Chasing a Cure for HLH

The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation hosted a 700 mile bike ride to raise money and awareness for a relatively new and rare immune disorder known as HLH. The trip, 700 Miles to Hope, was divided into 7 sections where participants would ride from one city to another over a span of 7 days. Starting in Natchez, Mississippi and riding all the way to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, our Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mike Hegner, was one of those participants.

Each day the ride was dedicated to a patient who is currently battling HLH. The second leg of the 700 mile ride was dedicated to a little boy named Bogdon. A strong and smart young man, Bogdon was determined to participate, so he figured out a way that he could. He peddled an exercise bike from his hospital bed to be part of the team! Bogdon said he pedaled 100 times forward, and 100 times backwards since the riders rode over 100 miles for him.

We’re very proud of our Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for demonstrating a great deal of strength, determination and compassion by participating in this event. With many elevation changes, Mother Nature and fatigue setting in, the ride was definitely challenging, but totally worth it! The participants of the 700 Miles to Hope ride were able to raise more than $335,000 for HLH research. Thank you all for your selfless acts of kindness in the efforts to raise awareness for HLH.

The 700 mile journey will end today as participants arrive at their final destination in Cincinnati, but the journey to find a cure for HLH still remains. Learn more about the 700 Miles to Hope bike ride, HLH and the Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation here:

700 Miles to Hope Bike Ride

700 Miles to Hope Bike Ride



BOSTON, MA – September 17, 2014 – Audax Group announced it has acquired Chase Industries, Inc. (“Chase Doors”) from Sentinel Capital Partners. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Chase is a leading manufacturer and distributor of customized doors, including traffic, corrosion resistant, PVC, strip, cold storage, fire, and sliding doors. Founded in 1932, Chase Doors offers superior design and engineering processes, as well supporting the development of green product innovations. Chase Doors’ family of brands includes Chase™, Chem-Pruf™, ColdGuard™, Econo Max™, Eliason™, Fib-R-Dor™, Saino™, and Simon™.

Geoffrey S. Rehnert, Co-CEO of Audax Group, said “Chase Doors is a manufacturer of customized doors with an unparalleled reputation in the market. We look forward to partnering with Jeffrey Stark and the rest of the Chase team to grow the business organically and through strategic add-on acquisitions.”

Jeffrey Stark, CEO of Chase Doors, said “We are excited to have Audax as our new partner. The firm’s track record of sourcing and integrating add-on acquisitions will enhance our ability to grow, while continuing to build on our brand’s reputation of market-leading quality and value.”

Houlihan Lokey and Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Chase. Ropes & Gray LLP and Fredrikson & Byron P.A. served as counsel to Audax Group. Golub Capital provided financing for the transaction.


Audax Group, founded in 1999, is a leading investor in lower-middle market companies.  With offices in Boston, New York and Menlo Park, Audax has over $6 billion in assets under management in its Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt businesses.  For more information visit the Audax Group website

Saying Farewell to Another Retiring Chase Employee!

Tim's Retirement

In 1974, Tim McGrath started working with Chase Doors and has been with the company ever since. He has been a valued member of our production team through the years and has always been proud of his company and the products he produces. Hard working is a great term to describe Tim; he has always been a very determined worker and production team employee. After talking to Tim, he is anxious to see what this next chapter holds for him. Tim has been with Chase for 39 years and has contributed greatly to our production facility as a Flexible Door Technician.

When talking to Tim, I asked to hear his favorite memory while working for Chase. He told me that before he worked for Chase he was in the food industry and really enjoyed the transition into his job with Chase. The switch over to the new setting was very welcoming and proved beneficial. Tim enjoyed working with people that were easy to communicate with and he would always strive to make his boss proud. Producing a great product was very important to Tim and the manufacturing process was one of the things he found most enjoyable. Tim has seen a great number of changes during his time at Chase. He stated that there has been a significant increase of the products produced and that the knowledge base has expanded along with the product line. His favorite addition to the door line is the DuraShield bug door.

