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