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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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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DHI Faces – Johnston Hager

Johnston Hager, Director Residential Sales & Marketing, is the DHI Face for this month’s Door & Hardware Magazine.  We are proud of Johnston’s accomplishments and look forward to working with him to continue to grow the Hager brand.

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DHI MEMBER SINCE:  2010, but it seems like since birth!

OCCUPATION:  Director of Residential Sales and Marketing

CHILDHOOD AMBITION:  Be a professional golfer … schlepplin’ hardware on the side.

FIRST JOB:  Working as a merchandiser for an Anheuser Busch distributor. In other words, stocking the beer shelves in multiple grocery stores every day.

WHAT LED YOU TO OUR INDUSTRY:  The five generations of Hagers before me!

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT:  For a family member to work at Hager Companies, we have a policy that you must work outside of the business for a minimum of three years. I hated this rule at the time, but I know it helped shape who I am today and am very grateful for the policy.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE:  Being a sixth generation family member in the business, you feel quite a bit of pressure. Thankfully I have two of my first cousins – Josh Hager and August Hager – here every day and we make a great team. Communication is the key. We are all so busy but at least three times a week the family has lunch together and we’re always discussing how we can grow the business.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Golf and fly fishing

MENTOR/HERO:  Other than my mom, Carol, my dad, Ralph, and my wife, Amanda, I would have to say that the late Eric Klein was a key mentor when I began my career at Hager. I miss him every day.

BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED:  If you are unsure, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”

BEST ADVICE YOU NEVER RECEIVED:  Customer are not interruptions of our work; they are the reason for it.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH DHI SUPPORTED YOUR CAREER?:  DHI is a great resource for education and professional networking. The annual conNextions show also provides an opportunity for me to meet and speak with our customers one on one, which is important to understand how we best can serve them.

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Johnston, along with his cousins, August and Josh, and his dad, Ralph, will be at DHI conNextions in Orlando this year. Stop by Booth 431 to say hello.

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CONSTRUCT St. Louis CSI Chapter Host Party 2015

CSI Members know how to party and this year’s Host Chapter Event proved they love being big kids too!

Dubbed the Night of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem, the St. Louis CSI Planning Committee did a fantastic job at choosing one of the most unique places in St. Louis – City Museum. If you aren’t familiar with City Museum, it is housed in a 600,000 square foot former international shoe company in downtown. Bob Cassilly, an internationally acclaimed artist, sparked the idea. He and his crew began constructing the museum from the nuts and bolts (along with tiles, chimneys, and planes) of the city, literally. Their motto “always building” has been true since their opening in 1997.

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1st Annual CONSTRUCT Young Professionals / Student Day

There has been a lot of recent discussion on the sparsity of young professionals in the AEC community. This is evident when looking at the attendance of the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) and Construction Specification Institute (CSI) monthly meetings and annual trade shows. We need to encourage more young professionals to enter the many fields offered in the architectural, engineering & construction industries.

Cindy Barrand with Informa, who presents the CONSTRUCT show in conjunction with the CSI Annual Convention, decided to do something about it. She created a special package for young professionals (max 35 years of age) and students that offered education, a full day specifically designed for them, networking events and a few social occasions, spanning 4 days of the convention all for a reduced price.

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Made in America

There was a recent discussion on the Door and Hardware Institute’s LinkedIn page about hinges. A commenter made the statement that Hager hinges are manufactured overseas. Our Director of Specifications corrected the information but it was surprising to hear that is the perception, since Hager has been manufacturing hinges on American soil for 121 years.

Hager Companies started producing hinges in the early 1900’s by hand forging and other manual procedures in the St. Louis area. During August W. Hager’s leadership, new machinery was designed to meet the demands of the new century.

Hager’s hinge production continued to grow when contracted to produce massive quantities of custom hinges for locks on the Panama Canal Project under President Teddy Roosevelt.

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CONSTRUCT – CSI, September 30 – October 3, 2015

We are always excited when we exhibit at CONSTRUCT but this year is even more special because CONSTRUCT is coming to St. Louis!

We have a lot going on that week including being part of the inaugural Young Professionals/Student Day on September. 30th. This event is a full day of education and networking for an incredible price.

Wednesday’s schedule includes speed mentoring, a Pecha Kucha event with a boxed lunch, Specifying the Electrifying Tour here at Hager, Getting to the Next Level, attending the Welcome Reception and ending with the Young Professionals Mixer at the Flamingo Bowl. That is a lot packed into a single day!

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The fun doesn’t stop on Wednesday. The Students and Young Professional Package also includes education sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You can attend the Keynote presentation, a 3D Game Changer session, and check out the Exhibit Hall. Are you good at scavenger hunts? You will have a chance to win $200.00 cash with the Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt on Thursday at 11:00 am.

August Hager explaining the benefits of the Hager 8400 Low Energy Power Operator in the Exhibit Hall

If that doesn’t get you excited the CSI Night Out being held at the Budweiser Brew House is also included!! Yep, that’s right!!

If you are 35 years or younger and are ready to take the next step to further your career sign up here: Student/YP Info

Stop by Booth 307 and say Hi while you are there!

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Hinged on Success by Alan Dorich

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.
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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 …

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Project Profile – Ballpark Village

Baseball season is in swing and in St. Louis that means a sea of red will be worn from now until October.  We had the distinct honor of being part of the construction team on the new Ballpark Village located next to Busch Stadium that opened last fall.

Architect:                              Design Collective, Inc.
Developer:                           The Cordish Companies
General Contractor:           The Paric Corporation
Distributor:                           H&G/Schultz Door

As soon as the project was announced our specification team offered their services. Using all grade one commercial hardware due to the high use and abuse the door openings will receive the architect specifically liked our Roton 1200-600XHD continuous geared hinges with a round cover channel.
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Customer Service Appreciation Week

This is Customer Service Appreciation Week and we want to take this opportunity to share how fantastic our customer service department is.

Customer service team members are located in St. Louis, Phoenix and Montgomery, with many of the 21 employees having worked at Hager Companies for numerous years. Strong bonds have been formed, both professionally and personally. Celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, best Halloween costume, Christmas cheer and, most recently, welcoming Fall with a pot luck luncheon, all contribute to the team spirit.


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And of course celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team each and every year! More …
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