SECURITY DOOR CONTROLS develops, manufactures and
markets mechanical door locks and exit devices, access controls, electronic
locking devices and security systems worldwide. Arthur V. Geringer, D.A.H.C.,
with commitment of his personal funds, founded the company in 1972. Assembly of
SDC products takes place in the United States and is available worldwide.
SDC brand products are channeled through security products wholesale distributors, systems
integrators, contract and wholesale door hardware
distributors. Additionally, SDC designs and
manufactures products for several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), who
sell SDC products under their own label. Sales are
conducted through over 40 sales offices to service accounts.
A leader in the innovation of products within the electronic security and
architectural openings industries, SDC holds scores of patents and trademarks.
SDC’s locking systems can be found in virtually any
application where access control of a door is required; for example,
industrial, commercial, retail facilities, technology centers, high-rise
buildings, nuclear power plants, laboratories, museums, art galleries,
libraries, schools and universities, airports and transportation facilities,
government centers and military bases throughout the world.
The company’s products and systems can be found in thousands of facilities,
such as High-rise structures throughout most major U.S. cities from Los Angeles
to New York; Duke Power Nuclear plants, North Carolina; J. Paul Getty Museum,
Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Exxon, U.S.A; Bank of America
facilities, U.S.A.; Chase
Manhattan Bank , U.S.A; and many airports including JFK International;, O’Hare,
Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Edwards Air Force Base, California; Chek Lap
KOK Airport, Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia; and Saudi
Arabia’s two larges airports located in Riyadh and Jeddah.
Arthur V. Geringer DAHC, CEO of Security Door
Controls grew up in his father's architectural hardware business in
Chicago. At age four, his parents let him stack hinges at the family's contract
hardware business in Chicago. In 1945, Geringer moved to California, where he
was employed at a major Los Angeles contract hardware firm. At age 29, he
received his Architectural Hardware Consultant Certificate (AHC). Geringer
eventually moved to an automatic door firm.
Through his work in the door and hardware industry he recognized more needs for
electric locking devices and how their problems with building codes and
life-safety became apparent. On a sales call in Sacramento, he explained to the
California State Fire Marshall that many owners were looking for ways to
legally lock their high-rise stairwell doors on the stair side and continued to
illegally chain together exit devices to overcome the problem of break-ins.
Without the chains it was simple to insert a coat hanger through the door gap
and pull down the panic bar to gain entry. Hence the use of chains and paddle
locks that created fire safety hazard. Geringer had the idea that an electric
lock energized only after hours and tied to the fire life safety system could
eliminate this problem. Unfortunately, existing codes did not permit use of
electric locks on stair tower doors in buildings over 70 feet high nor the
locking of perimeter doors of commercial buildings. The California State Fire
Marshall responded by providing criteria for a lock the state would approve; a
minimum life of 800,000 cycles and the capability of unlocking without the use
of a spring when signaled by the fire life safety system. At that time in 1972,
a lock capable of 100,000 cycles was considered high quality. As a result,
Geringer designed (see details Arthur Geringer Bio) and produced a prototype of
a lock for perimeter building doors, taking his working model to the Fire
Marshall to demonstrate the integrity of the mechanism. The Fire Marshal liked
what he saw and After one million cycles in UL testing laboratories, the lock
still worked and would release without relying on a spring. The device was
approved, and the modern lock industry began. The SDC FS23S and FS23M was born
and are still used today for higher security applications that magnetic locks
cannot provide. To manufacture these newly approved locks, Geringer founded
Security Door Controls in 1972. Today, Geringer, his two sons, his daughter and
grandson oversee the daily operations of SDC.
By 1976 utilizing a similar concept, Geringer demonstrated for the California
State Fire Marshal the prototype of a new lock for locking stair well doors on
the stair side only. Again, he liked what he saw and soon after surpassing
800,000 cycles and other UL tests the HiTower® Electric Frame Actuator
Controlled Mortise Lockset was born. For many years it was the only lock to
gain approval for use in thousands of high rise stair towers. While Arthur,
David and Richard continue to produce innovative new patents, all patents are
the property of Security Door Controls.
In the following years Geringer and his sons developed several new products to
meet the needs of the industry. As high rise building and airport security
became a necessity around the world, SDC developed products to respond to that
challenge. Today those products are installed in thousand of buildings
dominating city skylines worldwide and are vital components in the overall
systems at major airports, including JFK International, O’Hare, Dallas/Fort
Worth. Chek Lap KOK in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur International Airport in
Malaysia and in Saudi Arabia’s two larges airports at Riyadh and Jeddah as well
as the Air Force Academy.
