Clopay® History Milestones

First 120 Years

History begins with Benard Seinsheimer Corporation, a paper wholesaler in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Manufactured blackout window shades during the War and changed name to Clopay, an acronym for "cloth and paper."
Clopay entered the garage door business with purchase of Baker-Aldor-Jones of Hialeah, FL.
Clopay acquired Francis Products of Russia, Ohio. Russia factory became the primary manufacturing location.
Wood doors were made in Ludlow, VT and Ada, OK.
Clopay organized into Plastic Products, Window Fashions and Garage Door businesses.


First steel doors produced. Clopay led the market conversion from wood to steel garage doors.
Pioneered Tog-L-Loc® technology to assemble steel doors and one of the first to use pre-painted steel.
Instrument Systems of New York acquired Clopay Corporation.
Clopay Dealer Advisory Board formed and first meeting is held. Board is still active today.
Established Authorized Dealer Network and first Authorized Dealer Conference held at the Doral on Miami Beach and Paradise Island, Bahamas. Authorized Dealer Conference name was later changed to Clopay Leadership Conference and is still being held today.
All manufacturing consolidated into Russia, OH. Established Distribution Center network for improved regional customer service.


Clopay first to focus on garage door appearance. Created “We Look Right At Home®” tag line and began investing in Clopay brand awareness. Introduced insulated sandwich constructed doors for the residential and commercial markets.
Acquired Ideal Door® and Phoenix Door, two Wisconsin-based door companies.
Introduced new Leaded-Look windows, a first in the garage door industry. Introduced EZ-SET® Spring System for easier and safer spring installation and SAFE-T-BRACKET® for enhanced door safety.
Clopay's parent company, Instrument Systems Corporation, changed name to Griffon Corporation. Clopay recognized as the fastest growing garage door brand.
Clopay acquired Atlas Roll-lite, a rolling and sectional steel door manufacturer.
Clopay awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, the first and only in the garage door industry.
Clopay acquired Holmes-Hally Industries, including Arizona Door Systems of Tempe, AZ, and Holmes Door of Auburn, WA and Holmes-Hally Hardware. Clopay now the largest manufacturer of residential garage doors in North America.
Established Master Authorized Dealer network. Developed WindCode® product line and program for high wind door applications.


Introduced the Reserve® Collection of beautiful, hand-crafted, wood carriage house doors.
Moved corporate headquarters from downtown Cincinnati to Mason, OH. New facility combined corporate headquarters and a technical development center.
Launched Coachman® Collection of classic carriage house doors that are virtually maintenance-free.
Introduced the Brilliance® Series windows. Beautiful cut glass appearance at affordable prices.
Launched Gallery® and Grand Harbor® Collections of stylish and affordable carriage house designs.
Introduced the Avante™ Collection, sleek designs for contemporary-style homes.
Purchased 900,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Troy, OH and moved Tempe, AZ manufacturing to Troy plant.
Launched polyurethane foam-injected residential and commercial doors, Ultra-Grain® paint finish


Completed consolidation of primary door manufacturing into Troy, OH location. Introduced Canyon Ridge® Collection, a composite wood look without the maintenance.
Completed expansion of polyurethane foam-injected door capacity and Ultra-Grain® finish on raised panel doors. Introduced colored overlays on Coachman® Collection and Canyon Ridge® Collection Ultra-Grain® Series, an attractive and economical alternative to the Limited Edition Series.
Clopay unveiled Intellicore®, the new brand name for its proprietary polyurethane insulation and Cypress™ Collection of insulated, flush panel garage doors with Ultra-Grain® paint finish. MyDoor®, a unique web-based selling tool is introduced to Clopay Master and Authorized Dealers. Launched new "imagine™" advertising campaign; recognized as the best ad campaign by Door + Access Systems magazine and awarded three Brand Builder Awards from residential design and construction industry publisher Hanley Wood.
Color Blast™ custom Sherwin-Williams® paint color program introduced for Commercial and Residential steel doors.
Began the expansion of our Troy facility to better service our customers and add new products. Completed in 2016. Received a patent on WindCode reinforcement strutting, T-Strut.
Introduced the Modern Steel Collection. Launched the Clopay imagineNATION before and after makeover contest. Celebrated our 20th anniversary as a Good Housekeeping Seal holder.
Introduced a Commercial Door Quoting tool (CDQ) to make it easy and efficient to quote commercial doors.
Acquired CornellCookson, the largest commercial and industrial coiling door manufacturer.
Clopay Corporation became the largest manufacturer of overhead doors in North America.