Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving has arrived and the year is almost over.  We will be closed November 24th & 25th so our team members can enjoy Thanksgiving and a long weekend with family and friends.

Before the R&R&E (rest, relaxation and eating) begins, we want to start it off with some gratitude. We have a lot of people to be grateful for.

  • Our many team members who show up every day with the willingness to serve our customers with a smile .
  • Our representatives that go the extra mile, in the car, on foot, and always with our customers.
  • The Hager family who provide a first-class workplace and respect their ancestor’s traditions while moving the company forward.
  • The building communities where we share knowledge and successes.
  • And of course, we are grateful for you. Without your loyalty and dedication Hager Companies would not be celebrating its 167th year!

We hope you are able to take some time to relax and enjoy the long weekend with whatever makes you happy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

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Texas Society of Architects 2016 Convergence – Booth 229

We’ll be heading down to San Antonio, Texas in a few weeks to exhibit at the 2016 Texas Society of Architects Design Expo. This is one of the premier regional architectural shows in the country. Architects take this show seriously and are extremely generous with their time on the expo hall floor.

Last year we highlighted our new 9400 Series stainless steel sliding barn door hardware. This year, we added the Conestoga to our sliding door hardware line, which is powder coated black aluminum for a rustic appearance. There are four styles of hangers offered; three face-mount and one top-mount. Sliding barn doors continue to be a popular choice with architects and end users. In addition to saving floor space, sliding doors also meet ADA requirements and are easy for people with disabilities to use.

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With the Conestoga as the latest addition, we feel our sliding door hardware product line provides a variety of design choices for your architectural needs. Of course, we will have many other product lines on display too.

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Summer Vacation

Our Vice President of International Sales was able to cross a trip off his bucket list this summer. He and his lovely wife planned and worked toward this trip and lucky for us shared some photos. Of course, this being a blog about the door and hardware industry we are sharing photos of …… doors. And what doors they are!

Several of these photos were taken at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. You can catch additional photos over on our Instagram account here.

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Hager Cartoons

Hager has been around for so many years you never know what may happen during an off-site meeting. In this case, one of the gentlemen we were meeting with shared some amazing artwork he saved from past Hager marketing campaigns, specifically the cartoons.  If you aren’t aware of the Hager cartoons here are a couple that has been posted on the blog here and here. We also have a few on our Pinterest page here.

The photos are a little rough since they were taken with a smart phone and we were in a conference room.

 

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  From 1957: this was an”Everything Hinges on Hager!” hand-drawn draft. Pretty amazing!

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From 1956: at the top of the page is a very rough sketch, hand drawn.
At the bottom is a more detailed version, hand drawn.

Which then turned into this:

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What an amazing treat to see the initial drawings that eventually turned into an entire cartoon series. Thanks to Lee Rottman with Feature Group USA for sharing with us!

 

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America – the Land of Opportunity

In America, we are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. Often the day is spent with family and friends enjoying good food and games, with fireworks lighting up the sky at night. It’s a good time to reflect how Hager Companies came to be.

In 1848 Charles Hager immigrated to the United States from Germany. Sailing into New Orleans, Charles then traveled to St. Louis by wagon and quickly found work as a blacksmith. The owner of the business caught gold fever and headed west, selling the shop in St. Louis to Charles.

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Charles quickly realized his training as a blacksmith and wheelwright would position him well as the flood of Easterners poured through St. Louis, on their way west. Forging wheel rims and hardware for their Conestoga wagons and hammering out his worn files into knives used by fur traders and mountain men, the business grew.

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DHI ConNextions 2016 Part II

DHI-2014_BShockley_RHagerDHI ConNextions 2016 is next week and we are excited for a number of reasons. First and foremost we always like to connect with our customers to hear how they are, how their year is going and share our new products. Many of our independent sales representatives attend and it is an opportunity to exchange ideas on products and services, making sure we are meeting our customers needs.

We take safety and security seriously and in order to service our customers it is imperative we stay up-to-date on the latest building, fire, ADA codes, etc. Our team members are always interested in the education sessions that DHI offers.

