Congratulations Are in Order

DHI Door Security + Safety Magazine recently announced the winners of the Robert G. Ryan Awards.  The awards are presented to the best volunteer authors of articles appearing in the previous calendar year in the magazine and cover both technical and business-related topics.

Two team members won in the category of – Feature and Business Article.

First place went to Brian Clarke, DHT, AHC, DHC, CFDAI for his article Securing Schools: Solutions Trends in Educational Facilities from the June 2017 DSS magazine issue.  Brian also received the Recognition of Outstanding Service and Involvement (ROSI) award and celebrated 5 years as a DHI instructor.

Second place went to Dan White for his article The Gravity of Mentorship from the September 2017 DSS magazine issue.

We are very proud of Brian and Dan and appreciate their dedication and commitment, not only to Hager but to the door and hardware industry.

 

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The DSSF / Hager Companies Scholarship Winner!

We have always felt educating the next generation is an important aspect of our business and industry. Offering continuing education to our team members through the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), among other organizations on key programs related to safety and security issues is another key step.

DHI’s Safety & Security Foundation (DSSF) also encourages and attracts new talent to the industry and gives them the training, tools and education to help them be successful. It was an easy decision to partner with the Foundation and establish the Hager Companies Scholarship.

This year we congratulate Alison Nugent, a senior detailer with DH Pace in Olathe, Kansas as the winner of the Hager Companies Scholarship! Alison answered a few questions DHI put forth to all the winners in November’s issue of Doors + Hardware Magazine and we wanted to share her responses here.

How did you get started in the door and hardware industry?
I returned from a summer internship in the United Kingdom and was looking for a full-time position.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I enjoy providing a service that helps create functional buildings that meet the needs of people who use them every day. While the industry can be challenging, I enjoy being a technical resource for architects and general contractors.

How do you de-stress?
I de-stress by cleaning and organizing things. I also enjoy exercising and playing sports.

If you weren’t a door security and safety professional, what would you be?
I would work in a position in the sports industry. I grew up playing a lot of sports and I am a big sports fan.

Who is your mentor/hero?
My mentor was my late co-worker Steve Holden. Steve had over 30 years’ experience in this industry and was full of knowledge. He was an incredible resource and person and I am thankful for everything he taught me.

What is your advice to someone considering taking DHI technical education?
The DHI technical education is a big commitment, but worth the effort. While it can seem overwhelming, focus on completing one class at a time. That has helped me stay motivated to achieve my overall goal.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Something that my family, friends, teachers and co-workers have all shared: Do not be afraid to ask questions.” Asking questions demonstrates a desire to learn and grow. I have learned a lot by asking questions and will continue to do that throughout my career.

Congratulations and wishing you continued success Alison! You can read about all the winners on DSSF website here.

 

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VSO International Company Limited

One of our authorized distributors in the Peoples Republic of China held the official opening of their Hager showroom in March, 2016.

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VSO International Company Limited, located in Guangzhou, South China, built a spectacular showroom with multiple displays of Hager products – both American and European style.

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International Sales Meeting

With 167 years of history in St. Louis sometimes it’s easy to forget that Hager is a international company.  We have projects going on all over the world, from the Grand Egyptian Museum currently being built in Cairo to the completed Sheraton Zhanjiang Minda Hotel in Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province in China.

Our Vice President of International Sales, James Stokes, has a great team of international sales representatives that travels the globe. Two weeks ago they gathered in St. Louis for their sales meeting.

A lot was discussed in the two day meeting.  From a business brief to detailed product line and technical training from our engineering team, tech support crew and product managers and, of course, taking time to catch up with the Hagers.

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Huttig Building Products – Celebrating 130 Years!

In the quick changing market of residential and light commercial construction Huttig strives to make their customer’s construction projects easier.

Started by two brothers Charles and William Huttig, in 1866, who founded a sawmill and lumberyard in Muscatine, Iowa. Their goal was to help rebuild and restore America after the Civil War ended. Through hard work, integrity and creating a high quality product, their business quickly grew.

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Huttig truck from 1950. Photo from the State Archives of Florida

The business evolved into a window sash and door manufacturer and the brothers opened their first distribution center in St. Louis, Missouri. Huttig continued to grow throughout the years and partnered with several of the most reliable and reputable names in building products. We are proud to be one of those partners. To better reflect the many products Huttig now offers they changed their name to Huttig Building Products.

Huttig believes in giving back and donates building products to Habitat Restore locations across America. If you haven’t been into a Habitat Restore check out a local store near you.

Charles and William Huttig would be proud that the foundation they built their business on: hard work, integrity and providing quality products, continues today.

Happy Birthday!!

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