Graham History

Graham® Wood Doors began as a small, residential wood door company out of Marshfield, Wisconsin in 1968. The company grew to a ten person operation by the following year. With slow, steady growth the company began to manufacture commercial grade wood doors alongside their residential line of doors and by 1976, the company employed over 50 employees.

For the next 13 years, the company experienced growth with both their residential and commercial lines of wood doors. In 1989, Graham was purchased by ESSEX Industries. At this time, the company employed 150 individuals. Continuously looking for ways to improve product quality, automated prefinishing and top coat lines were added in 1994. Under ESSEX, the company began to focus more solely on the commercial industry and worked hard to gain market share.

In 1994, Graham was relocated from Marshfield to Mason City, Iowa. In 1996, ESSEX was purchased by ASSA ABLOY and concentration on architectural flush wood doors was now the company's competitive advantage. Further product and manufacturing improvements continued in 1998 with the addition of the automated bonding line. With the strength of ASSA ABLOY and the backing of it's nationwide sales team, Graham was well positioned for tremendous growth.

With more technological advances and the implementation of lean manufacturing principles set in place in 2003, Graham became a leader in the commercial wood door industry. In 2004, Graham added a 5-ply product line and in 2007, the company shifted to a strictly 5-ply architectural grade door construction. Graham continues to expand the products and services they offer to their customers with the introductions of acoustical doors.

As part of the ASSA ABLOY group of companies, Graham has the unique ability to design and build the most innovative, secure, and technologically advanced wood doors in the nation. Graham is continuously testing, modifying, and pursuing ways to become the one source customers choose to fulfill all their door opening needs.

 

Visiting Mason City

Mason City is located in North Central Iowa, in Cerro Gordo County, only a few miles from beautiful Clear Lake.

Our community is the hometown of Meredith Willson, composer of "The Music Man". Plus, the area is legendary as it was the final site of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson's concert. Mason City is also home to Prairie School Architecture with several buildings in the community designed by Frank Lloyd Wright including the only remaining hotel in the world designed by Wright.

Our visitors guide includes directions to our facilities, hotels, and popular restaurants. 

Graham Visitors Guide