LEWISVILLE, Texas (May 23, 2016) — As Henry Ford was mass-producing automobiles and barns were being transformed to house a new form of transportation, a man took an idea and turned it into a legacy. In 1921, C.G. Johnson invented the upward lifting garage door and started The Overhead Door Company. Ninety-five years later, Overhead Door is keeping the legacy alive with more than 400 distributors in the United States and Canada who proudly display the Red Ribbon logo.
“Of all the American businesses that were founded in 1921, how many had the drive, the discipline and the adaptability to allow it to thrive today?” asked Vice President of Sales, Jamie Byrne. “We did, and ninety-five years later we’re still living the legacy and standing strong, thanks to the incredible commitment and hard work of our family of ribbon distributors.”
At a time when cars were replacing horses as modes of transportation, Johnson was a true innovator, creating a solution that homeowners everywhere needed with the upward- lifting garage door. A few years later, he came up with another convenient solution for homeowners with the invention of the electric garage door opener. These inventions were developed into a business and a brand that have stood the test of time. While the company has evolved and grown over the years, Overhead Door is still known for its identity of quality, service and integrity.
“Our Red Ribbon logo represents everything the Overhead Door brand stands for,” continued Byrne. “Superior products. Expert service. Excellent distributors. I want to thank our employees and distributors for their hard work and dedication over the past 95 years. We are who we are today because of the legacy that was created in 1921.”
Throughout the year Overhead Door will be celebrating with employees, customers and distributors. A national distributor meeting has already been held in Palm Springs, California and local celebrations are upcoming.
Overhead Door has garage doors for every type of consumer or builder including residential, commercial and high-speed applications. For more information on Overhead Door garage doors and openers, or to find an Overhead Door distributor, visit www.OverheadDoor.com.
About Overhead Door Corporation
Overhead Door Corporation, based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading manufacturer of doors and openers for residential, commercial, industrial and transportation applications. The company has five divisions: Access Systems Division (ASD), which features the Overhead Door and Wayne Dalton brands; The Genie Company, manufacturer of remote controlled garage door opening systems; Horton Automatics, a manufacturer of automatic entrance systems; TODCO, the largest producer of truck doors for the transportation industry; and Creative Door Services, western Canada’s leader in providing door products and services to the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Overhead Door Corporation created the original overhead garage door in 1921 and the first electric garage door opener in 1926. Overhead Door now employs more than 3,500 people, has 22 manufacturing facilities, 78 regional sales and service and installation centers and more than 5,000 distributors and dealers that service national builders, national accounts, architects, general contractors and homeowners, as well as major retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Overhead Door Corporation is a subsidiary of Sanwa Holdings Corporation of Tokyo, Japan.