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August 31, 2020   
Upcoming Events
Join us every Wednesday at 2 PM for our MEMBERS ONLY AFA-Q! This is your opportunity to get face to face with staff and ask those AFA questions!
Click the webinar link to join.
Call in number: 415-655-0060.
Attended code: 800-116-829.

Audio pin will be given after you join the webinar. If joining by phone only, press # for audio pin.
For more information, contact Jacqueline Lopez (AFA's Senior Association Manager of Membership & Chapters) at
Get ready for an all new online learning experience as we bring AFA University to you this fall. We are taking Sales Training School (STS) and Gate Automation Designer School (GADS) online so that you can both stay safe and boost your career from the comfort of your home.
Be sure to check out the AFA website for more information regarding AFA University and upcoming online and in-person events that will be happening in 2021.
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DoorKing, Inc.
NEW SureClose® CONCEALFIT Gate Closer & Hinge Set
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.

New SureClose® CONCEALFIT Gate Closer & Hinge Set provides high security and superior performance.  Features a concealed, high-end look combined with minimal gate gap and no exposed parts for high security. The hydraulic gate closer and hinge set is an All-In-One combination that is ideal for school and other commercial security and safety gates, multi-family housing and luxury residential applications.  Highly adjustable and suitable for ADA use. 

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Contractor's Corner
AFA is pleased to share the stories of exceptional contractor member projects in our Contractor's Corner section of the newsletter. Do you have a project you'd like to feature?

Send us the details of your unusual member project and tell us about:
• How you got involved in the project
• The tools, strategies and materials you used
• What challenges you faced
• What you learned from the experience

And don't forget to share a little about yourself and your business, too.

Email your project story to
We look forward to hearing from you!
Nortek Security & Control, LLC
Association News
AFA and the Gulf South Chapter are excited to announce that ACI will be holding Certified Gate Automation Technician (CGAT) and Certified Gate Automation Designer (CGAD) testing on September 16 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
Wednesday, September 16
10:00am – 2:00pm
Southwest Automated Security
6022 Crestmount Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
 AFA will be holding a review session from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. immediately prior to the testing.
For individuals already registered for the exam(s), please RSVP to reserve your seat to You must RSVP to guarantee your seat.
To register for one or more exams, please visit to download an application and contact Sara Surprenant (734-635-8184, with any questions.
FENCETECH 2021 booth draw will begin on Monday, August 17, 2020 so be sure to save the date in your calendar. Keep an eye on your emails as we send out instructions and the official call list. 
Don’t miss your chance to claim a valuable, high-visibility space at one of our most popular FENCETECH destinations, Nashville, TN.  In the meantime, check out next year's floor plan to get an idea of where you'd like your booth to be and our new list of sponsorship opportunities.
If you have any questions, reach out to Stephen Dennis at
Strong. Unfailing All-Day Access
The new LiftMaster® 24 VDC Heavy-Duty Variable Speed Slide Gate Operator is the perfect solution for Class I, II, III, and IV heavy gate and extreme applications. The continuous operation keeps commercial properties and gated communities working 24/7. Rated for gates up to 75 feet in length and 3,000 lbs. Custom 1.5 HP peak brushless 24VDC motor delivers up to 6 million cycles.

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Chapter News
The AFA Midwest Chapter would like to invite you to our annual golf tournament / chapter meeting at the Shangri~La Resort in Afton, Oklahoma. 
Friday, September 25th, 2020
6:00PM, Dinner and Meeting
Saturday, September 26th 2020
7:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM Golf 
We are more than thrilled to be able to come together for the first time since March and hope that you can all make it!
Please register now and secure your discounted guest room, (special rate expires Sept. 11) and RSVP for Dinner!
Sponsorship opportunities on the registration page!
Please be sure to check out the resort amenities. Bring your family and make it a mini vacation!
International Gate Devices
Oasis Composite Fencing
Fortress Fence Products®
Oasis composite fencing takes composite fencing to a new level of performance and beauty. Unlike traditional wood fencing, Oasis requires absolutely no maintenance. That means no staining, painting, or replacing boards – and they’re resistant to weathering and even insects. Help deliver tranquil luxury to your customers with Oasis composite fencing.

Explore Oasis
New Member Savings Program Partners


Fuel Cards - Businesses turn to WEX to save money, reduce administrative hassles and eliminate fraudulent purchases. A WEX fuel card is free to use with no setup or monthly card fees and you can use the card at over 95% of stations nationwide. Plus, receive additional savings at select fuel brands


- Phillips 66, Conoco & 76 - Save 15 cents off every gallon of gas for 60 days then save 5 cents per gallon. Apply by 12/31/2020.

- Exxon Mobil - Save 8 cents per gallon for 12 months, then save 5 cents per gallon. Apply by 12/31/2020.

Click here to register and start saving on fuel.

Batteries Plus Bulbs — Essential Gear (and Savings!) for Your Job Site

Insider tip: In addition to batteries, lighting and services, Batteries Plus Bulbs offers other tools to keep you running smoothly and safely. You’ll find a wide range of products from fuses to interior lighting to safety gear like flares, hi-vis vests and more. Remember to use your discount and save up to 73% off retail pricing.

Register your AFA exclusive MSP account today.

Business and Personal Savings

Ace Hardware

As a member, you get exclusive discounts on paint, cleaning supplies, hand and power tools, plumbing, electrical, and more with easy in-store pickup and delivery.

Sign up for your account here.

Hewlet Packard ( HP)

HP keeps your office and home moving forward with everyday discounts up to 35% and a range of commercial products, services, and solutions. HP is a trusted and experienced MSP business partner that can help you fill gaps in your business. Back to school specials now being offered, with laptops as low as $550.

Register and start saving today.

Welcome New Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently joined the association as first-time members. Welcome to the AFA family!
Thank You Renewing Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently renewed their existing membership. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!



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