Chase Doors Celebrates 90 Year Anniversary with Launch of National Traffic Door Day on September 28th.
September, 26th 2022
CINCINNATI, Ohio, September 20, 2022 – Chase Industries, Inc., founded by Chase Blum in 1932, began its operation as an insulated walk-in cooler and specialty refrigeration equipment manufacturer. Ninety years later, Chase Doors is the world’s oldest, largest, and most progressive manufacturer of double-acting impact traffic doors and specialty doors.
To celebrate this milestone, the National Archives has officially designated September 28th as National Traffic Door Day. This day will celebrate Chase and Eliason traffic doors and the businesses that use them to keep customers and employees safe.
Traffic doors create an efficient traffic flow in restaurants, retail and industrial spaces and help provide peace, tranquility, and a stylish separation solution where folks dine and shop so they can enjoy the environment and company around them. They add value and efficiency to applications with multi-directional openings where visual, sound, and environmental barriers are required. These doors are extremely durable and capable of withstanding the wear and tear associated with sales-to-back room and walk-in cooler openings in high volume establishments. Known for their long-term value, they are ideal for use in supermarkets, retail establishments, institutions, industries, restaurants, and food service operations.
You can celebrate this day by taking a selfie in front of a traffic door at your favorite restaurant, retail store, etc., and posting to social media platforms, using #NationalTrafficDoorDay. At Chase and Eliason, safety is number one. Please be sure to follow all safety protocols when capturing your selfie. You can also support restaurants and businesses that have traffic doors at their locations and thank the service industry individuals that use our doors.
“This day is a celebration of all the employees and customers who have produced and enjoyed our beautiful and protective traffic doors over the past 90 years. We thank all for their dedication and loyalty to Senneca.” – Clark Hale – Chief Executive Officer, Senneca Holdings
“Many companies do not survive longer than 5 years and even less exist for more than 20 years. 90 years of supplying retail, restaurant, and industrial industries with innovative solutions for their openings is how Chase Doors has thrived. Thank you to all our employees and industry partners on achieving this significant milestone.” – Hal Shapiro, SVP, Sales and Marketing
“We are proud to be the industry leader of traffic door solutions for our customers for 90 years. Protecting our customer’s assets by providing top quality products is a top priority at Chase/Eliason. We understand the importance of our product in restaurants, retail and industrial spaces and will continue to listen to our customers and work with them to develop a product that meets their needs. Happy National Traffic Door Day!” – Jason Horn, Director of Operations
“I have had the pleasure of being associated with Chase for more than thirty-five of the company’s first 90 years. The partnerships developed over the years with our customers have fueled our growth these first 90 years and will remain key to sustaining our success in the future. We thank all the customers who have made these first 90 years possible,” – Mike Evans, Vice President of National Sales Accounts.
“I have had the honor of representing the Chase/ Senneca products for thirty-five plus years. This company has always represented not only great products, but great people!” – Glenn Oltmanns, Senior Vice President, OEM Account Sales
“Chase Doors is observing 90 years of great customers, people, and products. Without having the best of all three we would not have had the longevity that we celebrate. Thank you to our employees – Your creativity, hard work and dedication inspire us. Thank you to our customers – Your support, loyalty and satisfaction drive and motivate us to continuously improve. I look forward to our continued success and I am honored to be part of such a wonderful team.” – Rick Paterni, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management
To learn more about this day, please visit National Traffic Door Day – National Day Archives for more information.
Chase Doors is part of the Senneca Holdings family of brands. Senneca Holdings is a designer and manufacturer of a broad portfolio of specialty doors for commercial and industrial application and enclosures for mission critical environments. Our brands are some of the most widely recognized names in the industry and include Chase Doors, Eliason, ColdGuard, Curtron, Door Engineering, Saino, Subzero and Thermoseal. We are committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations by supplying doors that offer safety and protection to our customers’ most important assets…people, products, capital investments and processes.
Door Engineering Launches Premier Hydraulic Door System
October, 22nd 2019
MANKATO, Minnesota – We are pleased to announce the official launch of the Premier Hydraulic Door System for aviation applications. This single panel, hydraulic door system is designed to outlast and outperform all other hydraulically operated doors currently on the market. Door Engineering, a brand of Senneca Holdings, will be showcasing this new product at the 2019 NBAA show in Las Vegas, booth number C13436.
