Simpson Test Lab Dedicated to Visionary
April 10, 2014
Simpson Strong-Tie has renamed its world class EU testing facility in honour of the man who was responsible for the growth of the company in Europe.
The purpose built testing site, which was opened in 2009 and conducts around 5,000 product tests each year, was recently renamed ‘The Andris Peterson EU Test Laboratory’ at a special ceremony attended by European branch managers and technical engineers.
Ian Harrison, SST’s European Technical Director said:
“When Andris Peterson came to the UK to launch Simpson Strong-Tie operations in Europe he was the only employee. Over a number of years he made many acquisitions in the UK, Germany, France and Denmark. He amalgamated and grew those businesses to make SST the European market leader in connectors that it is today.
“Not only that, when I joined the company we had just one test rig which occupied a small area of the factory. We still have that rig today but things have grown and changed considerably since. It was the vision and support of Andris which enabled me to grow the small testing facility we had back then into the world class facility we have now. “
In 2005, Andris retired and returned home to Portland in the USA but sadly, just over a year ago, he passed away.
“In his memory and in honour of everything he achieved for Simpson Strong-Tie, the European branches are proud to re- name the facility “The Andris Peterson EU Test Laboratory” in dedication to a larger than life character who cared passionately for all people in the organisation and without whom many of us might not be part of the Simpson Strong-Tie family,” added Ian Harrison.