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.
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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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International Sales Meeting

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.

IMG_3983Sitting with technical & engineering

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Project Profile: International Training Center (Phase V)

Project Profile:             International Training Center (Phase V)

Client:                            United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America

Architect:                       Carlile Coatsworth Architects

General Contractor:     Penta Building Group

Distributor:                    Hallgren – Las Vegas

Installers:                       American Door Installation

Door Openings:            200

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) maintains its International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the completion of Phase V this campus consists of nearly a million square feet. At the core of this facility are the training areas that will keep union carpenters skills up to date with emerging technology.

Phase V comprises a 223,000 square feet building which houses 30 classrooms, a working shop, ballrooms and a museum/lobby area. There are over two dozen custom display cases dispersed throughout the lobby full of historic UBC artifacts. More …

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Door Hardware Submittals

Door hardware is approximately 1% of a total construction project and yet it is definitely one of the most challenging.

The definition of a door hardware submittal is a collection of documents that contain all the pertinent information to complete a project. This compilation is based on the project manual, drawings and field conditions.

It is imperative the door hardware schedule is correct as the general contractor and several sub-contractors, ie. painters, masons, framers & electricians, use the schedule to help in their field of work. Once the project has been completed the owner/end user can use the hardware schedule for maintenance and upkeep. More …

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Project Profile: Modular Structures by American Direct

This article was originally published in American Direct Single Source Review Magazine. They have graciously given us permission to post on our blog. This article may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written permission of bradley.project. Contact Juliette Bradley at [email protected] for additional information. The photographer for this project was Andrew Rugge with Arch Photo, Inc.

Design Team:                    McClaren Engineering Group
Architect:                             Garrison Architects
Structural Engineer:         Anastos Engineering Associates
MEP Engineer:                  Plus Group Consulting Engineering, PLLC
Distributor:                         American Direct

                

Prefab(ulous) Beach Facilities Post – Sandy

     After Superstorm Sandy devastated so much of New York City on October 29, 2012, “a day at the beach” took on a whole new meaning. Post-storm, the hundreds of miles of New York City’s shoreline remained, included the 14 miles of beaches managed by the City. But many of the facilities at the beaches, including rest rooms, offices and lifeguard stations, were gone. The storm literally washed them away.

     Summer holidays and New York beaches go hand in hand. Pre-storm, millions of people flocked to the City’s beaches – Coney Island, Rockaway, Orchard Beach, South Beach, Midland Beach, Cedar Grove, Wolfe’s Pond Park and Manhattan Beach – between Memorial Day and Labor Day for fun in the sun, beach volleyball, boardwalks and amusement rides, entertainment and great food. But a storm like Sandy could change everything and almost did.

     These beaches are iconic, as are the restaurants, concession stands and shops that keep these places hopping night and day. That’s why the determination to rebuild has been incredible. Business owners learned that although the storm was quick and shocking, the rebuild process could be slow.


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Lock Function Chart

We are in the process of uploading a BHMA lock function chart to our website to make it easy to quickly match what lock function is being specified to our Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 locksets. This chart will be able to be found under Resources / Product Information / Locks.

Founded in 1925, as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association, the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) role has been developing standards for the wide range (and getting wider) of builders hardware. There are three levels of grades for locksets based on the number of cycles an owner can expect the product to withstand. Grade 1 is the heaviest duty, passing 2,500,000 cycles while Grade 3 passes just 350,000 cycles. The price difference between Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 varies and may present an occasion to save the owner money on a project. Specifying a Grade 1 lock on a main entry office door is highly recommended but there is opportunity to save dollars by utilizing a Grade 2 lock on a door opening used less frequently, like a closet door. That said it is important not to undersize the lock grade on a door opening in order to save money as it could cost more in repairs in the future. More …

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