This edition of "Behind the Ribbon" was sent to us by Josh Clark, President and COO of The Overhead Door Company of Cortland™.
The Overhead Door Company of Cortland™ was officially started in 1952 by G. Allan Marsted. However, the Marsted family’s relationship with the Overhead Door Corporation began much earlier.
George C. Marsted was born in Flekkefjord, Norway in 1883 and came to the United States in 1901. For a number of years Mr. Marsted worked as a general contractor in Verona, New Jersey. After becoming associated with C. G. Johnson, founder of the Overhead Door Corporation, Mr. Marsted established the Overhead Door Company of New York in 1924. The Overhead Door Company of New York manufactured and distributed sectional doors under license from the Overhead Door Corporation. The manufacturing plant was originally located in Canastota, New York and moved to Cortland, New York in 1928. George was later joined by his sons Paul C. Marsted and G. Allan Marsted. The Marsted family distributed Overhead Door™ brand doors across New York and New England for forty years. Numerous distributorships in the Northeast were “set up” or “sponsored” by the Marsted Family.
In 1931, Paul went to Connecticut and founded the Overhead Door Company of Orange. He was an industry icon who mentored many successful garage door dealers until his death in 1989.
In 1952 G. Allan Marsted entered into an agreement with Mr. George Ray to purchase the "stock in trade" of his distributorship. At that time the "Overhead Door Sales Company” became the Cortland County distributor of the Overhead Door Company of New York. As sales grew, Allan began doing business as the "Overhead Door Sales Company" and in 1953 he expanded his territory into Tompkins County.
Having remained active in overseeing the operation of the manufacturing plant, Allan was chosen to manage the operation following his father's death in 1956. For the next 15 years he divided his time between the manufacturing plant and his distributorship. In 1964 Allan guided the Overhead Door Company of New York through an acquisition by the Overhead Door Corporation, at which time he was elected to the corporation's Board of Director's and also served them as a Vice President well past his retirement from the factory in 1969.
Leaving the manufacturing plant in capable hands he devoted his full attention to his distributorship. His son Garry had joined the organization in 1966 as Vice President and Treasurer ensuring the company's future as a third generation family business.
Still a young man at 60, Allan began acquiring a number of other distributorships in New York, including Overhead Door Company of Greater Syracuse™ (1969) and Overhead Door Company of Binghamton™ (1972) which remain valuable divisions of the Overhead Door Company of Cortland, Inc™. What started in 1952 as a four-employee operation in Cortland County has grown into an organization with three offices and over thirty employees serving all of Central New York.
Following Allan's retirement in 1990, ownership of the company was passed to his son Garry. Garry was joined by his son Greg in 1988, and daughter Victoria in 1993. As we approach the 100 year anniversary of our relationship with Overhead Door Corporation we are quite proud to have the fifth generation already in training with the addition of Kacie McLyman in 2014, John Henry Clark in 2016, and Geoffrey Marsted in 2018.
Some of the Cortland technicians in the 1950s
Third, Fourth and Fifth Generations in the Garage Door Business
(L to R) Kacie McLyman (5th Generation), Victoria Marsted (4th Generation), Garrison Marsted (3rd Generation), Gregory Marsted (4th Generation), John Henry Clark (5th Generation), Geoffrey Marsted (5th Generation)
August, 1925. Overhead Door Company of New York's first truck. Rebuilt from an old 1915 Ford touring car out of Cazenovia, NY. Paul Marsted used the truck as an installation truck as well as for social transportation after work.
August, 1928. Old Home Week Parade. Church St., Cortland, NY.
August, 1928. Parade float built by G. Allan Marsted and Paul C. Marsted behind the factory on Huntington St., Cortland, NY. Paul Marsted and George Marsted pictured.
Summer of 1928. Overhead Door Company of New York manufacturing plant on Huntington St., Cortland, NY. G. Allan Marsted is leaning on some sections. Over his left shoulder is George Marsted. Over George's left shoulder is Paul Marsted.
1928, Cortland, NY. Overhead Door Company of New York manufacturing plant on Huntington St., Cortland, NY.