ICYMI – Product Launches 2018 to date

How did it get to be the middle of July already? Summer is half over and the next school year is just around the corner.

On today’s blog we are highlighting several of our 2018 product launches, just in case you missed the original release.

January 2018 – 3300 Series Grade 3 Tubular Leverset
A great addition for the multi-family and assisted living markets. The 3300 Series is field reversible (exception of 3317 Johnston), has a thru-bolt design for easy installation, and comes standard with a 4-way latch – perfect for most retrofit applications. It meets BHMA ANSI 156.2, Grade 3 test standards and is ADA compliant ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Code. Available functions include passage, privacy, entry and single dummy. Lever options are Archer, August, Johnston, and Withnell.

January 2018 – 34K Series Standalone Lock
The 34K1 is a keypad only version and the 34K2 is a keypad lock with Prox reader. It is a non-handed, battery operated standalone lock and comes standard with mechanical key override. With a total of 500 access codes available to be categorized as User, Service User or Manager it comes with a tamper-proof design and is easily used in retrofit applications. Lever options include Archer, August, and Withnell.

 

February 2018 – Half Mortise Automatic Door Bottoms & Product Profile Changes
We made several improvements to our Threshold and Weatherstrip line. We now offer an ADA compliant half mortise mounting option on our 740S and 747S automatic door bottoms. We also made modifications to the 742S Automatic Door Bottom, 752S Door Bottom Sweep, and the 759S Door Bottom Sweep.

February 2018 – 4 Amp and 6 Amp Power Supplies
These modular power supplies allow modules to be added as needed. Battery backups, relays, sequencers, access control integration, remote monitoring, and power boosters can be added and the modular power supply will provide power to the electrical door components even when the building’s power is absent.

February 2018 – 5910 Hold Open Door Closer Arm
We’ve eliminated the need for a special tool, featured an advanced swaging technique and incorporated a threaded rod with locking feature to minimize adjustments. 

February 2018 – Hospitality Transition Thresholds
Designed to provide transition between different flooring types while maintaining a smooth profile with several ADA compliant designs. Products in this series are listed for use on Fire Doors up to 3 Hours. Six profiles are available for a multitude of flooring combinations.

February 2018 – Door Prop Alarms
The 29EA door prop alarm has the ability to audibly monitor openings that are not networked or communicating with an access control system.

February 2018 – 739 Dual Fin Silicone Weatherstrip
Designed to prevent the spread of flames, smoke, and hot gases, this silicone weatherstrip is excellent at resisting ozone, sunlight, and oxidation.

March 2018 – BLUEnet HS4 Communication Platform
Provides real-time control (within 4 seconds), monitoring, and reporting. It allows Bluetooth enabled locks to connect to the network through gateways and nodes. It can be integrated with wireless real-time (RFnet) networks.

May 2018 – eConestoga Series Sliding Barn Door Hardware
An economic and stylish sliding barn door hardware with a rustic look and feel. Smart, upmarket styles for residential, hospitality, multi-family, and assisted living markets. Effortless movement of wood doors up to 250 lbs and durable for high-traffic openings. Also released – a soft-close as an option for 176 lb. or less doors. The soft close mechanism will gently and quietly guide your sliding door to its final open or closed position.

June 2018 – 4700 Surface Vertical Rod Exit Device  Grade 1 Certification
Our 4700 Series Surface Vertical Rod Exit Device achieved ANSI/BHMA A156.3-2014, Grade 1 Certification. An economical choice for medium frequency door openings.

July 2018 – 9458 Series Sliding Barn Door Privacy Lock
A simple yet stylish privacy lock for your sliding barn door. Featuring an ADA compliant thumb turn and a discrete release button on either side of the door. It works with both 1-38″ and 1-3/4″ door thicknesses and is available in 2-1/4″ and 3-1/2″ backsets. Offered in US10B, US32D, and Black finish to coordinate with every type of decor. It’s compatible with our 9400 Series, Conestoga, and eConestoga Sliding Door Hardware.