“I am excited to bring on a brand-new product line that’s focused exclusively on the aviation industry. The Premier Hydraulic Door System is built for aviation professionals, by door professionals. The Premier Hydraulic Door from Door Engineering rounds out our portfolio and allows us to offer the best solution for the application.” – Brian Leary – President, Industrial Division
Door Engineering manufactures products for commercial and industrial applications including Aviation, Gating and Security, and Fire Stations.
Next Generation Hydraulic Door System
The Premier Hydraulic Door System from Door Engineering is produced for both new and existing structures and comes standard with our exclusive submersible hydraulic pump for ultra-quiet operation. Our Smart Door® Technology upgrade, allows for a soft-start open and close that is unique to this hydraulic door. This technology eliminates the need for continuous button hold providing one touch door operation, offering the ability to stop the door in any position, and then open or close as desired. The smooth open and close motion also helps reduced fatigue on door components and is easily integrated into new or existing building control systems.
About Senneca Holdings
Senneca Holdings designs and manufactures a broad portfolio of specialty doors for commercial and industrial applications as well as enclosures for mission critical environments. Everywhere you go, you will find the brands of Senneca Holdings – in supermarkets, restaurants, fire stations, airport hangars, hospitals, research centers and even the most advanced pharmaceutical clean rooms as hot and cold aisle data containment centers. Senneca’s brands, skilled and experienced associates and state-of-the-art technologies enable them to successfully exceed expectations.
Senneca Holdings Announces Strategic Acquisition of Hercules from Kingspan
October, 1st 2018
CINCINNATI, Ohio –Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) announced today the purchase of Hercules, a leading manufacturer of high quality, custom, controlled environment doors. Hercules is focused primarily on blast freezer, freezer, cooler, dock, ripening room, automotive test cell, processing, research, and distribution facility applications. Kingspan will continue to provide Hercules doors as an integral part of their offering, allowing Hercules customers to receive the same great customer service they have come to know.
“Our acquisition of Hercules is a unique opportunity for Senneca to add complementary products to our existing portfolio and expand our customer base. It will allow us to better service existing customers through expanded manufacturing capabilities while providing a single point of contact for all their specialty door needs,” said Brian Leary, President of Senneca Holdings Industrial Business Unit.
Alswinn Kieboom, President of Kingspan Insulated Panels added, “Senneca is a leader in the specialty door market and the sale of Hercules allows us to focus on our insulated panel business, while still offering customers a complete solution. Hercules customers will continue to receive industry leading support from their existing Kingspan sales team.”
Founded in 1932, Senneca is a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty doors for diverse and growing industries headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Senneca’s superior design and breadth of specialty doors allows Senneca to offer its’ customers custom products in the shortest lead times. Senneca’s family of brands Chase™, Chem-Pruf™, Cold Guard™, Curtron™, Door Engineering™, Eliason™, Enershield™, FibRDor™, Rubbair™, Saino™, Simplex Isolation Systems™, SubZero Engineering™, Tiger™, Thermoseal™, and TMI™ and are supported by twelve manufacturing facilities and one corporate office. For more information about Senneca, visit www.senneca.com. Senneca is owned by Kohlberg & Company, a leading U.S. middle-market private equity firm based in Mount Kisco, NY.
Senneca Holdings Appoints Robert (Bob) G. Isaman as President & Chief Executive Officer
September, 17th 2018
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Senneca Holdings, Inc. (“Senneca” or the “Company”), the leading North American manufacturer and distributor of specialty doors and enclosures for commercial and industrial end markets, announced that, effective today, Robert (Bob) G. Isaman has been named the Company’s President & Chief Executive Officer. Isaman assumes this role from Jeffery Stark, Senneca’s current Chief Executive Officer, who will become Chairman of the Board of Directors of Senneca. Under Stark’s leadership, Senneca achieved significant growth and completed multiple acquisitions, positioning the Company for its recent acquisition by Kohlberg & Company LLC. In his role as Chairman, Stark will concentrate his efforts on the Company’s business development and M&A initiatives.
