2015 in Review

We’ve had a wonderful year thanks to the Hager family, team members, representatives and customers. Here are a few highlights before closing out 2015.

We had several new product announcements in 2015 but the three that made the most impact were released in the 2nd half of the year.

Our new decorative lever line expanded to include our 4500 Series Exit Devices. Adding the decorative levers to the 4500 Series Exit Device line compliments our 2300 Series Tubular Locks & 3800 Series Mortise Locks. Find out additional information here.

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New Product Announcement: 9400 Series Stainless Steel Barn Door Sliding Hardware

We are excited to announce our latest addition to our sliding door hardware product line. Our new 9400 Series Stainless Steel Barn Door Sliding Hardware with 7 different hanger styles will fit with modern and industrial design styles.

Able to be used with both glass and wood doors weighing up to 250 lbs. (depending on hanger style), sliding doors are the perfect solution when space is tight. Architects are using this application in hospitals, assisted living facilities, multi-family and hotels to name a few. The 9400 Series meets performance requirements of ANSI/BHMA 156.14 (Grade 1).

We displayed the 9400 Series at the Texas Society of Architects show and overheard one architect say “they brought sexy back with this product!”

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Classroom Barricade Devices and why focusing on them makes us vulnerable to threats

There has been a lot of information written about classroom barricade devices. We have been watching this subject closely and are dismayed to see states overriding State, Federal and International Building Codes by allowing barricade devices. Ohio, sadly, has lead the charge. There isn’t a simple or quick solution to this issue but our goal is to remind parents, students, teachers and politicians to look at the whole picture and use their building code officials and the door and hardware industry as expert sources.

The article below was written by Lt. Joe Hendry, CLEE who is a 26 year veteran of the Kent State Police Department. He serves as an Intelligence Liaison Officer for the Ohio Department of Homeland Security and has been named a subject matter expert by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for active threat response. Lt. Hendry holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He is a trained crisis intervention team officer in mental health. He is an instructor in solo-engagement tactics, active shooter response, preventing and responding to suicide bombing incidents and tactical chemical weapons. He is a national instructor the the ALICE Training Institute and has trained staff and students, and consulted on security plans for pre-school, K-12, universities, hospitals, libraries, MRDD facilities, business and industry. In other words he is an expert.

This article appeared in the October edition of DHI Doors and Hardware Magazine. Lt. Hendry has graciously allowed us to reprint his article in order to help continue the education on this emotional subject.

The first time I ever observed a secondary locking device, it was at the State Fire Marshal’s Academy in Ohio. I was teaching an ALICE Instructor course, and a student in the class brought a device he had made to help secure a door. During a break, he demonstrated the device, and yes, it did what he said – it secured the door using the bottom of the door and the wall.

It had a few steps to install, and at the time, with Sandy Hook only four months in the rear view mirror, looked to be an impressive device. Several educators and law enforcement officers in the class remarked that they liked the device. I was non-committal but felt it might bear looking into given the concept failure of lockdown in the building breach at Sandy Hook. Looking back, the irony of the device, the location, and my naiveté has not been lost on me.

During the past two years, I have learned more about codes, doors, locks and devices than I ever thought I would need to know as a police officer. Learning the reason behind code development, door and lock manufacturing, visual communication design, and tactical civilian and law enforcement response to threats has become a way of life. As a law enforcement expert in the field of active threat response, I’m repeatedly asked for recommendations on what secondary locking device to purchase for buildings. My original thought of, “These might be the answer to our prayers,” to, “These may be the worst idea we have ever had,” evolved as I studied and learned.

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8200 Series Economy Low Energy Power Operator Economy

We are excited to announce our newest product in our electrical line – the 8200 Series Economy Low Energy Power Operator. This is to compliment our current 8400 Series. The 8200 fits ADA interior and exterior openings where value engineering is needed.

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The 8200 Series is available in:

  • 8218  Single Operator
  • 8219  Simultaneous Pair
  • 8221  Double Egress Simultaneous Pair

Certifications include:

  • ANSI A156.19 compliant
  • ANSI/UL 325 listed for both United States and Canada
  • ADA Compliant
  • Buy American Act

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Texas Society of Architects Show

This show gets bigger and bigger each year, which isn’t surprising since it’s in Texas.  We’ve had such great results in years past we sent our Director of Product Development and Marketing, Bob Wilkins, to Dallas to meet the attendees. With our local architectural representative, Debra Powers-Wafford and our Regional Manager, Adam Bucko, the Hager booth was well stocked with knowledge, products and literature.

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We exhibited at the Texas Society of Architects show last week. It was a great show and we will share more about our experience later. What we didn’t expect was to find a custom door company that is incredibly unique.

Hylda Rodriguez is an artist that designs and hand makes doors. Ms. Rodriguez stopped by our booth to look at our new stainless steel barn door hardware display. She extended an invitation to drop by her booth to see a few of the doors she custom made. Stunning. Beautiful. Unique. Those were just a few of the words that came to mind when we saw the two doors she brought to the show. The pictures below don’t do them justice.

To see how the 2nd door was created please click here


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Craftsmanship still counts in this fast paced world and we hope you check out the Hylda Rodriguez website to see more of her designs.

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Hager Supports Memphis Revitalization – by Ginny Powell

This post was published in the November issue of the Door & Hardware Magazine, a publication of The Door and Hardware Institute.

According to Entrepreneur magazine, Memphis is the 15th hottest city in the U.S. for a startup company. For Eric Mathews, Founder and CEO of Start Co., staying in Memphis after attending school at Rhodes College made perfect sense.

