June is National Safety Month

Hager Companies believes strongly in life safety, after all that is our business. We take the safety of our employees just as seriously. Tina Williamson our Safety/Environmental Supervisor in our Montgomery, Alabama manufacturing facility, recently ran a Safety by Choice, Not by Chance program.

Everyone has something they live to see or experience. A bucket list so to speak. Whether it’s walking your daughter down the aisle or seeing a Broadway show, we engage in safe behaviors wherever we are so we can live for those moments.

We asked our Montgomery employees to share their stories about why Safety by Choice, Not by Chance is important to them. More …

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Project Profile: University Place at West Virginia University

Having a safe and comfortable living space is important all the time but never more so than when a person moves away from home for the first time. Often, that first time happens when kids are off to college.

Architect:                   Grimm + Parker
Developer:                 Paradigm Development Group LLC
General Contractor:   Turner Construction
Distributor:                 A. G. Mauro Company
Door Openings:         300
Project Dollar Value:  $70,000,000

photo by Grimm + Parker

The team above hit all the highlights when they designed and built University Place, a student housing community near West Virginia University.

Hager Co put together a comprehensive commercial hardware package that included standard and heavy duty products to match the door use frequency and kept within budget. More …

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Hinged on Success by Alan Dorich

Bob Wilkins, our Director of Marketing and Product Development, was approached by WDI Magazine a few months ago. The article below ran in the WDI Magazine, Wholesale & Distribution International, Spring 2015 Volume 2 and is reprinted here with permission.
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Hinged on Success by Alan Dorich

 

Whenever you pass through a doorway, there’s a chance that you’re walking past a product from Hager Cos. “You can’t walk through many door openings without seeing a Hager logo on a hinge,” Director of Marketing Bob Wilkins says.

Based in St. Louis, Hager Cos. offers locks, door controls, exit devices, electronic hardware, hinges, trim and auxiliary products, thresholds, weather stripping products and sliding door hardware. Founder Charles Hager started the company in 1849, after buying a blacksmith’s shop in St. Louis. More …

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National Sales Meeting

Every year the domestic sales team unites in St. Louis for strategy and training sessions. We are passionate about making sure our sales representatives have the most up to date training for our products in order to be able to fully assist our customers.

Our training manager, Jana Carlisle-Napier, along with input from the VP of Domestic Sales and Regional Sales Managers organizes an intense 2 days of instructional sessions. The Engineering Department also pitches in and creates real jobsite scenarios with common and uncommon hardware issues so everyone can have hands on experience.

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Project Profile – Ballpark Village

Baseball season is in swing and in St. Louis that means a sea of red will be worn from now until October.  We had the distinct honor of being part of the construction team on the new Ballpark Village located next to Busch Stadium that opened last fall.

Architect:                              Design Collective, Inc.
Developer:                           The Cordish Companies
General Contractor:           The Paric Corporation
Distributor:                           H&G/Schultz Door

As soon as the project was announced our specification team offered their services. Using all grade one commercial hardware due to the high use and abuse the door openings will receive the architect specifically liked our Roton 1200-600XHD continuous geared hinges with a round cover channel.
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Everything Hinges on Hager Cartoon – Dinner

This weekend many families and friends will gather together to celebrate Easter, April 5 and Passover April 3-11. We are positive nothing like the below cartoon depicts will happen in your home! Enjoy whatever wonders you are celebrating!

This cartoon was part of a series created by Tom Henderson, Virgil Partch, Lichty, Irwin Caplan, Larry Reynolds and many others in the 1950;s for Hager Companies.

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National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo – 2015

Earlier this month we exhibited at the NFMT Conference in Baltimore. Most of the attendees are facility maintenance personnel who use and maintain our products on a daily basis. The information we get back from this show is extremely valuable to us.

Some think trade shows are out of touch – and that may be true in some cases – but not for NFMT. We will be back next year!

Here are a few photos from the show.

Love that NFMT was all over Social Media!

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Women in Construction

We join the world in celebrating Women in Construction Week March 1-7th and International Women’s Day March 8th.