When I asked Tim if he remembers his first day at Chase, he told me it was a shift of putting together hardware. He spent the time getting to know the place and working diligently with his hands. Tim was able to remember all the good memories he has had with his coworkers and will miss spending time with his friends here at Chase, of course we will miss spending time with him as well.

Tim would like to be remembered by his fellow employees as being a hard worker. Tim has always been dedicated to his job and has placed great emphasis on producing quality products. If he could leave any words of advice to the new employees, it would be to not waste time when working and always be open to sharing new ideas that could prove beneficial to the company.

Upon retirement, Tim is looking forward to relaxing, but being the dedicated and proud worker he is, also completing some work around the house. We wish Tim the very best and thank him for all the great work and years of service here at Chase Doors!

Chase Doors is Cutting Edge with 3D Printing

In today’s business, technology is constantly improving and raising the bar. We now live in an age where technology is taking over everyday life. The days of old manufacturing are over and new methods of operation are sweeping in, replacing the long traditions of modern business. Costly, yes, but also effective in setting itself apart in the industry. There is one new use of technology known as 3D printing that is taking over how businesses are able to construct a product. This innovation is sweeping the globe and catching on quick with top manufacturing companies.

3D printing is essentially the process of taking an image of a product or item, making it third dimensional on a computer using a design software and then sending that to a printer that will construct the item layer by layer. The labor is nonexistent! The layers will continue to fall on one another until the finished product is constructed. It can be a timely process but the final product will represent an impressive visual to work off of. More people will catch up with this innovation and find out that this new piece of technology is the future and is here to make our lives much easier. Here at Chase Doors we have successfully used this process to produce the prototype for our new strip door bracket, the Fast-Mount.

Just like Chase Doors, many companies are currently utilizing the 3D printed technology to better their business and grow with innovation. Companies such as General Electric, Boeing, and Ford are using 3D printers to expand the product line and produce needed parts at a much more efficient level. This has shown to cut long-term costs and provide time saving material that can help businesses grow. Overall, 3D printing will serve as the future of business technology. Being a more efficient and innovative way to manufacture, this new process will be the talk of tomorrow!

Chase Doors 3D Printer

For more information contact Chase Doors at 800.543.4455

A Big Congratulations and Farewell to Newly Retired Employee Dan Smith

Dan Smith Retirement Photo

On June 27th, 1977, an employee named Dan Smith began working for Chase Doors. At the time, Chase Doors was located in Reading, Ohio. It had a small office that held about 12 people and a 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility, but the people there had a large amount of confidence and drive for the future. Dan Smith was one of the twelve individuals.

After 37 hardworking years, Dan is retiring from the Customer Service Department and is beginning the next chapter of his life. After speaking with Dan, he feels a level of excitement, nervousness and anticipation for this next great chapter in his life. Being with the company a long time, I thought it would be interesting and exciting to sit down and hear about his time with Chase and the many memories he has made along the way.

During his time at Chase Doors, Dan remembers traveling with the sales staff on the extended trips to different trade shows. In some instances, the trade shows were half month long expeditions. Dan stated that these shows were great for networking and expanding the company. As Dan recollected his time here at Chase, he was able to recall some quality moments with his fellow coworkers. He explained that the team environment was what he enjoyed most about working with Chase Doors and that everyone was more than willing and able to help each other with any challenges that arose. Dan said he has made many great lasting friendships, which made his 37 years with Chase so enjoyable. I asked Dan what he will miss most and without hesitation he said his relationships with his customers. Dan has always been able to connect with his customers and deliver great customer service.

Of course, over the years, Dan has seen and witnessed many changes at Chase. After all, when he first started the flexible door was the main product sold. So Dan has watched the company expand its product line and see tremendous growth. He commented that the evolution of products was something truly remarkable and he was proud to have been a part of it.