Isaman is an Operating Partner at Kohlberg & Company and has an extensive track record of senior leadership experience, including Chief Executive Officer of Stanadyne Corporation and Stolle Machinery Company. Isaman has also held various senior-level leadership positions at Terex Corporation, including President of the Construction and Roadbuilding Divisions, as well as at United Technologies Corporation where he led several International and domestic teams during a 21-year tenure including President, Otis China and President, Fire Safety Americas.
Isaman commented, “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead a very talented Senneca team during a time of great growth opportunities. Senneca has a broad portfolio of long-standing and well-respected brands in the specialty doors industry, and the Company is well-positioned to build upon its history of accelerated growth by providing our customers with the highest quality products and best-in-class service.”
Isaman assumes the CEO role from Jeffery Stark, who commented, “Bob’s breadth of experience in leading and growing a variety of industrial businesses into world-class enterprises positions him well for his new role at Senneca. It has been my great privilege to work with such a dedicated and skilled group of people to build Senneca into the leading specialty door manufacturer. I look forward to continuing to work with Senneca as Chairman to help drive the Company’s next phase of growth.”
SENNECA HOLDINGS ACQUIRED BY KOHLBERG & COMPANY
May, 14th 2018
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Senneca Holdings, Inc. (“Senneca” or the “Company”), the leading North American manufacturer and distributor of specialty doors and enclosures for commercial and industrial end markets, announced today that it has been acquired by Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. (“Kohlberg”), a leading private equity firm headquartered in New York, from Audax Private Equity (“Audax”).
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Senneca designs and manufactures a broad portfolio of built-to-order specialty doors including traffic doors, flexible strip doors, specialty glass doors, and data center enclosures under industry leading brands such as Chase™, Eliason™, TMI™, Thermoseal™ and SubZero™. Founded in 1932, Senneca offers superior design and engineering processes enabling the Company to support a diverse set of customers across multiple end markets.
Jeffrey Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Senneca Holdings, remarked, “We are enthusiastic to be entering the next chapter of the Company alongside our new partners at Kohlberg. Kohlberg has a three decade track record of successfully investing in industrial manufacturing businesses with a focus toward
long-term growth. Kohlberg represents a well-capitalized partner that will accelerate our ability to grow through both organic growth initiatives and strategic add-on acquisitions.”
“Senneca is the clear market leader in specialty doors and enclosure systems, providing its customers a full-suite of high quality, customized enclosure solutions,” commented Benjamin Mao, Partner of Kohlberg. “We see exciting growth opportunities for Senneca, and look forward to partnering with management in the next phase of the Company’s development.” Robert (Bob) G. Isaman, Operating Partner of Kohlberg, remarked, “Senneca represents a tremendous opportunity to invest in best-in-class manufacturing assets. I look forward to partnering with the Company’s experienced management team to drive further operational efficiencies across the platform and accelerate growth.”
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal counsel to Kohlberg. Antares Capital, Golub Capital, Partners Group and Goldman Sachs Asset Management led the debt financing for the transaction.
Founded in 1932, Senneca is a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty doors for diverse and growing industries headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Senneca’s superior design and breadth of specialty doors allows Senneca to offer its’ customers custom products in the shortest lead times. Senneca’s family of brands includes Chase™, Chem-Pruf™, Cold Guard™, Curtron™, Door Engineering™, Eliason™, Enershield™, FibRDor™, Rubbair™, Saino™, Simplex Isolation Systems™, Tiger™, Thermoseal™, and TMI™ and are supported by twelve manufacturing facilities and one corporate office.
Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. (“Kohlberg”) is a leading private equity firm headquartered in New York. Since its inception in 1987, Kohlberg has organized eight private equity funds, through which it has raised $7.5 billion of committed equity capital. Over its 31-year history, Kohlberg has completed 72 platform investments and approximately 170 add-on acquisitions, with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $15 billion. For more information, please visit www.kohlberg.com
SENNECA HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF SUBZERO ENGINEERING
August, 7th 2017
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) announced it has acquired SubZero Engineering, headquartered in Salt Lake City with manufacturing facilities in Salt Lake City and Dublin, Ireland. SubZero Engineering, founded in 2005, has quickly become a market leader in data center containment solutions, server cabinets, PDU’s, cages and hyper scale specialty offerings. SubZero co-founder, Vince Lake and existing senior leaders including Charlie McKenrick and Darren Lowndes will continue to lead SubZero’s worldwide growth strategy.
