As a young girl my sister Sarah was always coming and going out to play, back for meals and so much more. The door to our family entrance was quite heavy and tended to slam rather viciously when closing. It was a big, striking door, but a little hazardous for a young girl. My father (see photo), the consummate problem-solving inventor, took it upon himself to make the door safer for she and my Nana.
My father began researching door closers with great passion and interest. He bought, disassembled and reassembled dozens of components until he truly understood their strengths and weaknesses. Yet he was never able to find the hardware that could solve his heavy door problem. After years of study he finally discovered the science behind closing heavy doors in a safe manner for young girls like my sister — he successfully innovated the traditional big, clumsy door closer box into a sleek, efficient barrel design that opens easily and closes safely. Perfect for Sarah and my grandma!
Today my dad’s innovative hinge design is chosen by architects and builders around the world. You can find Waterson hinges in commercial applications from New York to Singapore to Dubai and beyond.
Our MISSION is to deliver a high-quality door closing experience that’s safe, elegant and easy-to-use combined with prompt and effective service.
Founded in 1979, Waterson Corporation has more than 40 years experience in the hardware business. Through those years, Waterson has earned over 100 utility patents, including SAFLOK Coupling and W-LOK Padlock, which are known industry-wide for their 10x safety. At the same time, Waterson has earned numerous international awards, including gold medals at 1995 Inpex XI Invention Expo in the United States, 1995 Japanese Good Design “G” Mark, and the 1996 24th Salon International Des Inventions Geneva, to name a few.
In 2005, Waterson began developing automatic door closers, and after six dedicated years we officially launched the Waterson Stainless Steel Auto Door-Closer Hinge. This marked the industry’s first stainless steel closer hinge that featured noiseless closing. Then in 2015, we introduced an innovative hybrid hinge that combines mechanical and hydraulic technology. Today Waterson Closer Hinges are used around the world in commercial and residential applications.