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Werner is Official Ladder of the NCAA® Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

Apr 04, 2016

Greenville, PA, April 4, 2016 – Werner announced today that it will again partner with the NCAA® and Lowe’s to provide the custom ladder used to cut down the nets following the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Games. Specifically for the Men’s Championship, Werner has developed a brand new custom Podium Ladder designed with a wider platform and taller guardrail for the players to use during the net-cutting celebration. The NCAA® Division I Men’s Championship Game will occur in Houston on April 4, 2016 and the NCAA® Division I Women’s Championship will occur on April 5, 2016 in Indianapolis.  

“Over the years, Werner has embraced the excitement and importance of the net-cutting ceremony and wanted to find a way to help the players celebrate. With our newest product line available, we decided to customize the Podium Ladder for the net-cutting that would allow even the largest shoe size to fit on the platform and enable the tallest players to move around on top of the ladder without compromising their safety,” said Chris Filardi, vice president of marketing at WernerCo.

Furthermore, throughout the tournament Werner has sponsored additional highlights to help bring the excitement both on and off the court. Features included exclusive interviews from key basketball coaches to daring Dunks and Blocks of the Game all hosted on CBSSports.com. To catch up on the hype, videos can be seen at www.cbssports.com/wernerladder.

Finally, Werner is once again offering fans the opportunity to capture a piece of memorabilia through the Rise Above The Rest Sweepstakes. Sign up for a chance to win a replica NCAA® Championship Podium Ladder. Go to http://riseabove.wernerco.com to register for a commemorative piece of the tournament. No purchase necessary to enter the drawing.

A full selection of Werner ladders for both consumers and professionals are available at Lowe’s, an Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and at www.Lowes.com, as well as most professional, hardware and paint retailers nationwide. 


Werner, the official ladder of the NCAA® Basketball Championships, is the world leader in ladders and has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, stepstools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNER provides a full line of climbing equipment that’s engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All WERNER products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit www.wernerco.com/us.

WernerCo is a privately owned, fully-integrated, international manufacturer and distributor of climbing products, fall protection equipment and jobsite, truck and van storage equipment. WernerCo has manufacturing, warehousing, sales and distribution facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. WernerCo’s international headquarters are in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and its US headquarters are in Greenville, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.wernerworldwide.com.

The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Allstate, Amazon Echo, Bing (Microsoft), Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s, Unilever and UPS.


NCAA and NCAA Basketball 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 reach 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.

Performance system
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.