Our History

We've been making the world more accessible for over 90 years.

Since receiving a patent for the world’s first automatic door operator more than 90 years ago, STANLEY Access Technologies has led the industry with state-of-the-art manual and automatic door solutions. Today, we proudly manufacture, install, and service sliding, swinging, folding, and transit/metro door systems, as well as an array of sensors, controls, and security options. Our door systems can be seen on buildings around the world in a wide variety of industries, including retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, restaurant, government, and many more.

We make safe and healthy building access available to everyone. Our scale enables us to be reliable to our core—national service with a dedicated, agile team approach. Our employees are empowered to take on any challenge, stay on schedule, and overall, find a way forward quickly and correctly the first time. We boast unparalleled experience with product solutions, codes and standards, and the industry—after all, we are the automatic door inventor and innovator. We never cut corners—especially when it comes to safety or compliance.


A view of a patent drawing.
In 1931, STANLEY patents the world's 1st hands-free door operator actuated by photo-electric cells.
A brochure indicating the convenience of automatic doors.
In the post-war ’40s, supermarket owners were among the earliest types of customers to realize that patrons pushing carts or carrying bags deserve the convenience of automatic doors.
A new plant opening.
1950s & 1960s
In the early '50s, a hydraulic operator is introduced for high traffic locations. In the 1960s, the hydraulic operator evolves into an overhead pneumatic operator powered by remote air compressors and in-floor hydraulic operators with remote fluid-pumping
A woman walking through a sliding door.
In 1975, STANLEY Magic Door introduces our first automatic sliding entrance.
A view of an airport terminal.
STANLEY designs and fabricates Platform Screen Doors for Orlando International Airport.
A graphic reading "Stanley Access Technologies."
STANLEY Magic-Door changes its name to STANLEY Access Technologies and expands to worldwide distribution.
The stanvision product.
STANLEY invents Stanvision, an all-in-one surveillance camera and presence sensor, replacing expensive surveillance equipment. This innovative product ultimately helps STANLEY win the contract for the largest retailer in the US. 
Stanley access technologies logo.
STANLEY releases a new logo. STANLEY Access Technologies continues to expand, opening a second overseas facility in India and a manufacturing plant in Indiana.
STANLEY Access Technologies joins Allegion
STANLEY Access Technologies joins Allegion, a leading global security products and solutions provider, furthering our ability to serve our customers in new and innovative ways.

Creating accessible solutions for today and tomorrow.