ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems Opens New Research and Design Facility

IAS-Accredited Facility Performs Structural, Material Testing

February 20, 2012 - West Chester, Ohio – In a move that supports ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems’ commitment to quality-designed products for the building industry, the company is pleased to announce the opening of its new research and design facility in West Chester, Ohio. Three engineers and four technicians will operate ClarkDietrich Research, LLC, a laboratory accredited to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC American National Standards Institute 17025 by the International Accreditation Service (IAS).

“The opening of the new research and design facility helps maintain ClarkDietrich’s position as an innovation and design leader within the steel framing industry,” said Bill Courtney, President and CEO at ClarkDietrich Building Systems. “We look forward to using this facility to expand our design capabilities and identify areas to improve and build upon safety, efficiencies and innovation within the building industry.”

The facility provides ClarkDietrich with analytical and physical testing capabilities to evaluate the mechanical and structural properties of cold-formed steel building components. In addition, the engineering evaluation of assemblies ranging from structural connectors to modular framing systems used to support photovoltaic modules, are within the scope of its IAS accreditation.

The facility follows the International Code Conference (ICC) for the construction of sustainable, safe and affordable buildings.

About ClarkDietrich

ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems is the leading manufacturer of a full line of drywall studs and accessories, structural studs and joists, metal lath and accessories, shaft wall studs and track, interior finishing products, and connectors and accessories for commercial and residential construction. Quality manufacturing, a full-line offering, national distribution, engineering services and responsive customer service position ClarkDietrich Building Systems as the largest and fastest growing manufacturer of cold-formed steel framing in North America. Clarkwestern Dietrich Building Systems LLC is a 75/25 joint venture with Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc. (MISA) and Worthington Industries, Inc. For more information, visit www.clarkdietrich.com.