In 1991 Geringer received the U.S. Door and Hardware Institutes highest honor,
the “Founders Award”, for his prolific innovation
and contributions to the industry. In 2004, Geringer received DHI’s second
highest honor, the “Distinguished
Consultant” award for technical
excellence and standards of performance as an Architectural Hardware
Consultant. Today, in addition to industry recognized expertise, a lean manufacturing system and ShipQuick
program back SDC product quality, performance and commitment to customer
ARTHUR V. GERINGER, DAHC
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Arthur V. Geringer DAHC, founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of
Security Door Controls is the recipient of the Door and Hardware Institute’s
highest honor, the Founders’ Award, and the second highest honor, the
Distinguished Consultant award (D.A.H.C). Geringer has been in the door
hardware business for over 60 years. He received his certification as an
Architectural Hardware Consultant in 1952. As the inventor of numerous
electronic lock designs, Geringer is credited with ushering in the modern era
of access control hardware. Through his innovative designs, Arthur Geringer has
gained an international reputation and as his name is overheard or when touring
a convention floor, he is often greeted by peers he has never met, then
typically ask if he is has any new products coming out.
Arthurs Geringer’s association with the security industry started when he was a
small boy helping his father in the family owned builder’s hardware business in
Chicago, Illinois. His father was one of the first distributors in the country
to sell Walter Schlage’s innovative cylindrical locks.
Today in his mid 80’s, Arthur Geringer DAHC has slowed down just a bit, as he
now works 6 hours daily. He still continues to participate in the design and
development of new and innovative products. It’s not uncommon to enter his
office to find parts, napkin sketches and CAD drawings spread across his desk.
At the same time he shares his valued experience and provides guidance for the
Ideas for his innovative and patented designs come from his ability to think
outside of the box. He has at least two patent design ideas that were sparked
by toys. One toy he recalled from his childhood used repelling magnets to move
skating figures around a ice rink, hence the invention of the first dual
failsafe electromechanical lock approved by fire marshals for locking perimeter
doors and a second product, the first to be approved for locking and access
control of stairwell doors. Another toy sparked his imagination, a miniature
train with a battery powered sound chip used to make the engine noise and train
whistle. This became the inspiration for the first and only delayed egress
locking that utilized a human voice stored on a chip in the lock to notify
shoplifters or wandering patients why the door would not open, when the door
will open and security was on the way.
Inventor and award winning author for industry periodicals, Geringer is a
member of the Door and Hardware Institute, the Builders’ Hardware Club of
Southern California, Security Industry Association, Associated Locksmiths of
America, the Construction Specification Institute, and is on the Standards
Board of the Builders’ Hardware Manufacturers’ Association.
DAVID A GERINGER
David Geringer is known throughout the industry as a leading designer of
access control hardware and is credited with virtually every SDC patent since
1986. Additionally, David has contributed his expertise and SDC resources to
the design and production of products for private labeling by some of the
industries largest manufacturers.
David learned the hardware business from the ground up working in customer
service and sales with distributors in the door hardware business. Joining SDC
in 1983 in what he describes as “the shop”, David worked through a succession
of positions, spanning purchasing to sales management. In 1985 he was appointed
Vice President of Sales, and in 1992 assumed the position as Vice President of
Operations & Engineering.
In his position as Vice President of Operations, David introduced a Lean
Manufacturing System to SDC productions. In doing so product quality and output
increased while manufacturing each product individually, as apposed to several
units at the same time.
As of January 2009 David Geringer has been appointed to his present position as
President of SDC. In this new capacity, he continues to lead the research and
development team as well as supervising overall company operations. Geringer
works closely with his father, Arthur, brother Richard and his son Shane in
leading-edge research and development of new products.
Geringer is a member of the Builders’ Hardware Club, Builders” Hardware
Manufacturers’ Association, American Production and Inventory Control Society,
and is on the Standards Board of the Builders’ Hardware Manufacturers’
Vice President of Sales & Strategic Development
Shane Geringer represents the third generation of the family at SDC. He
began working in production at SDC in 1988, and learned about the hardware and
security business by advancing through a series of positions from sales
engineer to his current responsibility as Vice President of Sales. Geringer is
in touch with the needs of customers, distributors, dealers and installers. By
managing the activities of the National and International Sales Manager, as
well as over 40 independent sales representatives, he often finds himself out
in the field, providing strategic solutions, evaluating the efficacy of SDC’s
products, training customers and representatives, and gathering invaluable
market feedback. As a conduit for response, Shane insures that SDC is aware of
the latest trends and needs in the security industry, so the design team can
incorporate them into future designs.
also coordinates programs for original equipment manufacturers, value-added
resellers, and marketing/sales programs tailored to fit the individual
requirements of each SDC business partner.
