News Briefs, December 2016

Dec. 1, 2016

D&D Keeping Canines & Warriors Safe at Camp K9

Located in Ponte Vedra, Florida, the newly opened K9s for Warriors expansive 17,000-square-foot headquarters and nine-acre Camp K9 offers veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability (PTSD) and shelter rescued canines to train together to assist with readapting to life back home. The $8 million Camp K9 facility was completed entirely with donations from the community. Hundreds of sub-contractors donated their time, labor, and materials.

The year-round training camp required quality fencing that would provide safety and security for its high traffic environment of daily training exercises for the veterans and their canines. Poly Vinyl Creations, a D&D partner, stepped up to the plate to support their community and donated fencing for 5 dog parks with 20 safety gates, more than 25 outdoor dog kennel gates, and a pool safety fence with 3 safety gates for their bone-shaped doggy pool. With over 50 gates covering the K9s for Warriors and Camp K9 property, D&D’s gate hardware would make or break this installation.

“D&D’s gate hardware provides superior quality and reliable high functioning performance. Our products allow the canines and veterans to place their focus on training at camp to help them return to civilian life with dignity and independence,” said Jackie Barrera, Marketing Director, D&D Technologies.

Camp K9 has MagnaLatch® ALERT safety gate latch and TruClose® hinges installed on their pool safety gate to provide peace-of-mind to the staff and house guests at the facility. The MagnaLatch® ALERT is the ultimate safety gate latch offering a visual bright flashing LED alarm and a loud audible alarm when the gate is left unlatched. Paired with our TruClose® self-closing hinge, the two products ensure that the gate not only closes behind someone but ensures that the gate is latched closed.

“MagnaLatch® ALERT and TruClose® are the #1 world’s safety gate kit, so it’s a great addition for this facility. With a high number of individuals coming through the facility every day, adding this layer of protection around the pool gives staff peace-of-mind that their pool gate is secure,” Barrera explained. 

Another D&D product outfitted on gates at Camp K9 is the LokkLatch® DELUXE, a key-lockable privacy and security gate latch. This latch is installed on areas where locked security is highly important; the outdoor dog kennels and the large dog training parks. LokkLatch® DELUXE operates and locks from both sides of the gate and has a 6-pin rekeyable lock that allows the staff to update keys as often as they like and even allows them to make unique key sets for different areas of the facility.

Although K9s for Warriors has been in operation since 2011, the new Camp K9 facility recently celebrated their one year anniversary this past July. They have rescued over 306 dogs, graduated 241 veterans with PTSD, and have over 21 staff members and 500 volunteers. This non-profit has come a long way since their original operation in a single family home.

To provide the veterans the same level of security at home when they return after graduating with their canine, D&D Technologies has donated safety gate hardware kits to the upcoming graduating class. Seven veterans will each receive a MagnaLatch® ALERT and TruClose® hinge set to take home with them so they may continue to practice with their canines in safety. 

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IDN-H. Hoffman Takes Indianapolis

IDN-H. Hoffman took its annual Security Convention on the road to Carmel, IN on October 7, 2016. The show’s Indy 500 theme included a race car game, real tires from an Indy 500 Car, and even lug nuts from the Indy Car for those who wanted a souvenir.

With an emphasis on hands-on training and education, IDN-H. Hoffman offered a Von Duprin & IVES Factory Tour with Fire-Rated Door Training, a Stanley Security Factory Tour with hands-on training, an ALOA PRP Test and six additional classes including two business courses, an automotive class, a site survey class, and two electrified product classes.

The IDN-H. Hoffman Indianapolis Trade Show was filled with over 60 manufacturers displaying items as diverse as automatic power operators, key machines, doors & frames, electronic access control, residential & commercial locks. Attendees participated in nine hands-on Workshops & Challenges including the Stanley Security 9K Challenge and Allegion Locksmith Challenge.

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Anixter To Open Flagship Houston Facility

Anixter International Inc. will be opening a customized Houston, TX flagship facility in Jersey Village, conveniently located near the Beltway 8 and 290 interchange.

Scheduled to open in early 2017, the new 200,000 sq. ft. Anixter location will enable the company to stock a comprehensive product portfolio spanning across electrical, data and security solutions and will showcase its full range of value-added services. In addition to the warehouse facility, a team of on-site sales and technical experts will be available to help customers with product, technology and solution questions covering electrical, electronic, data, enterprise and security applications. The location is being designed to include a SOLUTIONS BRIEFING CENTER, where customers can receive hands-on product evaluation and training and engage with technical specialists for product and solution selection.

Chris Blakeslee, North American SVP - Electrical and Electronic Solutions (EES), stated, “Our new location in Houston will allow us to fully execute our value proposition for customers in the Houston market. Our range of products, covering every aspect of electrical, data, and security installations is the broadest in the industry, and will result in a true one-stop shopping experience. It also represents our continued enthusiasm and commitment to our suppliers and customers.”

"To collocate with our EES salespeople will create an environment that makes it easier to provide our customers with broader value and more relevant business solutions," said Dirk Naylor, North American SVP - Network & Security Solutions. "Hosting all of the resources for customer support in one location will make Anixter a more effective business partner in the Houston marketplace, and will allow our customers to better leverage our Supply Chain Solutions and technical expertise," continued Naylor.

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Kwikset SmartKey for Automotive Industry

Kwikset® will expand its patented SmartKey™ security to the automotive accessories industry through a newly announced partnership with Horizon Global Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment.

Kwikset partnered with Horizon Global, to provide the company, including its Cequent™ and TriMotive™ divisions, the exclusive right to utilize SmartKey in a wide range of automotive applications.

SmartKey security allows homeowners, and now automotive accessory owners, the flexibility to re-key all of their Kwikset SmartKey locks for one-key convenience. With this agreement, Kwikset’s patented SmartKey technology will be incorporated into hitches, fifth wheels, ball mounts, bike racks, cargo management products, and more, allowing users the flexibility to use one key to secure both their homes and automotive accessories. SmartKey products also pass the most stringent lock-picking standards (UL 437, par. 11.6) and utilize BumpGuard™ to prevent lock bumping, providing additional security to your home and automotive accessories.

 “We’re excited to partner with Horizon Global to bring Kwikset’s most differentiated and secure technology, SmartKey, to the automotive industry,” said Marty Hoffmann, Vice President of Marketing for Kwikset, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware and Home Improvement Division. “This partnership will expand the reach of SmartKey beyond the residential door lock category, providing Horizon customers with added convenience and security. We look forward to bringing this partnership to market.”

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CAMARILLO, CA –Olga Iakomi recently joined Security Door Controls as Marketing and Events Facilitator, primarily responsible for liaison with distributors and reps, trade show management and social media content management. Originally from Philadelphia, she spent several years as the head of marketing at a rapidly growing Bluetooth access control start up company.

“Olga came to our attention earlier this year at an industry show,” said Shane Geringer, SDC’s Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Strategic Development. “We were very impressed with how she represented her company and the positive image and professional marketing communications she helped to develop. In fact, we were so impressed that we created this position for her because we believe she will be a key asset for us in our future growth and in service to our trade customers.”

While at her previous company, Olga helped rebrand the company and its products for launch. “I gained invaluable industry experience while applying many of the marketing skills I studied in school,” she explained. “Now, with this fantastic opportunity at SDC, I feel I can take my career passions to the next level. I love the professional, yet collaborative culture here. And, I look forward to working with SDC’s reps and distributors to help us be even more supportive with programs and communications that meet and exceed everyone’s expectations.”

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dormakaba, one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions, has hired Dave Rogers to lead the business development efforts for its new physical access systems product line.

As the new Business Development Manager for Physical Access Systems, Rogers will bring his 15 years of extensive experience in the physical security industry to drive sales for dormakaba in North America.

 “I am thrilled to join the dormakaba team and to introduce this exciting new product line to the U.S. market,” shared Rogers. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the dormakaba customer base and forging new customer relationships as we continue to build our portfolio of physical access systems products.” 

According to William Bueso, Vice President Entrance Systems/Physical Access Systems and Service Branches North America at dormakaba, “Bringing the Physical Access Systems product line to North America is a pivotal initiative of the dormakaba merger. Dave brings us not only extensive industry and product knowledge, but also the level of enthusiasm and excitement needed to drive momentum in this market.”

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Anixter, which acquired the Houston-area locations of HD Supply - Power Solutions Division in October 2015, announces the appointment of a new senior business leader for the Houston market. Greg Roth, formerly Regional Vice President for Anixter’s EES business in central Florida, brings over 25 years of electrical wholesale distribution experience. Roth will immediately assume the role of Vice President of Sales for the Houston-area Electrical and Electronic Solutions’ business.

Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group has named Jamie Levine as Channel Sales Manager, responsible for developing and qualifying new channel partners, as well as growing relationships with existing Toshiba customers to increase profitability and improve sales volumes.

Toshiba has assigned Levine the high growth territories of New Jersey, New York metro, Rockland and Westland counties, Delaware, East Pennsylvania, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

"Toshiba has experienced excellent growth up and down the East Coast region, so we knew we needed to bring on an experienced professional to fully leverage its potential," said Greg Hartzell, Director of Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group. "Jamie is the ideal person for this position as he is aggressive, detail-oriented, organized, and brings to Toshiba an exemplary track record of sales success. He will be a tremendous asset to Toshiba customers on many levels."