November and December Manufacturer Price Updates

2018-11-02T14:56:26+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|All, Business, Industry|

Multiple manufacturers will change their prices in November and December. Below is a list of these manufacturers along with effective dates, increase percentage(s), and, if available, a link to the new price book(s). Please note that some of these figures have been gathered indirectly; please consult with your local rep [...]

Medeco Turns 50

2018-10-21T15:33:59+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|All, High Security, History, Industry|

On Saturday, Medeco celebrated 50 years in business with a large party at their Salem, Virginia headquarters. I was lucky enough to be there. Before I discuss the celebration, let me stress how beautiful of a place Salem and the Roanoke Valley is. I took these pictures from Medeco's parking [...]

Tyler’s Take: Online Locksmith Diplomas

2018-10-07T09:33:45+00:00 October 11th, 2018|All, Business, Industry|

Introduction I was recently contacted by someone from a staffing agency who had seen our How to Become A Locksmith article. Her client is interested in becoming a locksmith. In her client's area there were no active ALOA or locksmith chapters to join. Furthermore, there were no classes scheduled anytime [...]

Tyler’s Take: Make ALOA Great Again

2018-07-20T12:02:39+00:00 July 26th, 2018|All, Industry|

I have decided that I will run for the position of ALOA's Southeast Director in 2019. My goals are to increase membership numbers, increase revenue for the Association, attract "young blood" to the trade and Association, expand education opportunities, revitalize the PRP, and increase convention attendance while lowering vendor/attendee costs. [...]

ALOA 2018: Day 3, 4

2018-07-18T10:23:59+00:00 July 14th, 2018|All, Industry|

The Meat and PotatoesApologies for the delay between the day 2 and 3,4 posts, Thursday and Friday were the meat and potatoes of the convention and I've stayed busy. Thursday I was in a class all day learning more about Large Format Interchangeable Cores. The instructor, Bill Lynk, did a [...]

ALOA 2018: Day 2

2018-07-11T23:04:42+00:00 July 12th, 2018|All, Industry|

Settling In and Looking Around Today started with the only piece of locksmith business I had on tap for the day: picking up my ID badge, registration paperwork, and welcome bag. I can't remember the process from the last time I was at the ALOA convention (2009) but this time [...]

ALOA 2018: Day 1

2018-07-11T08:58:45+00:00 July 11th, 2018|All, Industry|

Departure and Arrival I live in a northern suburb of Atlanta. It's about a 10 hour drive to Washington D.C. Since we have an 18 month old who's entered the "terrible twos" early, according to his doctor, we decided it might be best to drive to the ALOA convention rather [...]

Other Lock Reference Websites

2018-06-25T18:07:57+00:00 June 26th, 2018|All, Industry|

We are not the only reference website available to help locksmiths. Here are a few others, in no particular order, that cover many of the same topics we do: Lockwiki Lockwiki, as it names suggests, is a lock reference website structured in a format similar to Wikipedia. Currently, there are [...]