D+AS MAGAZINE

NEWSLINES — Cornell Announces Graphics Door

© 2000 Door & Access Systems
Publish Date: Fall 2000
Author: Tom Wadsworth
Pages 4-15

NEWSLINES

PRODUCTS

Cornell Announces Graphics Door

Cornell now has the capability to apply durable, colorful images to rolling door curtains. The Graphics Door offers mural-sized images to decorate building exteriors.

The company offers several possible ideas for these doors:
  • Serve as billboards to advertise products or services.
  • Display corporate photos of people or events.
  • Show images of popular scenic locations.
  • Demonstrate community pride with local images or messages.

Graphics can be applied to the curtains and hoods of rolling doors and counter shutters. For more information, call 1-800-233-8366 or visit www.cornelliron.com.

Amarr Offers Carriage House Doors

Amarr Door recently introduced the Bob Timberlake collection of carriage house doors as an upscale choice for homeowners. These sectional doors are constructed of western red cedar and cedar overlays on a 24-gauge steel open-back door with polystyrene insulation. Optional decorative exterior hardware is available in five styles, along with seeded glass windows.

Commercial Operator for Apartments Announced

LiftMaster now offers the 90-ASP commercial operator, which combines special safety and maintenance tracking features for apartment garage doors and other high-traffic applications.

The heavy-duty commercial operator uses the LiftMaster logic control board version 2.0, which eliminates the need for a centrifugal start switch on the motor, preventing problems from switches that bind.

The 90-ASP includes the CPS Commercial Protector System II, a non-contact, reversing photo sensor. A positionable red/green warning light is also included to tell apartment residents when it is safe to pass through the door opening.

The system also features the Maintenance Alert System, an internal cycle counter that can be set to signal the need for routine maintenance.

New Carriage House Doors from Wayne-Dalton

A collection of Carriage House specialty wood doors are now available from Wayne-Dalton. The company says a recent trend has emerged for high-end wood doors with an old-fashioned look.

The new doors, available in Carriage or Equestrian styles, offer the appearance of old-style swinging doors in a sectional door design. The Carriage style offers raised panels, and the Equestrian design offers insulated flush panels. The doors are offered in hemlock, fir, or western cedar and can be purchased with a variety of window designs.

New Dynaco Fabric Door

Dynaco USA has introduced the Supercompact roll-up fabric door that promises to be "crash-forgiving" and "automatically self-repairing" while maintaining a sealed environment between rooms or buildings. The soft curtain also offers safety for people and products that pass through the opening.

The company says the door serves as a replacement for impact doors and strip curtains commonly used for room-to-room food processing traffic. Doors are available up to 18’ x 18’, with optional vision panels.

A gravity driven system opens and closes the door at up to four feet per second. The door is powered by a 1 or 2 HP motor, controlled with a frequency inverter.

The door has eliminated high-maintenance parts commonly found in roll-up doors, such as compression springs, stiffeners, cables, or motor brakes. Supercompact doors thus allow for quicker maintenance and service time.

Dynaco is located in Northbrook, Ill., and at www.dynacodoor.com.

Martin Door introduces Reverse Angle Shield

Reverse angle shields are now standard on all Martin residential and commercial garage doors. Martin says the move increases the strength, safety, and finish of construction on all Martin doors.

Martin Door gives four reasons for the change. First, the company says that the reverse angle shield minimizes the need for unsightly and costly wood framing around the door opening. Second, the reverse angle shield improves the strength and stability of the mounting system.

Third, with the reverse angle shield system, springs are no longer mounted directly to the wall. Instead, in a safer fashion, Martin springs lock directly onto the reverse angle shield and track system. Finally, reverse angle shields eliminate the hazardous large gaps and entrapment points above and below track brackets.

New Battery-Powered Photo-Eye

EMX Industries has introduced the new P44 battery-powered photo-eye for situations where power is available only on one side of the garage door.

