To our Valued Customers,
As many of you know, Helton Industries is a family business owned jointly by my father Gerhard Rauch and cofounder Henry Neels. Gerhard and Henry founded Helton 31 years ago after building their first rollformer in the garage of our home. I was nine years old. Since that time, many hardworking employees have contributed to Helton’s growth and success. Today Helton Industries is one of the most respected companies in the overhead door industry, employing 230 people.
For every founder of a company there comes a time when they must decide who will continue the legacy of their company. For Gerhard and Henry this is a very important decision; a critical decision that must ensure success for our Customers and security for our Employees.
It is with this in mind that Gerhard and Henry have decided to transition Helton Industries and our related companies to a new owner. Effective May 10th, Helton has become part of the ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems Group. ASSA ABLOY also recently acquired FlexiForce Group, Europe’s largest manufacturer of door hardware. FlexiForce does in Europe exactly what Helton does in North America. The integration of FlexiForce and Helton creates the largest independent manufacturer of overhead door hardware in the world. As a result Helton Industries will have improved purchasing power, increased product range, and support to expand geographically.
Helton will become the platform for growth in North America. We will also assume responsibility for FlexiForce’s Dixon Illinois facility, thereby reducing freight costs to our customers farther east. All Helton employees and management will remain. I will continue in my current role, but with a new title of CEO and responsibility for Abbotsford and Dixon locations. Henry will stay on to support operations, and my brother Jeff will continue to run our Canadian distribution business. From a customer perspective, there is no change.
Helton Industries has been in my life since I was a child. It has been the work of my family for many years and I care for it deeply. That is why I support this transition so fully. ASSA ABLOY is a door company at its very core. In addition to FlexiForce, they own companies like Dynaco, Megadoor, and Albany. They only pursue companies who perform at the top of their industries. They allow each company to operate independently, but with the benefit of synergies within the group. The result for our employees will be opportunity and security. The result for our customers is value and innovation.
As a customer you have demanded that we perform. You have made us who we are today. Thank you for your loyalty and commitment. We look forward to the exciting journey ahead.
Vice President and General Manager