Our History


Historical Timeline


Martin introduces the California Garage Door. This more competitively priced door is available in both residential and commercial sizes, multiple colors, hundreds of options and includes many of Martin’s essential safety features.


Martin Door introduces Grooved Panel steel doors. Martin Garage Doors are sold in 93 countries.


Martin introduces extruded aluminum doors with a new FingerShield? section joint. Models: Carriage House, Archcrest with custom arches and Athena in over 70 color finishes and duo-tone options. Soft touch reverse / no photo-eye door and opener systems introduced.


Martin introduced the Controlled Descent Device, the ultimate anti-drop door device. Martin Doors are now in over 80 countries.


Martin expands features to include: 70+ powder coat color choices, real copper metal doors, over 100 window designs, and steel carriage house doors.


Martin Door is certified to ISO 9001 quality standard becoming the first UL registered garage door manufacturer.


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recognizes Martin Door for promoting a safer product design, quoted saying: “Martin builds to a higher standard.”


Martin introduces FingerShield?, a patented finger safety system to help eliminate escalating injuries associated with section joints and other high-risk areas of garage doors.


Martin Door Manufacturing receives the “E” award from the President of the United States for excellence in exporting. Began annual dealer incentive trip.


Manufacturing capability increased to 600 doors per day. Martin Doors are now shipped to major distributors in over 40 countries.


Martin begins to export its garage doors internationally. Martin Freighting re-established to deliver doors weekly to hundreds of Martin dealers.
Martin airs the famous Dave Martin “Stiff” television commercial for the first time. The memorable ad wins a CLIO the following year.


Martin begins to manufacture raised panel steel sectional doors. Long-life galvanized torsion springs are introduced.


Martin begins making sectional garage doors of roll-formed pre-painted, hot-dipped galvanized steel. Hi-Tensil steel sectional doors are introduced.


Martin develops idea and design for raised panel steel sectional doors.


Martin changes its emphasis from one-piece garage doors to sectional garage doors.


David O. Martin, younger brother of Leno, buys business from him due to Leno having serious health problems.


World War II denies access to steel and wood needed to make garage doors. The firm moves to Salt Lake City where it has family ties.


Martin Overhead Doors is founded in 1936 in Santa Ana, CA by Leno Martin. Leno invents one of the first one-piece overhead type garage doors. The invention of the one-piece overhead type door begins to replace the popular swinging door.

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