With the P44, installers can avoid retro-reflective photo-eyes and their disadvantages. The P44 receiver is connected to the operator, while the transmitter operates on battery power. The battery lasts for over half a year.

EMX says a small solar cell can supply the power forever since the transmitter consumes only two milliamperes. Additionally, the P44 can be used as an infrared communication link for sensing edges.

For additional information contact EMX at 1-800-426-9912 or visit www.emxinc.com.

Access Controls Offers Gates and Operators

Access Controls International (ACI), a developer of security technology systems and products, offers an array of parking control equipment to dealers. The products include barrier gates from 8’ to 40’, sliding and swinging gate operators, magnetic loop detectors, and access control equipment using various technologies.

"We want to help dealers expand sales opportunities while delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction," said ACI President Paul Grossman. ACI offers a broad range of security products including magnetic locks, electric strikes, door exit devices, parking control equipment, and rapid deployment security systems.

For more information, call 1-888-810-6060 or visit www.ACIsecurity.com.

Ideal Adds Ranch Panels

Ideal Door has introduced the Model S2R, a residential door with ranch panels. The new S2R is available with Ideal Door’s 10 new ranch window options, including designer inserts or designer classics that offer the look of beveled glass.

This 24-gauge steel door is available in five colors of white, almond, bronze, brown, and sandstone. Its insulated version, the S2RSF, includes 1-3/16" polystyrene insulation. The S2R comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

One-Piece Window Frames by C.H.I.

C.H.I. is incorporating a new one-piece window frame for their entire line of residential doors.

Molded from color-matched, fade-resistant polypropylene, the process casts a one-piece frame rather than requiring the welding of four straight pieces. The company says the one-piece frame is stronger and allows for easier replacement.

Martin's New Vista Windows

This summer, Martin Door introduced Vista Windows, new acrylic windows in five beveled and textured styles. Vista Windows are attached to the garage door with a double-fused, bolt-together window frame to match the color of the door. The new windows are available in all Martin Door sizes up to 20 feet wide.

PEOPLE

Clopay Names New President

On July 25, Gene Colleran became the new president of Clopay Building Products Company, replacing interim president William Sachs. Sachs returned to Clopay in November 1999 during a search for a permanent replacement for Bob Caulk, who resigned to become president of Spectrum Brands.

Colleran joins Clopay after nine years with Newell Rubbermaid, where he most recently served as president of the BernzOmatic division, a worldwide marketer and manufacturer of gas torches and accessories. At Newell Rubbermaid, Colleran established a reputation for growing profitable businesses in both the commercial and retail channels of distribution.

"Gene brings with him in-depth experience and achievement in marketing, sales, distribution, and retail and dealer channel management, as well as supply chain expertise," said Sachs. "Together with the existing management team, Gene will continue to emphasize the development of superior products and delivery of unprecedented service to which Clopay customers are accustomed."

Phil Sawyer is New Windsor Door President

Phil Sawyer became the new president of Windsor Door on June 7, 2000. Howard Burns, the outgoing president, is now serving as the new president of Entry Systems, a division of Magnatrax Corporation. Windsor Door and Republic Builders Products are part of Entry Systems.

Sawyer has been with Windsor Door since April 1986, except for a two-year period in which he was president of Ceco Entry Systems. He received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a master of science in mechanical engineering from Murray State University. He previously served as vice president of manufacturing and most recently as executive vice president of Windsor Door.

Amarr Adds Two Positions

Amarr Door has added two regional manager positions for their Farwest and Northwest districts.

Mike Willis is the regional sales manager for the area, and he will assist the general managers in the region. With Amarr since 1984, Willis will be based in Phoenix.

Jason Pedersen has become the regional operations manager for the two districts. Pedersen will be responsible for the operational side of the Amarr Door Centers in the region. At Amarr since 1998, he has been the general manager at the Salt Lake City Door Center. He will be based in Salt Lake City.

