News / People, October 2022

Oct. 3, 2022

ASSA ABLOY Acquires J Newton Enterprises

ASSA ABLOY has acquired J Newton Enterprises, a leading pedestrian door distributor and service company in Florida.

“I am very pleased to welcome J Newton Enterprises into the ASSA ABLOY Group. This acquisition delivers on our strategy to reinforce our current offering within entrance automation,” says Nico Delvaux, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

“J Newton Enterprises is a key player in the Florida market, strengthening our existing pedestrian business and our service offering in that region, enabling us to provide an even better customer experience,” says Massimo Grassi, executive vice president of ASSA ABLOY and head of the Entrance Systems Division.

J Newton Enterprises was established in 2003 and has more than 60 employees. The company has its headquarters in Inverness, Florida.

Codelocks To Add Midwest Distribution Center

Codelocks announced its expansion in Indianapolis, with the opening of its first facility outside its California headquarters.

This distribution facility at 5715 W. 85th St. will allow Codelocks to better serve its customers in the middle and eastern regions of the United States. The facility will be used to distribute the company’s large range of Codelocks access products and KitLock by Codelocks range, including heavy- and light-duty push-button mechanical locks, digital electronic locks, smart locks and stylish locks. In addition, Gate Solutions by Codelocks also will be a key product distributed from the new facility.

“We are pleased to have a distribution center located in the central part of the U.S. to better serve our growing customer base,” says Matt Welty, vice president, Americas at Codelocks. “This marks a major growth milestone for Codelocks. With this expansion, we are able to cut down on transit times for key customers and open up more opportunities for future growth.”

Colin Campbell, president, Americas at Codelocks adds, “During the pandemic, it was clear that customers were struggling with product availability, and lead times became one of the key buying criteria. This investment allows us to further increase our significant stockholding and give better service to the Midwest and Eastern states.”

Hanwha Techwin Opens U.S.-Based Repair and Parts Center

Hanwha Techwin, a global supplier of video surveillance solutions, opened the doors to its Hanwha Total Care Center (HTCC) in July 2022. Located near the company’s New Jersey headquarters, the new 10,000-square-foot space will handle advanced replacement and repair services for Hanwha products across North and Latin America and receive return units from partners.

The HTCC is owned and managed directly by Hanwha Techwin, which gives the company more control over the repair and parts-replacement processes and enables them to deliver the highest levels of service.

“Our goal is to minimize any downtime due to product issues or parts requests as much as possible,” says C.H. Ha, president at Hanwha Techwin America. “With this new repair and service center, we can provide even more timely and comprehensive support to our customers and partners regardless of their location.”

The new center supports many of the company’s repair centers and sales offices in other regions throughout the Americas. The new center also will play a key role in the overall improvement of Hanwha product quality and performance by providing feedback on product repairs to engineering and manufacturing teams.

The Hanwha Total Care Center is located at 100 W. Forest Ave., Suite H, Englewood, NJ 07631. For more information, visit

NAPCO Security Technologies announced that longtime employee Duane Warehime has been promoted to vice president, national account.

In his new role, he will be responsible for the development, management, service and support of new and existing national accounts and report to the senior vice president of sales, Stephen Spinelli. Warehime has demonstrated expertise in this area, developing mutually beneficial relationships with some of the largest security companies in the industry, tapping his wealth of industry experience and using strategic thinking, strong leadership, planning and execution.

”We look forward to growing this segment of our business, as the natural next step in the company’s successful expansion, and Duane has proven the ideal choice for this new role, working to attain key goals, metrics and strategic partnerships established together with senior leadership,” Spinelli says.

In addition, after this move, NAPCO regional sales managers in North America will be led by Dave Sheffey, senior vice president, NAPCO Sales.

Tony Ratcliffe, group chairman of technology manufacturer Paxton Access Ltd., is stepping down 38 years after founding Paxton. His son Sholto will take on the role, continuing Paxton’s international journey and his father’s legacy.

Tony Ratcliffe’s retirement comes after nearly four decades overseeing the company's growth from a small enterprise that launched the TOUCHLOCK keypad in 1985, to a multimillion-dollar international business that exports to more than 60 countries worldwide and secures more than 30,000 buildings annually. U.S. headquarters are in Greenville, South Carolina.

“With Paxton, I have achieved more than I ever thought I could,” Ratcliffe says. This is simply because of the challenges and the learning I have gone through. I hope that every employee can do what I have done and follow that path, which is to be challenged, to learn and to get there in the end. The future for Paxton is so exciting, and with the new generation of people coming through, I think there are no limits for the company.”

