On October 5, as part of Manufacturing Day 2017, Simpson Strong-Tie hosted 25 McKinney High School students at its McKinney sales and manufacturing facility. Manufacturing Day is a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The goal of the half-day visit was for students to see modern manufacturing for what it is — a technology-driven industry that offers great career opportunities with competitive pay.

For over 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, it is one of the largest suppliers of structural building products in the world. The company employs over 2,600 people across the globe and in McKinney, Texas, more than 350 Simpson Strong-Tie employees help design, manufacture, test, and deliver its products.

Students participated in a wide array of Manufacturing Day activities, including:

•Plant tour of Automatics, Fabrication, Tooling and Maintenance departments, led by Dean Pickrell, Production Coordinator and Aaron Turner, EH&S Coordinator

•Test lab demonstration and hands-on product installation

•Career break-out discussions over lunch with department leaders in Engineering, Production, Fabrication, Maintenance and Warehousing

•Career-related presentations from leadership, including Sheryl Wyatt, Plant Manager


During their time in McKinney’s R&D lab, the students watched a test rig in action, crushing a bowling ball. It withstood 50K pounds of force before shattering to pieces.

After the demonstration, students split into groups to assemble wood pieces with Simpson Strong-Tie products and lumber. They got to experience first-hand how Simpson Strong-Tie products are used on a daily basis. The fully constructed wood setups were then load-tested in the lab to see how they measured up. By the end of the exercise, the students had a new understanding of how the products they saw being manufactured are actually used in the construction industry.

“This was definitely a learning experience not only for the students, but also for our team,” said Cody Clayton, Plant Superintendent. “It was an awesome day to be able to connect with young people and show them all the numerous career opportunities in a manufacturing environment.”

Celebrating Manufacturing Day with local students helped highlight the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. The day offered students valuable insights about how to pursue skills that could lead to a long-term career offering security and growth for qualified candidates. To learn more, visit www.strongtie.com/careers.