Now that you’ve celebrated ringing in the New Year, join Overhead Door as we celebrate our 95th Anniversary! We’re excited to kick-off 2016 and share with you the history, and founding of our company. This year, we will be sharing some of our historic contributions to the industry over these95 years on our blog. Today’s post will focus on our founder, C.G. Johnson and two of his many contributions to the garage door industry.
In the early 1900’s Henry Ford unveiled the Model T. This automobile was affordable, reliable, and had country roads and small towns in mind. The cost of the Model T mad it affordable for the majority of the population. This boom in the automobile industry led several other car makers to start producing affordable cars, which made for even more car owners. With so many Americans now on the road they needed a place to store their newly purchased vehicles!
Carriage houses, originally meant to house horses and the carriages they led, had a new addition: the automobile. Eventually, carriage house were phased out as more and more people purchased vehicles, and were replaced with garages. Early garages had side opening panel doors which worked, but not in the most convenient manner. Seeing that these doors required double the amount of space to open, C.G. Johnson had an idea. In 1921 Johnson patented a sectional overhead door, and with that idea, a corporation was born.