Gensteel Doors invests $3 mil in Madison

Dianne Yost News

Gensteel Doors USA LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Montreal, Canada-based Gensteel Doors, has picked Madison, Ga., as the site to relocate its Clarkston, Ga. warehouse operation.

The company manufactures metal doors and frames used in a variety of construction projects, such as schools, hospitals, multi-family buildings, hotels, condominium, office buildings and stadiums. According to its website, the company is a leader in the hollow metal door and frame industry.

Earlier this month, Gensteel Doors USA invested $3 million in Madison when it purchased a 46,350-square-foot building on14.16 acres located at 1551 Fairground Road, formerly known as Stocks Wholesale Lumber Yard.  The property was previously owned by Madison-Fairground LLC of Lilburn, Ga. that purchased the property in 2009 for $1,750,000.

Todd Bowen of Newton County oversees the Gensteel Doors USA Georgia operation and said he has been looking to relocate the warehouse operation for some time.

Also moving to Madison will be Bowen Sales, Inc., a company Bowen owns and operates that represents Gensteel Doors and manufacturers of architectural products in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle.

Security is a big focus of Bowen Sales as it sells doors with wireless lock mechanisms that can lock-down an entire campus in 10 seconds or less from a computer, a keypad lock or a remote key fob tied into the system.

“It’s the latest technology for security lockdown situations,” Bowen said of the doors designed for schools, college campuses and hospitals.

“A door with a standard mechanical lock requires a key and requires a person to physically lock each door individually.  That takes precious time and could potentially put people at risk,” Bowen said.

Bowen also says the wireless locked doors are more effective, up to 40 percent cheaper than a hard-wired mechanical door and can easily be installed by on-site maintenance staff instead of a more expensive contractor.

The relocation of these two businesses will bring jobs to Madison and Morgan County. Bowen said he anticipates between 12 and 14 employees will work at the Madison operation initially with future plans for expansion.

No stranger to Morgan County, Bowen and his family have been frequent visitors to Madison and often take advantage of the community’s diverse collection of dining options.  “I love it over here.”

Bowen has more than 30 years of experience in the door and hardware industry, with extensive hands-on management of both sales and distribution, as well as production and warehouse management.

Currently, Gensteel Doors has operations in Saint Laurent, Quebec; Cornwall, Ontario; Plattsburg, New York; and in the Atlanta market area of Clarkston, which operates a warehouse/distribution facility.

Bowen expects the move to be completed this summer.

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