Our CFO, Brian Josephson, was interviewed by George Bailey for the podcast Choose the Nickel recently. Brian shares how his parents and childhood instilled in him, and his siblings, the understanding, and importance of taking responsibility for your actions including financially. There are a few funny stories along with some important lessons. Click on the image below to listen.
The gifted class from the Central Christian School visited Hager headquarters a few weeks ago. They were learning about the engineering profession and the different types of engineer specialties. A daughter of our COO, Josh Hager, is in the class and he offered to have the students visit Hager and hear from our engineers what they do.
Mark McRae, our Director of Engineering, and Daniel Sprehe, a Product Engineer, spoke with the students about the engineering process a product takes, from conception to manufacturing. They spoke about how once a design has been approved a prototype is created along with the amount of testing it takes before a product is ready to be sold. They also shared the difference between a mechanical and electronic engineer and how they work together.
Have you had a chance to catch your breath? What an amazing few days in Baltimore at DHI ConNextions. One of the best things about being in the Door and Hardware Industry is the fact it’s a relatively small group of people. Typically, at one point or another in our careers, we have either worked with or have known of one another for many years. So, when we attend and exhibit at ConNextions it really is like a family reunion.
Hager had a lot of representation both from St. Louis headquarters, including the Hager Family, and our wonderful sales representatives.
Wednesday many team members attended the keynote presentation “Beyond Tragedy: Response and Recovery in a School Based Crisis”. The speaker was Michele Gay, a mother and former teacher, who helped founded Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative. It was a powerful presentation about her day on December 14, 2012, when her daughter was one of 26 people who was shot at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Her strength and courage were felt throughout the room. Her words reignited our mission to provide great products at a fair price with exceptional customer service to keep occupants of buildings safe and secure.
Next week, several members of the Hager Family and team members will head to Baltimore for the annual DHI ConNextions show.
For the Hager team, this show is all about connecting with our customers. We want to hear what’s new in their lives and businesses; collaborate our efforts in order to grow their sales; and, of course, showcase our new products. In the last year, we’ve released the following products:
- 3300 Series Grade 2 Tubular Locks
- 4 Amp and 6 Amp Power Supplies
- 34K Standalone Lock
- Door Prop Alarm
- Onboard Delayed Egress for our 4501 & 4601 Exit Devices
- Hospitality Transition Thresholds
We will also have demonstrations with our HS4 Electronic Access Control products including the newest communication platform BLUEnet. We are especially excited by BLUEnet’s ability to provide a real-time (within 4 seconds) lock communication, keeping people safer in an active shooter situation.
If you’d like to attend the show but haven’t purchased a pass yet, we have complimentary VIP Exhibit Hall Passes available. Just click on this link and in the Promo Code box type hagevip.
We look forward to seeing you!
Do you have anything lying around your house or garage that you’ve held onto just knowing you were going to use it in a project someday?
Dennis Elledge with DE | SL Architecture Interiors inherited some black walnut wood that he knew would be perfect for a project – someday. Some 20 years later, and after a few moves, the perfect opportunity presented itself.
After DE | SL Architecture moved into a new space they realized they needed some additional storage. There was a perfect nook at the end of a hallway but open shelves would look messy. Dennis realized the time had come to use the black walnut to make a door that not only would be practical but would also be a statement piece.
Since this door opening wouldn’t be permanent thought needed to go into how to install the door that would not leave too much damage to the walls and allow the door to be removed when they vacate the leased space. The dimensions of the end of the hallway were 4’8″ wide x 9’3″ high. Having a door that size would be cumbersome so Dennis came up with the idea to make a 4’8″ x 6’10” door with a 2’5″ transom. Luckily he had enough of the black walnut to make it work. But the door also needed to be able to swing out of the opening so Dennis called on Sheryl Simon, CSI ,CDT, our Senior Architectural Specification Consultant to discuss possible solutions utilizing door hardware.
18 years ago the Columbine school shooting shook the world with images of students filing out of school buildings in single file with hands raised, SWAT teams surrounding the school, and the stark terror on the faces of the students and teachers. For the security and safety community, it renewed efforts to keep our most cherished citizens safe.
