For over 100 years, Adams Rite – now an ASSA ABLOY Group brand – has been the “aluminum hardware authority,” known for its innovative designs and high-quality products. Today, the organization designs, manufactures and markets door and door hardware products to the commercial, industrial and institutional building construction industries and is recognized as one of the leading suppliers in its realm of specialization.
Park Avenue Locks is proud to offer a complete range of items from this brand, one which remains dedicated to developing products that are designed to complement the clean lines of modern doors while simultaneously meeting safety and access codes. Just flipping through the impressive AR catalog proves the expertise this organization has in both standard and heavy duty hardware – a roster that encompasses mortise locks, mortise latches (including the coveted 4500 Series deadlatches), deadlocks, hookbolt locks, exit devices and electric strikes. What’s more, the brand’s trim selection remains just as impressive, a collection that includes lever handles and push/pull paddles.
AR also produces a selection of parts and accessories such as faceplates, cam discs/plugs, rectifiers, spring replacement kits, dogging keys, set screws and solenoids.
The origins of the AR company date back over 100 years when it was initially founded as Pacific Brass Manufacturing Co. in 1896, producing ornate hardware for some of the old European-style mansions then being built in Southern California. In 1927, the firm was purchased by a small group of stockholders and operated under the name Rite Hardware Company – but one of the stockholders, Mr. George R. Adams, ended up purchasing the operation, with his son, Arthur R. Adams, joining him in 1931 in running the business as Rite Hardware Manufacturing Company.
At that point, Rite Hardware Manufacturing Co. foresaw the growth of the aircraft industry and began diversifying to produce locks, latches and handles for aircraft, and by the time 1936 rolled around, it turned out the first locks ever developed for this specific purpose, later installed on the Douglas DC-3.
Fast-forward to 1981, when the company was sold again and two divisions – the Architectural Hardware Division and the Aircraft Division – were consolidated in a single plant in Fullerton, California. In 1999, the aviation-oriented division was sold, and as late as 2006, Adams Rite Manufacturing was acquired by the ASSA ABLOY Group.
For our part, Park Avenue Locks features one of the most prominent products as offered by AR, the 7140 electric strike for cylindrical locks, boasting such category-leading features as a 1-1/4-inch x 4-7/8-inch flat faceplate with square corners, Fail Secure construction (field convertible to Fail Safe), compatibility with aluminum/wood/hollow metal frames and compatibility with AR deadlatches or cylindrical locksets with half-inch (1/2-inch) to 5/8-inch latchbolt projection.
Park Avenue Locks offers competitive prices and an impressive inventory of locks, hardware and accessories, including the AR electric strike that has proven extremely popular with our customer base.