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Hassel-Free Assistance

Every project is unique. Every location requires different building codes. And even though our products are well-made, and our services are hassle-free, we know we’re not a perfect fit for every project. However, we are a trusted resource that assist you on product selection, specifications, design build, HPD, code requirements and any other solution from small hiccups to big challenges.

Nystrom is proud to provide hassle-free building products serving divisions 05, 07, 08, 10 and 12 through 10 product lines. Our expert team of sales, service and engineers, valued partners and website can help with your specification coordination.

Architect Specifications

Specifications may seem like a no-brainer, but we want to highlight that Nystrom offers 3-part specifications in formats that work for you. You may download product specifications on our website or through our valued specification providers BSDspeclink and MasterSpec as well. You may view or download your selected file type from the following list of specifications:

• Access Doors
• Entrance Mats + Grills
• Expansion Joint Systems
• Fall Protection
• Fire Safety
• Floor Doors
• Luminous Egress Products
• Roof Hatches
• Smoke Vents
• Stair Treads + Nosings
• Wall + Door Protection

Design Build Resources

We understand that every construction project has a different level of complexity and challenge. That is why Nystrom often partners with project managers that require direct access to our people, products and process to ensure that their specific needs are addressed. No matter how complex or custom the product requirements are, our team will support a seamless project workflow. We offer service at every step from schematic to design and development to bid and procurement through construction and commissioning. Whatever information you need to complete your project is available on our website.

Technical Documents

Complete information and technical documentation is critical to your project. Information like CAD, Shop Drawings, Data Sheets and Warranty. All Design Build Resources are available on our website.

Revit/BIM Design Tools

We want to make your job easier by providing 3D tools for your projects. We have CAD resources for all products on our website. Nystrom also partners with BIMsmith for single source Revit/BIM content for the architecture community. Compare similar products to see their differences, then download your final selection for your Revit or AutoCAD projects quickly and easily.

Code Resources

Building codes vary from state to state and county to county and we know that it can be difficult to track how our products will fit in with your projects. Nystrom is happy to help you answer code questions as part of our hassle-free service. Some may be found on our website, or you can always reach out to our customer service team.


LEED has become the international standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance structures. LEED v4 is designed to provide a more flexible, performance-based approach to calls for measurable results throughout a building’s lifecycle. If you have projects that require pursing LEED certification, Nystrom offers Health Product Declarations (HPD) to satisfy LEED v4 requirements. You may view or download your selected file type from the following list on our website.

Literature & Samples

While we’re living in a digital age, we know that hard copies of product information like catalogs and information sheets are still useful. Nystrom catalogs are available for digital download and printed catalogs may be ordered, both through the website. Product collateral and services may also be obtained through working with a regional partner with locations throughout North America.

Although our product images are of the highest quality, there is no substitute for seeing a product in person. We know you want to see, feel and touch to better understand our products. Of course, you care how it looks, but we know that you also care about its durability, how it performs and how it will look pared with other products. The Nystrom sample program can be accessed on our website.

Installations & Repair Made Easy

We know that videos are an ideal way of demonstrating the installation process. Nystrom not only provides Installation & Operation Manuals for all its products, but we provide video tutorials as well. Whether you’re working with a general contractor, project manager or specialty contractor, we are the go-to source for installation methods required for projects, regardless of the complexity.

Where applicable, videos can be accessed directly from the product information pages or through the Nystrom YouTube channel.

Project Profiles & Galleries

We know that providing a complete picture of projects if essential when specifying products. And, we understand seeing the finished project is not only appealing, but useful when specifying products. Nystrom provides project profiles and galleries for projects of all types.

Nystrom offers its design professional clients an in-depth array of information when it comes to architect specification assistance and design build resources.

About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v43-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLinkMasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPDC and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

Do you know your ADA compliance & LEED entrance flooring requirements?

ADA Compliance

Passed by Congress in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the nation’s first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications. The 2010 American Disability Act standards for State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities required them to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The specific sections within ADA that refer to entrance flooring are Sections 302 and 303. To ensure that a wheelchair or walker will not become wedged into the opening, Section 302.3 defines the requirements for opening dimensions stating that openings in the floor must be a half inch or less with the long dimension in the direction of traffic. A quality manufacturer will have this specification designed into your systems.

The change-in-level requirements removes any potential for tripping and allows the smooth transitions for wheelchairs and walkers from one surface to the next.  Section 303 defines the requirements for change in level, stating: Any change in level of ¼ inch may be vertical. Changes in level between ¼ and ½ inch shall be beveled with a slope not steeper than 1 to 2.  In layman terms, it means a ¼ inch change from one surface to the other is acceptable without any accommodations. If my change in level is greater than ¼ inch, a slope is required.

Many Entrance Floor Mats are available with a ½ inch or less profile. These products may be surface mounted with a beveled frame and comply with ADA. There are some options for a ¼ inch mat, but there is minimal capacity to retain dirt within a ¼ inch system.  Given the variety of choices of products with a ½ inch profile, it is highly recommended to avoid the ¼ inch systems.  A system that has a profile greater than ½ inch must be recessed.

