News / People March 2017

March 1, 2017

Marks USA Locks Approved for Hurricane Zone

Marks USA, a division of Napco Security Technologies, Inc. announces that its cylindrical and mortise locks have received a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) from the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Board and Code Administration Division, and have been tested to comply with Florida Building Code, including the High Velocity Hurricane Zone – known to be some of the toughest standards in the country.

The following Marks USA products are approved as lockset hardware devices for use on commercial steel doors, in the county and, the state, i.e., other areas where allowed by the AHJ (authority having jurisdiction): 95-Series Survivor™ Grade 1 Cylindrical Locksets, 175-Series Economy Locksets, 5-Series Nova™ Mortise Locksets and 130-Series Defender™ Locksets.

While Marks has long promoted the fact that many of its popular products have been proven to meet or exceed tough standards for durability, by as much as  three times, for as many as 3 million cycles, i.e., BHMA ANSI Grade 1 Rating,156.2, Bill Sporre, Marks VP Global Sales & Marketing  said, “It’s gratifying to see that our locks stood up to these tough NOA tests for large missile impact, air filtration, cyclic wind pressure loading, forced entry and static pressure.  I tell customers all the time, ours is the last lock they’ll need to put on a door.”  Marks also stands behind its products with a Lifetime Mechanical Warranty, an industry first.

The Marks USA NOA certificate, No. 16-3016.03, is available online at or

Baldwin Evolved Wins CES Editor's Choice Award

Baldwin Evolved was the recipient of the CES 2017 Editors’ Choice Award. By leveraging Kevo technology and offering an easy Bluetooth touch-to-open solution, Baldwin Evolved stood out in the Smart Home category for being the first smart lock that looks as good as your home.

Out of hundreds of entries, Baldwin Evolved was judged and selected based on four criteria: innovation, design, core technology, and value.

“Securing this prestigious award while at CES solidifies the need in the marketplace for a beautifully designed, luxurious Baldwin handleset that is technologically advanced,” said Kevin Bean, director of marketing for Baldwin Hardware. “Our industrial design team has been working tirelessly to ensure the design of Evolved meets the highest standards of Baldwin customers, while also offering a technological solution they have been requesting.”

Baldwin Evolved delivers an electronic solution in 18 handleset styles and three deadbolts, which are designed to exceed the luxurious architectural standards of Baldwin customers. Customers can choose from 18 Baldwin finishes for customizable style.

Baldwin Evolved allows users to easily open and close doors via their smartphone and the Kevo mobile app, which runs in the background so there is no need to open the app to enter the home. By downloading the app, users can easily issue “ekeys” for access as well as monitor who is locking and unlocking doors; with the addition of the advanced gateway technology to remotely unlock your doors from anywhere.

Baldwin Evolved has a streamlined design that easily conceals the technology in a smart, sleek interior design that is 60 percent smaller than other electronic products on the market. Evolved features subtle LED lights to communicate elegantly with users. It also features a self-aligning brass bolt for easy operation and is water resistant to ensure moisture won’t affect the technology.

With military grade PKI encryption, Evolved meets the highest security standards. It features “inside/out” technology, which means it understands whether the user is inside or outside of the home to prevent any unauthorized access. Users are able to easily share, manage and schedule eKeys from their smartphone, allowing family members, friends or guests to sync their own phones to the same lock. And the Kevo app allows the homeowner to easily track everyone who is coming and going with real-time access history.

To learn more about Evolved, visit

D&D Technologies Leads Pool Safety Campaign

D&D Technologies, inventors of the first magnetic pool safety gate latch MagnaLatch®,   joins Pool Safely to advocate that simple steps around the pool saves lives.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives to improve pool and spa safety by reducing childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments. It is a national public education campaign that works with partners around the United Sates to reduce child drownings.

D&D Technologies, a drowning prevention advocate for over 25 years, joins Pool Safely on their mission to save lives.

“We are honored to become Campaign Safety Leaders,” said Jackie Barrera, Director of Marketing, North and South America, D&D Technologies. “As founding fathers of the NDPA (National Drowning Prevention Alliance), joining forces with Pool Safely was a natural fit.   We are looking forward to promoting pool safety alongside the Consumer Product Safety Commission and their Pool Safely Campaign.” 

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death among children 1-4.The Pool Safely Pledge, one of the outreach tools the campaign uses to share water safety messages, promotes simple steps that save lives. The Pledge is a simple call to action for people to commit to safety steps around the water. Kids will pledge to never go in the water without an adult nearby. Adults will pledge to always watch kids in the water, to learn CPR, and ensure their pools have proper fencing and gates. Take the Pool Safely Pledge (below) by visiting

“Drowning is preventable,” said Jim Paterson, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, D&D Technologies. “We look forward to promoting The Pledge and simple steps that save lives.”

