News Briefs, July 2019

July 2, 2019

PDQ Opens World Headquarters

PDQ Manufacturing began in 1983 as an importer and reseller of commercial door hardware. Continuously owned by Bill Tell and a partner and the sole owner since 1988, the family business started taking a different – and decidedly more positive — direction in 1991 when the company’s Japanese supplier fell on hard times. That’s when Tell decided to begin designing, manufacturing and assembling its own products rather than seek a new supplier of finished goods. While the transition to local manufacturing took more than five years to fulfill, that was the catalyst that ultimately made a new purpose-built building necessary many years later. Designing and manufacturing the company’s own products gave PDQ considerably more flexibility to develop and launch new lines, which opened up access to more new markets and applications than ever before.

In the past several years, it was clear from sales trends that PDQ was going to outgrow its 48,000-square- foot facility sooner than later. In fact, most of the finished goods inventory already required an offsite warehouse. Containing growth and maintaining the existing facility just wasn’t in the cards, so Bill made the decision to commission a new building.

Construction began in late 2017, and by November 2018, PDQ completed the move to its brand new $8.5 million facility at 2230 Embassy Drive in Lancaster, PA 17603 The 80,000- square-foot building consolidates all the manufacturing and administrative functions, and adds a showroom, additional warehouse space, an expanded keying department, plus a state-of-the art test lab. Situated on 7.8 acres in a Class A multi-use business park, the facility can be further expanded by another 30,000 square feet in the future.

Sargent And Greenleaf Safle Finalized

 NICHOLASVILLE, Ky – June 3, 2019) – Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a manufacturer of high-quality mechanical and electronic locks, announces the completion of its acquisition by OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm.  News of S&G and OpenGate Capital entering into an agreement to acquire was initially announced in January.

“With the support from OpenGate Capital, we are working to develop and release advanced locking solutions for safes, vaults, ATMS and highly sensitive environments quicker to market while building even stronger customer relationships,” said Keith Deaton, COO at Sargent and Greenleaf.  “S&G has won multiple industry awards over the past five years in recognition of product innovation in the many channels of businesses we serve, and working with OpenGate Capital, we are enthusiastic about the many exciting opportunities that lay ahead.”

Established in 2005, OpenGate Capital is a global private equity firm that strives to acquire and optimize lower middle market businesses throughout North American and Europe. Leaders within both companies will collaborate to leverage resources to support S&G’s mission to drive innovation into the business through technological enhancements. S&G will transition into a stand-alone business under the ownership of OpenGate Capital.

“Through our collaboration with the management team at S&G, we have already developed many new initiatives to accelerate the company’s growth and apply new technologies to its broad and deep product line,” said Paul Bridwell, Managing Director at OpenGate Capital, who is responsible for managing and supporting operations of the firm’s investments in North America.  “This is a business with a deep and rich heritage and we’re incredibly proud to welcome S&G into our second fund’s portfolio.”

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BOLT Locks Help Prevent Boat & Trailer Thefts

MILWAUKEE – In 2018, insurance statistics regarding boats showed a startling realization: only one stolen boat in 10 is ever recovered, 73 percent are stolen while on their trailers and just 15 percent were protected by a lock of some type. Three fourths of all stolen boats are  less than 26 feet long, with 46 percent being runabouts, 28 percent cruisers and 13 percent personal watercraft*. For an expensive investment, the statistics show that not many boat owners are fully protecting their valuable possessions, but there is a solution. A simple, yet incredibly effective, new method of boat trailer protection exists on the market: BOLT Locks. 

 The technology used in BOLT Locks is groundbreaking, which explains the company’s “Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology” slogan. With specialized tumblers which are uniquely programmed to the tow vehicle’s ignition key upon the first insertion, each BOLT lock resists picking and bumping while also being weather resistant. As BOLT locks are programmed to the vehicle’s ignition key, picking the lock is more difficult while making the locks more convenient to the owners by eliminating key clutter.  Such security is invaluable when trailers are left unattended, whether the watercraft is attached to the vehicle on its trailer or parked elsewhere. 

BOLT offers everything from receiver and coupler pin locks to cable locks to off-vehicle coupler locks to keep a trailer from being stolen when not attached to the tow vehicle. BOLT’s coupler pin locks secure trailers to the vehicle’s hitch, ½-inch and 5/8-inch receiver locks protect the hitch from being removed from the vehicle and cable locks secure items such as generator sets in the trailer or the boat to ensure they remain where they’re stored. Padlocks are invaluable when securing tackle boxes, dock boxes or toolboxes as well as lift controls. 

 “At BOLT Lock, we are dedicated to helping people protect their valuables. As the insurance statistics show, boat owners can be particularly vulnerable, and our line of innovative locks is capable of securing everything boaters want to protect. Our unique advantage is the one key convenience,” said Jason Buckles, Sales Account Manager for BOLT Lock. 

 The BOLT Lock website makes it easy for customers to find the right locks for their vehicle. By simply entering the make, model and year of their vehicle, customers are redirected to a page listing all available BOLT Locks.

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STANLEY Security Partners with

FISHERS, Ind. --  STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions, joined a global services agreement with (Nasdaq: ALRM), the leading platform for intelligently connected property. This non-exclusive agreement will allow STANLEY Security to offer a complete digital security solution under the STANLEY brand for small businesses.

" is a great technology provider that enables STANLEY Security to offer small business customers a mobile app enabled, digital security solution," said Robert Raff, President of STANLEY Security. "Combined with our 24/7 professional monitoring, operational support and customer service teams, this partnership puts a great solution and customer experience in the hands of the small business owner."

