Throughout the 165 years that Hager Companies has been in business there have been many forms of communication between our company and our customers. We are delighted to add this newest format.
Our goal, with this blog, will be to educate, share some cool projects and have fun. We want you to get involved too. Ask questions, send in photos of door hardware – the good and the bad, and the ugly. Also share tips on installation of hardware or anything related to doors.
For this first blog post however we are going back to the beginning with a brief history of Hager Companies…well as brief as we can be with 165 years under our belt.
In 1848 Charles Hager left Germany and journeyed to St. Louis. He quickly found work with a blacksmith and only a year later purchased the business as the original owner headed west. As the onslaught of gold seekers and settlers came through St. Louis Charles Hager was kept busy forging wheel rims and hardware for their Conestoga wagons. As St. Louis grew, so did Charles Hager’s company: C. Hager.
Over the next several years, with his sons by his side, Charles Hager began specializing in the manufacturer of quality hardware. In 1894, Hager began producing hinges for wooden beer cases for a brand new St. Louis beer: Anheuser Busch.
Charles Hager’s focus on quality products and unmatched customer service, coupled with a lot of hard work, gave his company a foot up on the rung of success from the very beginning.
Fast forward to the present and we currently have three Hager family members of the 5th generation and three of the 6th generation working and leading Hager Companies. We have expanded beyond hinges into a full door opening architectural hardware company with multiple manufacturing plants and distribution facilities.
Our mission is still the same though: quality products and unmatched service from the over 375 Hager Companies employees.