Hörmann Capable of In-house Door Testing and Evaluation
Montgomery IL, September 15, 2009. Hörmann has announced the addition of its in-house testing laboratory in Montgomery, Illinois.
The 2,250 sq. ft. in-house facility has the capabilities of conducting door cycle testing, static wind load pressure testing, and operator evaluations. The construction of the lab began in 2007 with excess of $250,000 investment in the new facility.
Under the direct responsibility of Hörmann Engineering Department, it currently employs two full time lab technicians dedicated to the door testing and evaluation. Most importantly, the Hörmann testing laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited since 2008. The ISO 17025 is the main standard used by testing and calibration laboratories in U.S.
Larry Campbell, Hörmann’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, added “Having our own in-house door testing and evaluation lab is just another way to show how we are committed to the quality of our products. Our lab will enable us to expedite the manufacturing and quality control processes by doing everything within our facility without outsourcing them. It will serve as a tremendous resource in the launching of our new product line.”
Hörmann featured on “Designing Spaces” National TV Program
Montgomery IL, June 15, 2009. Hörmann was featured on the cable TV network, The Learning Channel’s (TLC) “Designing Spaces” series. The headline feature segment, “The Final Touch to the Ultimate Garage Makeover” highlighted the company’s garage door and opener products with emphasis on design, energy efficiency, maintenance and safety.
The Hörmann “New Liberty” polyurethane insulated steel garage door and “SilentDrive™” garage door opener were featured during this program segment. The episode was filmed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and kicked off nationally on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 A.M. EST on Women’s Entertainment (WE) channel and on Saturday, June 6th 2009 at 7:00 A.M EST on TLC. The thirty minute program also aired several additional times through a combination of TLC and WE network affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PAX, UPN and other cable affiliates.
Larry Campbell, Hörmann VP of sales and marketing, said “with the potential reach of well over 100 million households across the United States to educate the consumers on features, benefits and the latest technology of Hörmann products; Hörmann has committed substantial financial and other resources to participate in this nationally televised and extremely popular programming. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the international Hörmann brand to the mainstream U.S. market and to support our dealer partners”.
Jeff Steinworth Joins Hörmann
Montgomery IL, May 19, 2009. Hörmann LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Steinworth as Regional Sales Manager for the North Central area. Jeff is an experienced professional with over 23 years experience in the garage door industry. Jeff’s broad industry experience and knowledge in the areas of dealer management, distribution center management and sales make him well suited for his new role.
Larry Campbell, VP Sales & Marketing at Hörmann, noted that “Jeff brings great resources in dealer management and growing sales, and he will be a great addition to Hörmann LLC in representing the North Central Region.”
Jeff has an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Management. He resides in Ham Lake Minnesota with his wife Deb and his son Quinn.
Hörmann Patents Safety Catch
Montgomery IL, March 20, 2009. Hörmann has received a US patent on its unique safety catch device for garage doors.
Hörmann places great emphasis on safety, with pinch protection on its new steel doors, and cables designed to carry five times the door weight. For the extremely unlikely event of a cable or spring failure, the company also builds a safety catch into its premium doors.
This device is spring-actuated and entirely mechanical, so it does not depend on electricity or batteries. If the door starts to drop, it immediately catches in the track, arresting the door and preventing it from dropping.
This device has now been awarded US patent no. 7,484,332 in recognition of its uniqueness and usefulness.
Larry Campbell, Hörmann LLC’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, noted “We take safety very seriously, and this newly patented safety catch is just one more way we offer added value to our customers.”
Hörmann Expands Distribution Center Operations
Montgomery IL, February 17, 2009. Hörmann has announced the opening of a new distribution center in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The 24,000 sq. ft. warehouse will supply dealers in the Carolinas and Virginia. The facility is close to I-40 and NC 68, as well as the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
This facility will enable Hörmann to ship products quickly throughout the region, enhancing its ability to fill orders and respond to dealer requests. Dave Mellendorf, Manager of Distribution Operations at Hörmann LLC, said “Opening a new distribution center in the Triad area gives our current and prospective customers the convenience of quick access to the wide range of Hörmann products and services.”
Larry Campbell, Hörmann LLC’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, added “Hörmann is one of the largest door manufacturers in the world. As a global company, we have the resources to continue to invest in manufacturing and distribution capacity, and we’re committed to growing the US market.”
Hörmann-Gadco Becomes Hörmann
Montgomery IL, November 10, 2008. The garage door manufacturer formerly known as Hörmann Gadco has changed its name to “Hörmann.” This move brings the company in line with the global Hörmann brand.
According to Larry Campbell, Hörmann VP of Sales & Marketing, “We are a global brand, and this name change reflects that. Hörmann is a well-capitalized international company, and the Hörmann name is respected around the world.” He added, “This is not a change in ownership, management, or personnel – the only thing that has changed is the name. This is the right time to take this step, since we are anticipating a series of new product launches in the next few months.”
The General American Door Company – Gadco – was acquired by Hörmann in 2006 and operated as Hörmann Gadco LLC until now. Most products are manufactured in the US, and the company continues to expand its US production capacity.
Hörmann Invests in Future Growth
Montgomery IL, November 10, 2008. Garage door manufacturer Hörmann recently completed a major renovation of its headquarters. This included an upgrade of the entire facility’s insulation, in keeping with the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Other changes included new exterior siding in “Hörmann blue,” new ceilings, and several comprehensive interior improvements.
Larry Campbell, Hörmann’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said “This renovation has been planned for some time and we never considered postponing it, in spite of the present economic situation. Hörmann has been in the business for a long time and always takes the long view – we’re continuing to invest in the future.” He added, “We’re an American company with almost a half-century of experience, backed by a global company with extensive resources, so the timing is right for this. We have great confidence in our product line and we’re looking forward to continued growth.”
The facility renovation is part of a series of investments Hörmann is making in order to expand capacity and improve service, including new production machinery and an expanded sales network. The company is also adding new product lines to its portfolio.
Eric Schulz Joins Hörmann
Montgomery IL, November 6, 2008. Hörmann is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Schulz as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast. Eric is an experienced professional with an excellent track record in the garage door industry, including proven abilities in account management, warehouse and distribution management.
Larry Campbell, VP Sales & Marketing at Hörmann, noted that “With his proven ability to serve accounts and grow sales, Eric will be a great resource for us in the Southeast. For our dealers he will be a highly motivated knowledgeable partner who can help them grow their business with Hörmann doors. We’re glad to have him on board.”
Eric also brings brand-building experience, which will benefit Hörmann as it builds its portfolio. Eric is based in Clermont, Florida.