Midwest Wholesale Expands Next-Day Delivery Footprint 

 Midwest Wholesale Hardware, a national wholesaler of commercial and residential door hardware and security products, opened a new distribution center on February 13, 2017 in Indianapolis IN, providing the upper Midwest United States access to next day delivery of all orders.  This location is the 7th distribution center for Midwest Wholesale and means over 75 percent of the U.S. population now have next day delivery, with over 98 percent between 1 and 2-day delivery. 

 “We are the warehouse for our customers, so they don’t need to worry about inventory.  And with the addition of this new location, we are making next day deliveries for our upper mid-west customers a reality,” said Chris Casazza, CEO of Midwest Wholesale. “We can reach over 75% of the U.S. population next day, so they don’t need to worry about inventory or shipping.  We can get them what they need, when they need it.”

Midwest Wholesale Hardware has been a national wholesaler of commercial door hardware and security products since 1987 and expanded their offering to include residential door hardware in 2016.   With headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, and locations in California, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina, Florida and Indiana, Midwest has expanded their next day delivery footprint significantly. For more information, visit

ASSA ABLOY acquires Southeastern Dock & Door

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Southeastern Dock & Door, an industrial and commercial door and docking solutions distributor in South Carolina.

"I am very pleased that Southeastern Dock & Door is joining the ASSA ABLOY Group. I welcome this addition that further reinforces the ASSA ABLOY Group’s leadership in entrance automation, where our sales have grown from SEK 3 billion in 2008 to SEK 20 billion in 2016”, says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

“This is another important step to further increase our penetration both in equipment and service of Entrance Automation products in the North American commercial and industrial segments. We are happy to welcome the new colleagues to our strong team”, says Juan Vargues, Executive Vice President of ASSA ABLOY and Head of Division Entrance Systems.

Southeastern Dock & Door was established in 1996 and has some 70 employees. The company is headquartered in Greenville, SC. Sales for 2017 are expected to reach $19 million with a good EBIT margin. The acquisition will be accretive to EPS from start.

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Hager Companies, a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial and residential door hardware products, announces the promotion of Joshua D. Hager to the position of president and chief operating officer effective immediately. Ralph J. Hager, II retains the position of chief executive officer and operating responsibilities reporting to the board of directors. Rusty Hager also retains his position as chairman of the board of directors of the Hager Companies. Coinciding with this announcement, Ralph J. (Johnston) Hager was promoted to vice president, residential sales and national accounts.

 “I am pleased with the direction our company is going and expect continued success with Josh leading our team as president and Johnston’s focus on growing key segments of our business going forward”, said CEO Ralph Hager.  “On behalf of the board of directors and the entire Hager team, I want to congratulate Josh and Johnston on their promotions and wish them the best in their new roles.  I have complete faith in their abilities to lead our team to continued top and bottom line growth going forward.”

Robert Wilkins has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. Wilkins, who had previously served as the Director of Marketing & Product Development with the company, took on the new role effective January 1.

For additional information, visit

After experiencing a banner year for revenue growth in 2016, SDC (Security Door Controls) added new employees in several key sales and marketing positions.

“Because we exceeded our sales goals in 2016, it became increasingly clear that we needed to add resources to meet the market demand and continue to support, grow and service our valued resellers,” said Shane Geringer, SDC’s Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Strategic Development. “We’re very excited to expand our roster of experienced and successful sales and marketing people from within our industry.”

“We also made some strategic moves to not only allow us to extend the reach of our sales and marketing capabilities, but to also allow us to go deeper with each valued customer and ultimately help them increase sales of SDC products through more targeted initiatives, more collaboration, and coordination of shared efforts,” added Shane.

To that end, SDC increased its Regional Sales management team to three from two – dividing the US into Western, Central and Eastern regions. SDC and industry veteran Brent Maynard retained his responsibility for the newly formed Western Sales Region, giving him added bandwidth to institute more programs and interact with new account opportunities in the region. Door hardware industry sales veteran Mary Hester has been tapped as SDC’s new Central Regional Sales Manager. Access control systems sales and product management veteran Chris Donohue is now SDC’s new Eastern Regional Sales Manager.  Finally, SDC brought on experienced access control marketer Olga Iakomi as its new Marketing and Events Facilitator, to bolster trade show execution, social media programming and customer liaison activities.

Contact information for SDC’s sales and marketing personnel can be found in the Management Bio’s section of SDC’s website at: