Our History

Larson Manufacturing is recognized for making homes better with a market-leading selection of storm doors, retractable screens and other door innovations. For over 65 years, the company has placed a high value on its employees as part of a long-standing commitment to product excellence and customer satisfaction. LARSON products are widely available from home improvement retailers and dealers in the U.S. and Canada. LARSON is part of Fortune Brands Innovations, Inc., an industry-leading home and security products company. 

LARSON Partners with Wreaths Across America

December 2021

Wreaths have significance for holidays, warm welcomes at the front door and honoring those who have a special place in our hearts. LARSON, the leading manufacturer of storm doors in the US, partnered with Wreaths Across America in a promotion called Wreath of Honor in 2021. Americans from every state were encouraged to submit a photo of their storm door wreath. For every submission received, LARSON sponsored one Wreaths Across America wreath. 


Levi, LARSON employee and Army veteran, was chosen to Move the Mission. Levi and his wife Kim, LARSON employee and Air Force veteran, delivered wreaths to participating Midwest cemeteries. 

LARSON Becomes Part of Fortune Brands Outdoor & Security Organization

October 2021

Outdoors & Security is focused on the attractive outdoor living space with products engineered for a lifetime of performance, providing homeowners protection and security. Our Outdoors & Security teams manufacture entryway systems that welcome us into our neighborhoods and communities, storm and screen doors that help us enjoy the outdoors from the safety of our homes; locks, safety and security devices that help keep the people we love and our property secure; millwork to stylize exteriors, decking and porch screens that expand and enhance homeowners’ ability to enjoy their entire home.


Our trusted and well-known leading brands within Outdoors & Security include Therma-Tru Doors, LARSON, Fiberon, Fypon, MasterLock and SentrySafe. We see many opportunities to leverage expertise and insights across these brands, and to generate even more innovative solutions and growth.

Fortune Brands Completes Acquisition of LARSON as Part of Outdoors & Security Segment

December 2020

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS, the “Company”, or “Fortune Brands”), an industry-leading home and security products company, announced it completed the acquisition of LARSON Manufacturing (“LARSON”), the North American market leading brand of storm, screen and security doors on December 14, 2020. LARSON is now part of Fortune Brands’ Outdoors & Security segment.

LARSON Launches Platinum Security Doors

February 2020

Larson Manufacturing launches Platinum Security Doors in full glass and full screen. The Platinum Collection is the ultimate in security door technology with all the features you would expect from LARSON®, plus a sleeker profile, enhanced durability and effortless installation.

LARSON Acquires Brisa Retractable Screen Doors

September 2019

Larson Manufacturing has acquired BRISA retractable screens from ODL, Inc.  Designed to install quickly and easily, BRISA fits multiple door styles from single and double doors to sliding patio doors [Read More]

Introducing Graphite, a new color from LARSON

July 2018

LARSON is no stranger to innovation. With that in mind, LARSON provided a new color, graphite, in their most popular premium screen-away model in the summer of 2018. 

LARSON Manufacturing Launches Next Generation Storm Door; Modern FullView Design Features Hidden Closer and Click&Hold™ Technology

June 2017

Larson Manufacturing launches first storm door with a hidden closer, built into the door frame for a clean, contemporary look. The storm door also features LARSON’s Click&Hold technology that easily shifts into a ‘hold open’ position and pulls shut with one simple touch.

Petview Doors Built With Fido In Mind

April 2015

With Fido in mind, we are proud to introduce the first Petview door from Larson Manufacturing.

Not only do they let in the natural light t​hat enhances your entry way, but they are built tough enough to stand up to your active pets. These full glass doors come with a 10-inch by 17-inch pet door built-in. They also include a slide-in cover to close the opening when needed.

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LARSON Launches NuVent

August 2014

Larson launches NuVent. A full glass door featuring Low-E glass for fade protection and a bottom panel for easy ventilation with an unobstructed view.

