In January 1970 Jack Hardy decided to start his own locksmith business. As a former Fairfax County Police Officer and MP while in the U.S. Marine Corps, he knew security was his business it was work he enjoyed.
With an initial investment of $2500.00, he went to Potomac Bank and was given credit, by the late William Ritter, V.P., to purchase a new locksmith service van.
At the time, Bonnie, Jacks wife, was raising 4 children. While working as the Resident Manager for Grandview Apartments in Baileys X Roads, she was receiving a small salary and a free apartment. Mr. Abe Wagman, head of the Management Company allowed Bonnie to put a phone in her office to answer locksmith service calls for Jack while she worked.
The first major account was with the Weaver Brothers, a Real Estate and Management Company. In October of 1970, Jack was financially able to open his first shop location at our first official address, 3425 Payne Street, Falls Church Virginia 22041. Bonnie came to work full time in February, 1971 and in January of 1973 hired Bill Swaner, who remained an employee until June of 1990.
The Hardy children were growing up. Jack Jr at 12 years old worked after school helping Bill in the shop. Eventually, Jim and John joined the company as apprentice locksmiths in the 1970’s, gradually becoming master locksmiths by the 1980’s.Starting in June of 1982 Tina would join the family as Johns wife and the companies Front Counter Office Manager.
Today, we are 11 employees strong and growing. We are a full service Locksmith Company. Our locksmith experience ranges from 5 to 35 years with safe specialist with over 25 years’ experience. At our store location, we have an 850 sq. ft. showroom with all different models of safe ready for delivery and a wide variety of locks on display and in stock. Our knowledgeable front counter persons are available to assist you with you every security need.
The second generations of Hardy’s still work the daily operations of Area Safe & Lock Service. John Hardy is President and General Manager. Jim Hardy is Vice President. Tina Hardy is the Accounting Manager and when you call you will talk to Robin Boyer, our Customer Service/Dispatcher who is available to assist you with all your security questions. Please give us a call @ (703) 684-6161 to talk with one of our knowledgeable staff and/or security specialist.
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