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MiTek's Hardy Frame® Offers New Lateral-Load Solutions, Rounding Out a Complete Product Line

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Hardy Frame Now Offers Seven Products in a "Full Spectrum" Offering
of Lateral-Load Solutions for Light-Frame, Multistory Construction

MiTek USA just announced that its Hardy Frame brand now offers a range
of seven products in a "full spectrum" offering of lateral-load
solutions for light-frame, multistory construction. Two of the Hardy
Frame solutions introduced here – the Hardy
Frame® CFS Moment Frame™
and the Hardy
Frame® CFS Picture Frame™
– are entirely new to the
market.

"MiTek is the innovator in the field of lateral-load solutions. With
this full spectrum of solutions, anyone designing or constructing
light-frame, multistory structures now has more choices, more
advantages, and better value," said Scott Miller, MiTek's Senior Vice
President of Engineering. "Our new cold-formed steel solutions are
especially innovative, allowing easy, on-site assembly. We stand alone
in the industry with this new alternative to structural steel moment
frames."

The full spectrum of Hardy Frame solutions includes:

     

1)

Hardy Frame Brace: The "original" Hardy Frame diagonal
member resists lateral loads in both tension and compression.

 

2)

Hardy Frame Panel: This panel offers the industry's
narrowest (9") pre-fabricated shear panel; back-to-back
installation doubles capacity.

 

3)

Hardy Frame CFS Moment Frame (New!): This cold-formed steel
(CFS) frame is an alternative to structural steel moment frames:
Cost-effective; easy assembly on site; back-to-back installation
doubles capacity.

 

4)

Hardy Frame Moment Frame: This frame is pre-assembled and
pre-welded, with pinned base: No lateral bracing required at the
beam; it's the first special moment connection designed for use in
residential construction to be prequalified in AISC 358.

 

5)

Hardy Frame Picture Frame: The "picture frame" has double
the capacity of a pinned-base frame; it replaces grade beam design
and construction.

 

6)

Hardy Frame CFS Picture Frame™ (New!): This cold-formed
steel solution is for multi-family shear wall systems; it's an
effective solution for multi-story application with large window
openings. This self-reacting moment frame distributes compression
on wood members below. Two panels installed back-to-back can
double capacity; it incorporates the MiTek Z4 continuous tie-down
system; it's easy to assemble on-site.

 

7)

Z4 Tie Down System: It perpetually adjusts its connections
to the floor system as a building deforms, with one-time
installation and inspection.

 

About MiTek

MiTek is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products,
services, and equipment to the residential, commercial, and industrial,
construction sectors. MiTek Industries' passion for its associates'
well-being and its customers' success is the company's hallmark. A
Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A,
NYSE: BRK-B)
since 2001, MiTek has operations in more than 40 countries on six
continents. Learn more: www.MiTek-us.com
and www.MII.com.

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