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May 20, 2003

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. Announces Purchase of Canadian Connector Company

Dublin, CA -- Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE: SSD) announced today that Simpson Strong-Tie Canada Limited, its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, has completed the purchase of 100% of the equity of MGA Construction Hardware & Steel Fabricating Limited and MGA Connectors Limited, both Canadian federal corporations, (collectively, "MGA"), for approximately USD $9.8 million in cash. MGA manufactures and distributes throughout Canada and portions of the United States a quality line of connectors used in construction.

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., headquartered in Dublin, California, through its subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc., designs, engineers and is a leading manufacturer of wood-to-wood, wood-to-concrete and wood-to-masonry connectors, and through its subsidiary, Simpson Dura-Vent Company, Inc., designs, engineers and manufactures venting systems for gas and wood burning appliances. The Company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSD."

For further information, contact Barclay Simpson at 925-560-9032.

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