AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO improve the quality and efficiency of the construction process, Simpson Strong-Tie Co., in Dublin, Calif., recently earned National Housing Quality (NHQ) certification from the NAHB Research Center for its training materials on fasteners. Simpson, one of the largest suppliers of structural building products in the world, is the first building product manufacturer to achieve certification for training materials and to sponsor the NHQ program.

“Our training efforts are creating opportunities to partner in the construction process and deliver a better product to our customers,” says Mike Moran, national manager of builder programs for Simpson Strong-Tie, adding, “As a result of our training program's implementation, builders can expect fewer red tags and callbacks.”

Participation in the NHQ certification programs is designed to foster consistency and quality in building practices. “Builders and contractors are the key to installed-product quality and performance,” says Frank Alexander, NHQ's program director. “The NHQ program is bringing building partners together to establish and implement quality assurance principles in the home building industry,” he continues. “Simpson is helping to lay the foundation for other manufacturing companies to design training tools that facilitate the proper installation of products.”

During the 2005 International Builders' Show, Bob Hill, director of laboratory science and certification services at Research Center, presented Simpson with a certificate commemorating its achievement. Hill said, “Simpson's commitment to the proper installation of their product to ensure correct performance aligns with the requirements of the NHQ Certified Trade Contractor program, which focuses on doing things right the first time.”

For more information on the NHQ program, visit or e-mail quality To receive a copy of Simpson's training module, visit and click on “training.”