at Fox Industries would like to take a moment to wish you and your family every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.
We hope you will have time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the wonder of this special time of year.
The assets of Fox Industries have been sold to Simpson Strong-Tie (whose parent company is Simpson Manufacturing Co. Inc.), based in Pleasanton, CA, effective December 1, 2011.
Simpson is well known in the residential construction industry as the leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, anchors and lateral-force resisting systems. With the acquisition of Fox Industries, Simpson will enter the Infrastructure-Commercial-Industrial market with Fox products for Repair, Protection and Strengthening of Concrete, Wood and Steel substrates.
Fox, now through Simpson Strong-Tie, remains committed to growing our relationships with our many loyal customers in 2012 and beyond. Many new and exciting products are currently under R&D, led by Michael Fox. You will continue to receive the same support you have grown accustomed to, from the same team members you are already familiar with. Gradual changes will include the improvement of many of our internal systems and the upgrading of our Baltimore manufacturing plant in 2012. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
All the best to you and your family,
Michael Fox, Carl Scheffel & Edye Fox Abrams
and All the Employees of Fox Industries
Fox Industries' Paper Published in UnderWater Magazine
Fox Industries presented a paper for TRB in January and this paper was subsequently published in the March/April edition of UnderWater Magazine.
FX-640 Polyurea Selected by US Army Corps of Engineers
US Army Corps of Engineers selects FX-640 Polyurea to coat Tencate Geotubes® for Grand Isle, LA Hurricane Rehab Project. The photos below show the coating in progress.
Fox Industries/Sherwin-Williams Distribution Deal Featured in Maryland Daily Record
New Distribution Deal to Give Fox Industries National Exposure
Daily Record Assistant Business Editor
May 29, 2007 7:10 PM
A recently inked distribution deal between Sherwin-Williams and Baltimore-based Fox Industries Inc. has the potential to expose the 38-year-old company’s line of restoration products to the paint giant’s nationwide client base.
Cleveland-based The Sherwin-Williams Co. will distribute Fox Industries’ products and systems used to restore concrete, steel and wood structures. The Fox Industries products will not be stocked on shelves at Sherwin-Williams’ retail stores, but will be offered by representatives from the company’s industrial and marine coatings group.
Fox Industries’ products are not designed for the do-it-yourselfer; they are typically purchased by contractors, as well as state and municipal public works agencies. While it has clients across the country, the Sherwin-Williams deal will give Fox Industries a way to put its product line in front of customers that otherwise might not have been reached.
“This deal gives us a national sales force that we didn’t have before,” Fox Industries CEO Michael Fox said. “We have not really had a national sales force — we don’t have people knocking on doors in Birmingham, Ala.”
Fox Industries products are used in marine, industrial, transportation and commercial projects. Products range from a fiberglass and epoxy system used to repair underwater bridge pilings to its “FX-120 Elastomeric Mortar,” which is an asphalt-like substance used at railroad crossings that is made from ground-up landfill tires.
Edye Fox Abrams, vice president of Fox Industries, said the arrangement would not only give their company national exposure but would give Sherwin-Williams products it did not have before.
“Sherwin-Williams has been selling coatings traditionally,” she said. “Now, this will allow the customer to have a one-stop shop.”
In announcing the deal last week, Sherwin-Williams cited Fox Industries’ history and ability to customize formulas as major factors in deciding to move forward with the deal.
“Our sales team was well aware of the capabilities of Fox products in a number of key markets,” Doni Riddle, vice president of industrial and marine marketing for Sherwin-Williams said in a prepared statement. “The more both of our companies talked about it, the more sense it made to join forces.”
Founded in 1969 by Douglas L. Fox, an inventor and Holocaust survivor, Fox Industries employs 40 out of its Baltimore headquarters. The company is run by the second generation of the Fox family, including Douglas Fox’ son Michael and daughter Edye.
Since 1974, the company’s headquarters has been in a warehouse in Baltimore City that in a former life was owned by the Noxell Corp. and churned out thousands of the iconic blue bottles of Noxzema cold cream. The 50,000-square-foot headquarters not only houses corporate offices but testing labs and machinery used to create the chemical compounds that make up the company’s products.
“We’re very much a nuts and bolts company,” Michael Fox said.
Fox said the company, which started with three employees, has always worked to remain flexible so it could quickly change formulations for a customer, or ramp up production to meet the needs of a customer facing an emergency like a boat causing structural damage to a bridge or a sinkhole in a roadway that needs to be filled immediately. Fox said with the Sherwin-Williams deal his company is ready to grow as the arrangement bears fruit.
“It’s been a nice, steady growth over the years,” Fox said. “If this deal really grows, we would be ready to look at expanding or adding shifts.”
The Sherwin-Williams Company Partners with Fox Industries
Repair and Protection Products Will Enhance Offerings to Customers
CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 23, 2007) - The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced a distribution agreement with Fox Industries, manufacturers of products and systems used to restore and repair concrete, steel and wood structures in the construction industry.
Under the agreement, Sherwin-Williams will nationally distribute many of Fox's concrete repair materials, protective coatings, epoxy injection materials, joint sealants and waterproofing compounds, thereby expanding Sherwin-Williams' product line to include restoration materials.
"Our sales team was well aware of the capabilities of Fox products in a number of key markets," said Doni Riddle, Vice President Industrial & Marine Marketing. "The more both of our companies talked about it, the more sense it made to join forces. By combining Fox Industries' specialty products with our coatings, Sherwin-Williams' sales force can now provide a complete system for concrete structures in various markets."
"The addition of our product line enables Sherwin-Williams to offer a broadened group of products to their customers. Now, Sherwin-Williams can repair substrates prior to protecting them with their extensive line of coatings," said Edye Fox Abrams, Vice President of Fox Industries. "We are excited about this new partnership with Sherwin-Williams because together we can increase our capabilities for our customers and bring more value to the market place."
Since 1969, Fox Industries' epoxy, urethane, acrylic, polyester and cementitious-based products have been used in the marine, industrial, transportation, commercial building and public works industries. Baltimore-based Fox Industries is known for its ability to customize formulations to meet specific customer requirements, and for quality, reliable products.
Sherwin-Williams Industrial and Marine Coatings group serves North America with a broad line of high-performance coatings, comprehensive technical service and the industry's largest distribution system. Relying on more than 140 years of experience in formulating industrial coatings, the group provides cost-effective solutions for applications where extreme corrosion, abrasion and chemical attack are present.
See What Underwater Magazine Has To Say About Fox Industries
Giant Crabs Invade Baltimore City
Manufactured by Fox Industries
On Monday, May 16, 2005, the first Crabtown crabs were unveiled by Mayor Martin O'Malley, Baltimore City School commissioner Bonnie Copeland and the major sponsors of the Crabtown project, Citi Financial and Legg Mason, at a ceremony held at Harborplace in downtown Baltimore.
Fox Industries Inc is pleased to be the manufacturer of the estimated 200 crabs that will decorate Baltimore City for the remainder of Summer 2005, until they are auctioned to the public, with all proceeds benefiting the Baltimore City Public School system.
The first crabs unveiled were:
- The Mad Hatter by Sarah Ferreter
- Cobalt Blue by Bill Adler
- Believe in our Schools by Frank Perrelli
- Crabduation by Susan Laugen
Later that day, city crews began installing these and other crabs around the downtown area. Keep your eyes out for more crustaceans to appear!
Fox Industries was the materials supplier of