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Construction Specialties is a global leader in all of our product categories.
Our History of Innovation & Global Leadership
Ed and Mary Ellen Hallock established Construction Specialties in Newark, NJ, as a manufacturer’s representative firm. The business they started has become a global leader in architectural and engineered products.
CS hires its first factory employee to begin manufacturing specialty building products.
To meet the demands of a large Navy contract, CS develops the industry’s first extruded aluminum louver.
CS introduces Sun Controls to the architectural community—recognizing the need to shade building interiors from heat and glare, CS introduced mechanically-fastened sunshades for exterior applications.
CS Canada opens in a suburb of Toronto and serves the Canadian market with our full product offering and is now home to CS Research & Development efforts.
Data Aire―which becomes a division of CS thirteen years later―invents computer room air conditioners to solve the humidity and other heat-related issues that cause computers to malfunction.
CS begins global expansion. To properly serve the international architectural community, CS opens its French factory—the first of five plants in Europe.
CS introduces Acrovyn® Wall Protection that revolutionized wall protection. It proved so effective that today it can be found in thousands of facilities worldwide.
CS introduces Pedigrid®/Pedimat® Architectural Entrance Grids and Mats that were designed to stop dirt at the door beautifully.
CS expands into the Middle East construction market. CS was one of the first American companies to open a manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia. Today, CS has products in the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai.
CS introduces Acrovyn® Wall Covering and Panel product lines to coordinate with our durable Acrovyn handrails and corner guards.
CS brings reinforced concrete general access floor panels, known as Innocrete Systems, to the market.
CS develops the first Expansion Joint Fire Barrier to prevent the chimney effect of fires in expansion joints. CS developed the industry’s first UL-approved fire barrier.
CS introduces Explovent®, the first resettable explosion vent that can be field tested.
CS opens first Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong to meet the expanding needs of the Asia Pacific market.
A water treatment plant is installed in our Acuna, Mexico facility to recycle water everyday.
America’s first line of rain resistant louvers that are twenty times more effective than standard drainable louvers. CS Storm Resistant Louvers are capable of stopping 100 mph wind-driven rain.
CS acquires APC, Wall Glaze, Grand Entrance and Couvraneuf Subsidiaries to expand the product base and to move into other markets where complex building challenges existed.
CS develops first wind-driven test chamber in U.S. that allows our engineers to analyze their louver designs under real-world conditions.
CS creates an inventory of chemicals affecting environmental health and safety in our Muncy, PA facility.
CS invents seismic corridor covers for base-isolated buildings that provide the required movement while ensuring full corridor access and maintaining the necessary fire rating.
CS celebrates its 50th anniversary.
CS develops the industry’s first full-scale seismic expansion joint test chamber. We test expansion joint covers using cycles that mimic real-world conditions to ensure they perform as designed.
CS introduces the industry’s first line of “invisible” expansion joint covers, the SSR model, which was invented in conjunction with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
CS becomes the first manufacturer in the wall protection business to launch a complete PVC-free wall protection line first known as Acrovyn® 3000.
CS introduces Acrovyn® Door Systems—the very first impact resistant door with patented rounded and replaceable edges and stiles.
CS introduces Floorometry®, the first modular entrance grid system, which changed the rules on entrance flooring forever with four revolutionary systems.
Environmentally friendly Acrovyn® 4000 launches and is the industry’s only wall protection that is completely free of PVC and all persistant bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs).
CS achieves Cradle to Cradle™ Certified Silver for CS Louvers and Sun Controls. A year later, Acrovyn® 4000 achieves Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold and Silver.
CS develops Solarmotion Controllable Sunshades, which track the sun to maximize the control of light and heat entering the building’s interior. By effectively controlling the sun on all elevations, at all times of the day throughout the year, Solarmotion significantly reduces a building’s energy and capital equipment costs.
CS’ Howard Williams testifies before Congress and makes a business case for why the Toxic Substances Control Act of 2010 should be passed to ensure that the public and the environment are protected from risks resulting from non-disclosed chemical exposure. TSCA was later passed.
CS is awarded the EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Region’s Environmental Achievement Award for eliminating PVC from a large segment of our product line, water conservation, relighting, reuse of existing buildings, and advancements in chemical safety.
CS introduces Graphic Wall Protection called Acrovyn by Design® where photos, patterns, or graphics can be embedded behind our durable Acrovyn® rigid sheet.
CS Perform Louvers provide all the air movement, security, and sight-screening of our standard louvers, but with our exclusive perforated façade that gives it a modern appearance.
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