John Jack Dourney Jr. starts his garage door installation business in West Orange, New Jersey after returning from Japan during WWII.
Jack starts ArmRLite Door Manufacturing to supply doors for his garage door installation business.
A lightweight and low maintenance welded aluminum and glass sectional door is designed by Jack. A knights
head is chosen as a logo to symbolize the strength and protection of the door’s welded
Gas station building booms and the demand for ArmRLite doors soars. Manufacturing garage doors becomes
the main focus of ArmRLite with Jack Dourney acting as president.
The company adds the Arm-R-Lon fiberglass sectional door to its product offering.
ArmRLite purchases Hudson Door Mfg., a wood sectional door manufacturing company. Aluminum doors remain
the primary focus of ArmRLite.
The company moves its manufacturing facility to South Plainfield, NJ.
ArmRLite expands its aluminum door product line by offering larger sizes and diversifying applications.
ArmRLite lands the national account for Jiffy Lube. The relationship extends into the 1980s.
ArmRLite enters the residential and commercial steel door market.
The company begins to offer additional painted finishes in addition to standard anodized finish.
Jack’s wife, Wilma McGrady Dourney, joins ArmRLite as vice president of sales and marketing
bringing executive experience in the automotive aftermarket industry.
Shannon McGrady, Wilma’s daughter, joins the family business as a sales representative.
Jack Dourney retires and Wilma takes the reins as president.
ArmRLite begins to sell aluminum and glass doors for high-end residential use.
Jack Dourney receives a Lifetime Honorary Member award from the International Door Association (IDA).
ArmRLite receives a WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise) Certification.
ArmRLite designs an aluminum carriage house door.
The company introduces the Aluminarc, a door with an aluminum top section that conforms for use with
ArmRLite introduces the faux wood finish for all of its aluminum door models.
The company invents an ADA compliant no step over pass door. ArmRLite is the only overhead door
manufacturer in the industry with such an offering.
ArmRLite introduces a crank-out window option on its aluminum and glass models.