These considerations go a long way to meet all building user needs and promoting their health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Design

Twenty years ago, the green building movement began with a simple mission: promote sustainability in the building and construction industries. Today, a new market is emerging that calls for buildings that promote human health. This is a major focus of the USGBC LEED certification program. Particle pollution, the matter released into the air from burning fossil fuels, and soot containing millions of tiny particles become air borne and head deep into our lungs.  Introducing an entrance flooring system is one way to  decrease the incidence of harmful particles into the air of a building.

In the LEED Indoor Air Quality credit category, the Enhanced Indoor Air Quality credit is intended to promote occupants’ comfort, well-being, and productivity by improving indoor air quality. According to the requirement, an Entryway System should be installed in mechanically ventilated spaces, naturally ventilated spaces and mixed-modes systems to improve occupant indoor air quality.

The Entryway Systems should be permanent and at least 10 feet (3 meters) long installed in the primary direction of travel to capture dirt and particulates entering the building at regularly used exterior entrances. Acceptable entryway systems include permanently installed grates, grilles, slotted systems that allow for cleaning underneath, rollout mats, and any other materials manufactured as entryway systems with equivalent or better performance. All should be maintained on a weekly basis. Many building owners prefer a permanently installed system to reduce trip hazards.

Note that while LEED only requires 10 feet, capturing 52% of the dirt from entering a building, to maximize performance, 18 feet is recommended to capture 90% of the dirt, soil and debris.  

Nystrom provides all the products you need to ensure your entrance flooring meets both ADA Code and is LEED certified.

About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v43-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLinkMasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPDC and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

Nystrom Introduces New Course Offering AIA HSW Learning Units

One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability” Offered Via Live Webinars

Nystrom, a leading manufacturer of specialty building products, has introduced a new online course aimed at design professionals that examines how stair nosing products improve building safety and offer new sustainable materials.

The course, titled “One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability,” offers design professionals stair design, product, code and installation information to use stair tread and stair nosing products in commercial building designs to increase pedestrian safety. 

“Pedestrian falls on stairs are preventable with planning,” said Brad Fish, director of sales at Nystrom and a 30-year veteran of the stair nosing industry. “The first stair nosings in the 1800s were cast iron and used to prevent slips by passengers getting on and off street cars.” Fish adds that the basic stair nosing design is largely unchanged, but that today’s products are improved to meet modern building designs and codes. Stair treads are made of lightweight, durable extruded aluminum and the slip-resistant surface is made of recycled materials.

The stair nosing products offered by Nystrom feature EcoTread™, a 90% recycled rubber material that is non-slip, fade and wear resistant, replaceable and easy to maintain and clean. 

One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability” is approved by the American Institute of Architects and provides architects, specifiers and designers one learning unit and one hour of Health Safety and Welfare credit. The free course is offered weekly as a live webinar. To register visit

About Nystrom

For nearly 75 years, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products. Nystrom offers hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Health Product Declarations for LEED V4, 3-Part specifications and AIA Continuing Educating courses. Nystrom offers a wide range of roof, floor, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings.

Staying at Home: Nystrom Team Shines Bright

nystrom at home 2Nystrom team members have found creative ways to use their time productively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mask Makers

Dozens of our team members and their families have put their sewing machines to good use making masks. Many employees initially donated their CDC-designed masks to healthcare facilities, who reported mask shortages. But as grocery stores, national chains and manufacturing facilities, including Nystrom, mandated mask use, the demand grew. Besides outfitting their own families, neighbors and friends, many team members expanded their mask making for the Nystrom production crew. “Sewing and doing something creative, which I knew would benefit another person, felt great after a day on the computer,” said Nystrom Chief Financial Officer Gretchen Kelly, “and it’s neat to look out on the production floor and see a mask I made benefiting a coworker.”

Executive Chefs

Aside from jokes about the pandemic pounds piled on by being at home and social media memes taunting the “Quarantine Fifteen,” many team members use their cooking prowess in meaningful ways. Human Resources Generalist Lindsey Jankowski turned to an iconic Minnesota dish to cheer up friends. “I made nine tater tot hotdishes and delivered them safely to friends during furlough,” notes Jankowski, who also shared the recipe with friends and co-workers.

Area Sales Manager Shawn Cheney  modestly mentioned over a Teams video call that he’s been stirring up a lot of homemade, from scratch dishes in his kitchen including waffles with apple cinnamon caramel sauce with fresh whipped cream, red pepper risotto, fresh angel hair pasta and steak and mozzarella quiche. When his team members asked for recipes, he confided that he doesn’t usually follow recipes and finds joy in creating dishes from the ingredients he has on hand. When he’s not working with customers, Cheney indulges in TV cooking shows and admits he’s usually cooking three meals a day for his family of 4 and 3 extra long-term guests that are sharing his home.

Distant Learning Teachers

The Pandemic has forced many parents into the role of teacher. Not only is it a role most never imagined but parents are becoming experts at multiple grades and subjects.

