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Exclusive Features | FEDERAL BRACE

Strong Supporters

FEDERAL BRACE DEVELOPS PRODUCTS BASED ON THE NEEDS OF ITS CUSTOMERS. BY JIM HARRIS

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olving customer problems is
deeply ingrained in Federal
Brace's DNA. "We were born out of
providing solutions to customers
who were unable to find solutions through
normal means," President Scott Toal says.
The company dates its origins back to the
early 2000s when its parent company Short
Run Pro, a custom metal fabricator, began
offering support brackets for stone and
granite countertops. "People were having
trouble finding supports that would hold
heavy countertop overhangs," Toal says. "At
the time, the conventional means of getting
a suitable bracket made meant going to
a manufacturer or fabricator, or going to
a big box store and buying a bracket that
would not have the aesthetic appearance or
carrying capacity you'd want in a kitchen
or bathroom.
"We started manufacturing brackets to
custom specifications after realizing over
time there was a market for these solutions
because no one else had a standardized
product line," he continues. "Consumers
needed a bracket of some kind, but were
limited in most instances to using brackets that weren't aesthetically pleasing
in a kitchen or didn't have the sufficient
weight-bearing characteristics."
Since formally opening its doors in
2009, Federal Brace has specialized in
offering strong and aesthetically pleasing

Federal Brace
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* Headquarters: Belmont, N.C.
* Specia y: Residential and commercial
support olutions

"We listen to e industry and
work to develop products at
meet needs."
- Ca y Morgan, brand manager

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Brace is dedicated to
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developing products that solve
common consumer problems.

brackets. The company sells directly to
owners through multiple channels including major retailers and distributors serving
the residential construction market.
Federal Brace also works closely with designers and architects to have its products
specified in new home construction and
commercial projects, Brand Manager Cathy
Morgan says.
The company operates two offices: one in
Belmont, N.C., serving the eastern United

States; and an office in Clearfield, Utah,
serving the western half of the country.

Meeting Demands
The vast majority of Federal Brace's products
are manufactured in the United States by
either Short Run Pro or a third-party manufacturer. The company's standard product
line is a quarter-inch thick stainless steel
or unfinished steel bracket used to support
a kitchen or a bathroom countertop. The


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