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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The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871

A lot has been written about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but there was another fire that happened on the same date, in the same year, that caused greater loss of life and devastation.



The story goes that railroad workers were clearing land for the railway and a brush fire was accidently started. Due to drought and high temperatures the flames moved rapidly and in less than an hour the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was in ashes.

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DHI ConNextions 2016 Part II

DHI-2014_BShockley_RHagerDHI ConNextions 2016 is next week and we are excited for a number of reasons. First and foremost we always like to connect with our customers to hear how they are, how their year is going and share our new products. Many of our independent sales representatives attend and it is an opportunity to exchange ideas on products and services, making sure we are meeting our customers needs.

We take safety and security seriously and in order to service our customers it is imperative we stay up-to-date on the latest building, fire, ADA codes, etc. Our team members are always interested in the education sessions that DHI offers.


On Thursday, May 5th at 8:30 AM DHI members will have the opportunity to hear about the new changes to DHI at “Celebrating Our Industry – Dedicated to You!” The industry has changed dramatically 8 years ago and we have a new normal.  We’re looking forward to hearing how DHI will assist its members in the future.

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The Conestoga will be rolling into conNextions 2016 at Booth 431!

You’ve seen our  9400 Series Stainless Steel Barn Door Sliding Hardware right? It has received fabulous feed back from architects and customers.


On it’s heels we are adding the Conestoga Series, which is a black aluminum flat rail with 4 different hanger styles. And it’s made in the U.S.A.!


From modern – 9710 Series – to industrial – 9400 Series – and now our brand new rustic Conestoga Series – we offer it all under

One Family. One Brand. One Vision. 

Stop by Booth 431 to see displays, hanger samples and talk with Bryan Meyer, the Product Manager for this line. Ralph, Josh, Johnston and August Hager will also be on hand to say hello and hear what you think of our latest product.




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DHI Faces – Johnston Hager

Johnston Hager, Director Residential Sales & Marketing, is the DHI Face for this month’s Door & Hardware Magazine.  We are proud of Johnston’s accomplishments and look forward to working with him to continue to grow the Hager brand.



DHI MEMBER SINCE:  2010, but it seems like since birth!

OCCUPATION:  Director of Residential Sales and Marketing

CHILDHOOD AMBITION:  Be a professional golfer … schlepplin’ hardware on the side.

FIRST JOB:  Working as a merchandiser for an Anheuser Busch distributor. In other words, stocking the beer shelves in multiple grocery stores every day.

WHAT LED YOU TO OUR INDUSTRY:  The five generations of Hagers before me!

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT:  For a family member to work at Hager Companies, we have a policy that you must work outside of the business for a minimum of three years. I hated this rule at the time, but I know it helped shape who I am today and am very grateful for the policy.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE:  Being a sixth generation family member in the business, you feel quite a bit of pressure. Thankfully I have two of my first cousins – Josh Hager and August Hager – here every day and we make a great team. Communication is the key. We are all so busy but at least three times a week the family has lunch together and we’re always discussing how we can grow the business.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Golf and fly fishing

MENTOR/HERO:  Other than my mom, Carol, my dad, Ralph, and my wife, Amanda, I would have to say that the late Eric Klein was a key mentor when I began my career at Hager. I miss him every day.

BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED:  If you are unsure, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”

BEST ADVICE YOU NEVER RECEIVED:  Customer are not interruptions of our work; they are the reason for it.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH DHI SUPPORTED YOUR CAREER?:  DHI is a great resource for education and professional networking. The annual conNextions show also provides an opportunity for me to meet and speak with our customers one on one, which is important to understand how we best can serve them.


Johnston, along with his cousins, August and Josh, and his dad, Ralph, will be at DHI conNextions in Orlando this year. Stop by Booth 431 to say hello.

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The Growing Popularity of Sliding Doors by Ginny Powell

This article was published in the January issue of the Door & Hardware Magazine, a publication of The Door and Hardware Institute and reprinted here with DHI’s permission.

You don’t have to look far to notice the popularity of sliding doors and sliding barn-style doors. This trend is hitting the commercial and residential markets with gusto, and according to the experts we spoke to, the movement will continue to climb with no sign of letting up in the coming years.

While the use of sliding doors has steadily increased each year, the emerging trend itself is more about the expansion of use – how designers are finding new ways to integrate them into spaces.

This growth has also sparked a revolution in door and hardware manufacturing to meet the growing demand. For example, just a few years ago, a sliding barn-style door needed to be custom designed and built, but today the number of pre-fabricated doors on the market continues to rise. Accompanying hardware is evolving as well, offering many more finishes, styles and durability options – giving architects and designers a nice variety from which to choose.

Up until recently, the most common applications for sliding doors included healthcare and office spaces. While those segments are still strong, sliding doors are replacing traditional ones in several new areas.

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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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Sliding Doors Gaining in Popularity

This article appears in the December issue of the Door and Hardware Magazine published by DHI.

Although we may think that sliding doors are a relatively new trend in the architectural industry, archaeological evidence exists that sliding doors were used by the Romans as early as the first century. Researchers in Pompeii in Southern Italy found the remains of a stone threshold (click for photo from Wikipedia) with a channel chiseled out along its length – perhaps the world’s first bottom track guide?

It has taken us 2,000 years to realize that the Romans really had something worthwhile besides the arch, the aqueduct and fun-filled family afternoons at the Coliseum. More …
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CONSTRUCT Blogger’s Panel 2014

We were pleased to once again attend the CONSTRUCT’s Blogger Panel at the annual CSI Convention happening this week in Baltimore.

The moderator was Eric Lussier, who has his own blog at Eric D. Lussier.

The panel this year consisted of:

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