Crawford history

Development

In 1930, the Crawford Door Company was founded by Frederick C  Crawford and some investors from Thompson Products of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. A small operation, manufacturing residential garage doors, begins in Detroit, Michigan and later, industrial doors are added. In 1962, Frederick Crawford sells the domestic operations of Crawford Door.

International Development

1956 Fred Bengtsson obtains the right to resell Crawford product range in Europe

60-ies

1960 Crawford Door European Co AB is formed
1962 Own hardware production starts. Sales subsidiary in Finland and distributor agreement in Norway
1964 New technical concept of overhead sectional doors is sold to Swedish motor vehicle inspection in Sweden. A unique production technique with a first production line is introduced at Torslanda factory, Sweden
1966 Sales subsidiaries in Denmark and The Netherlands
1968 Sales subsidiary in Great Britain

70-ies

1970 50% Share in Norwegian distributor Noractor
1971 Sales subsidiaries in Germany and Belgium
1973 Sales subsidiary in France. Production in The Netherlands
1974 Jim Walter Company, Beijerinvest becomes 100% owner of Crawford European Co AB
1975 Sales subsidiary in Norway
1976 Distributor agreement in Iceland
1977 World’s first process-laminated industrial door launched. Sales subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates.
1978 New process-lamination facility in Torslanda
1979 Distributor agreement signed in Austria and Kuwait

80-ies

1981 Distributor agreements in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia with a new door assembly plant
1982 Crawford Group acquired by Swedish industrial group Sonessons
1983  Docking is part of Crawford’s core business
Acquisition of Swedish Utec-porten, later (1988) renamed Megadoor. Sales subsidiary in Switzerland. First in the world with electronics-based automatic door system, developed in Strömstad, Sweden
1984 Acquisition of  German Krueger
1985 Part acquisition of French Clever. Remaining part acquired in 1989
1986 Sales subsidiary in Italy. Acquisition of Austrian distributor Blasnik. Sales subsidiary in Singapore, distributor agreement in Greece. Rapid roller door introduced, additional plant for docking opened in Torslanda, Sweden. Volvo acquires Sonessons and the Crawford operations are included in the group which later became Cardo.
1989 Acquisition of Danish Faltec. Distributor agreements signed in Cyprus and  Taiwan. Sales subsidiary in Spain. Joint venture in Saudi Arabia for a door factory

90-ies

1990 Acquisition of Swedish Igelfors, acquisition of 25% of German Sommer. Crawford first to exclude freons from manufacturing processes for insulated doors
1991 Distributor agreement in Estonia. Acquisition of Finnish Matin Hissi
1992 Acquisition of French Hymeca. Distributor agreements in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Turkey, Malaysia, Brunei and Hong Kong. Start of cooperation with Chamberlain, US for residental garage doors
1995 Distributor agreement in China. Asia coordination office in Hong Kong
1996 Residential garage doors introduced. Acquisition of Dutch Alsta, Swedish Carpro and service operation of Danish Windsor
1997 Acquisition of Swedish Allhabo and German Nornstahl including Abon. Crawford largest garage door manufacturer in Europe. Distributor agreements in Latvia and Lithuania. Sales subsidiary in Poland. Joint venture with Chinese Shenyang Liming
1998 Acquisition of German Hafa
1999 Sales subsidiary in China

2000-

2000 Acquisition of British P C Henderson, Danish Miflex and French Quest  Fermetures
2001 Sales subsidiary in Hungary
2002 Acquisition of British Amber Doors
2003 Acquisition of FrenshSEA. Distributor agreement in Romania
2004 Acquisition of distributor in Portual B Geyssel. Distributor agreement in Croatia
2006 Acquisition of Finnish MNC and Spanish Combursa. Acquisition of a Romanian company. Assembly unit in Turkey established.
2011 ASSA ABLOY acquires Cardo and Crawford becomes part of the division ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems.