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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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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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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Welcome to the new Hager Companies blog

Throughout the 165 years that Hager Companies has been in business there have been many forms of communication between our company and our customers. We are delighted to add this newest format.
Our goal, with this blog, will be to educate, share some cool projects and have fun. We want you to get involved too. Ask questions, send in photos of door hardware – the good and the bad, and the ugly. Also share tips on installation of hardware or anything related to doors.
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