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Werner celebrates its Ninth Year as the Official Ladder of the NCAA® Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

Mar 31, 2017

Werner gives fans a chance to win a 3’ tall replica of the

Championship Ladder through its Rise Above the Rest sweepstakes


Greenville, PA, March 31, 2017 – Werner announced today that it will partner again with the NCAA® to provide custom special-edition Podium Ladders for the net-cutting ceremonies following both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball® Championship games. Fans can participate in the action by entering the Werner Rise Above the Rest sweepstakes for a chance to win a 3’ replica of the popular Podium Ladder used by the winning players and coaches.


The custom Podium Ladder used for the net-cutting is designed with a wider platform and taller guardrail for the Regional and National Championship games. The NCAA® Division I Women’s Championship will take place at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on April 2, while the NCAA® Division I Men’s Championship will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ on April 3.


“March Madness® delivers unbelievable excitement each year, and we try to keep pace by continually expanding our relationship with the NCAA®. This year, we’re bringing our custom Podium Ladders, which we’ve designed with the safety of taller players and coaches in mind. We’re also sponsoring the first-ever Spanish broadcast of the Final Four® games with Westwood One and giving fans the opportunity to win their own custom championship ladder. We’re doing everything we can to share our passion for March Madness® with as many people as possible,” said Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing at WernerCo.



Exclusive Access, Fan Memorabilia and Werner Ladder Deals


Werner will feature additional NCAA® tournament highlights with the Werner Ladder Madness™ Moments, an online portal featuring exclusive interviews from key tournament coaches and the best Dunks and Blocks from the court. Watch exclusive videos throughout the tournament at www.cbssports.com/wernerladder.


Fans interested in the opportunity to win a unique piece of Final Four® memorabilia can enter Werner’s Rise Above The Rest Sweepstakes. Visit http://riseabove.wernerco.com/ to register for the contest; entrants will be eligible to win a custom 3’ replica of the Podium Ladder used to cut down the championship nets. No purchase necessary.


March is Ladder Madness™, the best time to buy Werner ladders. Deals can be found on featured ladders at www.getwerner.com including the Podium Ladder. 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 NCAA® March Madness® and the world leader in ladders offers 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.



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.


NCAA, March Madness, Final Four and Ladder 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 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.