Vice President of Marketing
Richard Geringer, Vice President of Marketing, joined Security Door Controls in
1977. He worked his way through various positions, including product
specifications, outside sales and supervision of manufacturing operations until
his appointment to Vice President of Operations and Engineering in 1982 and he
has been credited for his contributions towards for virtually every SDC patent
Appointed as Vice President of Marketing in 1992, his continued research
insures that SDC is in touch with present and future market potential and
latest trends and needs in the security industry. His input enables the SDC
design and marketing groups to develop future products and strategies as a
team. As an inventor in his own right, Geringer continues to contribute to the
development of many of SDC’s innovative new designs and patents
Geringer personally supervised the design of what is considered one of the best
websites in the industry. Winner of the SIA New Product Showcase Product
Achievement award for Business Services, the SDC website permits users to
specify products, save job folders online and send and receive quotations and
RFQ to business associates.
Geringer is an author of many issue-oriented articles in leading trade
periodicals, and is a member of the Security Industry Association, National
Fire Protection Association, Builders’ Hardware Manufacturers’ Association and
the Builders Hardware Club of Southern California. Richard oversees market
research, strategies, public relations and advertising. Additionally, Richard,
along with Shane Geringer, V.P. of Sales provides the synergy between sales and
marketing efforts. Richard also overseas a fully functional in-house marketing
department responsible for product literature and website design.
Gloria Marchand joined Security Door Controls as Secretary/Treasurer in 1992.
Marchand supervises the accounting department, and is responsible for all
month- and year-end financial reporting. Since 1992, Marchand’s role has
expanded from controller to include MIS administration. As such she is
responsible for acquisition, implementation and training of all accounting,
manufacturing, and quality information software and supervises IT
oversees the implementation and training of the material resource planning
system used by manufacturing, and is a member of the American Production and
Inventory Control Society.
MANUFACTURING AND OPERATIONS
Security Door Controls products are manufactured
primarily in the U.S. Executive management of the firm is involved in the
day-to-day operations, and is solely dedicated to the needs of the security
industry. The majority of products manufactured overseas by SDC are sold
outside of the U.S.
Another unique feature about the SDC is our dedication
and focus on high quality access control hardware engineered and made in the
U.S.A, while most of the larger competitors manufacture overseas. SDC is
totally committed only to the engineering of the highest quality access control
hardware and our product costs are very competitive with both low and high end
SDC occupies a 24,000 square foot factory in the
exclusive area of Camarillo, CA. Additionally, SDC
works with specific vendors with thousands of square feet dedicated to SDC
OEM Partnerships & Product Design: SDC has an excellent reputation for the development and
manufacturing of products for several major U.S. door hardware manufacturers.
Products recently developed for others include electrified exit devices,
delayed egress exit devices, power supplies, delayed egress locks and access
control peripherals. Several standard SDC products are sold to other
manufactures for private labeling. David Geringer manages all OEM and
product design partnerships.
Lean Manufacturing: SDC utilizes a
Lean Manufacturing System to produce SDC products. In doing so product quality
and output is increased, material needs are provided for in real time, while
manufacturing each product individually, as apposed to several units at the
same time. All parts associated with each product are within arms reach at all
times along with detailed assembly drawings for assembler reference and insured
ShipQuick™ Inventory: SDC
maintains an inventory of over 150 finished products that can ship to our distributors within 24 hours from either the
east coast or west coast SDC facilities.
98% On time Delivery: SDC maintains an on time delivery
average of over 98% and as much as 99% for all product orders.
Security Door Controls®
Premium Grade Access Control Hardware™
EmLock® - Magnetic Locks
Excel™ Magnetic Locks
HiShear® - Magnetic Shear Locks
Spacesaver® - Narrow Mortise Bolt Locks
|HiTower® - Frame Actuator Controlled
Selectric® - Electrified Mortise Lockset
Electra™ - Electrified Cylindrical Lockset
Spectra™ - Exit Devices,
Sure Exit® - Exit Sense Bar
Entry Check® - Access Controls
Exit Check® - Delayed Egress Locks
PRODUCTS AND APPLICATIONS
SDC continues to focus on development of new
products and innovations to maintain the position as a the single brand,
one-source, and manufacturer/supplier of mechanical and electric access control
hardware to our customers. Attention is also given to the continuous
improvement of existing product lines.
