News Briefs, August 2019

Aug. 2, 2019

ABLOY USA Anixter Partnership

Irving, TX –ABLOY USA has entered into a National Distributor partnership with leading global distributor Anixter, Inc. to expand brand awareness in the Critical Infrastructure market. The agreement means more attention from a wider audience for mechanical and electromechanical high security products such as the award-winning intelligent key system ABLOY PROTEC2 and PROTEC2 CLIQTM.

“This new partnership with Anixter is an important step as part of our marketing strategy. It fortifies the commitment to increasing our brand visibility in market sectors where high security is imperative, and we’re focused on making our distributor network stronger every day,” said Jerry Burhans, U.S. Managing Director for ABLOY USA.

“There is end-user demand in the critical infrastructure segment for new, technologically advanced and user-friendly solutions like the PROTEC2 brand line, the longest patented key system in the U.S. with cylinders that are basically pick and bump proof. We have devoted resources with five vertical market managers and independent sales representatives who will partner with Anixter’s branch offices and salespeople to direct more attention to these types of high security solutions.”

“Anixter is proud to be partnering with ABLOY in the U.S. market to expand our locking hardware solutions,” said Beau Edelen, Vice President of Locking Solutions at Anixter.

Founded in 1957 with headquarters in north suburban Chicago, Anixter adds value to the distribution process. With branch locations and warehouse space in over 300 locations and about 50 countries, the company will provide access to ABLOY USA’s products to approximately 130,000 customers.

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Alarm Lock's Full Line Catalog

Amityville, NY – Alarm Lock, a division of Napco Security Technologies and leader in access & egress solutions for education, healthcare, government, retail, airports & industry, announces the release of their new full line catalog. The new 28-page catalog includes a range of product lines including field-proven standalone Trilogy® electronic keyless access locks, #1 in their class for years, networked wireless Trilogy Networx™ locks and Gen. 2 Gateways & Expanders, customizable ArchiTech™ Designer Networx Series for every décor featuring Bluetooth LE Technology & iLock App, and expanded School and Campus Lockdown Solutions.

 New additions to the catalog are the expanded Trilogy T2 line now including cylindrical, mortise, narrow stile & exit trim; expanded Networx Series with double-sided PDL6300 Prox lock and narrow stile P/DL1200NW lock trim; and new ArchiTech LocDown N90L Wireless Networked Access Lock ideal for school lockdown security with strobe light & remote keyfob-activated lockdown.

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Lockmasters Acquires Howard Sales

Lockmasters announces its acquision of  Howard Sales Company of El Paso, Texas. Mark and Bill have been industry friends for years and with Bill turning 77 this August, they struct a deal. In 1984, Bill Uhlig purchased Howard Sales from Mel and Valle Howard. From day one Bill, his wife and daughter have spent 35 years of providing professional-grade security products at extremely affordable prices.

"On behalf of myself and the entire Lockmasters Team, I want to congratulate the Uhlig family on their 30+ plus years of successful service to the Safe Lock industry. We also want to wish Bill congratulations on his retirement and extend our best wishes to the entire Howard Sales Team and Uhlig family," says Mark Miller, Lockmasters' president.

"We are very excited about the opportunity of providing the very best service and support to Howard Sales’ loyal customers. As a 4th generation family owned business founded in 1955, Lockmasters knows the value of loyal customers and we are eager to continue Howard Sales’ commitment to customer service and technical expertise. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best products at an affordable price, while always providing the highest level of customer service and technical support, so our customers can succeed and grow their businesses. We look forward to working with you in the future," Miller adds.   

Banner Solutions Acquires Berg Wholesale

Kansas City, MO –Banner Solutions, a leading, national wholesaler of security opening hardware products – backed by private equity firm High Road Capital Partners – has announced the strategic acquisition of Berg Wholesale, an Oregon-based distributor of door and bath hardware.

“Berg’s reputation for a deep inventory of in-demand products, it’s relationship-focused service model, and it’s geographic positioning, align perfectly with Banner Solutions vision to become the industry destination for customers and vendors,” states Brendan Deely, CEO of Banner Solutions. “Adding Berg Wholesale’s employees to the Banner Solutions family will reinforce our ability to elevate our customers’ expectations for what a wholesaler can be.”

Founded in 1984 by Arthur Berg, Berg Wholesale has grown steadily from its original location in Portland, Oregon to include distribution centers near Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida. These locations have allowed Berg Wholesale to competitively service growing markets across the U.S. with excellent, regional lead times.

This acquisition adds to Banner Solutions’ service capabilities in multi-family construction and products, and extends current capabilities in specification writing, quoting, assembly, keying, value engineering and house-pack fulfillment. Banner Solutions’ extensive product line will now include mailbox units for apartments and offices, toilet partitions and more. Additionally, Banner Solutions’ inventory of door and bath hardware will see even greater expansion.

“All of us at Berg Wholesale are excited to join a growing and visionary organization,” says Cathy Mick, General Manager. “We look forward to continuing to serve our wonderful customers alongside a team of people dedicated to pushing the boundaries in this industry.”

Cathy will join the Banner Solutions team and continue to manage many of the day-to-day functions of the legacy Berg Wholesale business.

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uniVerse™ POE Single-Door Controller Adds Surface Mount Version

Amityville, NY – Continental Access, a division of Napco Security Technologies Inc., announce its uniVerse™ Series Single-Door Controllers, featuring “EZ-learn networking,” are now available in a surface-mount version,  model CICP2100S. Ideal for cinder block walls and other hard-to-wire surfaces, often found in the construction of schools, healthcare facilities & other institutions, and used in a CA4K enterprise access control software environment, the CICP2100S Power Over Ethernet Controller, with locking metal enclosure, supports two ID readers and/or one low current strike via power over Ethernet (POE).

Up to 14 uniVerse controllers can be networked together or intermixed with Continental’s conventional, 2-16 door SuperTwo™ or Accelaterm™ Controllers, and/or integrated with Trilogy® Networx™ Wireless PIN/Prox Access Control Locks.  Compact but value-packed, uniVerse Series supports 200K cards, features a Superfast 54MHz RISC Processor, 4MB on-board memory, a 1000 transaction buffer (expandable to 10,000), 256 time schedules, 30,000 access groups and 5 x100 holidays. The cost-saving, Series also includes 2 Form C Relay outputs, for door and aux. (MOV-protected) and supports AES-encrypted, IT-friendly POE or RS485, to downstream 10 controllers on 1 network drop. 

Mounted on the secured side of the door, CICP2100S’s 22-gauge CRS steel locking enclosure (9.18W x 5.4H x 2.1D”) includes 5 diagnostic ethernet LEDs, plus a power indicator, viewable from the closed cabinet. Like all its products, uniVerse controllers, in surface mount or original double-gang box model (CICP1200), are backed by Continental’s 3-year factory warranty.

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Oxford, CT– Morse Watchmans has announced the promotion of Tim Purpura to Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Purpura joined Morse Watchmans in October 2018 as International Sales Manager.

"Over the past year, Tim has shown us that he is a true leader in driving sales for our team,” said Joe Granitto, COO, Morse Watchmans. “He brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge, experience and the drive to help take Morse Watchmans to the next level. We are thrilled to have Tim on board and proud to announce this promotion.”

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