1948 Ed and Mary Ellen Hallock founded Construction Specialties in Newark, New Jersey, as a manufacturer’s representative firm. They also defied the odds. The business they started has become a global leader in architectural and engineered products.
1951 C/S hired its first factory employee to begin manufacturing specialty building products.
1955 C/S developed the industry’s first extruded aluminium louver, to meet the demands of a large Navy contract.
1956 C/S introduces Sun Controls to the architectural community. Recognising the need to shade building interiors from heat and glare, C/S introduced Cantilevered and Suspended Sunshades.
1961 C/S Canada Opens. Located in a suburb of Toronto, C/S Canada manufactures all C/S products.
1968 C/S begins global expansion with opening of its French factory. To serve the international architectural community, C/S opened the first of its five plants in Europe.
1969 C/S introduced Acrovyn® Wall Protection. C/S Acrovyn revolutionised wall protection, and it proved so effective that today it can be found in thousands of facilities worldwide.
1972 C/S introduces Pedigrid/Pedimat architectural entrance flooring. C/S architectural entrance grids and mats were design to stop dirt at the door beautifully.
1978 C/S expands into the Middle East construction market. C/S was one of the first American companies to open a manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia.
1979 C/S acquires DataAire, inventor of computer room air conditioning, to meet the highly critical requirements of humidity and environmental control.
1981 C/S introduced Acrovyn wall covering/panels. C/S introduced a complete line of handsome, durable wall coverings and wall panels to coordinate with Acrovyn Handrails and Corner Guards.
1983 C/S develops the first expansion joint fire barrier. To prevent the chnimney effect of fires in expansion joints, C/S developed the industry’s first UL approved fire barrier.
1987 C/S opens first Far East office in Hong Kong to meet the expanding needs of the Far East market.
1994 C/S introduces rain resistant louvers in the United States. Twenty times more effective than standard drainable louvers, C/S Storm Resistant louvers are tested in our exclusive chamber.
1995 C/S acquires APC, Wall Glaze, Grand Entrance and Couvraneuf subsidiaries. To expand the product base and to move into other markets, C/S purchased several well established companies.
1998 C/S celebrates 50th anniversary.
2004 Acrovyn Doors introduced. Patented Acrovyn Doors are virtually indestructible, and unlike standard wood doors, they don’t chip, split or crack.
2009 C/S introduces Floorometry®. C/S Floorometry changed the rules of entrance flooring forever with four revolutionary systems.
2009 C/S Acrovyn 4000 introduced. Environmentally-friendly Acrovyn 4000 is the industry’s only wall protection that is completely free of PVC and PBTs.