Industry leaders combine to give customers a single-source supplier for creating critical building systems that are resistant to seismic (earthquake) damage
Portsmouth, N.H., January 8, 2008 - Anvil® International and ISAT (International Seismic Application Technology) today announced a marketing initiative to jointly sell products for seismic applications in commercial and industrial building throughout the U.S.
Anvil International is the world's largest manufacturer of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and supports. The company's product line also includes Gruvlok® grooved-end fittings, couplings and valves. ISAT is a leading provider of seismic bracing products and design services for use by architects, contractors, engineers and building officials.
Anvil's product line is ideal for seismic bracing applications like those designed and applied by ISAT. Bracing systems are designed to help critical internal building systems, ranging from HVAC applications to plumbing, remain intact and functional during and after a seismic event. Seismic events are earthquake-related occurrences. The recently adopted International Building Code has raised awareness and increased the geographic regions that now must adhere to seismic-resistant construction practices. The Anvil/ISAT partnership is designed to meet this industry-wide need.
"This is perfect compliment to our already extensive product line," said Dean Taylor, vice president of sales and marketing for Anvil International. "We are excited about the possibilities created by this partnership, not only for Anvil and ISAT but for the entire commercial building industry."
The seismic restraint of suspended HVAC ducts, fire protection piping, electrical utilities and plumbing/piping systems for commercial construction projects is ISAT's primary business. Hospitals and industrial projects represent a significant portion of their overall portfolio. The company also publishes comprehensive manuals designed to educate and help architects, builders and contractors meet building code requirements for seismic protection of internal building operating systems.
Another key component of ISAT's business is training; dealing with issues surrounding seismic bracing is a matter of industry education. For almost a decade, ISAT has provided in-depth training for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) consulting engineers, MEP and general contractors, building owners, insurance entities and enforcement authorities. Manuals include the ISAT Applications, Design and Inspection Manual for the 2003 and 2006 International Building Codes, respectively, and the ISAT OPA Design Manual, which is specific to California hospital construction as governed by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).
"In teaming with Anvil, ISAT has found the right partner and product line to complement our seismic design and bracing offering," said Jim Massey, vice president, ISAT Seismic Bracing. "Building codes across the U.S. and across the world are changing to incorporate the need for seismic design in critical building operation systems. The Anvil/ISAT team is well positioned to provide the right solution at the outset of the building design process."
About Anvil International
Anvil® International is the world's largest and most complete manufacturer of piping connections and support systems. For over 150 years, Anvil's products, service and representatives have earned them a reputation for building dependable, lasting connections - pipe to pipe and people to people. The company's manufacturing facilities are located in Pennsylvania, California, Tennessee, Texas and Rhode Island. All Anvil manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001-2000 certified with the exception of JB Smith in Houston, Tex., which is an API-certified facility. Anvil is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, (NYSE: MWA, MWA.B). For more information, contact Anvil's corporate offices at 110 Corporate Drive, Suite 10, Portsmouth, NH 03801; call 603.422.8000; or visit www.anvilintl.com.
California-based International Seismic Application Technology (ISAT) is dedicated to assisting contractors, engineers, facility owners and project teams achieve code compliance in a cost-effective, efficient manner. Seismic restraint of suspended HVAC ducts, fire protection piping, electrical utilities and plumbing/piping systems for commercial construction projects is the complete focus for ISAT. Contact ISAT at 877.999.ISAT (4728) or fax 714.523.0845. Visit ISAT at www.isatsb.com.