SDC offers complete engineered design packages detailed to specific customer
needs. The SDC staff analyzes the need, and
then uses state-of-the-art techniques that design a system for a particular
problem. A System Design Information Folder is presented to the customer,
covering general instructions and technical details. This information is
designed to assist in proper installation, and clarify method of operation per
NEW PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARDS & PATENTS
SDC has been awarded scores of patents from the United States Patent and
Trademark Office for of new product design innovation. These patents represent
an impressive collection of industry firsts by a single company. SDC also holds
several brand trademarks names known throughout the security industry.
Since 1997 SDC has received 12 Security Industry
Association (SIA) “Product Achievement” awards and “Security Industry Finest”
awards for new product development and an additional 12 certificates of
recognition from SIA for “Commitment to Innovation and Excellence in Product
The SDC website has won the SIA New Product Showcase Product Achievement award
for Business Services. The SDC website permits users to specify products, save
job folders online and send and receive quotations and RFQ’s to business
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
SDC has been recognized by the California State Assembly for outstanding impact
on local and state economy. The management and employees of SDC are proud to
share with our valued customers these accomplishments and honors leading up to
our most successful years.
BHMA SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THEDEVELOPMENT OF PRODUCT STANDARDS
As a member of the Builders Hardware
Manufacturers Association (BHMA) Subcommittee for the Development of Product
Standards, the SDC staff contributes expertise and experience for the
development of ANSI and BHMA national standards for mechanical,
electromechanical and electromagnetic locks.
801 Avenida Acaso
Camarillo, CA 93012
David A Geringer, President
Richard G. Geringer, Vice President, Marketing
Shane Geringer, Vice President,
Gloria Marchand – Secretary/Treasurer
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT
We want to be recognized for providing the
highest quality products and complete customer satisfaction.
The management and employees of SDC are
committed to providing innovative, high quality security products and services
that meet our customer needs. Through training and continuous process
improvement, we will endeavor to deliver the highest quality product to our
customers on time, every time.
Industrial, commercial, institutional, government, utilities, airports,
financial, education, universities, health care, transportation, research,
nuclear facilities, libraries, art galleries, museums, zoos.
Sales & Distribution
Through contract hardware distributors, wholesale lock distributors, security
equipment distributors who supply contactors, systems integrators, electronic
security dealers and lock hardware dealers and installers.
SDC and SDC executive management is affiliated with the following Industry
PUBLIC RELATIONS COUNCIL, ADVERTISING AGENCY
Chief Marketing Officer
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High Rise Safety
SDC is recognized for the developing the first electrified lockets approved for
stairwell door applications. Today, SDC HiTower®, Selectric® and Electra®
premium grade electrified mortise and cylindrical locks are installed in
thousand of buildings dominating skylines worldwide.
SDC has earned twelve SIA New Product Achievement and Security Industry Finest
Awards since 1997. In addition, SDC has received numerous SIA New Product
Showcase certificates of recognition for Commitment to Innovation and
Excellence in New Product Development.
Projects Short List
- Austonion High Rise, Austin TX
- NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL
- Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
- Museum of Modern Art, New York
- J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- King Khalid International Airport,
- Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia
- New DOHA International Airport, Qatar
- Chek Lap KOK Airport, Hong Kong
- Bank of America, U.S.A.
- Chase Bank, U.S.A
- California State Capital, East End Project
- Duke Energy Nuclear Plants,
N. & S. Carolina
- Exxon Mobile, U.S.A.
- JFK International Airport; NY
- University Southern California
- USC Medical Center
- UC Davis Research Center
- LA Unified School Distric, Los Angeles
- Arizona State University, Arizona
SDC has been awarded scores of patents for:
- Mechanical Locks & Exit Devices
- Electric Strikes • Electric Latch Retraction
- Electric Cylindrical Locks
- Electric Mortise Locks
- Actuator Controlled Locks
- Electromagnetic Locks
- Magnetic Shear Locks
- Delayed Egress Locks
- Delayed Egress Exit Devices
- Exit Sense Bars
- Programable System Logic Controllers
- Failsafe / Failsecure lock with quick change window
- Electronic locking system
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