LARSON Day Declared In 2 States

May 2014

Iowa and South Dakota have each declared their own respective Larson Manufacturing Day.

Both Iowa and South Dakota Governors declared Larson Manufacturing day in honor of the company’s 60th year in business.

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LARSON donates a matching grant of over $1.8 million to Habitat for Humanity

August 2013

Larson​ Manufacturing announced a gift to Habitat for Humanity to help build and rehabilitate affordable homes. The grant, totaling over $1.8 million, will be focused in the fourteen communities across the United States where LARSON has offices, manufacturing plants, and distribution facilities.

“We are very excited to expand our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and help families in need realize their dreams of homeownership,” said Jeff Rief, ​President of Larson Manufacturing. “Giving back to our communities is a key part of the LARSON culture, and we have supported Habitat for Humanity for many years. This gift will help advance Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build homes, communities, and hope.”

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Low-E Glass Option Added for Energy Savings

October 2012

Low-E Glass is a thin coating on the glass that lets light pass through, but reflects heat. It has up to 24% better insulation than plain glass. It also helps reduce fading on the entry door and flooring. It helps keep heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer.

Doors with Blinds-Between-The-Glass Launched

July 2011

Add natural light into your home while controlling privacy with our blinds between the glass doors.

This stylish full glass door offers convenient cordless blinds that tilt, turn, raise, and lower to control light and to add privacy.

The cordless design keeps your children and pets safe, while giving you full lighting control. The blinds provide an extra layer of protection against UV rays and heat buildup, while the insulated glass reduces outside noise.

50 Million Strong

May 2011

 Larson Manufacturing made history with the production of its 50 millionth storm door and storm window unit since beginning business in 1954.

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March 2010

The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement.

Larson Family Founds 1st Children's Museum in South Dakota

January 2010

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota was founded by Dale and Pat Larson and their family, and focuses on learning through play.  Located in Brookings, South Dakota, it is the first broad-based, cross-discipline children’s museum in the state.

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Easy Hang® Installation System Created

July 2008

LARSON doors are so easy to install, we have a patented design on our installation method. Simply choose a right or left hinge mount, then follow the easy-to-understand instructions.

What makes the EasyHang® System so easy?
LARSON Doors Offer:

  • An exact fit with mounting rail extenders
  • Pre-drilled hinge locator holes
  • Easy mounting with no cutting or hacksaw needed

Easy Jamb Hole Locator System Provides:

  • Exact alignment of the hinge rail
  • Correct placement to the home

Distribution Center Built in MN

May 2008

Larson Manufacturing built a state of the art distribution facility in Albert Lea, MN.

Steel Doors Added to LARSON Product Line Up

September 2005

LARSON Named Innovator of the Year

December 2003

National Home Center names LARSON "Innovator of the Year" for second year.

Screen Away® Patented

March 2003

Larson Manufacturing is granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its development of the EasyVent® door, now known as the company's most popular Screen Away® Retractable Screen Door.

LARSON Makes Storm Door With Built-In Pet Door

December 2002

Let your pet in and keep unwanted critters out with ​LARSON Built-in Pet Door Collection.

These half screen doors combine function and style, letting the light in while letting your dog in and out! Don’t worry about unwanted critters—the built-in pet door features an inside panel that slides down to close the flap. The screen is reversible for top or bottom ventilation.

LARSON Launches World's 1st Retractable Screen Storm Door

July 2002

Larson Manufacturing ​launches the first retractable screen storm door, Screen Away®, to the storm door industry.

LARSON Retractable Screen Away® design converts your storm door to a screen door instantly and discreetly rolls up and hides when not in use.

Nominated for 2001 Employer Support Freedom Award

August 2001

ESGR’s award program culminates with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. 

A Year Of Innovations

June 2001

Larson Manufacturing​ leads the way with innovations.

DuraTech™ is a storm door finish ​that offers age and weather resistance.