New Regional Managers at Taylor

Steve Jalovec has joined Taylor Building Products as regional manager for the Midwest. Jalovec brings over 15 years in sales and marketing expertise, having held various sales and marketing positions with Therma-Tru, Perma-Door, Morgan, Masonite, Bruce Hardwood Floors, and Armstrong World Industries.

Lee Perman is now Taylor’s regional manager for the West. With Stanley Door Systems for 19 years as a territory manager, Perman brings an extensive sales background in garage doors, operators, and radio controls in both commercial and residential applications.

Massa is Raynor Director of Domestic Sales

Mike Massa is the new director of domestic sales at Raynor Garage Doors.

Massa has been with the Raynor sales force since 1992. He began as a territory manager for the greater New York City area, and in 1996, he was promoted to eastern regional manager. As director of domestic sales, Massa heads up Raynor’s North American sales force, managing a staff of regional and territory managers.

Massa is a 1985 graduate of the University of Connecticut, with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Windsor Door Hires New DC Manager

Carl Grimm recently joined Windsor Door as national distribution center manager for Windsor’s DC network. Before joining Windsor, Grimm was regional manager for Walker-Williams Lumber Company in Blanchester, Ohio. He attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.

Promotions at Manaras

Marc Bertrand is now the vice president of sales and marketing at Manaras. Bertrand will be responsible for the Canadian, U.S., and worldwide Manaras sales divisions.

In his new position, he will work on strategically positioning the Manaras product lines through marketing and export. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Bertrand has held numerous positions in sales and marketing in multinational companies.

Georges Bordua has been appointed to vice president of finance and administration at Manaras. Bordua completed a program at the Universite de Sherbrooke in business administration. He has 10 years’ experience as a senior auditor and controller for several firms.

New Appointments at Wayne-Dalton

Bruce Boyle has been named chief financial officer (CFO) of Wayne-Dalton. Boyle previously served as CFO and vice president of finance with the Amana Company in Amana, Iowa. He also held financial positions with Rockwell International and Goulds Pumps. Boyle earned a master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago and a bachelor of science in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University of Pittsburgh.

Roger Murphy has been named director of business development. In this role, Murphy will develop new channels of distribution for residential products. With Wayne-Dalton for 23 years, Murphy has been regional manager, controller, and director of distribution services. He earned a bachelor of science in accounting from West Virginia University and a MBA from Ashland University.

Thomas Kline is the new regional sales manager – South for Wayne-Dalton. Kline come from American Woodmark Corporation where he served as vice president of sales and marketing. Kline holds a BBA in marketing from the University of Akron and an MBA in finance from Marshall University. He will reside in Tampa, Florida.

COMPANIES

C.H.I. Expands

The C.H.I. production facility in Arthur, Illinois, recently moved into its latest addition. The new annex was completed in late June.

"This is our seventh expansion in as many years," said Willis Miller, executive vice president of C.H.I. The annex added 115,000 square feet of production area.

Phantom Acquires Executive Rollscreen

Phantom International, a manufacturer of retractable door and window screens, has purchased Executive Rollscreen of Florida, a maker of oversized, motorized retracting screens and sunshades used on garage doors, patios, and balconies.

Founded in 1992, Phantom is said to be North America’s leading provider of retractable screens for doors and windows. The company, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, is online at www.phantomscreens.com.

New Partnerships, New Image for Manaras

Manaras has forged a partnership with Somfy Systems, the U.S. subsidiary of Somfy International. Manaras also recently signed an agreement with Allen-Bradley (A-B) allowing Manaras to use A-B contactors for its operator line.

The company says the Somfy partnership will build a new and enhanced image for Manaras, with streamlined operations, improved product quality, better customer service, shorter delivery times, and renewed sales and marketing support.

Francois Goyette, general manager, says Manaras has hired new personnel and restructured the organization to ensure that customer expectations are exceeded. To support its new image, Manaras has also created a new company logo.

Somfy, Manaras’ parent company, is an international leader in motorized systems for retractable awnings, rolling shutters, interior window coverings, and projection screens.

