Team Member Profile: Brian Clarke, AHC, CDT, CSI – Director, Architectural Specifications & Technical Support

Brian has been with Hager Companies for 14 years and was recently promoted to Director of both the Architectural Specifications Department and Technical Support. We sat down with him recently to ask him a few questions, following a similar format to the DHI Doors + Hardware Faces feature.

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Childhood ambition:  Race car driver

First Job:  Wendys

What led you to the hardware industry:  My dad, Wes Britton, and my grandfather were both in the door and hardware industry.

Proudest professional moment: When I passed my AHC exam and was able to share the news with my dad.

Guilty pleasure:  Spending time at my house with the chickens, dogs, cats and horse.

Favorite book/movie: Tombstone

Mentor/hero: My father, Wes.

Best advice you ever received:  Make sure you give your employer 100% effort every day, no matter what is going on in your personal life.

Best advise you never received: Don’t let someone else’s work performance interfere with your work performance.

The advice you would give someone entering into this industry: Keep an open mind about everything. There are always two sides to each situation.

If you would like more information about Hager specifications, Brian will be happy to help you. He can be reached at 314-633-2803 or [email protected]

 

 

 

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Texas Society of Architects 2016 Convergence – Booth 229

We’ll be heading down to San Antonio, Texas in a few weeks to exhibit at the 2016 Texas Society of Architects Design Expo. This is one of the premier regional architectural shows in the country. Architects take this show seriously and are extremely generous with their time on the expo hall floor.

Last year we highlighted our new 9400 Series stainless steel sliding barn door hardware. This year, we added the Conestoga to our sliding door hardware line, which is powder coated black aluminum for a rustic appearance. There are four styles of hangers offered; three face-mount and one top-mount. Sliding barn doors continue to be a popular choice with architects and end users. In addition to saving floor space, sliding doors also meet ADA requirements and are easy for people with disabilities to use.

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With the Conestoga as the latest addition, we feel our sliding door hardware product line provides a variety of design choices for your architectural needs. Of course, we will have many other product lines on display too.

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New Catalog Release

Our new catalog is out!  If you have requested a catalog in the last few months and haven’t received it yet, you should be shortly. In the meantime, we did upload a file to our website, both complete and in sections.

Here is a link to the catalog on our website –Hager Catalog

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If you’re new to Hager or the door hardware industry the general information in front of the hinge section. has great tips. You can find information on ANSI, how many hinges are needed to support a different weighted doors, security features, and specialty hinges.  Did you know we have two different styles of cover channels for our Roton continuous hinges? Click here to learn more.

Did you know we have two different styles of cover channels for our Roton continuous hinges? Click here to find out more.

Of course, we aren’t just a hinge company. You can find information on our  locks, exit devices, and closers by clicking each product line name.

A couple of new products we’ve released in the last few months in our exit device line include a flush end cap and photoluminescent push bar cover option. You can learn more about these products by reading our blog post.

We know you’ll take some time to familiarize yourself with all the great information found in our new catalog. Of course, you can always call your local sales representative or our customer service department for more info.

Have a great day and thanks for your support!!

 

 

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CONSTRUCT + CSI

This time next week several of our team members will be making their way to Austin, Texas for CONSTRUCT.  If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time.  If you’re on the fence we wrote about the benefits a few weeks ago which you can read here.

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Stop by Booth 516 and say hello to our team:

Adam Bucko      Western Regional Sales Mgr
Debra Powers    Architectural Rep for TX & OK
Ken Kimutis      Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Will Chisum      Kimutis/Chisum, local Sales Reps
Brian Clarke     Dir. Arch Specs & Tech Support
John Cohrs       Sr Architectural Spec Writer
Bob Wilkins      Dir. of Marketing & Product Dev
Ginny Powell    Digital Marketing Specialist

If you work in the St. Louis area and are looking for a local CSI chapter, the Continuing Education Programs was just published by the Greater St. Louis CSI chapter.  Besides continuing education credits with programs like Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment and Sustainability in Construction Administration, there will also be a tour of the Arch River Grounds on October 19th. Of course, the annual Golf Classic, being held on September 21st, is always a fun time. Find out more information on the Greater St. Louis CSI Chapter’s new website here.

As you can see Hager is committed to the mission of CSI. We work hard to make sure our specifications are clear, concise and fair. Our goal is to provide door hardware that meets code while supporting the architect and end user in their goal of a safe and secure building.

We hope to see you next week!

