People and Places Jan. 2013

RCI Sold To DORMA Vicky Rutherford , owner and CEO of Rutherford Controls Int'l Corp. (RCI) , a privately held, family owned business for almost 90 years, announces that she has agreed to sell RCI to The DORMA Group . RCI is a globally connected...


Vicky Rutherford, owner and CEO of Rutherford Controls Int'l Corp. (RCI), a privately held, family owned business for almost 90 years, announces that she has agreed to sell RCI to The DORMA Group. RCI is a globally connected organization providing the security, locksmith and architectural hardware markets with innovative electric locking and access control solutions.

RCI benefits from DORMA's global market position, premium brand recognition, product portfolio & customer synergies - and strong alignment of culture and values.

"RCI is excited to play a key role in accelerating DORMA's growth throughout the Americas. Joining forces with DORMA will further enhance both our companies' abilities to dominate our industry as innovative leaders in access control solutions," said RCI President Eric Gowland.

DORMA benefits from RCI's premium position in the North American security and locksmith distribution channels and its solid ties to the security and locksmith dealer base. DORMA intends to keep the trusted RCI brand. They also intend to maintain RCI business as usual including all customers, employees, sales representatives, suppliers and locations.

This acquisition extends DORMA's portfolio of ANSI-compliant electromechanical access control products and systems, and strengthens DORMA's presence in the North American market. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario (45 minutes southwest of Toronto), RCI also has a subsidiary in Virginia, a new warehouse opening in southern California, and a sales network of more than 50 agents across North and South America.

"The Americas region provides great opportunities for gaining market share based on our ability to offer integrated premium access solutions, and the RCI acquisition represents a big step forward in this regard," commented Wil VandeWiel, Area President of DORMA Americas.

A privately held, family-owned business for more than 100 years, DORMA has grown into a world market leader in door controls, automatics, movable walls, glass fittings and accessories. The DORMA Group headquartered in Ennepetal, Germany, operates on an international scale with companies in 49 different countries. They maintain major production plants in Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, China, North and South America. For more information, visit Dorma's website


SLD Launches Newly Improved Web Portal

Westwood, MA - Security Lock Distributors (SLD) announces that its critically acclaimed website,, has a suite of new services available to registered customers.

SLD recognized that its customers would benefit from an online application suite. The web portal is far more than an online e-catalog, providing customers with online tools that enable them to streamline the lookup, quotation, procurement, and returns processes.

“Our goal has always been to keep ourselves on the leading edge of technology innovation,” said Barry Silver, CTO. “We have long been recognized as having the deepest levels of Just-In-Time inventory in the country, but we are also proud of our digital leadership and in providing our customers tools that help make their lives easier and make them more efficient.”

Wholesale customers may register for a free account at the website and will find over 1.75MM unique SKU’s from over 88 manufacturers on the site. In addition, more than 700,000 .pdf files of technical and sales documents are available for download.

SLD, corporate headquarters is in Westwood Massachusetts, is celebrating its 29th year in business, and also has distribution centers in Florida, Illinois and Nevada.


Linear Adds Six Employees, Promotes VP 

Carlsbad, CA - Linear LLC announces the hiring of six new employees to departments including software engineering, business development, and sales. Also in the past month, Linear promoted a new vice president as part of the company's streamlining process that includes the formation of Specialty Business Units (SBUs).

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