TOLCO Seismic Bracing is Now FM Approved


TOLCO passes unprecedented testing

CORONA, Calif. -- (May 28, 2008) - TOLCO is pleased to announce that its seismic bracing products have recently passed through a rigorous and unprecedented test standard created by FM Global Engineering. This makes TOLCO the first manufacturer of seismic bracing products to attain this approval.

"The FM test procedure was a dynamic test and the first one of its kind in our industry," said Greg Shaughnessy, TOLCO's director of marketing. "The approval process was extensive; testing entire installed bracing assemblies and simulating the actual forces exhibited during an earthquake. The FM allowable design loads are unique as they take into consideration simultaneous vertical and horizontal movement as well as brace angle. TOLCO no longer publishes only simple horizontal load values."

The following TOLCO products are now FM Approved per Approval Standard 1950:

o Figure 980 Swivel Attachment (to structure)
o Figures 800 and 825 Attachment (to structure)
o Figure 4L Attachment to Pipe (longitudinal)
o Figures 1000 and 1001 Attachment to Pipe (lateral FM Approved-add one)

TOLCO has updated its product data sheets to include the FM Approved design loads and the FM Approved logo which can be downloaded at www.tolco.com. Current stock will include an FM Approved logo on the box while all future production will include the logo stamped into each of the qualifying products. Any FM job that specifies seismic bracing is required to use only FM Approved products.

TOLCO, acquired by NIBCO INC. in 2002, manufactures a complete line of pipe hangers, fabricated pipe supports, seismic bracing, channels and accessories for fire protection, commercial and industrial applications. For over 40 years, TOLCO has become known for its innovative piping system designs especially in seismic zones. For more information, contact TOLCO's Customer Service Department at 1-800-786-5266. Additional product information and literature are available for download at www.tolco.com.

Founded in 1904, NIBCO INC. is a worldwide provider of flow control solutions to the residential and commercial construction, industrial, fire protection and irrigation markets. NIBCO's World Headquarters is located in Elkhart, Ind., and has 12 manufacturing plants located throughout the United States, Mexico and Poland. Visit www.nibco.com/ for information on NIBCO's complete line of products.

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