SidePlate Systems, Inc. announced the launch of www.sideplate.com. The company has expanded the website to make it an excellent resource for engineers, architects, owners, contractors, steel fabricators, and erectors to choose the best connection system for their projects.

The site includes the following topics: how the system works; how design professionals can incorporate the system; projects and case studies; and more.

In addition, MiTek Inc. announced the acquisition, through its subsidiary MiTek Holdings Inc., of SidePlate Systems Inc., an innovator of proprietary high-performance steel frame connection technologies used in a wide range of construction applications. MiTek, the world’s leading supplier of state-of-the-art engineered connector products, equipment, software and services for the building components industry, is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

"The acquisition of SidePlate further extends the MiTek group’s field of interest into the commercial, institutional and heavy industrial construction markets and is a terrific addition to the MiTek family," stated Gene Toombs, chairman and CEO of MiTek. "The planned enhancements to infrastructure in the U.S., along with more stringent requirements for resilient structures, make this a current and forward-thinking solution for multi-hazard design applications."

All SidePlate associates will remain with the company, and Henry Gallart will continue to serve as president, along with Jared Adams remaining as senior vice president. SidePlate will operate as a separate company.

"We are delighted to be part of the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway team. SidePlate’s combination with MiTek will allow us to accelerate the commercialization and development of SidePlate’s connection technologies," stated Gallart.

Developed in direct response to the devastation caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, SidePlate’s technologies are ingeniously designed to protect structures against natural and manmade disasters, including earthquakes, blast attacks and progressive collapse. SidePlate’s solutions are backed by full-scale laboratory testing for earthquake applications, as well as unprecedented testing for blast and progressive collapse.

SidePlate Systems Inc., based in Laguna Hills, Calif., is known for its product innovation, unique engineering solutions, and outstanding business relationships. SidePlate’s solutions have proved to make steel-frame construction faster, more robust, safer and more cost-effective. Visit www.sideplate.com for additional information.

MiTek is the world’s leading supplier of state-of-the-art engineered connector products, equipment, software and services for the residential building components industry. MiTek’s component fabricators lead the industry in delivering prefabricated trusses and wall panels to the residential housing industry. With operations on five continents, MiTek is a global operation serving customers in more than 90 countries. Headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., it is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. For more information about MiTek, visit www.mii.com.

SidePlate is pleased to announce our move into expanded offices.
Our new corporate address is:
23332 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 225
Laguna Hills, CA 92653