School security has increased tremendously since the Columbine tragedy. A direct result was the introduction of the classroom security function. In order to secure a traditional classroom function lock, a person had to step out into the hallway from the classroom and use a key to secure the door opening. With the introduction of the classroom security function, the lock is able to be secured from the interior of the room.
This article was published in the DHI, Door Security + Safety Magazine in January 2018 issue.
While you may not give hinges much thought, they actually hold up as one of the greatest inventions of mankind back so far that archeologists aren’t sure of its exact origin. In fact, bronze hinges date back to ancient times, found in societies in Africa and Asia, as well as Europe.
In the United States, as Easterners began pouring into St. Louis in the late 1840s and early 1850s to make their westward journey, Charles Hager was building his business by providing wagon wheels and hardware for Conestoga wagons. This made Hager an active part of the new frontier in the development of hinges as we know them today.
In commercial, educational and institutional facilities, doors are hung using one of three hinge types: standard (conventional) hinges, continuous hinges or pivots – and it is the continuous hinge, with its intermeshing gears and thrust bearings, that is the far superior choice in many high use applications.
There are two types of continuous hinges—the pin-and-barrel and the geared. The pin-and-barrel continuous hinge (sometimes known as the piano hinge) has two leaves joined together by a pin. The geared continuous hinge features gear teeth that mesh together under a cap that runs the length of the door.
The geared continuous hinge was patented in 1963 by Austin Baer, and in 1968 he earned a second patent for adding thrust bearing to his original design, known as the Roton® Continuous Geared Hinge. The patent expired in 1985, and Hager Companies purchased Baer’s company in 1989.
“There were situations in facilities with high-abuse door openings where we knew a standard butt hinge wasn’t the best choice. We were intrigued by the Roton® continuous hinge and how it distributed the weight over the length of the door,” explains Warren Hager Executive Vice President & Assistant Secretary for Hager Companies. “We purchased The Baer Company because we felt the product was a perfect fit with the quality Hager was known for and it allowed us to bring additional value and solutions to our customers.”
Today every major U.S. commercial hardware manufacturer offers a line of continuous hinges.
Benefits of a Continuous Hinge
While continuous hinges are not as commonly used as standard hinges, there are several solid reasons for choosing a continuous hinge over another hanging device:
• Continuous hinges extend the full length of the door, which means they distribute the door’s weight evenly to the frame. This reduces the amount of stress to the doorframe when compared to using a standard or pivot hinge.
• Because a continuous hinge is secured to the full height of the opening, a continuous hinge keeps the door in constant alignment, eliminating the chance of a sagging door.
• Additionally, continuous hinges also help reduce the chance of wood doors from warping, which is especially helpful when the door opening is three-and-a-half or four-feet wide.
• Continuous hinges also remove the gap between the door and the frame, and this absence of the gap helps prevent fingers from being pinched, which means a safer door. This safety makes a continuous hinge a natural choice for doors where children are present.
Those are the exact reasons Jeff Chan, locksmith with Mercy Hospital, changed the specifications for the hospital and now requires continuous geared hinges on all doors over three-feet wide. “Installing continuous geared hinges on door openings over three feet in width decreases future issues, saving us time and money,” he says.
Smart Applications for a Continuous Hinge
These characteristics mean that continuous hinges are often installed for openings that are subject to high traffic and abuse, such as gymnasiums, health care facilities and sports complexes. “As the population continues to grow, the demand on door openings increases with security and safety at the forefront,” explains Dan White, Manager of Product Development for Hager Companies. “For these high-demand openings, the continuous geared hinge remains the smartest choice for the life of an opening.”
Here are a few examples of where you can install a continuous hinge:
HOSPITALS, STADIUMS ARENAS, AND SCHOOL GYMNASIUMS
Over time, the doors that get a lot of use also tend to “come off their hinges” and sag or warp. Because a continuous hinge runs the length of the door, it keeps the door in constant alignment and eliminates this issue.
