Up for sale is an old mail box / letter slots. It's marked on the back " American Device Co Steeleville IL " It looks to be made of solid iron. It's 13" Wide x 3 1/2". And yes it's heavy. The does show use, scuffs and the paint if faded,but it is very usable.
DORMA was founded in 1908 as Doerken & Mankel KG by brother in-laws Rudolf Mankel and Wilhelm Doerken. Since then, the company has vigorously built its reputation as a leading international manufacturing powerhouse and supplier of automatic door systems, controls and components. Though now celebrating its 100 year anniversary, DORMA can actually trace its humble beginnings back more than 150 years, to 1851, where Pennsylvania blacksmith, William Harbster, started the Reading Hardware Company.
Open the door to DORMA’s history to learn how we have transformed our company into the leading supplier of innovative, high-quality door systems to the commercial building industry. And while DORMA has successfully grown through the years, the company’s original values of innovation, security, quality, value and tradition remain.
1851 —Pennsylvania blacksmith, William Harbster, begins producing locks, latches, hinges and a variety of other hardware items in his blacksmith shop, eventually forming the Reading Hardware Company.
1875 — Reading Hardware Company starts its door control division.
1908 — Rudolf Mankel, a young master locksmith, and his brother-in-law, Wilhelm Doerken, start Doerken & Mankel KG in their hometown of Voerde, Germany producing double acting spring hinges on two lathes.
1913 — Doerken & Mankel KG break ground on a new production facility in Ennepetal, Germany, growing its manufacturing space to more than one million square feet.
1920 — American Device Manufacturing Corp. begins operations in St. Louis, Missouri producing pneumatic tire pumps and player piano hand vacuum cleaners. Eventually, the company becomes known for manufacturing mail chutes, letter slots, lock boxes and other postal-related products.
950’s — Doerken & Mankel pioneers the first modern hydraulic door closer while adding new products to its line, such as door springs, cabinet door rollers and sliding door hardware. Second generation of the Mankel family assumes management for the company. Reading Hardware Company ceases operations. Hardware Products, Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania, purchases the door check division, its name, patterns and machinery and relocates company to Reamstown, Pennsylvania. American Device Manufacturing relocates production facilities to Steeleville, Illinois.
1960’s — Doerken & Mankel develop the first rack and pinion door closer for the U.S. market and the first single and double acting floor springs.
970’s — Doerken & Mankel combine names, changing company moniker to DORMA. Product enhancements focus on floor closer improvements, new surface closers, and the addition of fire and life safety products such as closer/holder releasing devices with integrated smoke detectors and automatic sliding doors. Reading Door Closer purchases the assets of Hardware Products, Inc. American Device Manufacturing Corp. develops an exit device product and introduces a full line of touchbar devices for the U.S. market.
1980’s — Third generation of the Mankel family takes over management of DORMA, immediately growing the company’s international presence, expanding to new world markets, and establishing new programs for selling and manufacturing DORMA’s products worldwide.
DORMA purchases Reading Door Closer renaming company Reading-DORMA Closer Corporation, and then DORMA Door Controls, Inc., to increase brand recognition and make the company’s moniker consistent with other DORMA businesses.
1990’s — American Device Manufacturing Corp. is purchased by DORMA who sells off the postal specialties division and American Device name. Manufacturing at the Steeleville plant becomes focused on the production of new crossbar products specifically designed for the European and world markets and exit devices. With significant development in the company’s door control and exit device lines, DORMA Door Controls changes name to DORMA Architectural Products.
2000’s — DORMA purchases Crane Revolving Doors, the leading manufacturer of revolving door technology, and Modernfold, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of space division and sound management products, extending its product reach in the architectural openings and space and sound management industries.
oday, DORMA has evolved into a world-class organization with state-of-the-art manufacturing and production facilities on four continents, a worldwide workforce of 5,500 employees and sales to the commercial building industry in more than 130 countries. Its businesses include DORMA Group North America, DORMA Architectural Hardware, DORMA Automatics, DORMA Glas, Crane Revolving Doors and Modernfold.
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I am located in Saint Louis city,not too far from Riverview and Broadway area in Baden,MO 63147..
Marlon 314-445-1606 or 314-707-6623
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