Case Studies

We are constantly asking our sales representatives for projects that we can use in case studies and project profiles.  With blogs and social media now part of mainstream reading, content marketing has become imperative in order to share your brand and message.

We asked Tess Wittler, an experienced construction marketing professional, to share why case studies are important for our, and your, business and how it isn’t as daunting as one may think to write one. This article was published in November’s issue of the DHI Doors + Hardware Magazine and reprinted with their permission.

The Framework for Writing a Compelling Case Study by Tess Wittler

Does hearing the phrase, “We need a case study written on [blank]” make you cringe? If you are like many other architects, engineers and building material manufacturers I’ve worked with, you would rather pluck out every single nose hair one by one than write a case study. For ages, writing a case study in this industry seemed daunting and tiring, and when it was finished, it seemed as if you’d spent all this energy to create a dry, boring marketing piece that would rarely be used.

Not so! Content marketing has transformed how we look at our marketing materials, including case studies. In fact, according to the 2016 B2B Content Marketing Trends – North America study conducted by the Content Marketing Institute / MarketingProfs, 82 percent of those responding said they use case studies as one of their content marketing tactics – second only to social media content (other than blogs).

Yes, despite so many in the building industry recognizing that they need to invest more in their content marketing efforts, many still aren’t – and their lack of energy toward this effort is precisely the opportunity that can catapult your organization ahead of the rest. Case studies are one of the key components to making this happen.

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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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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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Made in America

There was a recent discussion on the Door and Hardware Institute’s LinkedIn page about hinges. A commenter made the statement that Hager hinges are manufactured overseas. Our Director of Specifications corrected the information but it was surprising to hear that is the perception, since Hager has been manufacturing hinges on American soil for 121 years.

Hager Companies started producing hinges in the early 1900’s by hand forging and other manual procedures in the St. Louis area. During August W. Hager’s leadership, new machinery was designed to meet the demands of the new century.

Hager’s hinge production continued to grow when contracted to produce massive quantities of custom hinges for locks on the Panama Canal Project under President Teddy Roosevelt.

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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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The Door and Hardware Institute – #DHI2014

This week many in our industry will be converging in Dallas for the 2014 DHI CoNEXTions Convention. Several members of the Hager Companies team will be there. Why do we choose to take the time, energy, and dollars to exhibit at DHI CoNEXTions? Simple: because our customers will be there.

The Door and Hardware Institute’s purpose is “to advance life safety and security within a built environment.”  DHI is also an advocate for creating a favorable code environment in the life safety and security industry. They have been instrumental in supporting changes to code to save lives, like the new code for annual fire door inspections.
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