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IDN-H. Hoffman Inc. provides security products, access control solutions, and related services to locksmiths and security professionals. The company has been family-owned and operated for more than 70 years.

IDN-H. Hoffman is one of six regional business hubs that operate throughout North America as part of the International Distribution Network - IDN. With a network of more than 50 locations, IDN offers customers the strength and buying power of a national organization along with local product availability and personal, customized service. Each regional business unit is recognized as one of the leading providers of door hardware, security products, and locksmithing tools in its own region.

Product offering includes, but is not limited to:

  • Commercial/residential door locks
  • Door closers and openers
  • CCTV
  • Mortise locks
  • Commercial doors and frames
  • Safes
  • Key machines
  • Cylinders
  • Audit trail products
  • Leversets
  • Keys and key blanks
  • Mechanical/electronic access control
  • High security locks
  • Remote control security
  • Magnetic locks
  • Electronic transponder keys
  • Automotive locks
  • Padlocks
  • Locksmithing tools
  • Push button/ card access locks
  • Electric strikes
  • Utility and cabinet locks

IDN-H. Hoffman itself has 13 wholesale distribution centers strategically located throughout the Midwest. The branch network enables same day pick-up or next day delivery service to most customers. The company offers customers technical support; electronic commerce; product and business education events; sales and marketing support; and more.

The company helps valued customers succeed in their own business efforts by providing superior service, technical expertise, and convenient access to both traditional and leading-edge security products and services.

History

IDN-H. Hoffman Co. has been involved in the wholesale distribution of security products for more than 70 years. The company has been family-owned and operated for three generations.

In the 1920ís, Harold Hoffman and his wife owned and operated a small repair shop on the south side of Chicago. Shop services included bicycle repair, vacuum repair, and locksmithing. In 1934, the company entered the wholesale distribution business selling a variety of manufactured items and automotive locks and parts from Detroit. In 1935, H. Hoffman also entered the manufacturing business as the company developed and introduced the first machine-made lock picks. Other products developed and manufactured were the graphite gun, Chrysler key decoder, and a small automotive punch key machine. By 1940, all efforts were centered on locksmithing, parts distribution, and locksmith tool manufacturing. Other products and services were phased out.

In the mid-1950ís, Al Hoffman (Haroldís son) took over management of the distribution portion of the business. A short time later, the manufacturing portion of the business was set up as a separate corporation and given its own identity, Hoffman Products Co. (HPC), under the management of another son, Jerry Hoffman.

With a focus on the wholesale distribution of security products, H. Hoffman Co. established itself as one of the leading providers of door hardware, security products, and locksmithing tools. The company offers access to thousands of products from the manufacturers you know and trust. As the industry has evolved, so has the company - now offering a wide selection of the latest in electronic access control products, digital surveillance systems, and CCTV solutions. The next generation of the Hoffman family is actively involved in running the company and planning for the future.

One goal that has always remained constant over the years is the desire to help valued customers succeed in their own business efforts by providing superior service, technical expertise, and convenient access to both traditional and leading-edge security products and services. We appreciate being given the opportunity to serve you.

©2014 IDN-H. Hoffman Inc.