Special thanks to Rob Russell, Security Integration Operations Manager, for providing the latest news and updates regarding LaForce’s expertise in electrical components.
In November, we discussed industry changes that affect how intelligent and electrified door hardware are specified in construction projects. Division 8 represents building openings (including door hardware) and Division 28 represents Electronic Safety and Security. The Security Industry Association (SIA) and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) decided to move all intelligent devices for a door opening into the Division 28 category.
While this update will take several years to fully integrate into all construction practices, LaForce has already adjusted to the new norms. This allows us to be a great resource for not only General Contractors (GC’s), but also Electrical Contractors (EC’s), who usually work within Division 28 but may need support with door hardware components.
Why was this change implemented in the industry? The purpose of moving items from Division 8 to Division 28 was ultimately driven by end users. They require product and service providers who do not just supply products, but also provide installation, service, and support in addition to supplying the products.
LaForce provides the ideal solution in the Division 8/28 realm. We are a reliable resource for GC’s, EC’s, and end users. We are not just a hardware distributor, but a total opening solution provider. Our solutions essentially go beyond product distribution and focus on ongoing service. To GC’s and EC’s, this means taking care of the end user and ensuring their satisfaction. This involves commissioning and programming the intelligent hardware products as well as comprehensive training and ongoing technical support for the end user.
LaForce has access and expertise with many lines of hardware, power supplies and software, which gives us the ability to satisfy all of our customer’s needs. As technology and the IoT (Internet of Things) evolve within the door hardware industry, we will continue to take care of GC’s, EC’s and end users. These groups can lean on LaForce for their total opening solution. Read more about our Security Integration team in this link!
Stop 9: Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute in Ohio
LaForce handles construction projects across the country!
In this special series, we’re exploring 12 such projects.
The brand-new Ohio State Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, part of the Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH, offers sports medicine research and treatment services. LaForce is honored to have supplied wood doors, hollow metal doors, frames, hardware, and security products for this beautiful new facility.
Doors, Frames, & Hardware
Providing both accessibility and security were high priorities throughout this project. For example, some doors had to be operated by automatic door openers to allow people to pass through them hands-free. In addition, we provided locks that are manufactured exclusively for Ohio State University.
Security Products & Services
We supplied electrified hardware and a flexible access control system so facility managers could monitor traffic and access to areas housing sensitive information or materials. Some of these locks are WiFi-based and some are PoE-based (Power over Ethernet). These technologies allow facility managers to monitor doors, change codes, and perform a variety of other operations.
For more project spotlights, check out our Road Trip 2017 Series or follow us on social media!
Having fun at our annual golf outing is par for the course! This year was no exception. Over 150 LaForce employees enjoyed golfing, dinner, and prizes on Friday, June 23. We are especially grateful to our many event sponsors who made the day especially enjoyable.
Golf Outing Fun
Want to read more blogs like this one? Check out last year’s golf outing re-cap!
Thank You Sponsors!
Let’s close out National Safety Month with information that applies to everyone – Home Safety. We recently celebrated “Safety Days” at LaForce, giving employees an opportunity to learn practical safety tips and strategies. Here are the highlights!
- Home Safety Checklists are a great way to assess your home for safety concerns. Check out some examples from Home Safety Smart Check:
- Proper smoke alarm procedures and fire alarm precautions are essential homeowner skills. Click here for a fire extinguisher cheat sheet. Next, check out our video of LaForce’s on-site fire extinguisher demonstration, compliments of the Green Bay Metro Police Department.
- Kitchen safety and cleanliness should also be observed. These guidelines from the Education Network provide practical tips for maximizing food and kitchen safety.
- Finally, severe weather awareness is vital for family safety. A severe weather safety tip sheet for your home can be found here, courtesy of the National Weather Service.
We hope you learned something from our June Safety Series! For more information about LaForce, check out our website and social media pages.
So far in this series, we have covered Life Safety and Jobsite Safety. Today, we zero in even further, showing how LaForce prioritizes and promotes safety in the workplace.
We have an active Safe & Well program that provides resources for employees to learn about safety and wellness topics. They can even earn points for participating in a variety of health and safety-related activities.
In addition, we encourage team members to report potential safety concerns through our ongoing Safety Ideas in Action Program. Since 2015, this program has generated 85 ideas, over 75% of which have been implemented. As a thank you for their safety awareness, LaForce provides employees with a chance to win money for submitting good ideas. So far, employees have taken home $2,800 in incentives from this program!
Everyone wins when the workplace is safe. For more information about how LaForce cares for employees, see our Facebook and Careers pages.
Here at LaForce, we pride ourselves in providing a safe, supportive working culture. We maintain an active Safe & Well program for our team. In addition, we encourage employees to report potential safety concerns through our ongoing Safety Ideas in Action Program.
Taking a step back to view the construction industry as a whole reveals jobsite safety as an ongoing concern. According to the National Safety Council, construction is one of the top occupations that results in workplace injuries requiring days away from work. But there are many resources available for contractors and workers. Check out this useful infographic from our friends at Granger Construction!
Safety continues to be a top concern at LaForce, and we do everything we can to contribute to safe jobsite experience! For more information on our close relationships with general contractors, check out this blog.
LaForce has always valued continuous improvement as a core business value. A key hallmark of our founder’s personality was his philosophy: “It can always be better!” Joe LaForce encouraged people to challenge the status quo, and this value is baked into the culture of LaForce. We strive to be fast, efficient, and productive for our customers, and recognize that improving our processes is an ongoing journey. We also invest in people and promote from within, as evidenced with Lean Six Sigma Training and on-site business analysts.
All three Continuous Improvement Business Analysts recently completed Lean Six Sigma training, earning their Green Belt certifications. This dedicated team focuses on internal projects that prioritize lean education and process improvement. Recently, we completed several initiatives that further streamline LaForce’s processes and provide the utmost in quality control.
- We helped our Hardware Purchasing team eliminate unnecessary steps in order fulfillment. The new process is electronic instead of paper-based, which not only saves time, but speaks to our commitment to sustainability.
- The Engineering team received advanced training on existing software (Bluebeam) to increase efficiency and expand their knowledge and comfort with the program. In addition, Engineering’s “Prelims” team changed its process to clarify communication with the Engineering team, which increased efficiency as projects are engineered.
- We improved the process for tracking Shop drawings, leading to a more accurate assessment of lead times. This allows us to successfully assess our workload and allocate work among members of the Engineering team.
- Our manufacturing team is currently aligning three press brakes to provide a “one piece flow” work cell, which will almost double the velocity of parts moving through those operations.
Our Continuous Improvement team will continue to identify opportunities for further development. These analysts will also spend time training others in the company to recognize areas that need improvement and address processes on their own. Stay tuned for future updates on our lean improvements!
We want to answer your door industry-related questions! Our wide range of expertise includes Doors, Frames, Hardware, Keying, Security Integration, Building Specialties, Architectural Services, Fire Door Inspections, Pre-Installation, Installation, and Custom Pre-Finishing. Submit a question by commenting on this blog or on our social media posts, or email us.