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New Universal Bypass Clip from ClarkDietrich Offers Two-In-One Rigid and Deflection Connection to Exterior Curtain Walls

West Chester, Ohio - August 4, 2020 – ClarkDietrich is expanding its ClipExpress portfolio with a new Universal Bypass Clip, giving contractors a singular solution for attaching exterior curtain wall studs to the building structure whether the design calls for a deflection connection for vertical movement independent of the cold-formed steel framing or a rigid connection.

“Our new Universal Bypass Clip aligns with the larger industry trend toward universal clips that allow for more flexibility on the jobsite,” said Brett Hironimus, director of sales for ClarkDietrich Clip Express. “It also provides the assurances that come with a pre-engineered and pre-manufactured connector, as opposed to untested field-fabricated solutions still in existence. And by offering the Universal Bypass Clip in a wide range of sizes and gauges, ClarkDietrich is a natural partner for contractors looking for maximum flexibility for jobs of any size.”

The clips are available in 12ga and 14ga, in standard lengths of 6", 8”, 10” and 12” and are ideal for medium to larger standoff conditions. Universal Bypass Clips offer fast, one-piece universal installation—no left or right handed clips. They can be installed quickly with screws, welds or powder-actuated fasteners, and provide adjustable standoff to ensure a plumb wall plane. When used for a deflection application, Universal Bypass Clips allow vertical movement of up to 3" (1-1/2" up and 1-1/2"down). Proprietary deflection screws are provided with each clip to ensure friction-free sliding.

The ClarkDietrich Clip Express Service is a dedicated and streamlined support and delivery system for steel framing connection products, giving contractors the products, pricing and quantities they need to keep their projects moving. With hundreds of clips and connectors to select from—from low cost products to the company’s high-performance line of lowest installed cost products or systems—building teams can decide what works best for them. For more information, visit

About ClarkDietrich®
ClarkDietrich® 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 and exterior 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 as the largest manufacturer of cold-formed steel framing in North America. Clarkwestern Dietrich Building Systems is a 75/25 joint venture with Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc. (MISA) and Worthington Industries, Inc.  For more information, visit