Jeffrey Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Senneca said, “The SubZero Engineering acquisition continues our growth strategy of entering high growth vertical markets where innovative solutions can add value to customers and we can cross-sell existing Senneca products . The explosive growth in the data center industry has created a need for innovative infrastructure solutions to minimize energy consumption and increase deployment speeds of IT equipment. Subzero has built its core competencies around delivering such solutions. Vince, Charlie, and Darren have done a fantastic job leading SubZero Engineering and we look forward to supporting their long-term growth initiatives.”
ABOUT SENNECA HOLDINGS
Founded in 1932, Senneca is a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty doors for diverse and growing industries headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Senneca’s superior design and breadth of specialty doors allows Senneca to offer its’ customers custom products in the shortest lead times. Senneca’s family of brands includes Chase™, Chem-Pruf™, Cold Guard™, Curtron™, Door Engineering™, Eliason™, Enershield™, FibRDor™, Rubbair™, Saino™, Simplex Isolation Systems™, Tiger™, Thermoseal™, and TMI™ and are supported by fourteen manufacturing facilities, one foreign sourcing office and one corporate office. For more information about Senneca, visit www.senneca.com.
ABOUT AUDAX PRIVATE EQUITY
Since its founding in 1999, Audax Private Equity has been focused on building leading middle market companies. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. With offices in Boston, New York and Menlo Park, Audax Group has over $10 billion in assets under management across its Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt business. For more information, visit Audax Group website at www.audaxgroup.com.
Fredrickson & Byron, P.A. served as legal counsel to Senneca.
SENNECA HOLDINGS NAMES KARL ADRIAN CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
June, 22nd 2017
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) announced today that Karl Adrian has joined as Chief Operating Officer. Adrian, a seasoned door industry executive, previously was Vice President and General Manager with Assa Abloy leading Graham Manufacturing, Maiman Company, and Frameworks. Prior to that role, Adrian was Senior Vice President of Marshfield Door Systems and President of Overhead Door Access System Division.
“Karl is a seasoned and trusted leader who has consistently driven results in the door industry. He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic initiatives across the platform with a laser-focus on operational excellence,” said Jeffrey Stark, CEO, Senneca. “I have tremendous confidence in Karl’s ability to lead the Senneca growth initiative and create industry leading door manufacturing facilities.”
Effective immediately, Adrian will assume responsibility for operations, engineering, and health & safety organizations across the platform. He will also be responsible for supporting the overall acquisition strategy.
SENNECA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF TMI INTERNATIONAL LLC.
May, 1st 2017 – Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) announced it has acquired TMI International, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with manufacturing facilities in Pittsburgh; Norcross, GA; Fontana, CA; and Cuyahoga Falls, OH. TMI is the leading manufacturer of PVC material, modular cleanrooms, and food service solutions and goes to market under three distinctive brands; TMI, Curtron and Simplex Isolation Systems.
Jeffrey Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Senneca said, “The TMI acquisition continues our growth strategy of adding quality products to our current line of specialty commercial and industrial doors. Our customers will greatly benefit from the increased product assortment that this acquisition provides. We are excited to add the TMI, Curtron and Simplex product lines to the Senneca offering.”
SENNECA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF DOOR ENGINEERING
August, 3rd 2016 – Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) is proud to announce that it has acquired Door Engineering. Headquartered in Kasota, Minnesota, Door Engineering designs and manufactures customized industrial, commercial, aviation and specialty doors. With over 10,000 door systems installed worldwide, Door Engineering’s door systems are built for not only long-lasting durability but also for low maintenance, speed, and safety.
Jeffrey Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Senneca, said, “We are excited to add the Door Engineering product line to the Senneca offering. As a leading manufacturer of custom specialty doors in North America, adding Door Engineering products will deepen our penetration into the emergency response, municipal, commercial, and aviation vertical markets. They have been making custom specialty doors for over 50 years, and we look forward to continuing that tradition in Minnesota.”
