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About Us

Creators of the Original Automatic Door Systems

Horton has been designing, manufacturing, and selling automatic and manual doors since 1960, when it developed the first automatic sliding door sold in America. Horton provides engineered access solutions for people-oriented environments. Through an intense focus on delivered quality, a broad and customizable product portfolio, innovative applications and best local installation and service, we enhance the safety, security, convenience and style of commercial, institutional and transit facilities.

Horton was founded by Lew Hewitt and Dee Horton in the mid 1950’s when they realized that swing doors had difficulty operating in windy Corpus Christi, Texas. With that Lew and Dee set out to invent the automatic sliding door to circumvent the windy conditions and forever revolutionized pedestrian accesses for years to come!

Horton is a division of Overhead Door Corporation. Overhead Door invented the first upward-acting door in 1921 and the first electric door opener in 1926. Today, Overhead Door continues to be the industry leader through the strength of their product innovation, superior craftsmanship and outstanding customer support.

Parent company of Overhead Door is Sanwa Holdings Corporation: Established in 1956 as a shutter manufacturer, Sanwa pioneered the engineering, production, marketing and distribution of steel building materials throughout the Pacific Rim. Today, Sanwa is the number one manufacturer of construction products in Japan and has leveraged its brand equity to become the recognized industry leader worldwide.

About Us

The idea came to Lew Hewitt and Dee Horton to build an automatic sliding door back in the mid-1950's, when they realized that swing doors had difficulty operating in windy Corpus Christi. So Lew and Dee set out to invent the automatic sliding door to circumvent the windy conditions. Horton Automatics Inc. was formed in 1960, placing the first commercial automatic sliding door on the market and literally establishing a brand-new industry.

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  • Main Office
    Horton Automatics
    4242 Baldwin Blvd
    Corpus Christi, TX 78405

  • General Inquiries
    Toll Free: 800.531.3111
    Phone: 361.888.5591

  • Customer Care
    Phone: 866.245.7170
    Fax: 888.283.3880

  • Horton OEM Parts
    Fax: 800.531.3109
    https://ohdparts.com