Johnson Hardware Company

Johnson Hardware Company was founded in 1855 and is the oldest company in Nebraska. The company is based in Omaha, with branch locations in Lincoln, North Platte, and Grand Island, Nebraska and Dodge Center, Minnesota.

Johnson distributes builders tools and hardware including locks, exit devices, door latches and keysets, building access control systems, hinges and door control products, residential builders hardware, along with a broad selection of building and hardware accessories. They manufacture steel fire and safety door systems, and provide their customers with prehung wood door units for fire door applications.

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Johnson has five operating divisions:

Johnson Industrial works with large and small construction companies located in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota. Most customers are involved in the commercial construction trade, but a number of the customers are residential builders. These companies can access the entire product offering, including the manufactured door systems.

Omaha Wholesale Hardware sells nationwide to contractors and builders. Using traditional and wholesale sales techniques, OWH distributes the full product offering of builders hardware.

Johnson Contract Division works with architects to determine product specifications for doors, building hardware and related products during the project design phase. Available to all customers, this "take-off" service typically leads to the purchase of the specified products during construction.

Electronic Access Control designs, and installs high security, customer friendly access and lock control systems.

Residential Hardware and Doors is based in Omaha and the division sells door and door hardware to builders in the residential new home and remodel markets.

Johnson operates in the following NAICS Codes:
332321 Metal Window and Door Manufacturing
423610 Electrical Apparatus and Equipment, Wiring Supplies and Related Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
423840 Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
561621 Security Systems Services (except Locksmiths)

Acquisition thinking:

Small local or regional competitors that distribute builders hardware to the contractors and builders.

Small local or regional Fire and Safety Door manufacturers or distributors that are currently competitors to Johnson in those product areas.

Larger companies in nearby regions that are not competitors, but are distributing similar products in the same industry, and would represent a geographic expansion.

Small local or regional competitors engaged in the Electronic Access marketplace.