Hurricane Andrew

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Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm, hit the South Florida area 22 years ago this month. It caused 65 fatalities and $26 billion dollars in damage by the time it was downgraded. A maximum wind gust of 177 mph was recorded in Perrine. Florida City, Kendall and Homestead, all south of Miami, were the hardest hit areas. More …
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Project Profile: 3350 at Alterra Project in Baltimore, Maryland

Project Profile:          3350 at Alterra

Developer:                Old Town Construction
Distributor:                Carpentry and Hardware Services
Hager Sales Rep:   Mitchell Sales & Associates, Inc.

This past March Hager Co exhibited at the NFMT Trade Show in Baltimore. During our time in Baltimore we were honored to be able to tour the new mixed use development 3350 at Alterra with Jared Spahn, a Managing Member of Old Town Construction. Construction was ongoing during our visit but the Grand Opening was held over Memorial Day weekend so they are open for business.

The ground level is mixed use with an exercise facility and comfortable seating area with a beautiful fireplace & large TV to watch the Ravens & Orioles play. The next 3 floors have one, two & three bedroom apartments. The following photos are  good examples of a mixed use multifamily building and the many levels of architectural door hardware that is used. More …

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CONSTRUCT CSI 2014

We will be exhibiting at the 2014 CSI CONSTRUCT Show in Baltimore, Maryland this September 10th & 11th. This is always a fun show for us for a variety of reasons but mainly the people. We always meet new friends and it is great catching up with old pals.

Each year we try to think of something clever and useful to giveaway as “the” prize. We were struggling with this a few weeks ago when we heard that in 2015 the CSI CONSTRUCT show will be in St. Louis – our home city. Boy that got the ol’ juices flowing on possible prizes. We wanted to showcase both St. Louis & our company and with that in mind we developed the “Meet Me in St. Louis” prize package.

Stop by Booth 349 and unlock the opportunity to win the following:

 

If the key you choose unlocks the deadbolt you will be able to drop your business card into the box. At the end of the show we will draw one card and that will be the lucky winner.

We hope you will stop by, test how lucky you are and also take a look at our newest products.

See you in Baltimore!

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CONSTRUCT Bloggers Panel

Photo via CSI

 

The construction industry has been slow in accepting social media and blogging as a form of communications, educating and networking. This writer has been in the door and hardware industry for 20 years and on social media for 6 years so it was with interest I attended the Blogger’s Panel at the 2013 CONSTRUCT show. The panel was filled with other like-minded industry professionals that understood the value of this new platform. More …

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Roton – The Originator

 

Austin Baer earned a patent for his design of hinge leaves with intermeshed gears in 1963. He earned a second patent, in 1968, for adding thrust bearings to his original design. The patent expired in 1985 and Hager Companies purchased Mr. Baer’s company in 1989.

The continuous hinge, with intermeshed gears and thrust bearings, allows the weight of the door to be distributed over the entire door length rather than concentrated on two or three spots as is the case with pivot or standard hinges. This provides an excellent solution to heavy traffic or abused door openings in new or existing construction. More …

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Women in Construction

The ratio of women to men in the workplace has changed considerably from just a generation ago. Today women represent 57% of professional and technical occupations.

Proof of this was a conversation held just over a year ago between Mitchell Sales & Associates and a branch manager of a distributor, who happens to be a woman, discussing the fact that most activities seem geared toward men in the construction industry.

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