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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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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Touchless Actuators

It is a fact of life that we can’t get away from germs, but there are ways to control the spread of them.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our new line of touchless actuators. For use with our 8400 & 8200 Series low energy power operators, the touchless actuators employ capacitance technology similar to smart devices. They have an adjustable sensing range from 0″-4″ and a LED illumination which increases plate visibility.

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CONSTRUCT – 2016

In a just a month, we will be in Austin, Texas exhibiting at CONSTRUCT 2016.

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CONSTRUCT is the trade show for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The Institute brings together all aspects of the building divisions, from architects, specifiers, product representation, and contract administration. CSI’s mission is to “advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.”

CONSTRUCT supports that mission by providing a plethora of educational opportunities including a day set aside specifically for young professionals called YP Day.  This is a fantastic opportunity for those just starting out in the industry, 35 years and younger, to learn a lot in a single day.  This day goes beyond typical design education into real world scenarios.

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Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark

This article was published in the August edition of the DHI Door + Hardware Magazine and reprinted here with permission.

Come Two by Two. A Look Inside Noah’s Ark, by Ginny Powell

Tucked into the “All American City” of Lakeland, Florida, is not just a community, but the realization of a dream initiated by a small group of parents nearly 20 years ago. It’s called The Village at Noah’s Landing.

Nearly two decades ago, a small group of parents of adult children with special needs met while watching their children take part in sporting activities. They began talking with each other about what would happen to their kids if they were no longer around. Who would oversee their care?

Their worries were further reinforced when they discovered that the options for care in and around Lakeland were extremely limited. But instead of becoming defeated, these five sets of parents took action. Big action. In 1997, they created Noah’s Ark of Central Florida.

The first homes were built between 2002 and 2007 and are located near downtown Lakeland. Called Noah’s Nest, this clustering of four houses is home to 17 residents living independently with the support of their fellow residents, family, and friends.

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A Dream of Building a Community
While Noah’s Nest was a great start, the dream was always to build a bigger community for adults with developmental disabilities. The Villages of Noah’s Landing, with Phase 1 scheduled to open later this summer, is precisely that.

Phase 1 can accommodate up to 132 developmentally disabled residents and only takes up a fraction of the property’s 62 acres. When all phases are complete, the community will offer a wide selection of social, recreational, educational and vocational choices, and provide for the health care needs of its residents.

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Hager Cartoons

Hager has been around for so many years you never know what may happen during an off-site meeting. In this case, one of the gentlemen we were meeting with shared some amazing artwork he saved from past Hager marketing campaigns, specifically the cartoons.  If you aren’t aware of the Hager cartoons here are a couple that has been posted on the blog here and here. We also have a few on our Pinterest page here.

The photos are a little rough since they were taken with a smart phone and we were in a conference room.

 

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  From 1957: this was an”Everything Hinges on Hager!” hand-drawn draft. Pretty amazing!

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From 1956: at the top of the page is a very rough sketch, hand drawn.
At the bottom is a more detailed version, hand drawn.

Which then turned into this:

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What an amazing treat to see the initial drawings that eventually turned into an entire cartoon series. Thanks to Lee Rottman with Feature Group USA for sharing with us!

 

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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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America – the Land of Opportunity

In America, we are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. Often the day is spent with family and friends enjoying good food and games, with fireworks lighting up the sky at night. It’s a good time to reflect how Hager Companies came to be.

In 1848 Charles Hager immigrated to the United States from Germany. Sailing into New Orleans, Charles then traveled to St. Louis by wagon and quickly found work as a blacksmith. The owner of the business caught gold fever and headed west, selling the shop in St. Louis to Charles.

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Charles quickly realized his training as a blacksmith and wheelwright would position him well as the flood of Easterners poured through St. Louis, on their way west. Forging wheel rims and hardware for their Conestoga wagons and hammering out his worn files into knives used by fur traders and mountain men, the business grew.

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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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