PRISONS AND BACK DOOR TO CONVENIENCE STORES AND STRIP MALLS
A geared continuous hinge can keep a building even more secure than a standard hinge because there isn’t a pin that can be removed. In fact, prying off a continuous hinge would be time-consuming – which acts as a deterrent.
Doors allow air to escape, which can be a great source of energy loss when trying to warm or cool the air (depending on the time of year). A continuous hinge helps close the gap between the door and the frame – creating a tighter seal.
One example where a continuous hinge solved a recurring door problem was at a St. Louis university hospital radiology treatment room. The doors were four by seven feet (lined in ¼” lead) and hung on heavy duty pivot hinges with an intermediate pivot. The bottom pin on the floor pivot broke twice, and as a result, the room was rendered unusable. This cost the hospital about $24,000 a day in lost revenue, not to mention the delay in treatment for patients.
“The late Richard Mehaffy, CAHC, a distributor, reached out to me to discuss the issue. After conferring with the technical department at Hager, we recommended installing a Roton® continuous lead lined aluminum hinge designed specifically for doors up to 1,200 pounds. This solved the problem immediately and we never got a call back again,” explained Bud Wilson, President of Horizon Marketing Group.
Continuous hinges are generally available in five standard lengths: 79, 83, 85, 95, and 119 inches, and can be cut to the exact length needed during the installation process (varies by manufacturer). With the frequent use of electronic locks today, continuous hinges can also be modified for concealed electric through-wires, exposed electric switches, and electric power transfers.
Though continuous hinges are not as commonly used as their standard counterpart, they are a financially smart solution. They are durable, long-lasting and solid, which allows for an extended life for the total door opening.
Ginny Powell, is a Product Marketing Specialist. She can be reached at [email protected]
This article was published in the DHI, Door Security + Safety Magazine in January 2018 issue
Keeping occupants safe is a common goal for facility managers and property owners. As the number of break-ins, active shooter incidents and other violent encounters continue to grow, controlling who enters a building has become more vital than ever before.
For healthcare, education and office buildings, standard door and key configurations do not always provide the type of security necessary. This is leading decision-makers to look at more sophisticated access control solutions. The electronic access control market has become more refined in recent years and it is important to know what is available and what may fit the needs of a given facility. Furthermore, the type of hardware chosen must be code-compliant, making proper selection even more important.
In high use buildings, such as a school or office building, access control must allow for a door opening to have free means of egress, during an emergency, along with fire protection and meet accessibility requirements. The International Building Code (IBC) defines an accessible means of egress as a “continued and unobstructed way of egress travel from any point in a building or facility that provides an accessible route to an area of refuge, a horizontal exit or a public way.”
We’re lucky here at Hager. We have several colleagues that have had long careers at Hager and generously share their knowledge and wisdom mentoring employees with less experience. Dave Lewis is one such person.
Dave celebrated fifty years with Hager last year, and today he officially retires. The good news is he isn’t going far. Dave will be working part-time with our local sales agency, Horizon Marketing Group.
Here are a few photos of Dave throughout the years.
Hager Companies continues to enhance production capabilities in our Montgomery, AL manufacturing facility. With attention focused on our Threshold and Weatherstrip product line, we have recently introduced new products including the 710S Adhesive Mullion Seal and 900 Series Hospitality series of products. We remain committed to dedicating resources and capital to bring our customers quality products, in the timeframe the marketplace demands.
Further internal improvements have included implementation of upgraded racking systems, a brand new production layout and the execution of new packing lines. We continue to build on the high standards started by Charles Hager over 168 years ago by improving the quality of our products and services.
The new in-house anodizing line and machining center efficiencies that Josh Hager revealed last year at DHI ConNextions are fully functional. The Roton® Continuous Geared hinges are being constructed with simultaneously milled bearing slots with consistent and measurable accuracy. This allows the bearings to seat perfectly and operate smoothly across the entire hinge for the life of the opening. We will continue striving to reduce lead times and improve quality in order to further support to our valued partners.