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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Fortress Building Products granted patent for Universal Railing Bracket

Newest patent showcases continued emphasis on delivering the Total Solution for outdoor living products.

GARLAND, Texas – March 18, 2020 – Fortress Building Products has been awarded its latest patent #10590656 for a versatile mounting system for its Fe26, Fe26 Plus, Al13 and Al13 HOME™ railing systems.

The patented Universal Bracket enables an installer to utilize one bracket for straight, stair and mitered railing applications. Improving efficiency for not only the installer, but also reducing the SKU inventory for both the distributor and dealer base. The innovative design has also increased the speed of installation, allowing for a pre-welded panel to easily be dropped into place.

Not only does the Universal Bracket simplify installation, but it has greatly improved the aesthetic finish with no visible fasteners. This innovative bracket also allows flexibility in finishing the railing with or without a top cap. The Universal Bracket’s use of set screws being directly attached to each panel has increased the positive connection for maximum strength. For the Fe26 system, the Universal Bracket was key for meeting the standards of AC273 and providing a Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR) for an iron railing. Fortress® continues to focus on innovation such as the Universal Bracket and offer a complete collection of best-in-class building materials that it backs up with a multitude of patents that are granted or pending.

"The Universal Bracket was the game changer. It is truly the linchpin. It makes the whole system work," Fortress CEO Matt Sherstad said. "To deliver a universal bracket mounting system where a single bracket can provide a simple installation for any application, while delivering unmatched strength and aesthetics, is monumental for the industry. That's where we provide value. That's where we believe our innovation benefits the professional contractor and homeowners, as well as our distribution partners that get them to market."


About Fortress Building Products

Fortress Building Products is a leading manufacturer dedicated to delivering proven performance and smarter solutions in the residential, multi-family, commercial and industrial building products industries. Based in Texas, Fortress Building Products supplies North America with forward-thinking outdoor living solutions, including steel and aluminium railing, fencing, framing and pergolas. With an excellent track record built on 50 years of innovation, Fortress® is focused on providing the best steel and aluminium products that build a stronger tomorrow for people and the planet. Sustainable, durable and socially responsible, Fortress’ category-leading solutions strengthen the way people build and live. Learn more at  

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