Look for more product releases in the second half of the year. As always, if you have any questions on these or any of our products, please contact your local sales representative or call our customer service line: 800-255-3590. Thank you for your support!

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Locking Down School Safety and Access Control by Gordon Holmes

This article appears in the July issue of the DHI Security + Safety Magazine and is reprinted here with their permission.

Locking Down School Safety and Access Control

According to a recent CNN article, In the first 20 weeks of 2018 there have been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed.  This averages out to more than one shooting a week, so it’s no surprise that school security is a growing focus of today’s world.

Since 1999 when the Columbine shooting happened, towns such as Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Blacksburg, Virginia, and more recently Parkland, Florida -are forever etched in our minds because of the senseless violence that occurred there. While we recognize we cannot entirely prevent violence, campuses across America are learning that they can proactively seek solutions to greatly reduce the likelihood of it.

As door and hardware industry experts, it is our responsibility to educate those who make decisions on access points – from school teachers to officials, and from general contractors to architects who make the design and material decisions. It’s our goal to be at the table as early as possible to educate decision makers on their options – and the impact of those options.

Lockdown with Access Control
Lockdown is the ability to prevent access to a segment or segments of a building or the entire facility for security measures. In the school environment, the lockdown can be as small as a classroom or as broad as the entire campus. In addition, the speed of the lockdown is critical and how quickly lockdown is achieved depends on the system installed.

“In the case of access control in a school environment, the first question you should ask is, ‘How do you want your lockdown to work?'” advised James Stokes, Vice-President of Access Controls for Hager Companies.

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Lift for Life Academy

Each project we work on is unique in some fashion. Sometimes though, a project comes along that touches the heart and with it the realization there is an opportunity to assist and support beyond delivering quality products and outstanding service. Such a project and story came along in 2010 for Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDT, our Senior Architectural Specifications Consultant.

In her role as Hager’s architectural specification consultant, Sheryl was approached by a local architect to generate a specification for a small school renovation. “After visiting Lift for Life Academy (LFLA), meeting the principal, the students and hearing their stories I felt compelled to reach out to help the school in any way possible,” said Simon. Describing the situation at the school to the Hager family, Sheryl said, “Without hesitation, the family offered to donate the door hardware.”

LFLA became the first independent charter middle school to open in the City of St. Louis in 2000. It was established to “provide an education to middle school students” and is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University. The first senior class graduated in 2012 and currently, the school serves 580 students in grades 6-12.

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Fuzzy Credentials

A sales representative was in a customer’s office recently with our 34K Series Standalone lock. The customer was reviewing the brochure when he noted one of the additional features was a “fuzzy credential entry available” and asked what it was.

It’s a good question and the answer may help dispell the image that just popped into your head from hearing the term fuzzy credential.

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Case Study – Two Twelve Clayton

This article appears in the June issue of the Door Security + Safety Magazine.

Two Twelve Clayton – St. Louis’s Largest Multi-Use Project in 30 Years

The City of Clayton is situated just west of St. Louis, Mo., making it a suburb of The Gateway City – but it is much more than that. Clayton is the seat of St. Louis County and the activity in and around the courthouse attracts lawyers, county officials and business leaders to its center on a daily basis.

Clayton’s redevelopment efforts began in the early 1990s with the creation of a Downtown Master Plan, which was revised in 2010. The plan’s introduction states, “Over the last decade, Clayton has experienced significant investment in its central business district, ranging from the Crescent to the Centene Headquarters to the MetroLink stations. With several more projects planned or under construction, Downtown Clayton has become an area with the potential for significant real estate development.”

One such project: Two Twelve Clayton

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Fun and Finance

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.

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The Next Generation

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.

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A Review of DHI ConNextions 2018

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.

Michele Gay with Safe and Sound Schools

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DHI ConNextions 2018 – Booth 319

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:

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!


 

 

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Swing Clear Hinges

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.

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