Martin Door - History


Martin Door Manufacturing is one of the oldest garage door manufacturers in the world. Leno Martin founded the company in 1936 in Santa Ana, California.

Leno created a one-piece overhead type door that soon began to replace the swinging doors of the west. Dave Martin helped his older brother, Leno, expand his market in California and learned the business from him.

The outbreak of World War II temporarily closed the company down. The Martin family moved to the Salt Lake City area and the company was formally reorganized in 1951, with Dave Martin buying the business from his ailing brother.

MDM evolved through the years and continued the pattern of innovation initiated by Leno. Dave Martin was a partner in developing the idea and design for raised panel steel doors and has several patents for safety and design changes, which have followed through the years.

Seeing a growing trend of garage door-related injuries in the 1990s, Martin vowed to go out of business, rather than continuing to produce a product that caused so many injuries. However, instead of ceasing production the company found or developed product modifications to increase user safety. In 1996 it introduced FingerShield, a safety device designed to keep fingers out of the door's folding joints. Since that time other safety innovations have included features on track, section, and spring assemblies.

Martin Doors are still manufactured in Utah but in 2002 the company opened a factory direct outlet in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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