Posted November 29, 2022

FastenMaster Wins Innovation Award from The Home Depot

Cortex for Decking hidden fastener system is recognized for product innovation.

Pictured (L to R): Billy Bastek- Senior Vice President of Merchandising- The Home Depot; Scott Moore- Sr. Merchant- The Home Depot; Peyton Brown- Director of Key Accounts- FastenMaster; Web Shaffer- Senior Vice President and General Manager- FastenMaster; Mikael Cook- Key Account Manager- FastenMaster; Bobby Baylis- Merchandising Vice President- The Home Depot; Jeff Kinnaird- Executive Vice President of Merchandising- The Home Depot FastenMaster’s Cortex Hidden Fastening System has been named as one of the top three innovation award winners for 2022 by The Home Depot.

Cortex is a fast and easy way to build a deck with fully hidden hardware and fasteners. The product comes with a proprietary drive bit that sets the screw to the perfect depth every time in composite, cap-stock, and PVC decking boards.

"We are honored to be named as a recipient of the 2022 Innovation Awards from The Home Depot,” said John McMahon, vice president of FastenMaster. “The list of top winners and finalists is impressive and having our brand as the second runner-up overall is both highly rewarding and humbling. We want to thank The Home Depot for this honor and congratulate all the companies identified in the process.”

The Cortex hidden deck fastening system features fasteners with a Torx® T-Tap drive system that is nearly impossible to strip-out and comes with a strong setting tool that enables PROs and DIYers to install up to 350 fasteners with one tool. And since Cortex plugs are made from the same material as the decking board being installed, the system gives you perfect match every time for a beautiful deck.

FastenMaster, a division of OMG, Inc., is a brand of fastening solutions for professional contractors. Its products are engineered for structural, decking, and trim applications in residential construction, and its product line includes the LOK Line of structural wood screws, Tiger Claw Hidden Deck Clip System, TrussBRACE roof truss support system, as well as Cortex Hidden Fastening Systems for deck and trim applications. 

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