 

On Thursday, May 5th at 8:30 AM DHI members will have the opportunity to hear about the new changes to DHI at “Celebrating Our Industry – Dedicated to You!” The industry has changed dramatically 8 years ago and we have a new normal.  We’re looking forward to hearing how DHI will assist its members in the future.

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The Conestoga will be rolling into conNextions 2016 at Booth 431!

You’ve seen our  9400 Series Stainless Steel Barn Door Sliding Hardware right? It has received fabulous feed back from architects and customers.

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On it’s heels we are adding the Conestoga Series, which is a black aluminum flat rail with 4 different hanger styles. And it’s made in the U.S.A.!

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From modern – 9710 Series – to industrial – 9400 Series – and now our brand new rustic Conestoga Series – we offer it all under

One Family. One Brand. One Vision. 

Stop by Booth 431 to see displays, hanger samples and talk with Bryan Meyer, the Product Manager for this line. Ralph, Josh, Johnston and August Hager will also be on hand to say hello and hear what you think of our latest product.

 

 

 

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DHI Faces – Johnston Hager

Johnston Hager, Director Residential Sales & Marketing, is the DHI Face for this month’s Door & Hardware Magazine.  We are proud of Johnston’s accomplishments and look forward to working with him to continue to grow the Hager brand.

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DHI MEMBER SINCE:  2010, but it seems like since birth!

OCCUPATION:  Director of Residential Sales and Marketing

CHILDHOOD AMBITION:  Be a professional golfer … schlepplin’ hardware on the side.

FIRST JOB:  Working as a merchandiser for an Anheuser Busch distributor. In other words, stocking the beer shelves in multiple grocery stores every day.

WHAT LED YOU TO OUR INDUSTRY:  The five generations of Hagers before me!

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT:  For a family member to work at Hager Companies, we have a policy that you must work outside of the business for a minimum of three years. I hated this rule at the time, but I know it helped shape who I am today and am very grateful for the policy.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE:  Being a sixth generation family member in the business, you feel quite a bit of pressure. Thankfully I have two of my first cousins – Josh Hager and August Hager – here every day and we make a great team. Communication is the key. We are all so busy but at least three times a week the family has lunch together and we’re always discussing how we can grow the business.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Golf and fly fishing

MENTOR/HERO:  Other than my mom, Carol, my dad, Ralph, and my wife, Amanda, I would have to say that the late Eric Klein was a key mentor when I began my career at Hager. I miss him every day.

BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED:  If you are unsure, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”

BEST ADVICE YOU NEVER RECEIVED:  Customer are not interruptions of our work; they are the reason for it.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH DHI SUPPORTED YOUR CAREER?:  DHI is a great resource for education and professional networking. The annual conNextions show also provides an opportunity for me to meet and speak with our customers one on one, which is important to understand how we best can serve them.

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Johnston, along with his cousins, August and Josh, and his dad, Ralph, will be at DHI conNextions in Orlando this year. Stop by Booth 431 to say hello.

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Team Member Profile: Debra Powers-Wafford

We decided to take a page out of the DHI Doors & Hardware Magazine ‘DHI Face’ Series and occasionally highlight Hager team members to share on this blog. This gives both customers and co-workers an opportunity to see and read about a team member they may associate with.

First up is Debra Powers-Wafford. Debra has been with Hager since 2013 as a Architectural Specification Consultant in the Texas & Oklahoma territory.

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In Debra’s own words:

Childhood Ambition:   I wanted to be an Oceanographer. I loved Jacques Cousteau and his adventures of the Great Barrier Reef.

First Job:  My first job was as a vet assistant with the Humane Society. I helped with kennel care for abused animals who had been abandoned so the vet could keep his costs down.

What led you to the hardware industry?  When I became a high school teacher, I needed a summer income and worked at Burgess Sales & Supply in Charlotte, North Carolina. I gave up teaching and started full time there in 2004.

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What were they thinking?

Every so often we come across door openings where we stop and scratch our heads and wonder, what were they thinking?!

 

This photo was taken by a Hager team member during a stay at a hotel near our Montgomery plant.  The privacy pocket door latch was installed upside down. Not much privacy protection happening here.

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Not sure how the hinges and cylindrical lock bore ended up on the same side but worse no one noticed and installed the door anyway.

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