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Lawrence Brothers Inc.

 

The Leading Manufacturer of
Residential Hinges

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Company History

The tests of time and change bring forth the most important qualities in products and people.  Those who endure know the constant search for better ways of meeting customer needs.  Jay Lawrence of Lawrence Brothers in Sterling, Illinois, exemplifies this philosophy.  Jay is the fourth generation owner/operator of a leading manufacturing company that was founded in 1876 when the original Lawrence Brothers, John and Edwin, bought part ownership in a hardware store.

Working with their associate, W.D. Collins, the Lawrences were one of the first patented producers of barbwire.  Sensitive to the needs of their customers in the farm community, the brothers began manufacturing farm products: steel barn door hangers, a bolted wheelbarrow, rail, hay fork pulleys, and nails.

Inspired by the success of those early ventures, they sold the hardware store and began advertising themselves as "Lawrence Brothers, Manufacturers of Peerless & Faultless Steel Hangers & Rails, Adjustable Stay Rolls, Hay Fork Pulleys, etc." Business flourished and they steadily expanded their product line and broadened their market.

By the 1920's, the company had penetrated the international market, shipping products to South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Growth continued into the 1930's when Lawrence Brothers added commercial ball bearing hinges to the line to become the only full-line hardware manufacturer in the United States.  Hinges were originally packed in wooden barrels and sold for 10 cents a pair.  The first commercial hinges were limited in size and finishes.  Today, Lawrence offers a 1" square hinge from it's customer line up to a an 8" square, 1/4" guage stainless steel hinge from its commercial line, with more than 30 finishes available.  Records indicate 22 employees in 1900, growing to 250 in 1913 when Lawrence opened a new 250,000 square foot plant.  They now employ over 250 in two manufacturing facilities that total over 500,000 square feet.

Although product line, manufacturing and marketing techniques, and employees have changed over the years, the Lawrence tradition has not.  The corporate and family values have remained simple - integrity, quality, and innovation.

 
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