DUBLIN (Dec 7, 2017) – As Allegion wraps up the year, the company’s fourth anniversary (Dec. 2) is celebrated with a review of top initiatives, events and successes from 2017.
1. Republic joins the Allegion team
In January, Allegion expanded its hollow metal doors and frames business in the Americas by acquiring Republic Doors & Frames of McKenzie, Tenn. Not only does Republic complement Allegion’s Steelcraft brand, it also has a footprint of five regional service centers in Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, Houston and Seattle that provide faster service for key customers in those markets – helping enhance the overall customer experience in this sector that’s core to Allegion’s business. And, as further proof that Republic has quickly become a key part of the Allegion Americas portfolio this year, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Allegion announced in October that the company will invest $4.5 million and create 70 new jobs in Northwest Tennessee over the next five years.
2. Jeff Wood begins leading Asia-Pacific region
At the beginning of February, Allegion Chairman, President and CEO Dave Petratis announced a new leader for the Asia-Pacific region – Jeff Wood. With brands like Brio, FSH, Milre and Schlage, this business boasts customer-focused door hardware offerings (both mechanical and electronic) enabled by project spec-in capabilities, product design, supply chain flexibility and channel management. In his executive leadership role, Wood is responsible for Allegion's Asia-Pacific business, leading more than 400 employees in China, Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. He previously served as Allegion’s vice president of global supply chain, building strong business partnerships around the world and a solid global sourcing system.
3. CISA opens “Innovation Centre” in Italy
In May, Allegion EMEIA’s locking and access control system leader, CISA, inaugurated the “CISA Innovation Centre.” (As one of Allegion’s pioneering brands, CISA was originally established in Florence in 1926, thanks to the insight of Luigi Bucci who invented and patented the first electric lock.) The new location in Italy is dedicated to creating and designing innovative security solutions for doors and entrances in all buildings: homes, schools, hospitals, offices, hotels and shopping centers, among others. Allegion plans for the Innovation Centre to be home to more than 70 engineering, marketing, product management, purchasing and technical assistance experts, who will work on innovative solutions combining mechanical security with electronic, digital, mobile and interconnected technologies.
4. Yonomi expands Allegion’s technology footprint
Also in May, Allegion invested in Yonomi – a leading mobile application and cloud platform provider for connected living. Through the alliance, Allegion’s portfolio can further its integration into the smart-home market. For example, Allegion now has elite access to Yonomi’s Thin Cloud Infrastructure and cloud computing expertise, and Schlage recently deployed Yonomi Thin Cloud to support millions of its smart locks. Schlage locks also work with the Yonomi consumer mobile application that allows users to set conditions and personalized routines to control multiple smart-home devices with simple voice command.
5. Allegion expands support for Habitat for Humanity
For the first time, Allegion Canada sponsored Habitat for Humanity – joining the country’s largest build project to date – the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. This unique project took place in every province and territory across Canada with the goal of collectively building 150 homes to mark Canada's 150th anniversary. In addition to providing volunteers, Allegion Canada donated enough locks for all 150 homes. Allegion regularly supports Habitat for Humanity projects – in 2016, the Americas region announced new support for Habitat for Humanity Mexico. The company has also dedicated a home in Indianapolis, Indiana, annually since 2009, with more than $750,000 in sponsorships and in-kind donations as well as more than 13,000 volunteer hours to support the dream of homeownership there.
6. Futurist Rob Martens recognized as top IoT influencer
“Be curious beyond the obvious.” “Have a passion for excellence.” Allegion’s values continue to drive its people to innovate in the security industry – ultimately supporting its purpose to create peace of mind. In July, Altitude and Leadtail teamed up to identify the top IoT influencers – and they recognized Allegion’s Rob Martens as one of them. (Forbes later recognized this as well.) As Allegion’s Futurist and Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships, Martens helps guide, inspire and challenge old ways of thinking inside and outside of the company. So, it should come as no surprise that Martens was also named by Inc.com in September as one of 20 influencers that will lead the IoT. “Rob Martens is helping shape how the industry and consumers view smart technology and how they can positively impact our lives,” Inc.com noted.
7. Manufacturing Day events garner record turnout
Allegion hosted Manufacturing Day in October – with a record turnout of participants across the Americas region because a record number of events were held (eight in total). This is significant, considering Allegion Americas started with a single pilot Manufacturing Day event in 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. School participants (students, teachers and administrators) totaled more than 550 this year, while Allegion also hosted approximately 40 government visitors. These events engaged nearly 200 Allegion employees, who had the opportunity to share the pride they take in their work and directly inspire youth who may be a part of Allegion’s empowered future workforce as a result. Allegion facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Olathe, Kansas, joined these efforts for the first time. As Chris Muhlenkamp, Allegion Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Integrated Supply Chain, recently noted, “By sharing about the types of career opportunities available, we hope to help tear down the stereotypes of old that simply do not exist across the majority of the industry today.”
8. Allegion and its brands recognized for their leadership
In addition to the awards Allegion showcased in August, Milre earned the 2017 Hit Brand Award in the electronic lock industry. The award is given by the well-known South Korean media group Money Today, and recognizes the brand that is most influential with consumers. Since its establishment in Korea in 1991, Milre has been one of the leaders in South Korea's electronic lock with superior quality and refined design, coupled with its reasonable price positioning.
Schlage was also recognized in the Locksets category in Home Builder Executive’s August Innovation Awards issue and the 2017 Top 10 Influential Access Control Brands from hc360.com.
Maria Pia Tamburri - Director, Public Affairs
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