Interested in enhancing Memphis’s entrepreneurial spirit, Eric moved his company headquarters to a renovated brick building in the heart of downtown. His not-for-profit business, described as “part venture development group, part accelerator, and all work” continued to grow; to the point where he needed to make a decision – move again or add additional space.

Because Eric enjoys being a part of the revitalization and urbanization that makes Memphis such a hot commodity, he decided to stay put, expand and reconfigure his existing space. His vision was to make the space something unique and modern while still giving a nod to the building’s history, which is why just the right doors were a critical component of this renovation.

Being a member of the Mathews’ family has advantages when designing doors. Eight years ago two generations of Mathews decided to purchase National Custom Hollow Metal Doors & Frames, of Little Rock, Ark. Each family member brings specific strengths to the business. Eric, being a tech guy, streamlined the warehouse stock by using bar coding on all the components. But the guiding hand is the family patriarch, Chris Mathews, who has 35 years working in the doors and hardware industry.

Eric started the process of designing his office’s custom doors by talking with his dad, Chris, and brothers, Shea, National’s Vice President; and Evan, Vice President of Operations and General Manager. Eric knew he wanted stainless steel doors, having installed a few stainless steel swing doors when he first moved to the downtown location. It was important to him that there was plenty of natural light throughout the office, so full glass doors were a must. Clear doors also mirrored his philosophy of transparency within the brand. Further, he thought a “barn door” style of sliding doors would be a better fit for his overall design rather than the traditional bypass or pocket concealed sliding doors.

DefendDoor, the stainless steel doors and frames division manufactured by National, has provided doors on several corrosive environments and food service projects. While they have manufactured sliding doors before, the material was typically painted galvanneal.


After numerous logistic discussions, it was decided to include Steve Foree, Door Division Manager for Pyramid Interiors. National has worked with Foree for almost a decade, and they felt confident that he could provide the missing components, such as developing the right solution for hanging the doors. When Steve received the initial call, he was quick to say he’d help them in any way he could.

Foree has installed quite a few sliding doors in his years in the door and hardware industry, but this project was truly unique – the weight of the stainless steel doors was a key factor. The doors were manufactured from 16 gauge #304 stainless steel with full stainless steel glass light kits by National Guard Products, and 1/4-inch clear tempered glass, and weighed approximately 250 lbs.

In deciding which sliding door track to use, Foree remembered receiving a brochure on the Hager 9710 sliding door hardware. The unique design and modern look matched the design concept Eric Mathews was looking for and would also support the weight of the stainless steel doors. Foree was further intrigued by the simplistic installation description. “I had been looking for a project to try this hardware out on and this was a perfect opportunity,” he said.

In thinking through the manufacture and design process, a finished look was decided upon. Instead of leaving the wall opening wrapped in sheet rock, cased open stainless steel frames were installed. Two-by-ten headers were also placed in the wall cavity to provide additional support to ensure the overall integrity of the opening long-term.

For the doors to clear the stainless steel cased open frame, one-half-inch shims were installed behind the 9710 sliding door hardware track. The shims can’t be seen and the doors look sharp sitting in the opening with the cased opening frame surrounding them. “The Hager 9710 sliding door track and hardware along with the Hager 25B US32D flush pulls really complements our doors,” said Shea Mathews.


While this project first appeared as a simple remodel, it took a lot of pre-planning and discussion. “Nothing like this would have happened if it wasn’t for the willingness of Chris, Shea and Evan Mathews with National Custom Hollow Metal Doors and Frames and Eric Mathews with Start Co. to sit down and talk it through,” said Foree.

Once all the components were on the jobsite, it took just a week to install the doors and hardware, and without issue. “Everything about this project was as simple and as cut and dry as could be,” said Foree. “The design, the Hager 9710 sliding door hardware, and the installation went great.”

Accolades were also expressed by Chris and Shea Mathews. “Without Steve and his team, this project would have been impossible,” said Shea. “It was Steve and Pyramid that selected the Hager 9710 sliding door hardware, custom look and the installation and operation details.”

Eric Mathews has enjoyed the compliments the doors receive when entrepreneurs, partners and business associates tour the office. Vistors often ask him where the doors came from. He tells us, “It’s nice to be able to share with them the family business and process of creating these custom doors.”

Special thanks to National Custom Hollow Metal Doors & Frames, Start Co., Pyramid Interiors and Phelan and Associates for their time and effort in helping with this case study. Photos courtesy of Demarcus Bowser.

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CONSTRUCT St. Louis CSI Chapter Host Party 2015

CSI Members know how to party and this year’s Host Chapter Event proved they love being big kids too!

Dubbed the Night of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem, the St. Louis CSI Planning Committee did a fantastic job at choosing one of the most unique places in St. Louis – City Museum. If you aren’t familiar with City Museum, it is housed in a 600,000 square foot former international shoe company in downtown. Bob Cassilly, an internationally acclaimed artist, sparked the idea. He and his crew began constructing the museum from the nuts and bolts (along with tiles, chimneys, and planes) of the city, literally. Their motto “always building” has been true since their opening in 1997.

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1st Annual CONSTRUCT Young Professionals / Student Day

There has been a lot of recent discussion on the sparsity of young professionals in the AEC community. This is evident when looking at the attendance of the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) and Construction Specification Institute (CSI) monthly meetings and annual trade shows. We need to encourage more young professionals to enter the many fields offered in the architectural, engineering & construction industries.

Cindy Barrand with Informa, who presents the CONSTRUCT show in conjunction with the CSI Annual Convention, decided to do something about it. She created a special package for young professionals (max 35 years of age) and students that offered education, a full day specifically designed for them, networking events and a few social occasions, spanning 4 days of the convention all for a reduced price.

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