I asked Dan how he would like to be remembered by his fellow employees and he told me that his hard work and dedication to his job would be a great way to be remembered. He was proud to be a team player and always delivered great performance through his work. He was able to recall his first day at Chase and how everyone around him was very helpful and cooperative. When I asked Dan what his word of advice would be for new employees, he made it clear to take in every moment and give your work every ounce of effort you have. Upon retirement, Dan is looking forward to spending time with his seven grandchildren and enjoying the summer with his family. We here at Chase wish Dan the best of luck and thank him for all of his hard work and years of service he has put into the company! Most importantly, we want Dan to know he will be missed.

New Strip Door is a Cinch to Install

Did you ever go to install something and think wow this is going to be a pain? You look at the installation instructions and it looks more like a book with a bunch of jibber jabber in it. You actually wonder whether or not the person that wrote the instructions actually installed the product. Well, I am here to tell you that Chase has developed a new strip door that is so fast and easy to install that you will think to yourself why didn’t they develop this new strip door sooner. As a matter of fact, I was able to hang a 4’ x 7’ strip door in a matter of minutes. Check out the video and see for yourself just how easy it is to install.

Chase Doors’ new Fast-Mount strip door system eliminates multiple studs and fasteners. The bracket is a low profile aluminum extrusion that is very strong and has a smooth, clean finish. Each strip curtain is pre-hung and sealed on a hanger that slides easily onto the bracket, so there is no more time consuming layout, measuring, or calculating the overlap of strips. In fact, the strip curtain is designed so that when it is installed a preset overlap has already been established.

Fast-Mount Strip Door

Fast-Mount Strip Door

To learn more, visit our site, give us a call (800.543.4455) or send us an email at

Chase Doors is at the IDA Expo

IDA Expo is one of the largest door and access system expositions in the world, and this year is no exception. With over 150 Exhibitors, Chase is proud to be a part of this show. Not only do we get to see old friends and meet new ones, but we get the opportunity to show off our new products, the Fast-Mount Strip door and the DuraSpan Insulated Curtain.

Las Vegas

IDA People

The new Fast-Mount Strip Door by Chase makes the job of hanging strip doors even easier. The Fast-Mount design eliminates multiple studs and fasteners, and ensures a simple, fast installation. Simply attach the mounting bracket to the wall, slide the J-Hook Strips into the bracket and install the locking screws at each end to hold the strips in place. No more time consuming layout, measuring or calculating overlap of strips as a preset overlap has already been established. The J-Hooks have a continuous welded bond between each strip. If the strips ever come unsealed from the J-Hook we guarantee free replacement including freight.

Fast-Mount Strip Door

Fast-Mount Strip Door

In addition to the Fast-Mount Strip Door, Chase is also exhibiting a flexible traffic door and two impact traffic doors, the Durulite Standard and Retailer, both of which are constructed with rotationally molded polyethylene outer skin and a Non-CFC urethane foam core. The ColdGuard Swing door incorporates a tough and thermally neutral fiberglass reinforced pultrusion framework, FRP face casings and a Non-CFC foamed-in-place polyurethane core. Also on display is the DuraShield Roll-up Vinyl and Bug Door and the beautiful Fib-R-Max fiberglass Door that just so happens to be the strongest, most durable and dependable fiberglass door on the market! Last but definitely not least, our DuraSpan Insulated and Non-insulated Curtains are on display and trust me, this is an economical solution to dividing up space that you won’t want to miss out on!

IDA Expo Chase Booth

In you are in Las Vegas be sure to stop by and visit us at booth 614!

Sweet Packaging: 6 Pack Dealer Display

Time for a pop quiz, multiple choice:

Why is the candy display in grocery stores so effective? Is it because:
A) The candy’s size is easy to grab and take along
B) The candy display is easily accessible, and therefore more desirable
C) The candy’s availability enables it to be an unintended purchase
D) All of the Above

As you may remember from middle school, “All of the Above” is usually a safe bet. The answer “D” encompasses a lot about treats, but also says something about ready to go packaging and a clean display. In this case, our easy to grab, accessible, and unintended purchase is not actually candy, but our 6 Pack Dealer Display for EconoMax™ strip doors for walk-in coolers and freezers!

