Door maker acquires Illinois business


Omega Door Frame Products makes aluminum door frames “for any facility.” Photo via

A maker of entrance systems has entered into an agreement with an Illinois company to purchase a business line to expand its portfolio.

Special-Lite in Decatur said this month it has entered into a definitive agreement with Itasca, Ill.-based Architectural Builders Hardware, or ABH, to purchase its Omega Door Frame Products business, which makes aluminum door frames "for any facility."

The sale is anticipated to be completed with a seamless transition by the middle of September.

Terms of the agreement and the size of the acquired business were not disclosed.

Interior business expansion

Special-Lite President and COO Kevin Hanley said the acquisition of Itasca-based Omega is an important step in its growth strategy.

Hanley said the market "has recognized the Omega product" as one of the best interior framing products of its kind in the industry.

“Working with aluminum represents one of our core competencies, and we are confident we will continue to build on the strong foundation that ABH has established in this market,” Hanley said. 

Special-Lite expanded into commercial interior business several years ago when it introduced aluminum framing for vestibules and heavy-duty office glazing applications.

Roger Stempky, VP of sales and marketing at Special-Lite, said the Omega addition will expand its product offerings for commercial building interiors.

“This is the continuation of an expansive effort we are making in becoming a leader in the interior glass fronts and de-mountable wall business,” Stempky said. “We are excited about the market opportunities for this product in the marketplace.”


During the process of finding the right buyer of the Omega line, Kirti Shah, CEO of ABH, said it was important to find a company with similar values and commitment to “quality, engineering, manufacturing and a firm commitment to customer service.”

“We are confident that Special-Lite’s values are the same as ours,” Shah said.

Henry L. Upjohn II, CEO of Special-Lite, said the company is "excited to acquire a company that has built an outstanding reputation for quality products and customer services, which are consistent with Special-Lite’s values."

Shah added that the decision to sell the Omega line will allow the company to focus on its core hardware business, which has experienced significant growth.

“We appreciate the support over the years from our valued customers for the Omega line,” Shah said. “As we complete this transaction, we are working diligently to ensure a seamless transition for our dealers and end users.”


Special-Lite, founded in 1971, makes entrance systems from aluminum and fiberglass and supplies a number of doors, toilet partitions, hardware, framing and panels for multiple industries: education, government, food, retail, manufacturing, health care and entertainment.

In 2012, Special-Lite acquired Arkansas-based Universal Pulltrusions, which produces fiberglass interior and exterior doors for health care, food and highly corrosive environments. Special-Lite also invested in more than 65,000 square feet of plant space and a renovation of the facility in 2014.

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