LiteSteel Teams with Habitat for Humanity

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com








TROUTVILLE, Va.
Next summer, a family will be moving into a new home at 2850 N. 21st
in Milwaukee – thanks to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and a
donation from
LiteSteel Technologies.

The donation came in the form of a 30-foot long LiteSteel beam (LSB),
which was installed by a team of volunteers Aug. 19. LSB is a patented,
cold-formed, light weight steel
structural beam that combines the strength of steel but with the
installation
workability normally associated with wood products.

The beam arrived with
the lumber package the night before from Bliffert Lumber, the
pro-dealer
Milwaukee Habitat regularly uses for its homes. Bob Kaiser, a volunteer
working
on the two-story home, used a circular saw with a steel-cutting blade
to cut
the beam in
just a few seconds to a precise measurement of 27 feet to run
across the length of the home’s basement. Kaiser said most of
the homes he helps build
for Milwaukee Habitat uses
LVLs for the structural support, but found working with LSB had its
advantages.

“Working with LSB was
fairly easy,” he said. “I think it’s a
lot better than LVLs in that we don’t
have to nail them together. It did save us time, and for someone like
me, the
weight of the product enters into the equation. This beam is lighter
than LVLs
and it’s just easier to work with.”

When the beam was
ready for installation, a few volunteers picked it up and carried it to
the
basement, sliding it across the foundation and into place in a matter
of
minutes.

The home on North 21st
Street is just one of 20 being built in the neighborhood by Milwaukee
Habitat.
When finished this two-story home will measure about 1,400 square feet,
with
four bedrooms and two bathrooms.  

“We’re very pleased
to make a donation to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity,” said
Jeff Hoffman, vice
president business development, LiteSteel Technologies America.
“Milwaukee
Habitat for Humanity serves the greater good for the community, and
we’re happy
to be a part of that.”


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