EconoMax Strip Door 6 Pack Dealer Display

EconoMax Strip Door 6 Pack Dealer Display

Much like a candy bar display, Chase’s 6 Pack Dealer Display increases stores’ sales per visit because customers can walk out of the door with the strip door rather than having to order it and pick it up later. The Display also packages the strip doors in a relatively easy to carry box so the customer can pick it up as an afterthought. Plus, the display itself is freestanding and has a clean look. The 6 Pack Dealer Display gives customers the benefit of installing the strip door immediately. And not just any strip door, but Chase’s NSF Certified, easy to install EconoMax™ strip doors. Strip doors that will reduce energy loss from cooler to freezer doors by as much as 75% – that’s an easy sell! Customers are much more likely to buy something while they’re already spending money, and buying a quality product that satisfies the requirements for the Energy Independence and Security Act might be the best choice they make all day.

6 Pack Flyer
The 6 Pack Dealer Displays house the 40″ x 84″ EconoMax™ strip door kits, which include 6″ x .060″ USDA low temp reinforced strip material, a bi-mount aluminum bracket, a fastener pack and instructions. The benefits to both the seller and customer are undeniable, so contact a Chase Doors representative today to request more information!

A New Website Specifically for Fiberglass Doors

Chase is ringing in the New Year with a brand new, re-designed website specific for our fiberglass door line. The Fib-R-Dor website has great new features, easy to use navigation and has a ton of information about our corrosion resistant fiberglass door line.

On the product pages we show pictures of the available lite kits, cores, color options and more. We have an awesome photo gallery of doors that have been recently installed. And of course we have a library that includes such items as drawings, specifications, color options, quote forms and installation instructions. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think –

Available Lit Kits for Fiberglass Doors

Available Lit Kits for Fiberglass Doors

Cores available for Fib-R-Lite

Cores available for Fib-R-Lite

Chase Doors offers a complete line of fiberglass doors that are designed for use in extremely corrosive environments, such as pharmaceutical manufacturing, food processing, water / wastewater treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing, cleanrooms, vivarium and coastal applications. Fiberglass doors, also known as FRP doors, can also be used as alternative to stainless steel doors and hollow metal doors in schools, institutions and government facilities, saving thousands of dollars in replacement and maintenance costs.

Chase Doors offers superior design and engineering processes which enhance the functionality, durability, and life of its products. All Chase corrosion resistant doors utilize premium materials and manufacturing methods ensuring that every corrosion resistant door system can withstand highly corrosive environments. All Chase fiberglass doors (Fib-R-Max, Fib-R-Dor and Fib-R-Lite) are covered under a lifetime warranty against failure due to corrosion. No matter what FRP door model you choose, Fib-R-Max®, Fib-R-Dor® or Fib-R-Lite®, Chase Doors’ manufacturing capabilities and exceptional customer service has empowered us to earn a reputation for high quality products that are reliable, durable, and competitively priced.

What Does Custom-Manufacturer Mean?

The definition according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, “custom-made” means that it is made to fit the needs or requirements of a particular person. At Chase Doors, custom-made or custom-manufactured doesn’t just mean manufacturing a door to your specification but actually finding a solution to your problem.

Chase Doors was recently contacted by a company working with the New York Transit Authority. They needed a fire rated sliding door but did not want a closing system, so our Engineers designed a door that met their requirements. Chase’s skilled craftspeople manufactured the door and then submitted it to UL so it could be evaluated and tested. In December, UL determined the door complied with all applicable requirements and issued the UL Mark. The doors will soon be on their way to their new home in New York.

Sliding Fire Door

Custom Door Designed for the New York Transit Authority

Perhaps you or someone you know needs a door to something very specific. Let Chase help design that custom, one of a kind door for your application. Chase Doors have earned a reputation as high quality products that are reliable, durable and competitively priced. Chase’s team of in-house engineers and customer service professionals work with you every step of the way throughout the order process to ensure accuracy before sending the door to production. A seasoned production team, including experienced craftspeople are cross trained to perform a variety of duties ensuring that Chase can meet customer demand with minimal disruption. Let Chase put over 80 plus years of experience to work for you!

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