Category Archive: All About Your Business

Dec 19

Classroom Barricade Devices Are Not The Answer


The Door Security & Safety Foundation has launched a campaign to warn about the dangers of classroom barricade devices. Sadly, the growing number of school shootings have prompted the public to come up with solutions to locking down a classroom door without rconsidering the additional problems that these devices create. There are specific life safety …

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Nov 28

Fiberglass Ballistic Doors


Fiberglass Ballistic Doors by Special-Lite The AF-100BR3 Door is the first ballistic door manufactured using fiberglass pultrusion technology. This process produces a smooth-faced, corrosion and bullet resistant fiberglass door, with incredible strength and fully sealed for easy cleaning.  Independent lab tested ANSI \ UL-752, Level 3 NIJ-STD-0108.01, Level 3A Bullet resistant panel surrounded with 7.2 …

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Aug 30

Frames Twisted or Set Out of Square

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Frames Twisted or Set Out of Square If you need installation or troubleshooting information, The Steel Door Institute has you covered. If you have not checked out the instructional videos  you are missing out.  These are a great resource for your team or to pass along to a contractor or customer. Related PostsForum for the …

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Jul 11

DOL New Overtime Regulations


DOL New Overtime Regulations Are the DOL new overtime regulations stressing you out? Relax, you have a few months to prepare.  The new regulations go into effect December 1, 2016. You have probably heard that the new regulation significantly increases the minimum salary for employees that are classified as white collar and highly compensated, exempt …

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Jul 05

How Long Is It Going To Last

How Long Is It Going To Last? Bid requests are rolling in, contracts are being signed and backlog is finally notable. The year started with good predictions and hasn’t disappointed. Dodge Data & Analytics’ 2016 Construction Outlook report predicted 6% growth, with the value of construction starts reaching an estimated $712 billion. Distributors are busy, …

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Jan 19

Tools of the Trade PL2 Frame Set


Tools of the Trade PL2 Frame Set Many of the tools that you will read about on this blog I haven’t actually seen used in the field.  The PL2 Frame Set is an exception.   I have seen this tool in action during a job site walk-through scheduled to discover who to blame, the reason …

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Sep 14

Who’s Going To Fill Their Shoes


This post was published in the 2015 September issue of Doors & Hardware Magazine. Who’s Going To Fill Their Shoes Over the last 18 months as the construction market has been making a comeback many of the distributors in my territory, located in the southeast, are expressing a common concern. What has them troubled is …

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May 04

Be a First Responder!


Are you a First Responder? I am currently listening to the audio version of “Do Over” by Jon Acuff. He mentions the importance of being a “First Responder”. He uses the term first responder to reference answering phone calls and emails the first time someone attempts to reach you. It should be your goal to …

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Apr 24

The Role of a Manufacturer Product Representative


I ran across this great article on the Long Island CSI chapter website regarding the role of a manufacturer product representative. The author, Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, of Cincinnati, OH pays a nice tribute to those in my field.  I was pulled into the article when I read “we professionals need to take some …

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Nov 17

Know Your Bid-Hit Ratio

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Things are definitely heating up through out my territory. Many of my distributors have more RFQs than they can handle, having to turn some down. It’s a refreshing problem to have to say the least! There is even talk of margins increasing ever so infinitesimally. With the state of the economy still in question it …

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Nov 06

Supa Doors and the Forever Young Initiative


I’m sure you are aware of the steady increase in hospitality projects over the last 18 months. It is a huge improvement over the last few years when there was little to no activity in this sector. Between Mesker Door, Design Hardware and Supa Doors I am quoting at least 2 projects per week. I …

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Oct 30

Wilson Building Solutions is Proud To Represent Supa Doors.


A.G. Wilson Building Solutions is proud to welcome Supa Doors to the family of manufacturers we proudly represent. Supa Doors is a manufacturer of high end MDF Stile & Rail Doors. They have established an excellent reputation as one of the leaders in the MDF door industry. A Supa Door is an architecturally correct, authentic …

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