The security solution offers smart intrusion, video systems, access control and commercial automation into a single intuitive mobile app experience.  With the touch of one button, business owners can lock doors, arm the security system, adjust the thermostat to save energy overnight, and set video cameras to monitor for activity. In addition to hardened physical security, the solution provides rich operational insights through reporting and actionable alerts that drive efficiency for small businesses.

"We are very excited that STANLEY Security has chosen to offer's smart security, video and access solutions to small business customers," said Steve Trundle, President and CEO of "As a world leader in commercial electronic security, STANLEY Security has the scale to support customers of all sizes with their award-winning service and intense focus on operational excellence across all customer touchpoints."

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Wallet App for Conekt™ Mobile Access Credentials

San Jose, Calif– Farpointe Data, the access control industry's OEM for RFID credentials and readers, announced that its Conekt mobile smart phone access control identification solution now integrates advantages that Apple iOS 12 delivers, such as 3-D touch, Widget and Auto-Unlock, into the Conekt Wallet App, version 1.1.0. All new improvements create increased user convenience.

"These improved Wallet App features let access control system manufacturers, integrators and dealers provide their customers with the simplest to use mobile access credentials in the market," explains Scott Lindley, general manager of Farpointe Data. "Our Conekt solution provides the easiest way to distribute mobile credentials with features that include allowing the user to register only once and requires only the handset’s phone number. We need no portal accounts or activation features. By removing these and additional information disclosures, we've also addressed privacy concerns that have been slowing adoption of this technology."

For instance, the newly improved Widget lets the user make up to three mobile access control credentials as widgets. This saves time by allowing quicker access to credentials supporting divergent building systems such as payroll, parking and cafeteria systems, directly from the smartphone’s home screen.

With 3-D Touch, a new pressure-sensitive feature, the user simply pushes on the Wallet App to select from up to three of the most commonly used mobile credentials. Each user can choose their own combination. For example, a delivery driver may gain entrance to the van parking area while the vice president gets access to the boardroom.

Lastly, Auto-Unlock lets a user select a MAC as their favorite. Once designated, a little star appears in the upper right corner of the mobile access credential. As the favorite, it is transmitted immediately whenever the Wallet App is selected.

All new Wallet App features are available immediately and will continue to operate securely behind the smart phone’s PIN code and biometric defenses.

ABUS, Phoenix Mercury Promotion

PHOENIX – ABUS and the three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury will team up for the “Brittney Blocks” initiative, a promotion in which ABUS will donate $50 to the Arizona Humane Society each time Mercury center Brittney Griner records a blocked shot during the 2019 WNBA season. Griner, who earned back-to-back WNBA Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015, has blocked 574 shots in 181 career games (including playoffs) and has led the WNBA in blocks in each of her first six seasons.

 During the 2019 season, Griner and Mercury mascot Scorch will make a visit to the Arizona Humane Society to meet with staff, volunteers and AHS’ pets. Griner, Scorch, and representatives from ABUS and the Arizona Humane Society will also partake in an on-court presentation on September 8 to highlight the “Brittney Blocks” promotion and share the final donation amount.

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Allegion Overtur Mobile application

LAS VEGAS — At the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture, Allegion announced the debut of its Overtur™ Mobile application. The new mobile-friendly solution expands upon Allegion’s Overtur™ platform to simplify the design, construction and management of openings through improved communication, collaboration and efficiency.  

The powerful Overtur Mobile application provides architects, construction teams, security professionals, building owners and design professionals the freedom and flexibility to connect to door hardware data and collaborate with colleagues while in the field or away from their traditional work station. The mobile application ensures all project collaborators have the ability to remain connected to the project at-hand—regardless of whether or not they are onsite. Overtur Mobile runs on iOS and Android-powered phones and tablets.

“We live in a world of constant connectivity, where having access to project data and information at any time can be crucial. An extension of the Overtur platform, Overtur Mobile ensures project participants have access to shared data and information at any time, and with efficient tools to help boost productivity and efficiency,” said Shawn Foster, construction lead for Overtur.

Overtur Mobile provides users with enhanced tools to:

  • Review and edit project details
  • Add and remove collaborators
  • Email collaborators
  • Transfer ownership of a project
  •  View project files
  • Create punch lists

Overtur Mobile features a Punch List tool that allows users to easily select and create a project punch list for openings and hardware from the job site. After downloading the plans and hardware sets, users can accept or flag an opening or the door hardware itself. They may also add notes, take photos, attach photos from their library or add a voice memo. Once completed, Overtur Mobile synchronizes the field data back to the Overtur platform for collaboration, reporting and administration.

“I punched down a building with more than 1,300 openings in just two days. When previously using other tools, I would need to write down issues, take photos and then return to the office to write a report and match-up photos. With Overtur Mobile, I had the hardware available at my fingertips—I was able to pass and flag items as I went, and photos were automatically connected to the opening. I didn’t have to write a report; I generated it directly from Overtur, saving me and my client hours of time,” said Joe Cross, AHC, hardware consultant at Allegion.

“I believe tools like this can be a game changer for our teams in terms of practical gains in productivity,” says Rachel Riopel, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, digital design principal at HDR. “With the number of applications that are trying to be everything to everyone for all workflows, I appreciate that the Overtur mobile app is purpose-built and has a clean, simple and intuitive interface. Any tool that focuses on minimizing the static inherent in being mobile and can improve information transfer both in terms of efficiency and accuracy, is one that I’m interested in having in our digital toolkit.”

Overtur Mobile is now available in the Apple and Google Play Stores and can be accessed via phones or tablets using either an iOS or Android operating system.  

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