SENNECA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF ENERSHIELD AIR BARRIERS
July, 25th 2016 – Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) announced it has acquired Enershield Air Barriers. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Enershield engineers, manufactures and sells air barrier equipment that uniquely controls the flow of air between the building and outside to minimize energy loss and to create a barrier for insect and dust control. These products are widely used in retail, restaurant, commercial, and industrial applications and will continue to be manufactured in Canada.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Senneca is a specialty custom door manufacturer providing solutions to the retail, restaurant, supermarket, pharmaceutical, food processing, waste water treatment, hospital, medical, and other diversified commercial and industrial end markets. Since Audax’ initial investment in 2014, Senneca has completed five acquisitions, diversifying the company’s product offering, broadening its manufacturing capabilities and its’ geographic footprint.
Jeffrey Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Senneca stated, “We are excited to add the Enershield product line to the Senneca offering. We are striving to become the one-stop-shop for retail, commercial, and industrial specialty doors and believe the addition of this technology brings us one step closer to this goal and broadens our product offering. We are constantly looking for ways to add value to the customer and this product delivers through energy savings, dust and insect control, reduced equipment maintenance and increased employee comfort. We look forward to bringing this solution to our customers.”
Michael Launer, founder of Enershield said, “Adding our brand to the other high quality brands associated with Senneca will accelerate our growth plans by leveraging their sales organization and customer base and expanding our footprint in the United States.” Mike will stay on with Senneca to help oversee the sales growth of this product line.
SENNECA HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF RUBBAIR DOOR
May, 18th 2015 – Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) announced it has acquired Rubbair Door (“Rubbair”). Headquartered in Ayer, Massachusetts, Rubbair, manufactures and sells high quality traffic doors to the retail and cold storage marketplace. Rubbair, a division of Eckel Industries, a family owned and operated business, has been manufacturing specialty doors since 1952.
Senneca Holdings, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of customized doors, including traffic, corrosion resistant, PVC, strip, cold storage, reach-in glass, fire and sliding doors. Founded in 1932, Senneca offers superior design and engineering processes, and supports the development of green product innovations. Senneca Holdings’ family of brands includes Chase™, Chem-Pruf™, ColdGuard™, Eliason™, Fib-R-Dor™, Saino™, Simon™, Tiger™, and Thermoseal™.
Jeffrey Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Senneca said, “We are delighted to add the Rubbair team and product line to our growing specialty door business. Their excellent products add further diversification to our product portfolio. The Eckel family has built an exceptional specialty door company which we will continue to operate independently from the Ayer facility as a subsidiary of Senneca. We are excited about realizing the full potential for the Rubbair brand.”
Oliver Ewald, Managing Director of Audax Group said, “Rubbair strengthens Senneca’s presence in the retail market, and expands our geographic footprint. We look forward to partnering with their management team to continue growing Senneca’s business organically and through strategic add-on acquisitions.”
SENNECA HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF THERMOSEAL INDUSTRIES.
March, 18th 2015 – Senneca Holdings (“Senneca”) announced it has acquired Thermoseal Industries (“Thermoseal”). Headquartered in Gloucester City, New Jersey, Thermoseal, manufactures and sells doors and insulating glass units used as part of display, reach-in and walk-in cases and compartments.
Senneca Holdings, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of customized doors, including traffic, corrosion resistant, PVC, strip, cold storage, fire and sliding doors. Founded in 1932, Senneca offers superior design and engineering processes, and supports the development of green product innovations. Senneca Holdings’ family of brands includes Chase™, Chem-Pruf™, ColdGuard™, Econo Max™, Eliason™, Fib-R-Dor™, Saino™, and Simon™.
Oliver Ewald, Managing Director of Audax Group said, “Thermoseal strengthens Senneca’s presence in the retail market, and broadens our product portfolio and technical capabilities. We look forward to partnering with their management team to continue growing Senneca’s business organically and through strategic add-on acquisitions.”
Jeffrey Stark, Chief Executive Officer of Senneca said, “We are delighted to add the Thermoseal team and product line to our growing cold storage door business. Their excellent products add further diversification to our product portfolio. Cold-storage, traffic and corrosion resistant doors are routinely selected by retail customers concurrently, and we have a unique capability to provide custom solutions for all challenges.
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. served as legal counsel to Senneca