Marley Mouldings Expands

In May, Marley Mouldings announced plans to build a new plant in Bristol, Tennessee. Marley makes extruded climate seal for garage doors and is a leading producer of decorative extruded cellular moldings in the United States.

The new plant site was expected to be prepared by the fall, with construction of a 150,000 square foot facility to follow. The company expects to employ 100 by fall 2001. Future expansion of the site is also planned, with employment reaching 400 by 2005.

In business since the 1960s, Marley has three plants in Marion, Virginia, and one in Waco, Texas. The expansion is reportedly due to increased sales demand. Marley Mouldings currently has 720 employees.

Marley Mouldings is an Etex Group company, a multi-billion dollar international building products company based in Belgium.

Wayne-Dalton Improves Packaging

Wayne-Dalton’s new Dealer Pack streamlines installation by combining sections, track, springs, hardware, and the vinyl door stop into one package.

David Osso, corporate marketing manager, says Dealer Pack is becoming a popular option for dealers. Osso says the new packaging design eliminates extra handling at the warehouse and at the job site by reducing the number of trips to the truck.

Raynor Expanding Distribution Centers

On August 14, Raynor Garage Doors opened a new distribution center (DC), in City of Industry, Calif. The company says the southern California DC is the second of "several regional distribution centers opening this year."

The California DC will distribute commercial and residential sectional doors and operators, serving Raynor dealers in California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The first new Raynor DC in 2000 was in South Carolina.

Hy-Security Honored

Hy-Security, a Seattle-based manufacturer of gate operators, has been named the 1999 Client of the Year by Washington Manufacturing Services (WMS), a not-for-profit organization in the state of Washington.

Hy-Security contacted WMS to identify a provide to evaluate a manufacturing software system. The venture determined that onsite and off-site training was needed for several employees. The training program resulted several measurable improvements in manufacturing efficiencies.

Taylor Offers Designer Program

In January, Taylor Building Products introduced an innovative Designer Program and Kiosk that allows the user to design a customized entryway using more than 300 different styles of decorative door-lites, side-lites and transoms.

Once an entryway is designed, the user receives a full-color printout that includes the dealer’s pre-programmed price of that entryway.

The 29" x 29" x 60" kiosk features the Apple iMac computer with a touch-sensitive monitor and color printer. A CD-ROM version of the Designer program is also available that can run on any Windows or Macintosh-based computer system.

Since its introduction, more than 140 Taylor Door and Perma-Door Designer kiosks and 300 CD-ROMs have been placed in lumberyards throughout the United States.

Wayne-Dalton Releases New TV Commercials

Wayne-Dalton has created a new series of television commercials for the new DoorMaster residential garage door opener. The 15 different versions of the ads feature Richard Karn, the company’s celebrity spokesman from Home Improvement. The various ads, all available with a local dealer tag, focus on different features of the DoorMaster system.

Martin Rewards Top Dealers

This spring, Martin Door took 83 guests, its top dealers, on a 7-day Caribbean Princess cruise. The six islands visited were Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, St. Thomas, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico. The trip occurred after Martin's annual dealer conference, held in Salt Lake City, in March.

INDUSTRY

IDEA Funding Campaign Launched

The Institute for Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) has launched a major fund-raising initiative, with the goal of raising $1 million over the next three years.

Todd Thomas, IDEA Managing Director, explained that the upcoming installer training and certification program will be a massive program, offering training for hundreds, if not thousands, of installers. Plans are also progressing for a rolling steel fire door installer certification program, as well as upgrades to the dealer accreditation program.

"We have demonstrated our ability to provide an excellent return on the funds that the industry has already invested in our program," Thomas said. "New funding will allow us to take the industry to the next level and help us to become self-sustaining."

IDEA is supported by the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), International Door Association (IDA), and American Rolling Door Institute (ARDI), which currently combine to provide $12,000 per year to IDEA. The remaining funding comes from accreditation and workshop fees.

