By NICHOLAS KAPLAN/APA ReporterLOUISVILLE, Ky.
— The locksmith industry is struggling.
In an industry that has historically been strong and resilient, the number of locksmith locksmith shops has declined since 2009, with more than 3,800 locations shuttered.
It’s a situation the locksmith association of the Southeast has dubbed a “crisis,” with locksmith companies scrambling to find employees, lock down shop space and cut costs to survive.
The locksmith community in the region is facing a difficult time, said Mike Gaskin, owner of Lockdown Solutions in Henderson, a small town outside Louisville.
It could take decades to recover, he said.
It’s been a long road to recovery, said Gaskins son, Chris.
We are all dealing with this, but it’s not over.
He said the industry is losing $200 million to $300 million a year in revenue.
In Kentucky, Lockdown and others say it’s an industry of safety, safety, and more safety, as the industry struggles to keep up with demand.
The lock shop industry has grown in recent years, thanks in part to the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.
But, Lockdowns and others worry that the legal marijuana industry is creating a new kind of industry.
It allows businesses to operate under a different set of rules, which some say could limit their ability to protect customers.
Locksmiths and other locksmith businesses in the Southeast are struggling to find new workers.
A new industry is created when a person becomes a licensed locksmith.
This is not a legal business.
It doesn’t have to have a license to do business.
And that’s where Lockdown comes in.
It helps businesses find new locksmith workers.
Lockdowns is a training and certification program that helps lock down and train people in the business.
Lockdown is available in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, and is also available through a network of local companies.
“Lockdowns has been the catalyst that has brought the industry to life, but Lockdown has been able to help with that,” Gaskis son said.
“We can’t replace the locks, we can’t create the lock, but we can help make the industry safer,” Gasks said.
The Lockdown program helps to train locksmith technicians and locksmith salespeople.
This allows them to get certified to perform certain tasks, such as cutting, filing and welding locks.
Lockdowns also provides a training program that lets people train in different industries, such a law enforcement, fire and rescue, medical and security fields.
Lock down also has a certification program for people who are trained in the locks industry.
Lockdown also provides training in safety, like basic safety equipment and lockdowns, but Gaski says it’s the training that’s the key to Lockdown.
LockDown offers training for about 200 locksmith employees, and about 100 locksmith contractors.
But Gask says that number is growing.
“It’s growing because of the training.
We have more than 600 contractors now, and we are training them, too,” Gak said.
Lock downs also provides lockdowns to other locks.
Gask said Lockdown provides lock downs to about 20 locksmith retailers, and that company will continue to add locksmith stores.
Gaski said Lockdowns has seen an increase in the number and the type of locks sold since the legalization.
That has allowed the industry and the industry’s owners to hire more locksmith people, but he said that could also cause problems down the road.
“The industry is very volatile, and I would expect that it will go back to normal,” Gasking said.