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SARGENT Manufacturing Company Celebrates 150 Years in New Haven

By Laura Devaney
October 27th, 2014

October 27, 2014 (New Haven, CT) The celebration of SARGENT Manufacturing’s 150 years in the City of New Haven continued this week with a breakfast and factory tour for elected officials from throughout the state at the company’s Sargent Drive location in New Haven.

“We appreciate the support of the elected officials throughout the state and we are grateful for their commitment towards manufacturing skills training and growing precision manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, said SARGENT General Manager Bill Grambo.

On October 11 Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor Toni Harp and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro kicked off the festivities by joining more than 1,000 people including current and retired employees and their families in celebrating the milestone on the company’s front lawn.

“We are one of the most productive manufacturing states in the nation and, with the investments we are making to grow this sector, we are putting ourselves in position for a manufacturing revolution in the state of Connecticut,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “We are proud to have industry leaders like Sargent based here in Connecticut because the work they do strengthens our economy, creates good-paying jobs with good benefits for our residents and makes us a more competitive state overall. It is a pleasure to congratulate Sargent and its employees on reaching this important milestone.”

“My family has seen firsthand how SARGENT has grown from a local company to one that has reached world-class status,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3). “Like so many other immigrant families in New Haven, I have a family member who worked at SARGENT: my grandfather, Cesare Canestri. Joseph Sargent and his company made sure other people could share in their dream, and their employees responded with a dedication and passion for the work that lives on today.”

“I want to acknowledge SARGENT’s long-standing commitment to New Haven and its reliable, capable workforce,” said Mayor Toni N. Harp. “SARGENT has furnished high-quality jobs for generations of New Haven families and has been a conscientious, generous corporate citizen.”

SARGENT Manufacturing Company, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, has been manufacturing locks and accessory hardware in the United States since the early 1800’s, settling in New Haven, Connecticut in 1864. The building industry has long benefited from SARGENT’s leadership to create and improve overall safety and security standards. SARGENT’s employees, both past and present, have championed and developed a culture of innovation and excellence that produces solutions that keep people safe and buildings secure in our local communities and throughout the world. SARGENT products are an integral part of door opening solutions for healthcare facilities and schools as well as military, government and commercial buildings.
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“SARGENT Manufacturing has continued to grow and thrive due to the company’s commitment to innovation,” added ASSA ABLOY Americas, Access and Egress Group President Martin Huddart. “This unwavering commitment to nurturing a culture of innovation allows the company to produce products that the market truly needs.”

SARGENT Manufacturing Company has had a long history of supporting many local non-profit organizations including the March of Dimes, United Way, local theatres and nationally Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few. In addition, the company has shared their expertise and training with local teachers committed to providing science and math education to future manufacturing professionals as well as future architects and designers from the Yale School of Architecture who are shaping our world.

ASSA ABLOY is the largest global supplier of intelligent lock and security solutions, which gives them a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, entrance automation and hotel security. ASSA ABLOY Americas division management and headquarters are located within the SARGENT Manufacturing facility in New Haven. The division’s sales contribute $1.5 billion of the company’s $7.4 billion annual sales. ASSA ABLOY employs over 1,000 Connecticut residents and has 42,000 employees worldwide.

“Throughout my 21 year career at SARGENT Manufacturing and ASSA ABLOY I have had the opportunity to witness it grow into the industry leader it is today,” said Thanasis Molokotos, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY Americas, “The company continues to focus on operational excellence and manufacturing efficiency every day and will continue to do so well into the next century.”

About SARGENT
Founded in the early 1800’s, SARGENT is a market leader in locksets, cylinders, door closers, exit devices, electro-mechanical products and access control systems for new construction, renovation and replacement applications. The company’s customer base includes commercial construction, institutional, and industrial markets. Included in SARGENT’s product offerings are windstorm certified locks and exit devices, hardwired and wireless access control devices, decorative levers and a patented and high security key systems. Visit our website for bored lock, mortise lock, exit device and key system product specifications, http://www.SARGENTlock.com/.

About ASSA ABLOY
ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user demands for security, safety and convenience. www.assaabloydss.com

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About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura