Supporting growth strategies throughout the Western hemisphere, DORMA has acquired Canadian company Rutherford Controls Int’l Corp. (RCI) through DORMA Americas. This acquisition extends DORMA’s portfolio of ANSI-compliant electromechanical access control products and systems, and strengthens DORMA’s presence in the North American market. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, RCI also has a subsidiary in Virginia, a new warehouse opening in southern California, and a sales network of more than 50 agents across North and South America.
“The Americas region provides great opportunities for gaining market share based on our ability to offer integrated premium access solutions, and the RCI acquisition represents a big step forward in this regard,” said Wil VandeWiel, Area President of DORMA Americas.
RCI President Eric Gowland described the opportunities created by the combination of two family businesses in the industry: “RCI is excited to play a key role in accelerating DORMA’s growth throughout the Americas. Joining forces with DORMA will further enhance both our companies’ abilities to dominate our industry as innovative leaders in access control solutions.”
“The Americas area offers the DORMA Group major growth potential. Our acquisition of RCI is a logical continuation of our solution-led business approach aligned to customer benefit,” said DORMA CEO Thomas P. Wagner.
The RCI brand will be retained after the closing of the deal. RCI management is also to remain actively involved in leading the business. DORMA has appointed Josh Horvath as Integration Manager, the officer responsible for ensuring that the transition and RCI’s entry into the DORMA family are successfully facilitated.
Some 50 RCI employees serve the Canadian and U.S. markets, also supporting rapid growth in South America, the Middle East, and Europe. RCI’s main products are electric strikes and electromagnetic locks.
The acquisition was completed on November 8, 2012, with the RCI workforce officially joining the DORMA Group on that date.