 

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Project Profile – Tom/Scot

The Tom/Scot is one of those unique multi-use projects that blends high-end residential with commercial architectural openings. Mixed within the 278 units are studios, one, two and three bedroom units. The complex also has a  2 story fitness center that includes a yoga room, climbing wall, spinning room and UFC room. Other amenities include a club room and business center with conference room.

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Owner:                          Connell Real Estate Development Co.

End User:                     Tom/Scot

Architect:                      K & I Homes LLC

General Contractor:   Weitz Co.

Distributor:                   89A

Door Openings:          3100

Typically on a project of this size the sub-contractors and suppliers are all contracted at roughly the same time. 89A was introduced to this opportunity later than the other subcontractors due to the ongoing design and procurement changes involving Division 8710 of the construction scope.  Supporting 89A with Hager’s one brand solutions, we were able to engineer and supply both mechanical & access control door hardware in the different grades required, maintaining the variety of this multi-use project. Our 3400 Series locks, 4500 Series exit devices and 5200 Series closers were supplied on the exterior and high use common areas which needed Grade 1 hardware while our Grade 2 3600 Series, with an adjustable backset, was used for the apartments interior doors.

Thanks to Hager team members Adam Rummler with Hager Southwest and Jeff Halverson with Unified Solutions who were integral in assisting 89A’s procurement efforts.

 

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If you would like to learn more about how we can help with your project please contact your local representative.

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New Products!

We’ve launched some new product in the first half of 2016!

For our Exit Device Product Line we’ve added:

 

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A photoluminescent push bar cover option for our 4500 & 4600 Series.  Meeting both IBC & NFPA 101 as noted.

IBC 1024.2.6.2 Door hardware markings. Door hardware shall be marked with no less than 16 square inches (406 mm2) of luminous material. This marking shall be located behind, immediately adjacent to or on the door handle and/or escutcheon. Where a panic bar is installed, such material shall be no less than 1 inch (25 mm) wide for the entire length of the actuating bar or touchpad.

NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code 7.2.2.5.5.7 Door Hardware Marking. The door hardware for the doors serving the exit enclosures that swing out from the enclosure in the direction of egress travel shall be provided with a marking stripe. The marking stripe shall also meet the following requirements:

(1) The door hardware necessary to release the latch shall be outlined with marking stripe having a minimum horizontal width of 1 inch (25 mm).
(2) Where panic hardware is installed, the following criteria shall be met:
(a) The marking stripe shall have a minimum horizontal width of 1 inch (25 mm) and be applied to the entire length of the actuating bar or touch pad.
(b) The placement of the marking stripe shall not interfere with viewing of any instructions on the actuating bar or touch pad.

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VSO International Company Limited

One of our authorized distributors in the Peoples Republic of China held the official opening of their Hager showroom in March, 2016.

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VSO International Company Limited, located in Guangzhou, South China, built a spectacular showroom with multiple displays of Hager products – both American and European style.

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Team Member Profile – Sharon Rainwater

Sharon celebrated 25 years with Hager in February of 2016, which is quite an accomplishment!  Sharon started with Hager Co. in February of 1991 and currently holds the position of Assistant Customer Service Manager.

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In Sharon’s own words:

Childhood ambition: Loved music, but chose to be an Administrative Assistant like my mom.

First job:  Steak N Shake.

What led you to the hardware industry:  I was looking for an Administrative Assistant job and Hager had an opening. I was hired by Steve Tenholder to work as an Administrative Assistant for the Marketing Department. I was then asked to work for members of the Hager family a few years later. At that time, Warren Hager was responsible for the Roton Continuous Hinge product line. When he was out of the office, I used to take phone calls and started asking questions about the product. I also worked for Susie Wiegand who would receive phone calls from certain customers on Architectural and Residential products.

Proudest professional moment: When I succeeded in my job at hand and was promoted for my efforts.

Biggest challenge: Learning locks and masterkeying.

Mentor/Hero: My Grandma.

Best advice you ever received: That life is a challenge and you should never stop trying to be a better .person.

Best advice you never received: If you make a mistake, own it and move on. Don’t blame others.

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate.

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We are so glad Sharon is on the Hager team, leading with her knowledge and 100% dedication.  Thanks for your hard work and fortitude Sharon!

 

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What were they thinking?

Every so often we come across door openings where we stop and scratch our heads and wonder, what were they thinking?!

 

This photo was taken by a Hager team member during a stay at a hotel near our Montgomery plant.  The privacy pocket door latch was installed upside down. Not much privacy protection happening here.

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Not sure how the hinges and cylindrical lock bore ended up on the same side but worse no one noticed and installed the door anyway.

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