A Press Release, sent to local and national media, included the photo shown here, and the following information about Anderson Lock and its new certification:
“Anderson Lock received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Development Center, Chicago, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Cortney Anderson Wascher is President / Owner of the family business founded by her father, Gene Anderson. Originally a one-man locksmith service company, Anderson Lock is now a total door-opening supplier with an emphasis on doors, frames and electronic access controls. It provides security solutions for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities throughout the Chicago area. Today, there are 75 employees, 25 service trucks, and two locations.
In 2005, Wascher led the company expansion, which resulted in opening Anderson Lock’s Door Division, in Schaumburg. A huge warehouse, and state-of-the-art custom fabrication and welding equipment, increased the company’s capabilities from mainly retrofit projects to supplying hundreds of doors and security hardware for new construction. Wascher also expanded the electronic lock and access control product lines, and added CCTV security camera sales and installations.
WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Women’s Business Development Center, Chicago, is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.
Wascher, an active community leader, serves on the Des Plaines’ Economic Development Commission, and is a past president of both the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, and the local chapter of NAWIC, the National Association of Women in Construction.