Many Nystrom employees are juggling the demands of working from home with managing distance learning, which includes troubleshooting technology, printing worksheets, relearning Algebra and managing lesson plans for multiple children in many grades.

“I always appreciated teachers,” notes Nystrom Controller Nicole Engstrom, “but I have a new respect and admiration for them.” Nicole has juggled her financial duties of month-end reporting and managing the company’s accounting team with supervising the distance learning for her two elementary-aged sons. “My husband and I tag team the school day, but it’s a challenge. I have to admit that I look forward to recess as much as the boys!”

Operating Safety to Supply Construction

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted businesses quickly and manufacturers were forced to respond rapidly to protect the health and safety of their employees. Nystrom was no exception.IMG_2255

Before the governor of Nystrom’s home state of Minnesota declared Stay at Home measures, Nystrom’s leadership team was taking steps to slow production and plan for safer manufacturing policies and practices.

Working with Chief Executive Officer Sue Thomas and manufacturing supervisors, Chief Operating Officer Matt Benson led the development of the company’s Safe Manufacturing Strategy. Benson’s goal was to establish an effective, enforceable plan of action to allow safe manufacturing of Nystrom products guided by established methods and guidance from state and federal health agencies. The plan would go beyond writing policies to include mandatory practices to reduce the risk of transmission.

The Safe Manufacturing Strategy, known as the SMS, was developed and phased in carefully by initially bringing back a small, experienced crew to begin shipping orders. Decisions to increase manufacturing were influenced by the Governor of Minnesota expanding the state’s Safe at Home policy and monitoring health agencies and models showing the effectiveness of social distancing to curb the spread of the virus.

Planning and Preparation

Benson used the well-established Hierarchy of Controls approach to build the safety plan. “Rather than relying on workers to reduce their exposure, the best way to control a hazard is to systematically remove it from the workplace,” Benson said. “During the COVID-19 outbreak when it was not possible to eliminate the hazard, our goal was to reduce the risk of spread.” According to Benson, the most effective protection measures are established and mandated and include engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices and the use of personal protective equipment.

The team started with engineering controls that would alter operations to promote safety. The controls included closing lunchrooms, moving the physical layout of workstations to ensure a minimum of six feet spacing and eliminating the production of any product that required team lifting and violation of the six-foot distancing policy. Several improvements were made to eliminate workers touching surfaces, including the installation of touchless faucets and soap dispensers, automated check-in that eliminated traditional punch clocks and propping all doors open during working hours.

Administrative controls and safe work practices were established and tested so Benson and his supervisors were confident employees could successfully follow the new requirements. The controls include limiting one worker to interact with any machine or tool equipment and that individual sanitizes those touch surfaces at the beginning and end of each shift.  Signs were produced and posted throughout the building and workspaces.

Communication and Execution

When employees were called back to begin regular work shifts, the new safety policies were communicated in advance to prepare workers.

Prior to reporting to work, members of the production team received emails from Benson with a link to view a video. The video featured Benson outlining the safety practices and mandatory conduct that would greet the team when they returned to work.

Early on the morning of the first full production day in April, production employees lined up single file outside of Nystrom’s facilities and walked in one-by-one. They were greeted by Production Manager John Chiodo and Facilities Manager Rick Fanning, who were stationed at the entrance to immediately implement the practices outlined in Benson’s video. Chiodo and Fanning directed employees to wash their hands and pick up their personal protection equipment. Employees continued single file and six feet apart to Production Managers Craig Rudesill and Jim Boden, who monitored check-in and conducted non-contact temperature checks. Team members then reported to their workstations for small group meetings that restated safety rules and instructions to start the workday.

Personal Health & Safety First

The development of the new manufacturing plan was an employee-first endeavor, according to Senior Human Resources Director Susan Aaker, who worked with Benson and his team on the plan. “Our resilience and compassion helped us rise to the challenge,” Aaker recalls.  While it was critical to develop new safety protocols to reduce the risk of illness, Aaker formalized standards for employees, including a one-page safety protocol summary that each employee signed prior to starting work.

Any employee who was sick or exposed to sick individuals was to stay home. “We ensured that our leave policies were flexible and consistent with public health guidance and didn’t require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who were sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness.”

CEO Thomas endorsed the people-first approach and communicated to all employees that returning to work was voluntary and that no pressure was applied in the event employees didn’t feel comfortable returning to the workplace due to compromised immunity or other health related concerns.

Education, Enforcement and the Future

Benson, Fanning and the production management team are tasked with effective education, auditing, monitoring and enforcement of the plan during the exposure risk period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Benson is confident that the team is up to the task. “Our employees have thanked us for the safeguards. Every day they leave and return to their families with the confidence that we’ve invested in their safety. We’ve developed a plan that can be communicated, executed and monitored,” said Benson.”  Thomas adds that beyond measuring the activities, there’s one metric that counts to her. “If we remain healthy, that’s the measurement I’m looking for,” said Thomas.