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'Giving back to the community is a
very important part of our culture.'
stainless steel bracket has a brushed finish
similar to that of stainless steel appliances,
while the unfinished brackets are available
in four standard colors or can be painted to
a contractor or homeowner's specifications.
"We've developed our selections over time
based on customers' desires and market
demand," Toal notes.
The company also offers LED-lighted
brackets, closet brackets and shelving
systems. Federal Brace's shelving systems
include open, or "floating," shelves that are
available in stainless steel as well as light
and dark wood finishes. "We manufacture
in heavy gauge steel which gives our shelving a significantly higher capacity than
our competitors. This allows homeowners
to use them to hold dishes instead of just
decorative vases," he adds.
Federal Brace's products have earned it
positive attention from customers and the
overall industry. Two of the company's lines earned "Top 100
Products" recognition from
This

Old House as well as Professional Remodeler
magazine, Morgan notes.

Problem Solvers
The company continues to develop new
products that solve common consumer
problems. The company in 2017 introduced
NoMarr™, a patented fastener system that
prevents finished surfaces and fascia from
being scratched or marred during installation. "Since our brackets are meant to support weight, you have to use a heavy-duty
fastener such as a two-inch lag screw to
hold them in place. In installations of this
type a driving tool must be used, but using
such tooling can affect the finish," Toal says.
The NoMarr system consists of a
silicone-based tab that goes around a
fastener. When tightening a fastener into
a substrate, the tab expands to cover the
area around the fastener head, thus
preventing the tool from making contact with the finished
surface. After installation the
tab is easily removed.
NoMarr tabs are
available for lag
screws, hex top bolts or
hex cap bolts ranging
in size from
one-quarter
to threeeights inch

This Old House named Federal Brace's
Corbel Rib one of the Top 100 Best
New Home products of 2017.

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in diameter. "There are all types of industries that could use this," Toal says. "This is
a cost-effective solution that saves time if
you're working on a finished surface you
don't want to mar."
Federal Brace also recently developed
floor-mounted bracket systems that can
be used to support larger countertop
overhangs. "We've received a number of
requests from designers and homeowners
who want open concept designs in their
homes with larger overhangs from islands
but don't want to see a lot of supports,"
Morgan says. "We listen to the industry and
work to develop products that meet needs."
The system is constructed from steel
tubing and designed to attach to the floor
or to a stud wall. The bracket - which has
minimally visible gussets or underbracing - will extend support out to 36 or 40
inches, allowing for an overhang of up to
44 inches. "This provides a floating surface
large enough to serve a family," Toal says.
"Our consumers were pushing us hard
toward this."

Giving Back
The company's goals for the future include
developing more new products, as well expanding into new markets. The company's
brackets can already be seen supporting
countertops and displays at hotels and large
retail chains, and Toal says it is developing a
product line specifically for commercial and
institutional use.
Federal Brace also plans expanding its
community minded outreach. The company
works with its local chambers of commerce
and local and international charitable
organizations. Staff members participate in
community projects each month.
"Giving back to the community is a very
important part of our culture," Morgan says.
"We believe we're doing more than just
manufacturing and selling products - we're
doing something that positively impacts
people's lives."

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