Detex Helps Locksmiths Equip North Carolina Senior Center

New Braunfels, Texas – Detex Corporation, manufacturer of high-quality life safety and security door hardware, recently helped fill an important need for residents of a senior living center in Oxford, North Carolina.

Late last year, a volunteer worker at the center noticed that some of the seniors were experiencing difficulty getting in and out of the restrooms because they couldn't handle the heavy doors. When she talked about her concern with her husband (the late Jake Jakubuwski, author, teacher, and technical editor for The National Locksmith Magazine), he contacted Gary Hackney at Detex about the situation. Detex agreed to donate two AO19 Automatic Door Operators to the center, if volunteer installers could be found. Jake called on two installer friends (Steve Bright, of JS Locksmith in Fayetteville, NC, and Scott Spencer, of Absolute Security in Roxboro, NC), who volunteered to install the units at no cost to the center.

Detex sent sales engineer Scott Peck and factory rep Dave Boardman to help guide the installation. Jake organized an installation class with these experts, and invited several other area locksmiths to watch and learn. Not only did the residents gain easier restroom access, but the locksmiths found that the AO19 is easier to install than they've come to expect.

Exclusive to Detex, the AO19 Series Automatic Operated Door System is the only AOD that offers the advantage of one-box installation. The system's door opener controls are mounted and pre-wired in one unit, so it's simple to install, wire and service. It features a super heavy duty, direct drive motor that can operate light or heavy doors in low energy applications. It is available in an EasyKit™ with integrated latch retraction.

"We were pleased to contribute our door operators to the senior center project," said Ken Kuehler, Director of Marketing and Sales at Detex. "Thanks to Jake and the volunteer locksmiths, the mission was accomplished. And we hear that the center's residents are very grateful."

For more than a century, Detex has earned the trust of architects and owners who rely on Detex products for the life safety and security of people and property. A USA company, Detex designs, manufactures, markets and ships products from New Braunfels, Texas. Detex Corporation is known internationally for life safety and security door hardware, loss prevention and architectural hardware, integrated door security systems, and guard tour verification.

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