Our Vice President of International Sales was able to cross a trip off his bucket list this summer. He and his lovely wife planned and worked toward this trip and lucky for us shared some photos. Of course, this being a blog about the door and hardware industry we are sharing photos of …… doors. And what doors they are!
One of our authorized distributors in the Peoples Republic of China held the official opening of their Hager showroom in March, 2016.
VSO International Company Limited, located in Guangzhou, South China, built a spectacular showroom with multiple displays of Hager products – both American and European style.
With 167 years of history in St. Louis sometimes it’s easy to forget that Hager is a international company. We have projects going on all over the world, from the Grand Egyptian Museum currently being built in Cairo to the completed Sheraton Zhanjiang Minda Hotel in Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province in China.
Our Vice President of International Sales, James Stokes, has a great team of international sales representatives that travels the globe. Two weeks ago they gathered in St. Louis for their sales meeting.
A lot was discussed in the two day meeting. From a business brief to detailed product line and technical training from our engineering team, tech support crew and product managers and, of course, taking time to catch up with the Hagers.
Sitting with technical & engineering
Bob Wilkins, our Director of Marketing and Product Development, was approached by WDI Magazine a few months ago. The article below ran in the WDI Magazine, Wholesale & Distribution International, Spring 2015 Volume 2 and is reprinted here with permission.
Hinged on Success by Alan Dorich
Whenever you pass through a doorway, there’s a chance that you’re walking past a product from Hager Cos. “You can’t walk through many door openings without seeing a Hager logo on a hinge,” Director of Marketing Bob Wilkins says.
Based in St. Louis, Hager Cos. offers locks, door controls, exit devices, electronic hardware, hinges, trim and auxiliary products, thresholds, weather stripping products and sliding door hardware. Founder Charles Hager started the company in 1849, after buying a blacksmith’s shop in St. Louis. More …
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.
There were many exhaustive deliberations before the Hager team decided to embark on the “Euroline” quest.
Most of us in the door hardware industry are familiar with ANSI – American National Standards Institute, BHMA – Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, along with UL – Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek. However these standards and fire codes, which are strictly enforced in the United States and Canada, are not customary in approximately 90% of the rest of the world.
European standards – EN and CE – are dominant in Europe, the Middle East and most of Asia. Any hardware products sold into areas that embrace these standards must meet their cycle and fire tests, which are completely different than those of ANSI and UL.
Here in the States commercial locks are sold as a complete unit. European locksets are sold in component form: lock body, lever set and cylinder. This allows end users to mix and match cylinders, levers and lock bodies from a vast array of different manufacturers. It also allows multiple mechanical and electronic keyways to be used interchangeably. This modular approach allows for greater flexibility on the jobsite.