Revolving Door Company Overview...
The Highest Quality, By every Measure
International Revolving Doors is the only revolving door
manufacturer having doors still in operation built almost 100 years
ago. All International revolving doors are still designed and built
today to last over a century.
Starting with the fact that our
wings and walls are fabricated from all stainless steel tubing,
structurally welded to meet or exceed the American Welding Society's
Our doors are still assembled by craftsmen trained with old world
traditional skills and techniques that are enhanced by modern
technology. This method of construction has enabled us to lead the
industry for a period longer than most of our competitors' entire
We are the only manufacturer who provides our circular enclosure
walls in one piece, fully welded, with no butt joints. Our wings
with their structural tubing construction are, by far, the strongest
in the industry. Our surface mounted locks are unsurpassed for
strength and life expectancy. All internal components are stainless
steel or bronze, completely corrosion resistant, and finished to
match the door.
The wing collapsing mechanism is made from manganese bronze
castings (the only one in the industry made in the USA) while our
competitors use storm blocks to keep their wings from collapsing,
causing building owners to have to request a variance from local and
federal building codes (World Trade Center, NYC and Sears Tower,
Chicago are examples). International is the only manufacturer that
can guarantee the use of our doors in air supported domes and coal
mine shafts (both have extremely high pressure).
Our oil bath speed control is unsurpassed in the industry, once
again the only manufacturer to provide an oil pump which constantly
pumps oil over the brake shoes which provides for smoother braking
and a nearly 30-year life expectancy.
INTERNATIONAL REVOLVING DOORS will
work with you on your revolving doors. We can provide you with parts
and service on your International, Van Kannel, Atchison or Ress
revolving door. If you have a door made by us or one of our
divisions, then we probably have the original drawings in our
archives which date back to 1887. Many of these older doors are
still in operation today, which clearly defines International as the
Industry Leader in Quality Workmanship.
User safety is considered first
and foremost in the design of all our revolving doors. Speed
Controls, automatic safety sensors and emergency collapsing
mechanisms are among our many standard features that provide safe
and trouble free operation. International Revolving Door Company has
been producing revolving doors since 1907.
Almost 100 years of excellence in design
and outstanding service has earned International Revolving Doors the
distinction of being the world’s oldest and most respected
manufacturer of revolving doors. You can be assured that as the
owner of one of our doors you will be pleased with the operation and
service of our doors.
On August seventh of 1886 an
inventor, Theophilus Van Kannel,
patented the first revolving door. Since it's inception, the Van
Kannel Revolving Storm Door (as it was originally named)
has grown in popularity and demand. Originally the door was widely
accepted because it eliminated slamming doors and cold drafts of air
through offices and lobbies.
It was actually accredited with saving lives due to it's ability
to keep out cold air. In 1889, the Franklin Institute of
Philadelphia (the original home of the revolving door) awarded the
"John Scott Legacy Medal" to Van Kannel for his contribution to
At the turn of the century the "Atchison Revolving Door Company"
started to compete with Van Kannel. Their major product, the "Curved
Wing Door" was a big success, but their woodworking ability was the
primary reason the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company bought them
out. Van Kannel then moved most of their manufacturing to Atchison,
This only lasted a few years until International Steel Company
began operation in 1907. International Steel bought both companies
and soon moved all manufacturing to it's current home in Evansville,
Our commitment to maintaining the highest quality will continue
to keep us the oldest and largest revolving door manufacturer in the
world. Let our design department help you with your next entrance.