Arrow Lock on path to complete transformation

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Thursday, September 4, 2003

September 4, 2003

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. - Two years ago Arrow Lock began slowly moving away from producing locking parts at its own facility to becoming an assembly and warehouse facility.

The final step in that change happens next month, when the company downsizes its facility and moves from its 250,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Brooklyn, N.Y., to a 60,000-square-foot location here.

“We’re changing our type of operation,” said Charles Armstrong, president of Arrow Lock. “Being part of Assa Abloy, we have numerous manufacturing facilities around the country and around the world. You start looking at synergies within the company and there are a number of companies that we could outsource some products to.”

Some of the company’s product part manufacturing has moved to Assa Abloy facilities in Connecticut and Mexico City, said Armstrong. The company has also decreased its workforce from 300 people to 70 employees over a span of two years.

As a result of the changes, Armstrong expects Arrow Lock will increase its efficiencies by using more modern and efficient equipment in place at other sister companies. Company officials also expect faster turnaround of product parts made in neighboring Connecticut, while Arrow Lock will increase its stock levels on parts made in other areas.