We have many women working at Hager Companies. Some have been here for over 40 years while others are just starting out in their careers. All contribute daily with their hard work, passion and fortitude. Here are just two of the fabulous women at Hager Companies in their own words.

Tina Williamson
Safety/Environmental Supervisor
Montgomery, AL

The National Association of Women in Construction celebrates its Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 1st – 7th!!!

Hager Companies is a NAWIC member company.  Under our corporate membership, I am the appointed representative for Hager. You may be asking yourself, “I thought Hager was a manufacturing company?” We are a manufacturing company but we provide construction related services/products to the construction industry. I am the Safety and Environmental Supervisor for Hager. Prior to working at Hager, my ex-husband and I were self-employed in the construction industry. It was very difficult and very competitive. It was challenging for me because construction was a male dominated industry and most men did not want to discuss details of the jobs with me (this was 25 years ago too). I look back now and consider those times as learning experiences that have helped make me who I am.  

I can relate to the challenges the women in construction face every day. Being in NAWIC has helped me understand the needs women have and the struggles they face in meeting those needs. Even when women have strong partners many still have this overwhelming need to be that traditional woman that everyone perceives; care giver, soccer mom, team mom, caring friend, etc…Women in construction feel they have even more to prove to themselves and their co-workers. Building a network with other women in construction provides a foundation to build on.  NAWIC members are all over the country and just phone call or email away. The core values of NAWIC are: Believe in Ourselves, Persevere with the Strength of our Convictions, and Dare to Move to New Horizons. Join me this week in celebrating WIC Week and encourage a woman you know to believe in herself!

Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDC
Architectural Specification Consultant
St. Louis, MO

I started out coordinating service calls for a family owned overhead door company. As the business grew and branched out into hollow metal doors/frames and hardware I made the progression into sales. This was the beginning of what would become a lifelong career in the building industry.

Throughout the years I continued increasing my construction knowledge by working as a project manager for local door/frame and hardware suppliers. I was always a supporter of Hager products so when I learned Hager was expanding their product offerings and were looking for experienced hardware representatives; I made the transition from distribution to manufacturing. 

Three years later Hager grew again by adding a specification department and I had the opportunity to help develop that department and be part of a new era at Hager. 

I have always been interested in design so meeting architects and creative people is a great fit for me. I enjoy sharing Hager product knowledge as well as finding solutions to unique door and hardware conditions.

When I began my career over 20 years ago, there were very few women in the Construction industry. I am happy to say that trend has changed considerably. I feel that women are taken more seriously today however, regardless of your gender, extensive product knowledge as well as knowledge of the construction process is a must particularly when consulting with architects, specifiers and end users. 

I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been given and would encourage any women looking for a challenging career to consider the construction industry.  

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Grand Egyptian Museum – Cairo

We are excited and honored to be part of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project in Cairo.

The Grand Egyptian Museum project is being billed as one of the largest museum projects currently being built in the world. Hill International and EHAF Consulting Engineers were awarded the project in 2010. Other participants include Heneghan Peng Architects, Ove Arup and Buro Happold.

Just over a mile away from the famed Giza pyramids and adjacent to the Giza plateau this museum will combine the past and present of Cairo. Over 100,000 artifacts will be housed in a large exhibition area and there will be several outlying buildings that will include a conference center and restaurants. One of the main design elements will be the Menkaurus Retaining Wall that will face the pyramids.

Egybrit, located in Cairo, is the distributor handling the project and they will be sending photos periodically as the project advances. Egybrit has been a loyal Hager distributor for many years and has completed some of the largest projects in Egypt, including Wadi el Nil Hospital, which was the first major project to use the Hager H1/H2/H3 keyways.

The first stage of the museum is scheduled to open in August of 2015.

 

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Lockset Grades

Founded in 1925 as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association, now the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, BHMA took a leadership role in developing standards for builder’s hardware to ensure quality and performance. Hager Companies has been a member for many years.

Hardware is a key element in buildings as door openings provide means of egress, security and building accessibility for people with physical disabilities. BHMA developed a minimum performance grading system for all hardware including lockets. This grading system is also accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the voluntary standardization in developing and maintaining performance standards for builder’s hardware. More …

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