The company will continue to be led by Paxton CEO Adam Stroud, who has been with the manufacturer for more than 25 years. Sholto Ratcliffe has worked alongside his father and Stroud for the past nine years in preparation for this transition.

“Sometimes when the founder of a successful company retires, its future becomes uncertain,” Sholto Ratcliffe says. It may be sold, restructured or passed to multiple factions of shareholders. My job is to remove that uncertainty in the transition between generations and beyond, allowing the Paxton team to work safely in the knowledge that the company is not going to disappear.”

“One of the major benefits of having secure, uncomplicated company ownership, is that we are always able to focus on making decisions for the best long-term outcome,” Stroud says.

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Kwikset, a brand of Spectrum Brands – Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) division, announced the appointment of Ben Myers to the role of national sales manager for HHI’s residential access solutions (RAS) channel sales as of July 1, 2022. Myers’ responsibilities will include developing and executing sales and distribution strategies for Kwikset’s electronic lock products within the residential security and consumer electronic professional trade channels.

“Ben has demonstrated excellent sales leadership and superior strategic partnership insight throughout his more than 19-year career at HHI. We congratulate Ben on this well-deserved promotion and support him as he leads the RAS sales team to future success,” says Keith Brandon, vice president of marketing, Spectrum Brands.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the helm of HHI’s RAS sales team as we continue to increase sales, expand market share, and solidify and establish important partner relationships.” Myers said. “With new, innovative Kwikset RAS solutions on the horizon, this is an ideal time to take on this challenge.”

Myers has held various sales leadership roles with HHI, most recently serving as Eastern Regional manager for the Kwikset field sales business. Myers also held the positions of regional builder development manager, national account manager, territory manager and direct sales representative at Kwikset. Myers assumed responsibility for the HHI RAS field sales team, and in the short term will continue to support the Kwikset field sales east team.

SALTO Systems has named Michael Mahon as senior director of national business partners.

“Mike’s ability to build relationships, communicate the value of SALTO’s electronic access solutions, and his knowledge of the industry will surely benefit both our partners and SALTO in this new role,” says Colin DePree, sales strategy, SALTO Systems North America.

SALTO North America has experienced impressive growth, and Mahon, who has served for the past 12 years as senior vice president of sales, now is tasked with leading a new wave of growth and expansion. 

“It’s been a privilege to serve as the SVP of SALTO channel sales,” Mahon says. “We’ve built an outstanding team and an exceptional SALTO dealer network. It’s with much excitement that I now extend my leadership and management skills to cultivate our National Business Partner Network.”

In response to an uptick in post-pandemic market activity, SDC (Security Door Controls) has selected door hardware and security industry sales veterans Erik Mosher as the new national sales associate and Les Neal as a new factory sales associate.

After several years at the customer level as a project coordinator for a physical security integration company, Mosher worked as an outside sales representative for a door hardware distributor the last two years. Working with SDC at the factory allows him to bring a true understanding of customer challenges and opportunities and how to best respond to them.

“Erik has SDC product experience at the customer level, then at the distributor level,” said Tom Morrison, SDC’s national sales director. “Now, we’ll round out his intimate product knowledge at the manufacturer level to help ensure all our stakeholders in the sales channel have the support they need to drive profitable growth using SDC solutions.”

“I’m looking forward to further expanding my SDC product knowledge and engaging with sales partners on a face-to-face basis,” Mosher explained. “Because I’ve been a customer at several levels in the channel, I believe I can truly understand our partners’ needs and their customers’ concerns.”

Contact Mosher at 818-857-1294 or [email protected]

If Les Neal seems familiar, he should. Back in January, 2020, he came on board as one of SDC’s business development managers. Unfortunately, the pandemic reared its ugly head and Les was forced to hibernate. He’s back to bolster SDC’s inside sales support capability with 35-plus years of locksmith, door, frame, hardware and architectural sales experience on behalf of manufacturers, distributors and rep firms, as well installation, facilities management, teaching and institutional locksmith knowhow.

"During my career, I've had the good fortune to recommend, sell, install and use SDC's products as a field tech, facilities manager, instructor, institutional locksmith and security company owner. I've also represented the brand as an outside sales rep and territory manager for several wholesaler distributors in the industry," Neal  explained. "I slept very well at night knowing that my association with SDC only enhanced my industry reputation."

"I think that both Erik and Les bring a unique understanding of the whole door opening and professionalism that will benefit all our stakeholders," said Shane Geringer, SDC’s President and CEO. "They’ve actually been part of the many sales prospects we target with our access & egress hardware control solutions - so it's easy for them to help us relate to their needs."

Reach Neal at 805-217-2004 or [email protected]