Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has received a Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA) in the Specialty Drill Bits category for the Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck-Drive™ DCU screw plug solution. The company was also recognized as a finalist in the Drill/Driver Attachments category for its Quik Drive® PRODW drywall system, a lightweight auto-feed screw driving system designed to help complete drywall installations more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Launched by Simpson Strong-Tie in April 2018, the DCU screw plug solution is a complete hidden deck-fastening system and was selected as a PTIA category winner based on its high level of industry innovation. Comprising the Simpson Strong-Tie premium DCU Composite screw, the DCU screw plug and an Auto-Set Driver™ bit (each sold separately), the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution provides a comprehensive and convenient solution to the problem of exposed fasteners and enables builders to achieve a strong connection with a clean, professional look.
“Simpson Strong-Tie is pleased to receive recognition from the Pro Tool Innovation Awards judges for both the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution and the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system,” said Simpson Strong-Tie product manager Scott Park. “Technology has enabled a faster pace of construction tool innovation that still requires significant research and development and testing to ensure the highest levels of quality and value, and Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to be recognized among the extremely tough competitors included in this year’s awards.”
According to the organizers, the Pro Tool Innovation Awards recognize best-in-class products determined by a panel of judges to be “ahead of their time.” This year, nearly 300 tool entries from more than 60 manufacturers competed across several categories to be recognized as a finalist based on a combination of innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements and value.
“Manufacturers are consistently improving their tools. Each year, however, some exceed the norms and develop products which truly deserve recognition,” said Clint DeBoer, Executive Director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. “Business owners, builders, contractors and tradespeople really need to understand which products can help them work smarter and more efficiently. Often, they can also save a lot of money in either material costs or time savings, and that innovation goes straight into their pocketbook.”