Relevance of AAADM

October 4, 2012
Blog from the President:
For the past four years, I have pondered about the relevance of “AAADM” which is the American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers.
Here are my problems with this organization:
1.  By quickly looking at the member’s origination, 66.67% of these companies are European, Canadian or Japanese.  So, my hypothesis is the American Association
of Automatic Door Manufacturers mostly originate from outside the U.S. and are not American.  American to me means an
American Company –such as Stanley or Larcor (ATEK) – building product here and originated from the U.S.

a.   So, here is the breakdown on where these companies originate:

i.  ATEK Products (used to be Larcor) – Minnesota–USA

ii.  BEA – Belgium

iii.  Besam or Assa Abloy – Sweden

iv.  Bircher Reglomat – Switzerland

v.  Boon Edam – Amsterdam

vi.  Camdon Door Controls – Canada

vii.  Curran Engineering –California–USA

viii.  Door Control Services – Texas –USA

ix.  Dorma – Germany

x.  Gildor – California –USA – but designed via Europe

xi.  Horton – Japan

xii.  Ditec Entrematic –Canada

xiii.  MS Sedco – Indiana, USA

xiv.  Nabco Entrances –Japan

xv.  Optex – Japan

xvi.  Record – Switzerland

xvii.  Stanley – Indiana/CT –USA

xviii.  Tormax — Switzerland

Now, that is 6 out of 18 or 33.33% from the US and if Gildor (do not know much about them –sorry) uses mostly European products then it maybe a
European Company with a US affiliate –like most of these companies charade as– then it maybe 5 out of 18 or 27.77%.
Then if you exclude Door Controls Services, which is a distributor and rebuilder (FYI, they buy a lot of product made in China), they really do not manufacture
automatic doors to my knowledge –the count would be 4 out of 18 or 22.22%.
In essence, 77.78% of the aforementioned companies are owned via a European, Canadian or Japanese company and one company is a Distributor and
not a true door manufacturer.  So, American Door Manufacturers really does not mean American—a true oxymoron.    Therefore, my hypothesis is correct!

2.  Next problem what is manufactured in the USA?  Not sure if any of these companies manufacture in the USA.  Again, I am not
sure about Gildor but my guess is the gear trains appear to be European so I am assuming no.  Stanley—one of the biggest
companies of the USA – buy a lot of product via China and have been moving more products over to China to save money.
Stanley can change but they have the swagger to continue to build cheap, cheap, cheap– which is evident.

After talking with Record USA, they claim –since they build the door panels in NC and they
bought a U.S. company (K&M Systems) — they are truly American.  What?  They make most major subassemblies in either Europe or China. Cutting headers and
door panels and importing all other product does not constitute made in the USA claim.  That is so bogus!

Referencing the list, Besam is assembling door packages not manufacturing in NC, and Tormax
(San Antonio, TX) is building panels not manufacturing in Texas.    Horton in Corpus Christi, TX does build
some but now importing more to China and Mexico.  My point is three fold.  Manufacturing door packages vertically scaled
(to include aluminum extrusions, investment castings, motor, electronic assemblies, CNC custom parts, springs, gears and sheet metal) made in the USA
keeps Americans employed at the Door Company, the local U.S. suppliers, and maintains quality door products.
Maybe, the USA needs another association called the Association of American Made Door Manufacturers (AAMDM).
Wow, the list would be short.
Dave Edelbrock
Ps:  “Manufacturing in the USA” can still be accomplished by using local U.S. Suppliers and
Manufacturers.  Our core business (years ago) was manufacturing products which made America strong.  Corporate Greed has sold our manufacturing
expertise down the river and out of this country.  Time to Change America! “Buy American from American made companies!”