Established 1868

Founded in 1868 by Linus Yale Jr. and Henry R. Towne, Yale is a leading lock manufacturer and inventor of the pin tumbler lock. Instrumental in Yale’s success was Linus Yale Sr. who owned a lock shop specialized in handmade bank locks. He registered 8 patents and redesigned the Egyptian pin-tumbler design, which would grow out to become the basis for all modern pin-tumblers.

Linus Yale Jr., went on to continue his fathers work. He improved the design of the pin-tumbler lock and used the Yale patents to design a garden variety of door locks and padlocks. In particular Yale’s vintage padlocks are objects of beauty.

In 1929 Yale purchased H&T Vaughan Ltd, in England. In 2000 Yale was purchased by the Assa-Abloy group.

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Established in 1912, American Lock has provided military locks to every segment of the U.S. Government and has more than 60 National Stock Numbers (NSNs) assigned to its product line to meet government requirements.
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