Since the early 1830s, Corbin Russwin has been a key manufacturer of high-quality door hardware for commercial, residential and institutional facilities. Since patenting some of the first exit devices nearly a century ago, the Corbin Russwin brand has become an internationally recognized name, consistently meeting rigorous safety and security requirements, while offering quality, aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-use operation.
Corbin Russwin is the first and only choice of many designers, contractors, architects and facility managers when selecting and specifying hardware. Barzel Lock carries a range of Corbin Russwin exit devices, door closers and operators, locks, electric locks. We also offer parts, accessories and kits for many Corbin Russwin products. Check out our popular Corbin Russwin Products:
Corbin Russwin's story began when Henry Russell and Cornelius Erwin began manufacturing plate type locks in 1839, and named their company the Russell and Erwin Company. In early 1870, the company, now named Russel & Irwin Company, switched to decorative hardware. Many prominent buildings of the times, all across the United States, were supplied with the brand’s decorative hardware, including the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. Eventually, the company would expand to manufacture coat and hat hooks, fasteners, nails, locks, knobs and even coffin trimmings.
It is widely believed that by 1885 The Russell & Irwin Company was the largest manufacturer of builders’ hardware internationally. It wasn’t until 1908, though, that "Russwin" became an official trademark.
During both world wars, the company — along with hundreds of other companies across the nation — proved their patriotism by pivoting from manufacturing decorative hardware to manufacturing items such as gun parts and hand grenades to assist the war effort.
During the 20th century, manufacturing giant Black & Decker purchased the company, as well as another hardware manufacturer, American Hardware. The two companies subsequently merged to form Corbin Russwin. At the time of the merger the two companies produced nearly half of the hardware supply in the United States.
Today, Corbin Russwin’s manufacturing facilities are based in Connecticut, and continue to manufacture a large variety of high quality products.
Corbin Russwin appeals to customers who insist on high-quality, durable hardware to secure their homes, institutions, and facilities. To meet this need, Corbin Russwin offers a broad line of premium products — some specialized for specific environments — that perform reliably in buildings all over the United States and Canada. Their mortise locks, exit devices, key systems, electronic access control products and door closers all provide the security required for high-use, high-abuse environments like healthcare, K-12, university and government facilities.