In July, IDEA began contacting large manufacturers for contributions. Smaller manufacturers and suppliers to the industry will also be urged to participate. "As a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the professionalism of dealers internationally, we represent the best charitable investment in the world for companies in our industry," he added.

Gate Industry Discusses New Standard

On August 12, several gate fabricators, gate operator manufacturers, and gate system distributors and installers met in Dallas to provide input on a draft of a voluntary U.S. standard for vehicular gate systems that are to be automated. The meeting was organized by a committee composed of representatives of DASMA, the American Fence Association (AFA), the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA).

Joe Hetzel, DASMA technical director, said attendees concluded that the standard should be approved by the AFA, NOMMA, and DASMA, and be recognized as an American National Standard through the ANSI consensus process. He said the group also encouraged that the standard be a basis for a proposed industry-regulated certification program.

The next major step in the development of the standard will be to solicit input from AFA, NOMMA, and DASMA members on a final draft.

Florida to Adopt New Building Code

In 1995, a Florida Commission began studying ways to improve Florida’s building codes. Two key components of this effort are a statewide product approval process and the new Florida Building Code, which takes effect on July 1, 2001.

Joe Hetzel, DASMA Technical Director, has actively participated in the procedures and offers answers to a few commonly asked questions.

DAS: The South Florida Building Code has directly affected garage door wind load designs used throughout the country and beyond. Is it possible that the new Florida Building Code will also have influence outside Florida?

JH: Possibly. Although many southeastern states may pay attention to what is going on in Florida, each state has its own legislation and will exercise control over its own building code.

DAS: Is the new Code a "uniform code"? In other words, will this code have the exact same requirements in Pensacola as in Miami?

JH: No. It is better defined as a "unified code" with alternate chapters. These chapters are optional and may or may not be adopted by local jurisdictions. Therefore, people in Pensacola and Miami will go to the same code to get their information, but some requirements may be different.

DAS: Is it similar to the Standard Building Code, which is commonly used in the Southeast?

JH: Yes, but there have been some modifications. For example, in addition to the "alternate chapters" mentioned, the wind load provisions of the new ASCE 7 standard (7-98) have been incorporated.

DAS: What’s the significance of the ASCE 7-98 wind load provisions?

JH: Updated research has resulted in some new ways to calculate wind loads. Wind speeds are now measured differently, wind speed maps have changed to reflect further knowledge gained about winds throughout the country, and methods of calculating wind loads have been updated to reflect additional knowledge of wind behavior.

DAS: How has DASMA contributed to the development of the Florida Building Code?

JH: DASMA has successfully incorporated some industry-related modifications that are contained in the new International Building Code. DASMA’s most significant contributions are the section on foam plastics in garage doors and the section on rolling door automatic closing devices.

DAS: Will a manufacturer be able to obtain "true" statewide product approval, that is, approval for one product for all of Florida, including Miami-Dade County?

JH: This matter is still being discussed. We expect to see a recommendation submitted to the Florida Building Commission by November of this year. If approved, the Commission will submit it to the Florida legislature, who will then consider legislation in the 2001 session. I’ll do my best to keep you informed.


IDEA Installer Certification Nears

At the October IDA Regional Conference in Framingham, Mass., the Institute for Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) plans to unveil the new Installer Training and Certification program.

Final program materials and textbooks will soon be in production, according to Todd Thomas, IDEA Managing Director. The October unveiling will announce the details and scope of the program, but the first product, a certified installer, is still several months away.

The IDEA board has been working on the installer certification program for at least two years. The Framingham Educational Conference is slated for October 5-6.


Hetzel Defends Garage Door Industry

The concern for wind resistant garage doors is spreading.

Joe Hetzel, DASMA technical director, recently contributed to an article in a wind performance publication of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA). The article (below) clarified our industry position on wind resistance and cited recent improvements in codes and garage door design. Hetzel hopes the article will spread the word that our industry is on the leading edge of wind load issues and is responding to the increase in safety and construction concerns.

Garage Doors

A common observation in many of the hurricane investigations was that large doors blew in and may have caused increased internal pressure that resulted in roof and wall failures.

