G&A is a leading locksmith and security solutions provider specializing in mechanical and electronic security hardware. Our company has over 45 years of experience serving customers throughout Waterloo region and Wellington County.
Founded in 1966 by George Uhrig, Al Culshaw, and Gerry Dunkel, G&A Lock Service Ltd. has become a trusted name in security for Southwestern Ontario. In 2012, G&A merged with William Knell & Company, a well-known distributor of Door and hardware supplies. Together, G&A and Knells currently operate with a staff of more than 70 employees, 25 service vehicles and 3 locations.
As one of the largest security solutions providers, we have the manpower needed to complete all types and sizes of projects. We are an authorized dealer for leading high security brands such as Medeco, Mul-T-Lock and Bosch. Without hesitation, we know G&A Lock and Security will exceed all of your security needs.
G&A is a division of William Knell & Co, a leading supplier of Door & Hardware products and services. Knell's has a presence in Ontario which spans 107 years - proudly serving Architects, Contractors, Property Management and Maintenance professionals with a powerfully different approach. Based in Kitchener, Knells has a long history of serving customers and local communities every day, by providing solutions to the construction and trade sectors throughout Southern Ontario. Knell’s strength is customer loyalty, serviced by experienced and passionate employees. For more information about Knells please visit: www.knells.ca.
Our Guelph office has moved!
Kitchener, Ontario — As of August 31, 2015 our new location in Guelph will be at 249 Edinburgh Rd North, Guelph, ON, N1H 5S2
G&A Lock & Security Now Part of
William Knell & Co
William Knell & Company Limited (Knell’s), a leading supplier of industrial supply and door & hardware products in Waterloo region proudly announces that they have acquired well known locksmith and security services company G&A Lock Service Ltd (G&A).
The acquisition of G&A bolsters Knell’s Door & Hardware’s service capabilities. The company’s existing 46 year relationship of working together will make the transition seamless, and will enable Knell’s to offer onsite, 24 hour, service to general contractors, property managers and business owners.
“The combination of Knell’s and G&A will provide a complete offering of products and services to assist our customers design, construct and maintain their projects with a wide range of wood and metal doors, hardware and electronic access control systems. We will be able to work with them through the entire lifecycle of a building – from design thru completion as well as maintenance and repair – working hand-in-hand with end users to identify needs, select the best products, install them properly the first time and now to maintain and service these products for their entire lifespan.” said Robert Dippell, President of Knell’s.
“We are excited to be joining forces with Knell’s who offer a wide array of architectural door hardware, integrated access control systems, automatic door operators, hollow metal doors and frames, wood doors, and miscellaneous construction specialty products that we already service for our customers. Together, we will be able to provide our customers with access to a broader range of products and services than ever before.” said Glenn Uhrig, President of G&A.
Collectively, the two companies have offices in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Guelph and have a combined workforce of almost 80 people. G&A Lock will continue to operate under the G&A brand as a subsidiary and division of Knell’s. “G&A, like Knell’s, has a long and proud history in Waterloo Region and we feel that its important to continue to build the G&A Lock brand. ” said Mr. Dippell.
The acquisition is the latest step in Knell’s rapid growth over the past 10 years. Over that time, the company has greatly expanded its product lines to include commercial wood and metal doors, hardware and electronic control systems. In 2009, Knell’s built a new 38,000 square foot state of the art warehouse, light manufacturing facility and head office on Shirley Drive in Kitchener. Along with these changes, the company has invested in building new systems and processes. The company continues with the implementation of new Enterprise Resource Planning software(ERP) and a fully integrated architectural detailing system, complete with Building Information Modelling(BIM) capabilities. All of these exciting changes have been capped off with a new corporate brand that Knell’s recently launched in early May 2012.
“We’ve experienced tremendous growth and really transformed our business over the past 5 years. We have a new facility, new computer systems and processes in place to ensure that we provide the best customer experience possible. With all of these changes, we felt the time was right to build a new corporate brand identity that better reflects who we are today.” said Rob Tomchick, Operations Manager of Knell’s Door & Hardware division.
Knell’s launched their new brand the first week of May. The acquisition of G&A by Knell’s closed effective May 30th, 2012.
About G&A Lock
Founded in 1966, G&A Lock Service Ltd. has become a trusted name in security for Southwestern Ontario. With offices in Waterloo and Guelph, Ontario, our company specializes in mechanical and electronic security hardware and is an authorized dealer for both Medeco and Mul-t-Lock high security restricted key systems. We are also a proud Bosch partner for video/access control products. We have a long track record of success serving a wide-range of clients including universities, businesses, school boards and residential customers. For more information about G&A Lock, please visit our website at www.galock.ca.
Knell’s is a leading supplier of door & hardware and industrial supply products. Based in Kitchener, our company has a long history of serving the construction, and trades sectors throughout Southern Ontario. We are a distributor of some of the most recognized brands in the North American tool, door and hardware industries. Founded in 1906, Knells is one of the longest standing companies in Waterloo Region. For more information about Knell’s, please visit our website at www.knells.ca.
For more information about this release please contact:
Robert Dippell, President
William Knell & Company
2090 Shirley Drive
Kitchener, Ontario N2B 0A3
G&A Lock Service Ltd - Waterloo Shop
125 Union Street East,
Phone: (519) 744-3584
Fax: (519) 744-5790
Hours of operation: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm