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February 23, 2004

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. Announces the Appointment of Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

Dublin , CA -- Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (the "Company") announced today that Jennifer Chatman and Robin MacGillivray have joined its Board of Directors ("Board"). Ms. Chatman is Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management at the Haas School of Business, University of California , Berkeley , and Ms. MacGillivray is the President of SBC's Business Communications Services - West. Ms. MacGillivray will also be joining the Board's Audit Committee. The Company believes that these two directors will bring a broad range of experience and insight to its Board and that both will make significant contributions to the Company's future growth.

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 pre-fabricated shearwalls. Simpson Strong-Tie also offers a full line of adhesives, mechanical anchors and powder actuated tools for concrete, masonry and steel. The Company's other 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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