Large doors are not supplied by the metal building manufacturer, but are either selected by the builder or design professional for the project. This creates the potential for miscommunication or the selection of an incompatible door that does not have the same strength as the rest of the envelope.

Most metal building manufacturers stipulate in their letter of certification that they have assumed in their building design that their doors will support the same wind loads that the door jambs and support structure have been designed for. Some manufacturers have gone further and require a signed letter back from the responsible party for the doors in the order confirmation that stipulates that the proper doors have been selected as compatible with the design assumption that the building is enclosed.

The door industry has also stepped up their efforts to improve performance of buildings in high winds. The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) has available, and is also developing, a number of resources to clarify and educate those connected with the building industry on the relationship between wind loads and large doors such as garage doors and rolling doors. These resources are intended to aid in the process of effectively specifying these types of doors for buildings.



Business Plans Available

Door dealers who need to prepare a business plan can purchase a Business Plan Example published by the American Institute of Small Business (AISB).

The program is set up on a word processor, and dealers input their own personalized data. The plan is prepared in a style recognized by leading banks, commercial lending institutions, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Business Plan Example includes an Executive Summary, Mission Statement, Marketing Plan, Advertising & PR Plans, Financial Analysis, Competitive Strengths and Weaknesses, various financial statements, and more.

The program sells for $29.95 and is available from the AISB at 800-328-2906 or at www.aisbofmn.com.


Garage Doors and the New International Building Code

By Joe Hetzel

The first editions of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Codes (IRC) were released in early spring, 2000. Adoption and enforcement by local and state municipalities is expected to take place nationwide in the coming years.

The following is a description of the provisions in the IBC or the IRC where garage door and rolling door products are affected.

Doors with Special Designs

This section (IBC Section 104.11) applies to a garage door or rolling door system that includes an innovative design for which the code does not contain specific provisions. The code states that the proposed alternative design must comply "… with the intent of the code…" and is "at least the equivalent of that prescribed in the code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety." To comply with this section, manufacturers will likely need to obtain a report (from a model code or a code evaluation agency) that represents an evaluation of a particular product with respect to the scope and intent of that building code.

Fire Doors

Chapter 3 of the IBC (Use and Occupancy Classification) is used by building officials to classify a structure according to its "fire safety and relative hazard." These classifications, which include business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, and others, will affect a garage door or rolling door installation when a fire rated door is required.

IBC Section 714, Opening Protectives, contains provisions that apply to rolling fire door and fire shutter assemblies. Compliance with NFPA 80 is required. Smoke control testing to UL 1784 and fire testing to UL 10B are also described. In this section, DASMA contributed some language about rolling fire shutters and automatic closing devices.

Wind Loads

Section 1609 of the IBC is based on a new design loads standard, ASCE 7-98. Wind loads are calculated differently in the IBC than in any previously released model code. For the first time, windborne debris resistance appears in the main text of a code. DASMA contributed some clarifying language to this section.

IBC Section 1714.5 determines the design pressure ratings for exterior windows and doors. In this section, for the first time ever in a model building code, exterior windows and glass doors are required to be labeled. Due to DASMA’s participation in these meetings, labeling requirements will not apply to garage doors and rolling doors.

IBC Chapter 24, on Glass and Glazing, includes safety related and wind load related provisions that apply to the use of glazing materials.

Insulation and Materials

DASMA successfully proposed the inclusion of a subsection to IBC Section 2603 (Foam Plastic Insulation). The new section addresses garage doors and refers to testing according to the ANSI/DASMA 107 "room corner burn" test.

IBC Chapter 22 governs "the quality, design, fabrication and erection" of steel used in garage door and rolling door systems.

IRC Comparison to the IBC

The International Residential Code has been harmonized with the IBC. Section R104.11 addresses alternative materials, and Section R301 contains wind load provisions.

If you have any questions or concerns about the IBC or IRC, contact your manufacturer’s engineering department or call me at the DASMA office.