People and Places Jan. 2013

Jan. 2, 2013


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).

"Linear stays innovative by hiring the right people at the right time," said Michael O'Neal, president. "IT and video are critical segments and our focus remains on pursuing markets that will benefit from a complete line of security and access control products. We are proud to be adding such highly skilled professionals who will continue feeding innovation and growth for years to come."

New Software Engineering team members are Cathy Zhu and Brian Moon, senior software engineers.

New members of the Business Development team are Brian Davis and John Feldman, business development managers.

Sales and Product Management new members are Derek Buzby, district sales manager, New England, and Greg Stone, video product line manager.

Terry Cain, formerly VP Supply Chain Operations for Technology Solutions, has been promoted to VP Special Projects. "Terry is highly deserving of his promotion based on significant contributions to Linear's operational efficiency and pursuit of new partners and acquisitions. He is an incredibly valuable asset who will play an even more important role as vice president of special projects," said O'Neal.

For more information about Linear LLC, visit

H.L. Flake Names Euler Sales/Marketing Manager

H.L. Flake Security Hardware announces the addition of Kathy Euler as regional sales/marketing manager, working remotely from Smithtown, NY.  Kathy will be instrumental to H.L. Flake’s efforts to grow relationships with locksmiths in the Northeast.  Additionally, in her new role, she will direct the organization and creation of a full line catalog for H.L. Flake.  

“Much like the businesses we service, H.L. Flake is a family business.”  Euler remarks.  “It is wonderful to be part of a company where customers are treated like family.”

Kathy comes to H.L. Flake with over 16 years of experience in the security hardware distribution industry.  Most recently, Kathy worked for US Lock as marketing manager.  There she built the US Lock product database and catalog from the ground up.  

Jeff Floeck,  president of H.L. Flake Security Hardware, commented,  “I am thrilled with the addition of Kathy to the H.L. Flake family.  She brings many years of valuable sales and marketing experience with her.  All of our locksmiths, and particularly those in the Northeast, will benefit from her extensive product knowledge, her tremendous work ethic, and her commitment to making sure every customer's experience with H. L. Flake is a good one, each and every time.”

Over the years Kathy’s hands-on experiences including attending trade shows, doing inside sales, conducting product education and researching new products have given her extensive product knowledge and great relationships with both locksmiths and the industry.   Her past experiences are well suited to the multi-faceted position with H.L. Flake.

H.L. Flake Security Hardware is a family owned locksmith distributor based in Houston, Texas.  Stocking over 28,000 different items from nearly 140 manufacturers; H.L. Flake offers free freight programs, same day shipping, everyday low prices and a knowledgeable sales staff. For more information, visit

VingCard Elsafe Promotes Oliver

DALLAS - VingCard Elsafe  announces the promotion of William J. (Bill) Oliver to the position of President-North America, effective Jan.y 1, 2013. Oliver will continue as VingCard Elsafe's Vice President and General Manager for the North America region until the end of the year, and he will remain based out of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality's North America headquarters in the Dallas area.

"We have seen considerable improvement in our service delivery and customer focus since Bill joined our team last year, and he has made a significant impact on our customer satisfaction this year across North America," says Tim Shea, President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. "We anticipate another strong year in 2013, and Bill will help us maintain that positive momentum by ensuring our organizational goals remain aligned with customer needs and expectations."

ASSA ABOY Hospitality's core brands include VingCard electronic locking solutions, Elsafe digital in-room safes and Orion by VingCard Elsafe energy management systems. For more information, visit

Honeywell Promotes Robinson

Marek Robinson has been promoted to president, Authorized Dealer Groups, Honeywell Security. In his new role, Marek will focus on the First Alert Professional (FAP) and Commercial Security Systems (CSS) dealer programs and further building on the business and marketing support offered by both programs.

Marek has been with Honeywell since 1995. In his most recent role as Western Region Director of Sales for Honeywell Systems, he managed a sales team focused on Honeywell’s line of access control and video products and systems. He is based in Sacramento, Calif.

Schneider Electric Expands Pelco Facility

DALLAS –Continuing its commitment to providing customers with security solutions that allow for flexibility and control while meeting the demands of today’s security and technology requirements, Schneider Electric announces the relocation of its Fort Collins, Colo., facility, the center of development for its Pelco IP and megapixel video security products including its popular line of Sarix cameras. The new facility, which is double in size from the previous building, will allow for further investment, expansion and hiring efforts in the development of IP and megapixel video security products and includes the construction of new test laboratories and workspace.

As physical security continues to migrate from analog technology, IP video security solutions provide security and facility professionals with greater recording, archiving, and integration capabilities. Today’s announcement furthers Schneider Electric’s commitment to providing its customers with the advanced security solutions they require to protect the people, property and assets in their buildings, along with driving business and increasing efficiency.

“Over the years, our Fort Collins location has served as the hub for the development of IP and megapixel security solutions, bringing unparalleled IP and megapixel video security products to the market,” said Hervé Fages, senior vice president, Video Line of Business, Schneider Electric. “This strategic relocation of the Fort Collins facility provides our employees with even more resources to grow and innovate our robust line of IP video and digital security solutions.”