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Werner Official Ladder of the NCAA® Women’s Basketball Championship

Apr 09, 2013 --     Werner Co.
Greenville, PA, April 9, 2013 — Werner Co. is proud to support NCAA® women’s basketball for the fifth year in a row. As the official ladder of the NCAA® Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, Werner will supply the custom 9’ ladder used during the net-cutting ceremony of the women’s national championship game hosted at New Orleans Arena on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The Werner ladder has become an integral part of the winning moment when the championship team cuts down the net during post-game ceremonies.

Werner is also the official ladder of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Championship ladder was officially unveiled on Monday, April 8, 2013 during the WBCA Awards Show. Werner sponsors the championship coaches’ interview, which features discussions with the two final coaches and was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This event celebrates women’s basketball and those coaches and players who excelled throughout the season.

“We are thrilled to support women’s sports and the many achievements these teams make both on and off the court as they advance to the final winning moment,” said Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing at Werner Co. “It’s a wonderful honor to be part of the emotional and exciting celebration for players and fans alike as it’s been another fantastic season in women’s college basketball.”

Early in the 2013-2014 season, Werner will present the winning coach and team a pair of championship ladders in honor of their victory. The coach will autograph both ladders used to cut down the nets and one ladder will be auctioned off to benefit a charity of their choice.

ABOUT WERNER CO.
Werner Co. is the world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of ladders, climbing equipment and ladder accessories under the Werner®, Green Bull®, Keller®, and other licensed brands. Werner also manufactures and sells a line of Fall Protection products and recently acquired Knaack LLC, the leading manufacturer of jobsite, truck and van storage equipment under the KNAACK® and WEATHER GUARD® brands. Backed by over 60 years of product innovation, Werner products are recognized for their durability, quality and safety. All Werner ladders and climbing equipment meet or exceed applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) codes and standards for strength and structural integrity. Werner is headquartered in Greenville, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit http://www.wernerco.com

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCATION (WBCA)
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. The WBCA is pleased to join the women's sports community in commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which was passed by Congress on June 23, 1972, and provides females with equal opportunities in athletics in the U.S. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org

Media Contacts:
Marquita Kordes, Werner Co., 1-724-588-2000, Ext 2704, kordemr@wernerco.com
Angie Maddox, Seed Factory Marketing, 1-404-996-4041, angie@seedfactorymarketing.com
NCAA, Final Four and March Madness, are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.