Associated Locksmiths of America


Company History

The company was founded as "The Fix-it Shop" in the 50's. It was located at 127 North Northwest Hwy. in Palatine, Illinois. At that time, repairing locks was one of many things done in the course of a day, including the repair of toasters, etc.. It was purchased by Robert S. Gullett (a registered locksmith) in 1963. Mr. Gullett changed the name to "Gullett's Loc-N-Key Service" and discontinued all other work not related to locksmithing. In October of 1975, Mr. Gullett moved the business to its present location at 339 West Northwest Hwy., Palatine, Illinois (then called the "Village Oasis Shopping Center").

On July 31, 1976 Mr. Gullett sold the business to two brothers, Edward J. Henning and Robert J. Henning. Edward Henning had worked as an apprentice for Mr. Gullett since 1972. Robert Henning owned and operated a small neighborhood True Value Hardware store in Chicago, Illinois. He sold the hardware store to purchase the locksmith service with his brother Edward. In 1977 the business was incorporated as Henning Bros., Inc. doing business as Henning Brothers Loc-N-Key Service.

Over the years much was done to improve the service and the range of products offered. Almost every key cutting machine has been replaced over the years, and new types of dedicated machinery to cut high security keys were also purchased. Accounting, invoicing, customer call records, and inventory were all computerized to keep up with our fast paced world. In 1996 the shopping center received a much needed facelift and the name was changed to the "Steven's Pointe Plaza and Office Centre".

On October 27, 2016 Edward and Robert Henning sold the business to J&R Lock & Safe, Inc. based in Libertyville, Illinois. Henning Brothers can now offer 24 hour service, better servicing of our safe customers, and the sale and installation of commercial hollow metal doors and the related hardware. Being a larger company with multiple service trucks also allows for greater flexibility in scheduling service calls.