LARSON Retractable Screen Away® design converts your storm door to a screen door instantly and discreetly rolls up and hides when not in use.

The Secure Lock® handle is the first of its kind to be introduced in a wood core storm door. This patented handle set includes a built-in security lock system and has a matching interior and exterior finish.

Pat & Dale Larson Recieve National Guard Employer Award

March 2001

Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Freedom Award. 

The ESGR State Committees review nominations and submit recommendations to advance to the next round in each of the three categories: small employer, large employer, and the public sector.  A national selection board comprised of senior DoD officials, business leaders, and prior awardees select up to 15 employers to receive the Secretary’s prestigious award.

LARSON Storm Doors Installs for US President

January 2000

Larson Manufacturing proudly installs storm doors on U​S President Bill Clinton's home.

LARSON Installs 60 Doors for Habitat for Humanity

August 1990

Dale Larson and LARSON employees traveled and installed new storm doors on 60 homes as a part of Habitat for Humanity and met President Jimmy Carter during the process.

Larson Manufacturing and the Larson Foundation found a match in the ​Habitat mission of helping families break the poverty cycle and build long-term financial security through affordable housing.

Larson Starts Scholarship Fund

October 1987

The Larson Memorial Scholarship Program was established in memory of Oscar Larson, the founder of Larson Manufacturing. Oscar Larson believed that every student should have the opportunity for a great education.  This program encourages children of LARSON employees to continue their education after high school.

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Magnetic Weatherstrip Introduced

April 1985

Larson Manufacturing was the first to introduce magnetic weatherstripping.

The magnetic weather strip on this door seals like a refrigerator for ultimate protection against harsh weather.

The Era Of Automation

August 1984

A new automated router is introduced to production of wood core doors.

LARSON Featured in Popular Science Magazine

May 1982

The LARSON Wood Core Designer series was introduced and the company was featured in Popular Science Magazine for its innovations in the storm door industry.

LARSON Builds a Rec Center

April 1979

LARSON builds a Rec Center for employees and their families in the Brookings, SD location.

The center is complete with a pool, racquetball courts, and tennis courts.

LARSON Produces First Wood Core Storm Door

June 1966

The first LARSON Wood Core Storm Door was produced and sold with pre-hung installation.

Dale Larson becomes LARSON President & CEO

September 1964

Founded by his father Oscar Larson, Dale Larson began his career with Larson Manufacturing in 1962. He led the expansion of manufacturing to Brookings, South Dakota, in 1964. With the passing of Oscar Larson in 1968, Dale Larson became the Larson Manufacturing Company president and CEO.

LARSON Opens Plant in Brookings, SD

September 1964

As the company grew, delving into new custom-sized products, LARSON decided to locate a satellite plant in Brookings, South Dakota, thereby increasing their efficiency and the speed of product delivery.

LARSON Moves to Lake Mills, IA

March 1961

On the verge of adding a fourth building in Albert Lea, the company received a special invitation in 1961 to establish a plant in Lake Mills, Iowa.

When later asked if he and his company were happy there, Oscar Larson said, “It was the smartest move I ever made.”

LARSON manufactured aluminum combination doors and windows, shutters, push bars, and awnings at its Lake Mills plant.

Oscar Larson had many fond memories of moving day. He just shook his head in amazement at the force of some thirty trucks and numerous businessmen and farmers who transferred the entire business to Lake Mills in one trip!

Oscar Larson Starts Larson Manufacturing

January 1954

On a cold fall day in the early fifties, 62 year old Oscar Larson stood upon a rickety ladder stretched up to his second floor bedroom while putting up the storm windows on his family home. He thought, “There’s got to be a better way!”
That's when L​arson Manufacturing began as a one-man operation.

​Larson designed his own windows and began a regional door, window, and aluminum awning company called Larson Distributing Company, later known as Larson Manufacturing Company in his hometown of Albert Lea, MN.