2017 Community Campaign Recap

From the week of September 12-15, our Community Campaign was held with the focus of making a difference in the lives of others and our selected local charities. It as a week of fun events while raising funds for local non-profits. It is nearly impossible to not be swept up into the excitement and team spirit during the week.

Laforce is proud to announce that the 2017 Community Campaign raised $42,699.56 for local charities!

The Green Bay office chose to raise funds and awareness for Colton’s Cure – a local charity that works to ease the burden of childhood cancer diagnosis on families in Wisconsin. Here is a look at the week’s events:

Tuesday (Sept. 12)
Tara, the president of Colton’s Cure and Colton’s mom, attended the Kick-Off Lunch to present the heartbreaking story of Colton’s battle with stage IV neuroblastoma and their mission to lighten the financial burden of Wisconsin families who are going through a diagnosis of childhood cancer. It is safe to say many fought back tears during the presentation.

Wednesday (Sept. 13)
Employees could purchase Grab Bags and Popcorn for $1 starting at 1:00 p.m. Within 15 minutes the 440 Grab Bags were sold out. Bags included fun things like toys, candy, gift certificates, raffle tickets, Double Decker game playing cards, and LuLaRoe leggings.

Thursday (Sept. 14)
Members of the 52 Club were treated to a delicious catered breakfast with eggs, biscuits, gravy, potatoes, fruit, juice and coffee. There was also a bake sale that was held throughout the day. Countless dessert donations came in, and employees were satisfied with sweets for the day.

Friday (Sept. 15)
The busy, event-packed week wrapped up with a Finale Lunch for employees. Tara, from Colton’s Cure, was on-hand to hear our current “total raised” which prompted an emotional response from her and many employees. Finally, the much-anticipated raffle baskets were drawn with prizes such as a hammock, a Milwaukee Food Tour, Target GiftCard, round-trip airfare for two, a Yeti cooler, chartered fishing trip, cooking class and more!

Employee generosity does not just thrive in Green Bay, each of the locations selected their own local charity or teamed up with Green Bay. Here is a quick recap of what went on throughout the week at each location:

Appleton chose to support the Community Clothes Closet in Menasha and spent the week wearing jeans, playing bean bags, a guessing jar and raffles.

Austin supported Austin Pets Alive and ended up doubling the amount they raised from last year! Activities from the week included jeans week, a guessing jar, and a 50/50 raffle.

Cincinnati also knocked the ball out of the park by beating last year’s total! Employees raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by enjoying a bake sale, raffle baskets, lunches, split the pot and more.

Columbus supported the Mid-Ohio Food Bank with 52 Club participation and airfare raffles.

Detroit chose the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan to support. They spent the week playing poker, pie in the face contest between contract and aftermarket, “guess the year of the wedding” and getting BBQ and pizza lunches throughout the week.

Indianapolis got creative with an “NFL Pick ‘Em” challenge and an office cookout, all to support Paws and Think.

Madison joined Green Bay to support Colton’s Cure. The activities for the week included a candy guess, clothespin drop, Jenga, target practice and ball toss.

The team in Milwaukee ran a successful campaign for the Hunger Task Force with raffles, floats, food, poker, shake of the day, putting challenge and more!

Phoenix supported Karma Connect of Phoenix by spending time playing games, raffles and enjoying a pizza lunch.

Vernon Hills decided to support JDRF with challenges such as putt-putt, bag toss and ended with a Firehouse Subs lunch and cookies.

Finally, last but not least Willowbrook chose the Greater Chicago ALS for their campaign funds and raised money through raffle baskets, poker games, and lunch.

Our Campaign could not be complete without the generosity of our sponsors, including: Detroit – Woodpile BBQ, Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Burger House 41, Captain’s Walk Winery, Green Bay Children’s Museum, Enterprise, Gordon-Flesh, Hager – ADO Architecture, Independent Printing, Leighton Interactive, Kessler’s, Konop, Nevile Public Museum, PDQ Car Wash, Pizza Hut, Seroogy’s Chocolates, Shell, Stanley, Transitions Family Hair Care & Tanning, Erberts & Gerberts, Glass Nickel Pizza, Green Bay Pizza Company, Aloft Hotel, Fox World Travel, and Complete Office.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Community Campaign! We strive to select charities that can be directly affected by the funds we raise, and needless to say, we are making an impact on all of our communities!


Summer at LaForce

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As the warm days dwindle down, LaForce is taking a look back at the good times we have had this summer. Between our Volunteer and Safe & Well programs, to kicking off Packer Season and office events, employees had a full schedule of fun at work.


LaForce prides itself on our employees drive to give back to the community, which didn’t take a summer vacation this season. Employees across our locations chose to volunteer both in and outside of the office in efforts to better their community. LaForce employees volunteered at the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin – Green Bay Strider Bike Camp, hosted a school supply drive for Jefferson and Doty Elementary schools and continued helping local veterans with yard work. Check out the slideshow to see more photos of LaForce employees volunteering throughout the summer.

Safe & Well

Living a healthy and safe life is pertinent to trends and culture. LaForce encourages employees to get up and be active to live their best life. We provide fun safety events and exciting wellness games that can provide incentive, knowledge and occasionally bragging rights! Locations across LaForce put their best foot forward this summer and participated in local runs, volleyball tournaments, tornado drills, and more. Take a run through the slideshow to view how we value safety and wellness.

Packer Season

Joe LaForce was an active Packer fan, and the trend continues for many of our employees and customers. Our Green Bay employees kicked off the 2017 football season with a LaForce employee tailgate, just across the street from Lambeau Field. It was a true Titletown celebration with good food, games and a Packer preseason win.

Around LaForce

Everyone wants to have fun in the summer, and at LaForce, we encourage just that. Whether we are having our annual company picnics, golf outings, or eating some chips and dip, we want our employees to be excited about work. This summer was no exception!

Total Service with LaForce’s Division 8 and 28 Capabilities

Special thanks to Rob Russell, Security Integration Operations Manager, for providing the latest news and updates regarding LaForce’s expertise in electrical components.

Total Service with LaForce’s Division 8 and 28 Capabilities

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!

Road Trip 2017: LaForce Projects Across the Country

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.

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For more project spotlights, check out our Road Trip 2017 Series or follow us on social media!

Golfing with Gusto: Annual LaForce Outing a Smashing Success

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

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Want to read more blogs like this one? Check out last year’s golf outing re-cap!

Thank You Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

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Gordon Flesch Company








Jonas Service and Supply









Larsen's Manufacturing Company



Nicolet National Bank




Oshkosh Door Company



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Spectrum Enterprise







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VT Industries



Waggoner Brenia Associates




Windy City Wire



Woods Golf Club




June is National Safety Month – Blog Series #4 of 4: Home Safety

June is National Safety Month Blog Series 4 of 4 Home SafetyLet’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!

We hope you learned something from our June Safety Series! For more information about LaForce, check out our website and social media pages.

June is National Safety Month – Blog Series #3 of 4: LaForce Safety

http://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.