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Door manufacturer takes an aggresive approach.

Door manufacturer takes an aggressive approach

In the past two years James Murrell's aggressiveness has helped to create more than a dozen jobs in Thunder Bay. And he says he is just getting started.

Murrell bought Quality Door Hardware in 1989 and has since increased its staff from six to 16. Last fall Murrell also purchased Miskelly's Electronics, where he has already hired four additional staff members.

"We're tackling the market very, very aggressively. The two businesses go hand-in-hand, and we are able to offer more services than one-stop shopping," says Murrell.

Quality Door Hardware's business has traditionally been architectural door hardware and lock sets. Today locksmith services are varied and expanding, while new products include commercial steel doors, door frames and fire doors.

"We're offering the largest service department in Thunder Bay for commercial and architectural doors and hardware," says Murrell. "We're encompassing total openings now, not only the locks any more."

Customers include institutions, mills, commercial buildings and construction projects. Quality Door Hardware wins contracts through the bidding process, and Murrell says the company has been very effective in keeping the work in Thunder Bay.

"Historically the largest jobs in Thunder Bay for hollow metal doors and architectural door hardware have gone to companies in Western Canada. We are aggressively trying to stop the outflow of work and, so far, we are succeeding."

Quality Door Hardware has just constructed a 4,400-square-foot building to provide storage and fabrication space for its growing inventory of hollow steel doors. Murrell expects the $400,000 building will increase the company's output of doors by 100 per cent and will house the largest inventory of steel doors in north-western Ontario.

"We're trying to service jobs from start to finish, and with Quality Door Hardware and Miskelly's Electronics we can supply and service doors, hardware, locksmithing, commercial alarm systems, P.A. systems and electronic camera equipment," says Murrell. "Commercial customers like the convenience of getting everything looked after at on place."
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Title Annotation:Report on Construction; James Murrell's Quality Door Hardware
Author:Rapino, Robin
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:May 1, 1991
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