Simpson Strong-Tie announced that it will supply software systems and truss plates to the U.S. component industry. Mike Bugbee, a 30-year veteran with the company, will be dedicated to developing and leading this business for Simpson Strong-Tie.

The truss and component industry has been an important part of the Simpson Strong-Tie structural connector business for the past three decades. The company has developed many products that have helped expand the innovative use of trusses in light-frame design.

Bugbee, who has helped create many truss-related products for the company said, “As software becomes increasingly integrated, it makes sense for us to help lead the development of high-integrity design tools. Working with the existing companies in this arena has become increasingly more difficult over the past several months, leading us to the realization that we need to jump into the market with total commitment.”

“Our customers have been asking for these products for a long time,” said Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie. “We know the complete Simpson Strong-Tie solution will take some months to pull together, but we are deeply committed to providing innovative products to this industry along with our engineering, testing, training and field support.”