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Horton Automatics Company Profile

Horton AutomaticsHorton Automatics
4242 Baldwin Boulevard
Corpus Christi, Texas 78405
(361) 888-5591



Horton Automatics has designed and manufactured automatic doors since 1960 when it developed the first automatic sliding door in America and gave birth to an industry through the pioneering work of Lew Hewitt and Dee Horton. Today, Horton Automatics offers the industry’s broadest line of doors for commercial, industrial and institutional applications exceeding the requirements of major codes in the United States, including metro Dade and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Horton has operations in Corpus Christi and Telford, England and sells its products in more than 70 countries.

At its 150,000 square-foot Baldwin Boulevard facility in Corpus Christi, Horton Automatics manufactures automatic entrances, including sliding doors, swinging doors, folding doors, revolving doors, service windows, security vision systems, electronic controls and operators, automated people mover transit doors and vehicle door operators. Horton’s products are installed worldwide at restaurants, airports, hospitals, hotels, casinos, offices and convenience stores; as well as at some unique locations, such as at the “Back to the Future Ride” at Universal Studios, “Star Trek Ride” at the Hilton Hotel Las Vegas and the “Tower of Terror Ride” at Disney World.

Horton Automatics is a division of Overhead Door Corporation which is owned by Sanwa Shutter Corporation.

Horton has been credited with the following industry achievements:

  • Inventor of North America’s First Automatic Sliding Door in 1960 
  • First to Gain Nationwide Building Code Acceptance for the Automatic Sliding Door 
  • First to Patent Internal Shockproof Checking in Sliding Door Operator Design 
  • First to Patent U.L. Listing of the Swing/Slide Breakaway Feature on an Exit 
  • First to Market the Automatic Drive-through Service Window 
  • First Manufacturer to Catalog a Motion Detector with Safety Beam 
  • First U.S. Manufacturer to Develop the Automatic Folding Door and Receive U.L. Listings on the Operator, Folding Breakaway Mechanisms

Horton is involved in the following local community activities:

  • Participate in the Driscoll Children’s Hospital donation drive 
  • Sponsor Beach to Bay teams 
  • Sponsor Bay Area BallyHoop teams for South Texas Special Olympics 
  • Participate in the Coastal Bend Blood Center blood drives 
  • Participate in the Corpus Christi Police Athletic League fundraiser 
  • Conduct toy drives for The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter 
  • Participate in the American Red Cross donation drive 
  • Participate in monthly employee-selected fundraiser for local charities