In this time of gratitude, we thank you. It has been our pleasure to work alongside you, and we sincerely appreciate our many collaborative customer relationships and the opportunity to serve the channel.
Over the past year, we have made a tremendous effort to bring more value to our customers, by investing in significant production line enhancements in our Montgomery, AL facility, including the installation of an anodizing line and a new machining center to support our Roton continuous hinge production. We have also installed state-of-the-art automated pinning and keying equipment in the lock department. The value of these investments will allow for greater efficiencies, greater quality, and shorter production times, resulting in more value for our customers.
In addition, we continue to introduce new products across 12 categories and remain focused on improvements to further support our channel partners. Our introduction of HS4 Access Controls powered by Salto Systems allows Hager to incorporate our mechanical locking products into an industry-leading electronic access control platform. Our partners will expand their business while maintaining a relationship with one brand that provides a complete product solution to virtually any project. Our focus on devising a world-class access control system that is simple to use, extremely efficient without complex or expensive wiring and cost-effective. This provides a perfect fit for Hager and the value that we try, every day, to bring to the industry and our valued partners.
It remains our goal to be a singular brand that brings a complete line of quality door hardware solutions to the marketplace, building stability, value, and support throughout the process. You can count on Hager to be your one point of contact with one purchase order for all your hardware needs.
In 2018, we will continue to stand alongside our contract hardware distributors and wholesale partners to fully recognize and respect the value of the channel. We are dedicated to the relationships we have fostered over the last 168 years, and we will continue to strive to be your number one source within the industry.
President and COO